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WOW! Thanks for the link, i will enjoy looking back on the mags i brought and thrown away, not thinking i would look a them again. Very enjoyable.

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Thanks Reg. Great list, and exactly what I have been looking for. With a bit of look I can now find out the name of a game I got off an old C64 magazine in 1985. It was a free game that came on the cassette, and turn out to be the best 2 player game ever!

Treat every day like your last, because one day it will be!

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Great stuff.

We've had similar discussions in the past, but I've kept some of the first/last edition of magazines.

Although I bought most mags back in the day, Your Sinclair was my Spectrum favourite, Zzap for the C64, Amiga Power for the Amiga and then PC Zone for the PC.

Your Sinclair was my favourite of them all though, particularly during the Teresa Maughan years.

I had stopped using my Spectrum as much from about 1985/6 when I got a C64 and I'd completely stopped using it from 1988/1989 time, when I got my Amiga. But I still bought the magazine certainly until 1988 time. I saw the final issue on the shelf when looking for my Amiga magazines, so bought it and I still have it.

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I had a Dragon 32 - which i believe was the first home computer to have a "button" keyboard as opposed to a rubber flat keypad.

I'm sure there was a Dragon magazine as well - sadly missing from this list.....

I remember copying pages of code from a mag, so there must have been at the very least a generic one.

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16 minutes ago, MikeyMonster said:

I had a Dragon 32 - which i believe was the first home computer to have a "button" keyboard as opposed to a rubber flat keypad.

I'm sure there was a Dragon magazine as well - sadly missing from this list.....

I remember copying pages of code from a mag, so there must have been at the very least a generic one.

You would have been a very rare breed, owning a Dragon. Never ever used one myself, not even sure I have ever played a Dragon emulator.

Nearly everyone in my school during the 8 bit era, had a Spectrum or C64, a couple of people had Vic 20's and BBC's At it was always about games back then, if you didn't have a Spectrum or C64, you were considered unlucky to have anything but one of those. In the case of anyone with a BBC, it was assumed, it was more a family computer than their own and that the kids could only use it for homework.

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3 hours ago, wearecity said:

You would have been a very rare breed, owning a Dragon. Never ever used one myself, not even sure I have ever played a Dragon emulator.

Nearly everyone in my school during the 8 bit era, had a Spectrum or C64, a couple of people had Vic 20's and BBC's At it was always about games back then, if you didn't have a Spectrum or C64, you were considered unlucky to have anything but one of those. In the case of anyone with a BBC, it was assumed, it was more a family computer than their own and that the kids could only use it for homework.

Bizarrely... even way back then in the 80'S.. I had a fruit machine game for my Dragon!!

Used to love that Dragon - separate tape deck to load. Used to buy my games from Tandy - remember them?

 

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37 minutes ago, MikeyMonster said:

Bizarrely... even way back then in the 80'S.. I had a fruit machine game for my Dragon!!

Used to love that Dragon - separate tape deck to load. Used to buy my games from Tandy - remember them?

 

Yes I remember Tandy, but I don't remember one being near me. WHsmiths and a market stall were my regular places to get games for the 8 bit computers.

The Spectrum had some quite good fruit machine games, by Codemasters. One was based on Cash Connect as was a very good representation of it.

The C64 had one I remember that had good reel graphics, but not a lot going on. It had yellow arrows along the top which lit from left to right and then onto 2 Nudges then 4 up to 16 iirc. You could gamble the nudges. BUT IIRC, I'm sure the arrows didn't do a trail held and no holds on the reels or it rarely held reels or the trail and there were no features at all.

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1 hour ago, wearecity said:

Yes I remember Tandy, but I don't remember one being near me. WHsmiths and a market stall were my regular places to get games for the 8 bit computers.

The Spectrum had some quite good fruit machine games, by Codemasters. One was based on Cash Connect as was a very good representation of it.

The C64 had one I remember that had good reel graphics, but not a lot going on. It had yellow arrows along the top which lit from left to right and then onto 2 Nudges then 4 up to 16 iirc. You could gamble the nudges. BUT IIRC, I'm sure the arrows didn't do a trail held and no holds on the reels or it rarely held reels or the trail and there were no features at all.

I wonder if there's a link between the fact I used to love playing various fruit machine simulators (including the Codemasters ones on my various Speccys) while growing up that led to my gambling issues in later life? Didn't help that dad was in the military and even managed the club machines in the mess :D

With regards to old magazines, we had subs for YS and Crash!, pretty sure I'll have the final issue(s) of them somewhere, probably in a box with a bazillion cover tapes. Did find my old '1st' Speccy recently which is a weird huge machine, apparently a 16K unit upgraded to 48K? Dad was an engineer so no doubt upgraded it himself, based on the case wouldn't be surprised if he made that too. My last Speccy was the 128K +2A 'James Bond' back, had a lot of fun going back through all my games on that and listening to the awesome soundtrack updates you got on the 128K machines.

Haven't been brave enough to plug it in, from memory of the day it died though, it just gave mixed up coloured squares when turned on, so I'd not be surprised if it was a RAM / ROM / CPU issue. Many happy memories of the days where a child could actually buy proper video games with pocket money on the high street.  

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I always had a real interest in machines before the speccy simulators. I could get quite addicted to playing the C64 one, even though it was shite. 

I liked Crash and bought it, but YS was always first choice. Magazines were so big, particularly the Xmas editions. 

Exciting times, waiting for the new magazines and to see the reviews. 

The Internet has made so much redundant and smartphones too. But I'd like to perhaps go back to the 70s, 80s and 90s for a week each and experience when life wasn't controlled by gadgets. But admittedly it would be very frustrating getting things organised and done, we can do with a quick text or search nowadays. 

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On 08/10/2020 at 18:11, wearecity said:

I always had a real interest in machines before the speccy simulators. I could get quite addicted to playing the C64 one, even though it was shite. 

I liked Crash and bought it, but YS was always first choice. Magazines were so big, particularly the Xmas editions. 

Exciting times, waiting for the new magazines and to see the reviews. 

The Internet has made so much redundant and smartphones too. But I'd like to perhaps go back to the 70s, 80s and 90s for a week each and experience when life wasn't controlled by gadgets. But admittedly it would be very frustrating getting things organised and done, we can do with a quick text or search nowadays. 

Yeah..... I know what you mean.

Being stuck on a game and having to wait for the guide to be printed  in a magazine! None of that malarkey nowadays.........

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