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by 5MinuteRetro
Mon Sep 02, 2019 8:57 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: The Spectrum Show Episode 87
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: The Spectrum Show Episode 87

Awesome as always, Paul - thanks so much for these.
by 5MinuteRetro
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Whatever happened to... John Minson
Replies: 19
Views: 1877

Re: Whatever happened to... John Minson

Hey you lot. Just going back over some old emails and I found one more bit of Minson info, if you're interested. As well as Crash, he also moonlighted for Sinclair User under the pseudonym "Jerry Muir", and for C&VG as "Ward R. Street" (haha). So if you've ever looked for those guys... Teehee! I wa...
by 5MinuteRetro
Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short
Replies: 40
Views: 3383

Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

I've waited a long while for this, Pete. I loved it! My only real criticism is the odd bit of swearing. I'm not sure it adds much but means I'd be circumspect about letting my kids watch your channel - and they enjoy retro stuff. And man, how slow were those stone tunnels on the Spec? It's amazing h...
by 5MinuteRetro
Sat Jul 27, 2019 8:26 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: ZX-Blue Plaques?
Replies: 10
Views: 435

Re: ZX-Blue Plaques?

R-Tape wrote:
Sat Jul 27, 2019 7:44 pm
Are any of these already blue plaques? So far I've found this one that was once the home of Uncle Clive.
I know there's one on the building that used to host Newsfield in Ludlow, erstwhile publisher of Crash magazine. I've not seen it, but I'm sure plenty here have.
by 5MinuteRetro
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short
Replies: 40
Views: 3383

Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

ZXDunny wrote:
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:09 pm
That's SpecBAS. It's (almost, about 95%) the same BASIC as you get in your speccy, but with more colours, higher resolution and a LOT more speed.

Edit: Not on a Spectrum, natch.

It's a fun side-project of mine.
Oh. I've clearly not been paying attention!
by 5MinuteRetro
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short
Replies: 40
Views: 3383

Re: Out Run - where the Spectrum fell short

ZXDunny wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:53 pm
Not the same algorithm (at all) and slightly buggy on the hills, but here's my efforts in BASIC:

Sorry... what? That's BASIC? Running on a Spectrum?! Surely not. I'm guessing I've missed something here...
by 5MinuteRetro
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:31 pm
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: The Game & Watch corner
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: The Game & Watch corner

I see a dark grey ribbon on each side of the screen. The thing is, you ALWAYS have to have some conductive way to pass electricity to the glass substrate, to excite/align the crystals. So you always have some rubberized conductor to pass signals from the board to the screen. You do? I don't see tha...
by 5MinuteRetro
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:54 pm
Forum: Showcase your work!
Topic: Starwars IV opening crawl
Replies: 3
Views: 372

Re: Starwars IV opening crawl

---------------------_______________________--------------------------- Starwars IV opening crawl demo on 128K :) Video Demo ---------------------_______________________--------------------------- Haha - that's brilliant. For some reason it reminded me of this: https://twitter.com/OFalafel/status/1...
by 5MinuteRetro
Fri Jul 12, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: The Game & Watch corner
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: The Game & Watch corner

Well, I got brave and opened it up... https://i.postimg.cc/bdBggH4q/Munchman1.jpg No ribbon cables/zebra strips here. So, I got a bit braver and prised out the circuit board. Still no ribbon cables. In fact, it seems the display is hard-wired to the board: https://i.postimg.cc/SYdh0191/Mucnchman2.jp...
by 5MinuteRetro
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: The Game & Watch corner
Replies: 11
Views: 1163

Re: The Game & Watch corner

That last video, is most probably a problem in that conductive ribbon. You can just take it out, and put it back again. Yep... and thanks. That was my guess but it's nice to have a second opinion that concurs. If i get a quiet moment later today I'm going to bit the bullet and rip it open -- I'll r...