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by 5MinuteRetro
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Friday Quiz - sprites, scenery, status
Replies: 20
Views: 661

Re: Friday Quiz - sprites, scenery, status

6. Rock Star Ate My Hamster (panel)
by 5MinuteRetro
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Which games really pushed the Speccy?
Replies: 57
Views: 2539

Re: Which games really pushed the Speccy?

Have any games using the Bifrost/Nirvana engine yet been mentioned? Some of those surely 'push' what the Speccy can do, given that its hardware was not designed to do what some of those titles actually achieve, colour-wise; and certainly I never expected it to be capable of such feats. Indeed, some ...
by 5MinuteRetro
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Load-screen games...
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Load-screen games...

Curious how sometimes people can be into the same hobby for completely opposite reasons. When I installed my first Spectrum emulator, one of the most thrilling things for me was watching the loading process in real time using TZX files. I think I enjoyed that more than the ability to play my favori...
by 5MinuteRetro
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Load-screen games...
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Load-screen games...

It hadn't occurred to me that emulators might have options to literally emulate tape-loading! Of course they have, since about 20 years ;) You usually don't use it as you want your game to load immediately and not wait 5 minutes but in good emulators there is always an option to turn off all accele...
by 5MinuteRetro
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Load-screen games...
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Re: Load-screen games...

Rescate Atlantida, I don't remember the minigame genre too ;) General advice - remember using tzx file to watch these minigames. Tap files have these custom loaders replaced byy standard loader and miss these minigames. And of course turn off speed loading in emulator. Ah... you've preempted by nex...
by 5MinuteRetro
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Load-screen games...
Replies: 10
Views: 512

Load-screen games...

There's been plenty of talk on these pages recently of animated counters on loading screens. That has reminded me of the first time I loaded up Joe Blade 2 and saw this: https://s8.postimg.cc/40y5hfzzl/Joe_Blade2.png ...which, if it's not obvious, was a basic rendition of Pac-man that could be playe...
by 5MinuteRetro
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Robocop - Chart longevity vs piracy
Replies: 16
Views: 693

Re: Robocop - Chart longevity vs piracy

Another possibility (to be cynical) is that Ocean paid Sinclair User well to keep this expensive to make game high in the charts. I have no idea whether or not Robocop's code development was any more or less expensive than any similar Spectrum game of the time but, if you're referring to the cost t...
by 5MinuteRetro
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Other Retro Stuff
Topic: BBC Computer Literacy Project
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: BBC Computer Literacy Project

I mistakenly posted a new thread with this name earlier. It's rightly now deleted but I wanted to flag this clip from episode 17 of Micro Live, which features the arrival of the Spectrum 128. The interview with the PR woman is just amazing. They don't make them like that any more (the interviews, or...
by 5MinuteRetro
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:02 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: ZX Vega+ Discussion
Replies: 120
Views: 6926

Re: ZX Vega+ Discussion

Just when you thought this all running out of puff, a load of newly leaked documents have appeared on the 'unofficial Vega news web site'* over the last few days, which cast doubt on whether Vega can even preceded by the letters Z and X and whether more than 10 were produced. * Not linked to as I'm...
by 5MinuteRetro
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Anti-piracy systems...
Replies: 22
Views: 1145

Re: Anti-piracy systems...

I remember the first tape-2-tape my dad bought didn't have detachable speakers so you had to play the tape you were 'backing up' at full volume :shock: :shock: . Understandably this annoyed the hell out of my mother :lol: and was more than enough to stop me copying games. So, the anti-piracy system...