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Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:07 pm
by SteveSmith
R-Tape wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:48 pm
SteveSmith wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:16 am
The only time my dad went near a computer pre-2000 was to play Tomahawk once on the Speccy, back in the day. After it had loaded, he decided to use the joystick, so he plugged in the joystick interface... That was the end of that Spectrum, and the end of my dad's (already miniscule) interest in computers.
Ouch! I guess you went mad at him? And was the Speccy promptly replaced?
Unfortunately, he went mad at me for not telling him that it was the golden rule never to plug something into the edge connector when it's turned on. Thankfully it was promptly replaced though.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 1:18 pm
by Ast A. Moore
I’d say this is grounds for replacing the dad. Promptly. :D

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:04 pm
by stupidget
Before we had a Speccy we had a Dragon 32 and that was used by the whole family, well I say whole family but my sister was 14 so all she was interested in was Sisters of Mercy, Simple Minds, Killing Joke and Goth blokes. During the 8 months we had a Dragon 32 my mum, dad and me would spend ages playing adventure games with Mansion Adventure 1 being the one we spent hours and hours on, with the main issue working out how to open to door on the first screen. After several days we realised it was 'prise door with iron bar'. After 2 dead Dragons we got the money back from Boots and bought a 48k speccy. One of the first games we had was The Hobbit and again we spent ages on that, but, once my dad found out a bloke he worked with could supply a tape crammed full of 'backup' games I would write down my wish-list and get a tape once a month. This was the end of the family involvement until my sister was doing her O Levels and had the Revision Software of Merchant of Venice which really annoyed me as I was desperate to play Wanted:Monty Mole :lol: :lol:

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Sun Dec 08, 2019 5:33 pm
by PeteProdge
SteveSmith wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:16 am
The only time my dad went near a computer pre-2000 was to play Tomahawk once on the Speccy, back in the day. After it had loaded, he decided to use the joystick, so he plugged in the joystick interface... That was the end of that Spectrum, and the end of my dad's (already miniscule) interest in computers.
I once removed a joystick interface from my brand new Spectrum +2 while it was still on. Nothing bad happened at all. Of course, NEVER DO THIS. I was clueless and extremely lucky that it was unscathed from my ignorance. I had no idea you shouldn't do that. A friend told me afterwards that it was a miracle my Speccy survived.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 7:50 am
by WIWC
My dad and my uncle used to play Psion's Flight Simulation. Only serious stuff for them.

My sister used to play a couple of game: Conquestador/Las Tres Luces de Glaurung being her favourite.
She also wouldn't mind a go at Cobra, IIRC. Oh, and Zombie Zombie! We used to like to build stuff, a comfy home, instead of killing the zombies. And of course she probably tried Skool Daze too.

I had my mother playing Psion's Space Raiders with me a couple of years ago, testing my newly bought Grey +2. She was pressing the fire key.

Oh, I forgot: I had another uncle playing the ski event of some sport game, I don't remember which one. Has World Games a ski event? Anyway, he was a ski enthusiast, a skier and ski master (or bound to become one), so I had him try it, and he liked it.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:05 am
by WIWC
8BitAG wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:58 pm
Our "computer room" was our dining room/kitchen table. Our entire family took it in turns to play through Arkanoid... We played it so much that everyone in the family was able to get through the entire game and beat the boss level. :)
SORRY I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT.

Or, I could believe it if you used "infinite lives".

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:17 am
by uglifruit
My family gaming memories including everyone trying Manic Miner (and, bizarrely, chanting "Manic Miner" in time with the flashing loading screen$ as it loaded).

The real family time-hoover was Scrabble though. Thinking back, I don't know why we chose to play it on the speccy rather than just getting a physical copy!

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:27 pm
by 8BitAG
WIWC wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:05 am
8BitAG wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:58 pm
Our "computer room" was our dining room/kitchen table. Our entire family took it in turns to play through Arkanoid... We played it so much that everyone in the family was able to get through the entire game and beat the boss level. :)
SORRY I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT.
Or, I could believe it if you used "infinite lives".
Believe what you like, but our entire family... me, my sister, my mum and my dad... could all beat that game in the end.

I wouldn't even have known how to do POKEs back then. :)

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 5:34 pm
by Morkin
uglifruit wrote:
Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:17 am

The real family time-hoover was Scrabble though. Thinking back, I don't know why we chose to play it on the speccy rather than just getting a physical copy!
Hey, dictionaries were expensive back then... :lol:

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:07 pm
by DouglasReynholm
PeteProdge wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:22 pm
My dad never touched the Spectrum at all. My mum played Bubble Bobble with me, once, at that was at my insistence.
I'll play Bubble Bobble with you anytime Pete, but only the arcade version!

The only time my dad ever touched my Speccy was to unplug it if ever unattended (more than 30 seconds). He was the original 'like Blackpool illuminations in here', which is British for 'you are using too much electricity'. He finally learned to stop doing it after pulling the plug on a program I had just spent 2 hours putting into a rubber keyed 48k. :x