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Games for your family

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:22 pm
by PeteProdge
While my brother and I played my ZX Spectrum a lot, my parents were never that much bothered about it, or any other computer-based activity.

My dad never touched the Spectrum at all. My mum played Bubble Bobble with me, once, at that was at my insistence. She quite liked it, to be fair, but that was the only time she ever played a computer game. She believed computing was just a fad and would be gone in a few years. Hmm!

So... did any of your Spectrum games appeal to the rest of your family?

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:58 pm
by 8BitAG
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. :)

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 9:35 pm
by Juan F. Ramirez
My brother (older than me) were mainly interested in flight sims and strategy games. No arcades or adventures. Maybe also some sports ones.

Fighter Pilot, Dambusters, Fernando Martín B.M. or Mapsnatch were some of them.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:36 pm
by Dark
Was just me and my younger brother on the Spectrum, parents didn't touch it. Wasn't until the Internet came along many years later that my mother used a computer

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:42 pm
by Joefish
My parents never touched the Speccy.

A friend once agreed to sell me his MSX with Tasword and a printer. My Dad drove me there, paid for it, then set it up in his bedroom. I don't think he ever turned it on again. I found it in a box in the loft a few years ago just before he put the house up for sale, and chucked it in the boot of the car. Said it was the old Spectrum (which he'd actually thrown out years before). Thinking about it, I vaguely remember my Mum pulled the same stunt once with a teddy bear I found in a jumble sale... :(

My Mum learned to use a mouse on my ST. She seemed to most enjoy a simple kid's program where you clicked on numbered dots to draw a dot-to-dot picture, then used a simple colour palette and click-fills to colour it in however you wanted. Once they got a PC, she was into online shopping and ordering 24 packs of a dozen rolls (instead of 24 rolls) just like everyone else's parents! :lol:

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:04 am
by R-Tape
My parents didn't want to go near the Speccy or Amiga, and me and bro didn't want them near it! It was an alien world that they felt was not for them, and that's only changed over the past few years.

I'm surprised to read 8bitAG's account of the whole family playing Arkanoid. It's nice to see some families bonded over it. Also I notice their speccy was on the kitchen table, so maybe they could have made use of BugBytes's computer cookbook.

A few years back, in a busybodying attempt to perk up a less mobile parent, I got my Dad to try Buzzsaw+ on a laptop. He didn't dislike it, but I can't see him ever being a specchum.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:16 am
by SteveSmith
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.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:00 am
by Ast A. Moore
Pretty much your average story here. Me and my older brother were up to our necks in the Spectrum (well, primarily, me). Our parents never took any interest in it aside from kicking us off when they needed to watch the TV.

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:53 am
by Juan F. Ramirez
Ast A. Moore wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:00 am
[...] Our parents never took any interest in it aside from kicking us off when they needed to watch the TV.
We were lucky as we had a 14-inch B/W TV in our bedroom so we didn't have that problem. But sometimes I tried to use the big colour telly when nobody were using it. Playing games with that TV was amazing! Big screen and coloured games! :P

Re: Games for your family

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:48 pm
by R-Tape
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?