Introduce yourself!

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Introduce yourself!

Post by R-Tape » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:26 pm

I'll start.

Hello from NW UK!

I started out on my brother's 48k, learned a bit of BASIC and spent many daylight hours with the curtains closed playing Speccy games, of which Manic Miner has to be the best ever (maybe that's an argument for elsewhere!). Although fond of the Speccy I started yearning for games that actually looked like the inlay screenshots, I wanted coloured pixels and more of them, so snapped up an Amiga500 Batman pack and didn't look back for a few years. Following that, not counting getting thrashed on PS Tekken2 a few times, there was a whopping 20 year computer gaming lacuna.

Then, one Christmas, I saw MicroMen on the telly and it planted the thought. I did a bit of research, was surprised to see how lively the scene was, learned about emulators, how to program machine code and that brings me here - a fully fledged Spectrum addict.

These days I have a decent collection of (deteriorating) hardware and tapes, but no knowledge of how to fix them. I most enjoy playing and making modern games for the Spectrum, which you can browse and play here.

I'm also a mod on this forum. Don't laugh.

Keep the attribute flashing!
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by PeterJ » Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:57 pm

Greetings from deepest Surrey

My Sinclair baptism started when my late father ordered a ZX81 in kit form, and we built it together in the kitchen (much to my mums annoyance!). We often built things together and I still remember us making a crystal set, and finding the only place we could get a good earth was via the radiator pipe in the downstairs toilet.

About a year after investing in a £49.99 16K RAM Pack, I eventually got a 48K Spectrum and my life was transformed. My magazine of choice was Your Computer, and I used to eagerly type in the listings, which would never work until two months later when the magazine published corrections.

After toying with an Oric 1, and various other disasters I got into the Amiga scene. After that I moved onto PCs and forgot about Retro until the late 1990s.

Over the years I've amassed quite a collection which now includes all the UK released SInclair models and official accessories from the ZX81 onward, as well as a ZX-Uno, and two Sony MSX HitBits.

After more attempts than I remember, I'm finally very slowly getting to grips with Machine Code. I'm currently building a very simple breakout clone. I would like to learn Z88dk if anyone knows of any good tutorials.

I'm also part of the small team responsible for the Spectrum Computing Website, and a part time admin on the forums.

When I'm not using computers, you will find me in the garden.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by tobobobo » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:24 pm

I still do my homework on mine.

;)

Hello from London, btw.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by PeterJ » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:28 pm

tobobobo wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:24 pm
I still do my homework on mine.

;)
Wow, give us a few more details!
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Spud » Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:52 pm

Hello, I live in Oxfordshire and I like Spectrums and stuff.
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by R-Tape » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:03 pm

Spud wrote:
Sun Nov 12, 2017 8:52 pm
Hello, I live in Oxfordshire and I like Spectrums and stuff.
Who the hell is this guy? :-p

You forgot to mention your games!

Speaking of which, Spiker's not in the archive yet.

(I neglected the author search, which includes a load of CGC entries)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Spud » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm

Shush, we try to forget those games!

How do we rectify the lack of Spiker in the archive?
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by PeterJ » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:21 pm

Hi. Just post a link to where the game is stored and we can ask for it to be added to ZXDB (which is the database which drives Spectrum Computing)
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Spud » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:33 pm

OK let's get this in here quicksticks so the the thread can regain it's course.

Spiker: Basic Training
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Re: Introduce yourself!

Post by Evil Genius » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:58 pm

Greetings from the frozen North. Been a part of the ZX community for.... probably too long! Hoping that this site can be a much-needed fresh start.
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