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Spectrum Memories Part 1:  The first SpectrumI still to this day don't know where my Spectrum 48k+ bundle that I received for Christmas 1986 came from. It could have been Dixons. Or WH Smith. Or Harrods, for all I know. Certainly my parents ca...

Posted by jdanddiet on Dec 17, 2010 20:19 (Dec 17, 2010 20:19)

Spectrum Memories Part 1:  The first Spectrum

I still to this day don't know where my Spectrum 48k+ bundle that I received for Christmas 1986 came from. It could have been Dixons. Or WH Smith. Or Harrods, for all I know. Certainly my parents can't remember. My Dad says he can't remember what happened last week, let alone 24 years ago.

As it was a bundle, it was all enclosed within a huge brown cardboard box that looked most impressive wrapped up in gaudy red and white coloured paper. Using a lone, un-chewed nail, the tape across the top of the box was excitedly slashed open to reveal the bountiful contents within.

My eyes were first drawn to the mound of cassettes. Games! Lots of Games! This was, naturally, the reason I wanted a Spectrum - despite elucidations to my parents of its educational power - and the stack of Imagine titles compactly housed within the the box were eagerly clawed from their snug home. Whether by accident or design, the gloriously beguiling gold case edition of Alchemist lay on top.

To the side lay more software, but not quite as exciting: these larger boxes contained those Spectrum bundle staples of Scrabble, Make-a-Chip, Survival and Tasword Two (a word-processor). Scrabble would have a significant future as an early "party" game; the others would not.

Next, in its own box, was the all-important cassette player, a mundane, yet vital gateway to the world of gaming delights. Then finally, the Spectrum itself, once more in its own box, a smooth, glossy, black and white cardboard picture of loveliness. It was hoisted aloft like some new-found messiah and I resisted the temptation to give it an un-manly hug. The machine of dreams was finally within my grasp; acceptance by my peers, a lifetime of videogaming pleasure mine to savour.

Of course, it didn't work.
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#8 Dec 21, 2010 21:31:33 ( Dec 21, 2010 21:31 )

i think it came with a joystick as well...that was it.
#7 Dec 20, 2010 00:13:16 ( Dec 20, 2010 00:13 )

 What other peripherals did you have JD?
#6 Dec 18, 2010 22:18:45 ( Dec 18, 2010 22:18 )

the replacement didn't work either.  Finally by the middle of january and on the third machine, I got to play all those imagine games...
#5 Dec 18, 2010 21:02:21 ( Dec 18, 2010 21:02 )

ah, I had horace goes skiing early doors too!
#4 Dec 18, 2010 20:46:58 ( Dec 18, 2010 20:46 )

 Penetrator was a big favourite of mine - played that game for bloody hours going around and around the stages beating my high score.
#3 Dec 18, 2010 20:29:36 ( Dec 18, 2010 20:29 )

I think I got mine xmas 84. I was also given Hungry Horace and a space invaders clone by Quicksilver and I soon gained loads more by taping games off friends. I was quite into typing in BASIC games from magazines too in the early days.
Like BigBoy, I still love the Spectrum. It wasn't my first games machine (I had a ZX81 and various electronic games before) but I still find a huge amount of Spectrum games playable to this day.
Only the PS1 comes close to the Spectrum for me.

#2 Dec 18, 2010 20:21:31 ( Dec 18, 2010 20:21 )

Dad bought me my first speccy, was an unboxed 48k with a box full of games. I can only imagine he aquired it second hand, it came with a light pen (lol) and some bits and bobs that I never did figure out. First game I played was Transylvanian Tower. Vaguely similar to Doom LOL only not really at all. That speccy took a battering!
#1 Dec 18, 2010 17:30:34 ( Dec 18, 2010 17:30 )

I had my Spectrum back in 1982 - I was 13. The following year I had a ZX Microdrive and Interface 1 pack - I bought so may presents for my Spectrum it's untrue. Still love the little machine.
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