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Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by Zapp.Brannigan, Dec 4, 2003.

  1. Zapp.Brannigan

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    This is going back a bit.

    Is there anyone out there who used to have a BBC computer. I think they came out in the early eighties. We got loads of games for it that we played for hours on end (much much more than with anything these days). I have fond memories for games like Hunchback and Killer Gorilla. The graphics were poor, but the gameplay was so good.

    If you remember some of the old games from that era please let us know.


    Cheers


    Zapp :)
     
  2. shoehorn

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    Try this "bbc micro emulation" in here
    I had a C64 myself - but I do remember "Chuckie Egg" and "Elite"
     
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    BBC Micro rocked

    My first real game for it was Arcadians (my first real game ever!)that was an awesome shooter, hehe!

    It had some real classics like Strykers Run, Codename Droid, Exile (amazing!), Palace of Magic. I remember when I upgraded it to 64K and got a disk drive, dam that machine was so r00d!

    Hmm, perhaps I have a pair of rose tinted glasses, but it was the first machine that got me into gaming.
     
  4. Zapp.Brannigan

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    Elite! Possibly the best game back then. This is my point about the lousy graphics etc. Just look at Elite, there were hardly any graphics at all but it was just the most fantastic game to play!

    Arcadians was cool as well (nice one Sinzer) - remember the opening music when selecting P1 or P2!?

    We used to load all our games from tape (which took hours and sometimes didn't work if you adjusted the sound level!) until we got a floppy drive with 5.25" floppy disks that were actually floppy.

    Thanks for that link shoehorn. :)
     
  5. MarkR

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    My first computer was the Commodore Vic 20, think this one must have been Commodores first one. Game I remember for that was 'Bomber' where you just simply had to drop a bomb from a plane and bomb down all the buildings before the plane landed.
    After that it was the 48k Spectrum, I remember a few flash **** used to have a 128k showing of there almighty power. Jet Set willy and Manic Minor were ones that I remember very well. After the Spectrum it was the Commodore 64 and then I took the almight leap and bought the Amiga.:)
     
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    Still have a BBC B+ in ny parents lft superb, I loved space invaders and a couple of games i cante remeber, also had a really cool 2 button Joystick! I think it still works!
     
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    Oh the BBC B that brings back memories, now lets see if I can make a list. :rolleyes:

    Commodore Vic 20
    Nanotech 128 (for about half an hour it actually blew up)
    Dragon Systems
    BBC B
    BBC 128
    Acorn Archamedes
    Atari * 3 at various stages
    PC 286
    PC486
    PC Pentium 60
    PC Pentium 133
    PC Celeron
    AMD 1200 and 2100
    The current PC is a shape shifter of exchanging parts.

    Over all I would say that I have had 25+ seperate systems which seems a lot but I was there right at the start...:laugh:

    Prices are a lot cheaper now I remember 4 * 1mb sticks of ram at £170.00. :eek:
     
  8. Zapp.Brannigan

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    I remember my first 486 I bought in the mid 90's. It was a DX2 66MHz with 4MB ram, 540MB HDD, 1MB Display and some crappy 8-bit sound card. I paid £800.00 (without software!!). Six months later I decided to add another 16MB to it that cost me £250.00!!! Crazy days


    Does anyone remember a game for the BBC called REVS?


    Shoehorn, that hyperlink only takes me to Google!! :confused:
     
  9. FlimsyFeet

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    Ah yes, the old Acornsoft games on the BBC were fantastic conversions of the coin-op arcade games.

    Arcadians - Galaxians
    Snapper - Pacman (were the graphics later changed due to copyright infringment?)
    Monsters - Space Panic
    Killer Gorilla - Donkey Kong
    Planetoid - Defender
    Rocket Raid - Scramble

    Didn't have a BBC, only a Spectrum (people with BBCs were either rich, or had conned their parents into buying them one "because it's what we use at school").
     
  10. Zapp.Brannigan

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    Which was the computer that had the rubber keys you could pull off? Its was black I think.
     
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    I think he meant this.

    The rubber keyed computer would be the Spectrum 48K.
     
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    No you haven't. The graphics may have been basic but the gameplay was superb. Forget umpteen billion colours, 3D and all the other crap; if a game doesn't get you playing into the wee small hours then it's a waste of time. I'm afraid gameplay is going the way of mainstream cinema, all effects and no substance.

    :( :(
     
  13. Zapp.Brannigan

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    Agreed narabdela.

    No offence about the Spectrum 64K FlimsyFeet!

    I have just downloaded a BBC emulator + a few ROMS. I'm playing Countdown to Doom at the mo. Is an adventure/RPG that is text only. TEXT ONLY!! IT'S SUPERB!:smoke:
     
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    Countdown to Doom??? Richard Whitley isn't in this one is he!!:laugh: :laugh:
     
  15. Zapp.Brannigan

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    No, but just for you Mark.
     
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    Absolute class!!:smashin: :laugh:
     
  17. Zapp.Brannigan

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    Who remember's Mr. Ee?
     
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    Who remembers Frak on the BBC?

    Or Boulderdash?

    Class!
     
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    while u lot had a bbc i was more than happy with my vic20 and amstrad cpc 464 :p
    if any of you are interested in old computer/consoles i recommend www.vintagecomputer.co.uk for all you retro needs :)
     
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    My ex used to have a Commodore PET when she was young!

    I had a Dragon 32 - ended up learning 6809 assembler on it.

    I'm surprised no-one's mentioned ZX81...

    And Elite was the coolest game ever, ever, ever!

    Cheers,
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    Agreed :clap: :clap:

    I remember when I bought the 16k memory module for my ZX81. Now that WAS an upgrade. Happy days!

    :) :) :)
     
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    My favourite game of all time has to be "Carrier Command" on my Amiga 500. Absolute class.

    I remember thinking the graphics were mind-blowing too! :)
     
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    Wasn't that the one that had a whooping 1K of RAM!!??:eek:
     
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    Sorry about that Zapp.Brannigan :blush:
    But it looks like Flimsy Feet saved the day.... :)

    I've been away so missed your :confused: too.
    (Disneyland Paris with my 3 1/2 yr old - scary to think what he'll be "retroing" about in 30 years time... :zonked: !!!)

    Anyway glad you're up, running and remissing...

    and on the subject of Elite... was anyone, or did anyone know an "Elite"?
     
  25. Zapp.Brannigan

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    My brother was an Elite. The family was so proud!! (I think it's on his CV). He would spend weeks on the game. It completely consumed him, very sad (but also very cool!!).

    A few other games of old..

    Stock Car - 2 player great fun
    Football Manager - One of my favorites (loaded from tape)
    Jet Pac
    Tron

    Does anyone recall the SPEECH! software - such a novelty :clap:
     
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    I lost a massive chunk of life to Sensible World of Soccer- still comfortably the most stupidly entertaining football game ever made.
     
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    My first PC was a 386 10Mhz that we got in 1991, brillaint thing, I think it had 4Mb RAM and a 40Mb HDD, EGA graphics all the way.:D

    I used to play on my mates BBC though, Chuckie Egg, Paper Boy, Grand Prix, amongst others. Brilliant fun.:smashin:
     
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    Yep, got there, all the way through:

    Harmless
    Mostly Harmless
    Poor
    Average
    Above Average
    Competent
    Dangerous
    Deadly
    Elite

    I started off playing the tape version with me flying and my brother working the weapons. Too many keys initially.

    Then when I progressed to the Disc version, woah! Extra ships (gotta hate those pesky Thargoids) and I could now do everything myself.

    Remember the quality docking computer that would more often than not scrape off your shields and kill you in the process?

    Frak was great, another good title from Aardvark was their arcade shooter, Zalaga. If you tried hacking the loader for this so you could load it from disc, it played the theme tune from Captain Pugwash! Class. :rotfl:

    Happy days!
     
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    I may be digging some rubbish out of the old grey matter - but was there a prize / award for the first person to become 'Elite'? :confused: (it was my mate's BBC - not mine... I had the C64)
    Great to see that list AOD.... :smashin:
     
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    COMMANDER JAMESON,

    INCOMING MESSAGE...


    Sorry, couldn't resist.

    There was a competiton initially for the BBC version.

    You were invited to send in your score (can't recall the submission method) and for a number of months one player each month would be chosen to play in a grand showdown held at one of the annual BBC Micro shows.

    I sent my score in (only Deadly at the time) and got a badge for my efforts. :(

    The final was played using a special version designed to use the 6502 second processor (anybody else remember this?). More amazing, it was in colour!
     

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