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Offline WiltshireWizard

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My Introduction - Hello!
« on: 12:01, 21 May 19 »
Hi everyone!


I registered for this site ages ago, but never posted an introduction post. So here goes.


I'm British (Welsh) and I had an Amstrad CPC464 as my main Christmas present in 1984. Most of my friends had ZX Spectrum 48ks, Commodore 64s or other computers. In fact, my best friend at the time had a Vic-20 and I remember going to his house and playing Jeff Minter's Gridrunner on it which blew me away.  However, due to my parents financial position, I felt I could only ask for a computer if it was from a catalogue (home shopping catalogues like Littlewoods and Grattan, where you could pay for items over 40, 52 weeks or more, were very popular back then) and the only computer they had was an Amstrad CPC464. Anyway, I was completely overjoyed when I received it and became obsessed with it immediately.


I had the free ten pack of games that came with it and I remember loading Sultan's Maze and because after the loading screen there was nothing saying "Press any key to continue" or anything like that, I didn't know it had finished loading and I was just waiting for at least half an hour before I had the courage to press a key! And of course, the game started. Lesson No.1 learned!


I'm pretty sure the first ever game I bought was Manic Miner. There's a handful of games I remember owning very early on and they were Manic Miner, Daley Thompsons Decathlon and Blagger. Manic Miner I absolutely loved. Blagger I found insanely difficult and I never got past screen 3. I also remember owning The Fantastic Voyage and remember spending hours playing that.


In 1986 my dear grandparents upgraded me to a CPC6128 and again, I absolutely loved that machine and have very fond memories of the mid to late 80s, having friends over and playing two-player games on Laser Squad! Other games I owned back then and which still have a special place in my heart today are Head Over Heels, Elite, Mercenary, Get Dexter, Marsport, Sweevo's World, Arkanoid, Sorcery, The Great Escape, Batman (the 3d version by Ritman & Drummond), BMX Simulator, Jewels Of Babylon, Lord Of The Rings, Loopz, Nonterraqueos and even Interdictor Pilot! (I loved turning the power off in the ship and feeling I was drifting in space with nobody able to detect me!).


I also remember having the DMP2000 printer. I still have diary entries from 86/87 that I printed off using it. And I had the AMX mouse which frankly, I ended up rarely using. It had a fun novelty factor and I was impressed with the Bruce Lee image that came with the software, but I was just never good at using it to create art.


That 6128 lasted me up until 1992 when I was in a position to buy a PC (a 486sx-20 which had a 40mb hard drive! 40 mb! hahaha. Loved it though.)


It wasn't until maybe the early 2000s that I discovered the emulation scene and, well, here I am! I still find it highly amusing that I can run a Zx Spectrum emulator from within an Atari St emulator running on my PC.




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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #1 on: 12:50, 21 May 19 »
What fascinating story!

Like most people on here, I also grew up with the CPC (464 with disk drive)... I spent a lot of my time trying to write my own games on it in basic... I moved on later to the Amstrad 1512

Did you ever try any programming on the CPC back in the day?

Oh, and if you think running a ZX emulator on the ST is weird... I recently ran a CPC simulator on the Enterprise 128! (another z80 machine)

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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #2 on: 13:28, 21 May 19 »
Oh yes, I loved Basic programming though was never very good at it. I loved typing in listings from magazines such as Computing With The Amstrad, Amstrad Computer User and, less so, Amstrad Action and Amtix!. Those were the four main magazines back in the day though from 1985 I mainly concentrated on Amstrad Action and Amtix!, only buying the other two once every several months or so. Amstrad Action, if I recall, had a policy of only publishing small, snappy listings, as did Amtix!. For longer listings, Computing With The Amstrad and Amstrad Computer User were the 'go to' magazines. I remember typing in a great Tron light cycle game from one of them - very simplistic, it was just lines with no light cycle graphic, but the fact it was two player gave me and my friends lots of fun.
I remember spending ages typing in a text adventure game from a magazine. I think to do with frankenstein or a haunted house. Took me days to type in and then I had a syntax error and couldnt work out where the error was and so it never ran! I don't think I bothered typing in a long listing after that.
I remember Amstrad Action once publishing a simple hacking program. I think it loaded in sectors of a game and you could scroll through the data. I remember trying to use it to go through the data of Highway Encounter to see if there were any secret messages in the code!


My Basic programming was mainly confined to text adventure type stuff.


I did purchase The Graphic Adventure Creator in the late 80s but never really figured it out and din't do much with it.

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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #3 on: 20:24, 21 May 19 »
Great story,

Thanks!

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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #4 on: 14:39, 26 June 19 »
In my usual, about-a-month-late-if-that, way, welcome and thanks for sharing your story :)


For me Wales signified the beginning of my retro collection since I started buying old machines ca 2002, when I was studying at Cardiff. The first one I got was a 464 and the smell of it alone brought back so many memories I was almost sleeping with it...

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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #5 on: 03:36, 27 June 19 »
Hello and welcome to the group! It's good to see another text adventure fan here; especially one who enjoyed coding them. :)


You're in good company here, I think we all remember those lovely Christmases/birthdays/surprise presents when we first met our first Amstrad computer. That's a bond that's never broken, isn't it?


Anyway, welcome to the group. :)

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Re: My Introduction - Hello!
« Reply #6 on: 16:44, 01 July 19 »
Great short stories.
I'm looking forward to the expansion of them in 8-bit Memoirs issue #2.  ;)