Amstrad CPC thread Page 2

  • thrawn 16 Jun 2004 11:33:11 899 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    So... anyone want to admit buying 'plus' model or.... a GX4000? :-D

    I had one of those for a while. Can't remember it too much though. Had a CPC464 too. I was a big Amstrad fanboi in my younger days.

    /goes into nostalgic daydream.
  • Blerk Moderator 16 Jun 2004 11:35:10 48,222 posts
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    It has a worse case design than the Xbox.

    Yeah, I've never seen a 'real' one, but the piccie in Retro Gamer make it look like a novelty pencil case! :-D
  • gammonbanter 14 Jun 2009 23:11:57 2,278 posts
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    The northern guy from 8 out of 10 cats just said that he had one when he was 12! N4ot Sean Lock or Jimmy Carr, the other one!
    /still loves his CPC 464
  • coastal 14 Jun 2009 23:27:34 5,432 posts
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    James Mansford i think.

    I don't think the spec had a worse piracy level than the 64. I remember having a 64, and somehow i got to know a local 'cracking crew'. This chap was sending out 5 1/4 disks all over the shop and the amount of games offered around were outrageous. Compressing software meant you could stick tons of games on individual disks, plus the disk speed enhancers like Dolphin Dos meant you could load games in seconds. Now i think about it in my first month on Compunet a friend sent me a game over the wire in a sort of telnet/ftp connection.

    So glad i bought a 64. I think it was 82/83. A friend had the speccy and was gutted to hear my purchase. But when he saw those solid sprites he was sold. The sound on the 64 was even more mind blowing. I remember getting hold of a depeche mode track, resampled, playing through the SID chip. It was stunning. A neighbour's kid had an Amstrad and i think i went over once, took a look and never went back. Anyway, enjoy your thread ;-)
  • Trowel 14 Jun 2009 23:49:31 24,495 posts
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    I accidentally fried our 464 in 1995 when I came back from uni with retro ideas pumping through my veins, tried to plug it in, but accidentally connected the transformer for my keyboard - cue white smoke... ;_;

    Stacks of awful games as with the Speccy and C64, but massively underrated by most gamers of the time, probably as there was relatively little coverage in the mainstream media, particularly in the multiformat mags (I'm glaring at you C&VG).

    But conversions like Gryzor, Afterburner and in particular the staggering Chase HQ blew the other 8 bit versions out of the water, showing the potential that was never quite fulfilled. RIP.
  • Kafeen 15 Jun 2009 09:59:26 565 posts
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    I had a CPC 464, it was awesome, much better than a specy, my parents still have one at their house.

    Some of the old Amsoft titles were ace. Harrier Attack, Oh Mummy!, Roland on the Ropes. I had all the Dizzy games including the spin offs like Fast Food and Kwik Snax.
  • Blerk Moderator 15 Jun 2009 10:05:32 48,222 posts
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    Retro computer, retro thread! :-D
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 15 Jun 2009 10:06:54 47,501 posts
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    What's the difference between an Amstrad CPC and your willy?

    You haven't played with an Amstrad for YEARS.
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    /C64 owner
  • thelatestmodel 15 Jun 2009 10:29:51 364 posts
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    I used to have a 6128, the one with the built in disk drive. Looking back, it's clear that the Spectrum and C64 were better gaming machines, but at the time it really didn't matter. I was 5 years old, I didn't know any better, and it was what I cut my gaming teeth on. Even terrible conversions like Rainbow Islands seemed pretty cool.

    Sadly the machine itself died a few years ago, but I've still got every game I owned thanks to emulation.
  • Blerk Moderator 15 Jun 2009 10:34:58 48,222 posts
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    Was Amstrad Rainbow Islands bad? Speccy Rainbow Islands was surprisingly good!
  • Retroid Moderator 15 Jun 2009 10:53:14 45,464 posts
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    DDevil wrote:
    What's the difference between an Amstrad CPC and your willy?
    I've had many good times with girls on my willy: that's the difference.

    ;)
  • Dirtbox 15 Jun 2009 10:59:36 92,522 posts
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  • Retroid Moderator 15 Jun 2009 11:05:02 45,464 posts
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    Actually, ditto. I'd love to get my hands on one: a real curio.

    SamCoupé.com, with news of ethernet & SD interfaces, a magazine being sold and YouTube vids of some of the more recent Coupé stuff.

    It's a bit like an 8bit Atari ST, really.
  • thelatestmodel 15 Jun 2009 11:12:28 364 posts
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    Well, perhaps that was a bit harsh. Rainbow Islands wasn't terrible... it's really slow and jerky though, and the collision detection isn't great. After playing the arcade and Amiga versions it's very difficult to go back.

    The Amstrad did have some great conversions. Kung Fu Master and Gradius / Nemesis were very good and still hold up today. And Gryzor of course.
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 15 Jun 2009 11:14:13 47,501 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    Did anyone get a Sam Coupé?

    Now that's a piece of junk that has always fascinated me.
    What's the difference between the Sam Coupé and the Loch Ness Monster?

    Some people claim to have actually seen the Loch Ness Monster.
  • binky Moderator 15 Jun 2009 11:23:24 11,159 posts
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    CPC464 owner here. Was the first computer we had in the house. Remember being so excited when my dad brought it home and unboxed it.
    In fact, I remember very clearly that we weren't allowed to know what it was until we could read the word "com... pu... ter" on the side of the box.

    God I was young... ;_;

    Bridge-it was ace (and HARD!) but not as hard as Steve Davis' Snooker, using a green screen monitor!!!!
  • Retroid Moderator 15 Jun 2009 11:24:38 45,464 posts
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    binky wrote:
    CPC464 owner here. Was the first computer we had in the house. Remember being so excited when my dad brought it home and unboxed it.
    I'm so sorry.
  • Deleted user 15 June 2009 11:34:24
    UncleLou wrote:
    Back in the 80s the 'real' kids had Spectrums, the 'posh' kids had Beebs, the 'different for the sake of being different' kids had C64s and... nobody had Amstrads.


    In Germany, everybody had a C64. I don't think I know anyone who had a Spectrum, but a few weirdos actually had Amstrads.

    So the C64 wasn't that popular in the UK?
    All my mates had a C64, as did I. But then I grew up in a Cheshire village where money was no object. 80s-chav Britain had Spectrums.
  • HappyChimp 15 Jun 2009 11:45:59 102 posts
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    >> Did anyone get a Sam Coupé?

    ha yep, I've still got mine sitting in a box in the spare room which I've been intending to put on ebay for the last 3 years.

    Bit of a shame really, spent quite a bit of cash on it at the time (well my Dad did) and it didn't really take off - ended up getting an ST in the end so I could play more than 3 sodding games.
  • spindle9988 15 Jun 2009 11:46:05 5,222 posts
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    c 64 with cassete player and a big real mccoy crisp box (exc crisps) full of my best memories ever in gaming
  • Dirtbox 15 Jun 2009 11:50:38 92,522 posts
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  • spindle9988 15 Jun 2009 12:00:31 5,222 posts
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    God I miss my c64, I remember loving playing trap door when I was a kid
  • consignia 15 Jun 2009 12:03:48 1,483 posts
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    I'm probably slightly younger than most people here, as when I was growing up, everyone had PCs. However, circa 1989, I knew several people with a CPC, one person with a C64, and no specturms. Then again, I only knew one person who had an Amiga, and no one who had an ST. All my friends growing up were complete technophobes.

    I was a proud owner of a CPC6128, myself. It was a lovely machine.
  • spindle9988 15 Jun 2009 12:06:30 5,222 posts
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    Smuggo wrote:
    spindle9988 wrote:
    God I miss my c64, I remember loving playing trap door when I was a kid

    T'was a great game but bloody hard for an 8-year old.

    I had the one where you had to bring the monster differemt plates of food, it was great fun. Pyjamarama was excellent too.
  • spindle9988 15 Jun 2009 12:21:41 5,222 posts
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    Yeah thats the one, wouldnt have clue how far I was into it tho, god this thread is bringing up some great memories
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