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  1. The perceived problem might be that there is still a commercial aspect to the Amiga - Cloanto purchased Commodore's IP and own the ROMs/Kickstarts etc for the Vic 20, C16, C64 and Amiga and have released the commercial Amiga Forever product for over 20 years. To officially get any version of Workbench and the relevant Kickstart ROMs, you just need to buy them from AmigaForever.com. I think the Plus version at $29.95 has them all. That's why the Amiga community is still protective of making Workbench or Kickstart roms freely available, they're still a commercially available product.
  2. Good news and the bad news? Good news is that the +2 is probably the best Spectrum you can get, its got built in Scart (via the DIN socket- just make sure you buy a +2a cable, not +2 or 128k as they’re different), it fixes the issue of beeper sound being the wrong level compared with 128k sound and is very reliable. The bad news is that it uses a very specific PSU, you can’t just use an off the shelf 9V supply like the other Spectrums. Original PSUs can be quite expensive, but again they’re very reliable. There are modern PSUs that have just been made in the past year or so, here’s one: https:
  3. The Freeview channel ForcesTV started showing Miami Vice at the start of lockdown (V, The Equalizer and Buck Rogers are also shown on it, if you're interested) but stopped after the second series. So I bought the complete collection on DVD. 5 Series. 23 episodes or so each series. 50 minutes or so an episode. So it's not something you easily rinse like modern TV! There's a few things that really stand out about it. The first two series are really excellent, brilliant use of pop music and the look is absolutely spot on. You can tell Michael Mann (who was the executive producer) was
  4. Oh, I must have missed the release, I’ll have to keep an eye on when it’s available again.
  5. Baggers in Space is still in pre order, unless it’s been updated from here? https://www.spectrumnextgames.uk/baggers-in-space
  6. No, you can only upgrade the original to 1MB by adding in one 512KB memory module in the spare slot, although it doesn’t need soldered and it’s fairly easy. It sounds like they’ve upgraded the internal 512KB memory chip to 2MB, I’m not sure if you can remove that memory in the original Next and simply replace with a 2MB chip, but yes it’s a shitty move upgrading the standard onboard memory to 2MB and fragmenting the already low user base further. While I understand costs were higher than expected for the first Next, including taxes they weren’t aware of, but the price hike confirms th
  7. You should only have to spray it every 6 months or so. The problem seems to be tiny bits of funk getting stuck under the cover and even with a 10 year old playing it every day, it still only needs a spray every 6 months or so.
  8. As a few people have said, I’d say a lot of this is cyclical and usually down to a new trend or technology meaning studios have a new way to exploit old products (while stroking the ego of directors). After owning home video releases became affordable in the early 90s, studios needed more content so they started releasing directors cuts like Aliens or Apocalypse Now. DVD came along so they started releasing more directors cuts like Unrated editions. The good old “double dip” release was now popular. Now we’ve got streaming platforms and “content is king”, right? But where are the stu
  9. Sure, there had been a couple of licensed film games for home computers (Indiana Jones in the Lost Kingdom and Buckaroo Banzai spring to mind) but they weren’t very good. Yes there had been good games released for home computers like Jet Set Willy, but Ghostbusters felt like it was a big moment for the legitimacy of games on home computers - it felt like it was the first time you could get a “game of the film” for your Spectrum or Commodore 64 that was actually good and used a licence really well. It was also the first time you could get a big licenced game only for home computers (the 2600 v
  10. Erm, OK name all the good, officially licenced Film based home computer games before Ghostbusters then.
  11. Ghostbusters was a big turning point in games - it was an officially licensed game that brought some credibility to home computers (which had consisted of knock offs and very iffy licensed games). The C64 was a bit of a system seller - I remember it being demo’ed in our local home computer shop and the music (with Karaoke style lyrics) was the icing on the cake. I didn’t have a C64 at the time, but when it came out on the Speccy I managed to get a copy and loved it! I then managed to get the 128k version when I got a +2 years later, then when I got a C64 I managed to pick up a Ricochet re-rele
  12. I used to stay at my Auntie and Uncle’s on a Friday night and I’d often take down my ZX Spectrum with me (in a carrier bag!) I also remember going with one of my friends to his Gran’s house for a week and he took his Spectrum, tape deck and portable TV up with him because he knew there would be little to do when it was raining! It’s crazy to think that my son just takes his switch and he’s got the ability to have multiplayer on a single (albeit small) screen!
  13. That photo and layout was used as a promo poster for the film (with They’re here. To save the world” above it) I cant upload it because I’m on my phone. I don’t think because it was racist but because it was seen as a Murray/Ackroyd/Ramis vehicle.(and the thought of the three of them saving the world is a bit ridiculous I guess!) Murray and Ramis has been in Meatballs and Stripes together and Ackroyd has just lost John Belishi (Ghostbusters was originally written with Ackroyd and Belisha in the Venkman role). When the film game out there was talk of this being the first in an Abbot and Costel
  14. They managed 3,000 backers for the first campaign, like I said I'm sure they'll do that again but I do think they're really missing an opportunity by not going down the commercial route to market. I mean, Retro Games have just announced TheVIC20 going to retail, the original Vic 20 sold something like a million units, the Spectrum sold 5 million, so there would definitely be a market for it. I'd just like to see as many Nexts as possible out there, it would mean a larger install base and more exclusive Next games!
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