By Neil 1 Comments
I've been making some contributions to the site today and being well aware that most of the submissions will be for those cult titles or recent high profile titles, I decided to dig into my distant gaming past. My first experiences with video games were with the old Atari 2600 with it's fake wood veneer and another similar console of which I can remember very little.I remember it had about 10 sports games, didn't take cartridges (at least I don't think so) and was a kind of grey and beige. Of course I could be making much of what I've mentioned up, when my memory fails I have a tendency to fill the gaps with fictional events and then I'm unable to distinguish these memories from the factual ones. It was neither of these however that I chose for my first submissions but the ZX Spectrum, of which I have great memories and still posess many of the numerous magazines I used to eagerly seek out on the shelves of the newsagents here in the UK. The ZX Spectrum was the machine that most people played games on in the early 80's in the UK and while browsing for information on games, I rediscovered titles that I had completely forgotten I had ever played. Despite having no memory of the games seeing just the box art immediately conjured happy memories of playing them all those years ago.
Took a great deal of effort not to revisit the games as I have done in the past many times discovering old titles. It inevitably leads to disappointment as few games are as good as we remember. Sometimes the only way we can appreciate some of these older games is just to have been there at the time, seen it when it was cutting edge, a new experience.
- Must resist playing "Alchemist" for the ZX Spectrum.