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  1. I would hold out until whatever the Amiga version of The C64 turns out to be. If it's a full sized Amiga with working keyboard and ability to load ADFs or WHDLoad files from an SD card, then you'd be better getting that than original hardware. The reason being is that it's really difficult going back to the Amiga now and you have to be prepared for spending a lot of time getting grips with the nuances that might have been fine 25 years ago, but they're a real pain in the arse to deal with now. Something basic like you're thinking of getting an Amiga 600 and you want to
  2. Considering Eddie Murphy signed a deal with Netflix for exclusive content and Netflix had the excellent Dolomite Is My Name, it's ominous that this isn't on Netflix. But then there seems to be a trend .. Netflix passes on the film, Amazon "snap it up" and it's shite. Like the Borat sequel. And $125m for streaming rights when it's bypassing the usual money making route Cinema->digital purchase/rental->TV isn't very much, is it? I guess the marketing budget will be taken care of by Amazon, but it was projected that the budget was $60m and the profit was needing to be $125m to
  3. This is great, but I will warn people that the frame rate feels like around the 20 mark and the detail pop up/in can be a bit distracting at times. bizarrely it’s stuff that isn’t that important - like stones on the ground or marks on boxes - which probably could have been dropped without any impact on the game. In saying that, it does look a lot better than the first hyrule warriors and it’s really nice to be back in the breath of the wild world again. Despite those points about the graphics, it looks really impressive. In a way the Warriors style works as a BotW prequel, there are
  4. @Anne Summers just checking you are aware of this? The Amstrad Spectrum models need a joystick adaptor cable (or have to be rewired) in order to use a standard Atari protocol joystick. Amstrad wired the +2 ports differently as a plan of forcing people to buy their shitty Amstrad branded joysticks, but all they did was rewire the ports. If you plug in a standard joystick, it doesn't work and IIRC I'm sure it was something daft like the up or fire button didn't work. You need to get something like this: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/SPECTRUM-128-2-3-JOYSTICK-PORT-ADAPTER-CA
  5. I believe Metal Gear Solid is now worth a decent amount of money (seems to go for around £35 on its own) , so Id be careful about someone getting a bargain on eBay!
  6. 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.
  7. 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:
  8. 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
  9. Oh, I must have missed the release, I’ll have to keep an eye on when it’s available again.
  10. Baggers in Space is still in pre order, unless it’s been updated from here? https://www.spectrumnextgames.uk/baggers-in-space
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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
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