ZX Spectrum
Guy Lochhead, 02/09/10
‘Revolutionary’ home computer released in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. The machine was a colour development of the Sinclair ZX81. What set the machine apart from its contemporaries was its price; Clive Sinclair prides himself on producing affordable technology. The fact it was cheap and easy to program meant the Spectrum enjoyed a huge following amongst young programmers and game designers. As well as being easy to learn, the Spectrum had numerous hardware limitations that imposed a special level of creativity on programmers. This resulted in some really fantastic, timeless games. The DIY ethic behind this sort of programming appeals so much to me. I’m going to include a ZX Spectrum – the original model, complete with the notorious ‘dead flesh’ keyboard, to show what those early programmers had to work with.

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