March 2018 - Retro Gaming.
thinking about this recently when watching a
YouTube vid about the new Commodore 64 Mini.
I was tempted to buy one, and for around £80
they are relatively cheap, but the more I
learnt about it the less I felt inclined to
do so. I wasn't sure why I no longer wanted
one. I always loved the Commodore 64 range of
computers. I had a Vic 20, a Commodore 64, a
Commodore 64C, and a Commodore 128. They were
brilliant computers with their own unique
style and feel to them. Yet I didn't feel the
same passion for the Commodore 64 Mini. Then
it suddenly hit me. The reason why I don't
want one. It's a games console. It's a new
Commodore 64 computer I want, with a proper
working keyboard, not a prop that plays video
games via an emulator. I can to that on the
I own a
Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega which is similar to
a Commodore 64 Mini in that it's a games
console rather than a fully working computer.
It's convenient in that I can play old
Spectrum games on a large screen TV but that's
all it's good for. I still own my old ZX
Spectrum +3 which I connect to a modern TV
using a scart lead adaptor. It's brilliant.
the point I'm making is that if you want real
retro then it's best to stay with the real
thing. Get a real Commodore 64 or Spectrum or
whatever it is that you're into. Modern
reproductions of old computers often contain
lots of conveniences, such as memory card
access and HDMI connections, but they miss
the point about it being a computer rather
than a games machine.
another ZX Spectrum in the works called the
ZX Spectrum Next. That one looks interesting
in that it appears to be a proper computer
containing no built in games whatsoever. This
one is something I'm tempted to buy.
It looks nice but the keyboard is pretend.
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