Attention all Amstrad CPC users; past, present and future

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  • skunkfish 1 Aug 2016 16:49:49 60 posts
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    *SHAMELESS PLUG MODE ENGAGED*

    Good afternoon fellow Eurogamer's,

    I'm sure like myself, many of you have fond memories of the jewel in Lord Alan's crown, the Amstrad CPC.

    The CPC has been going through something of a resurgence as of late, with a plethora of new games and hardware/software releases bringing joy and delight to the remaining flock of CPC users.

    We’ve seen huge memory expansions, Flappy Bird clones, mass storage and even a Wi-Fi expansion, and an annual programming competition with a prize fund of over €1000 has seen countless new games.

    To cover all of these goings on, and with a noticeable lack of CPC content on Eurogamer, I’m fulfilling a childhood dream by starting a Kickstarter for a new Amstrad CPC fanzine titled ‘Colour Personal Computing’.

    It will be A5 in format, with a minimum of 32 pages and you can bag yourself a copy of the first issue (due in September) by pledging as little as £3 towards our grand Kickstarter target of £200.

    Thanks for your support,

    James Ford (Editor-in-chief of ‘Colour Personal Computing’)

    www.cpcfanzine.com (currently redirects to the Kickstarter campaign)

    *SHAMELESS PLUG MODE DISENGAGED*
  • Ra_ra_rasputin 1 Aug 2016 16:54:34 301 posts
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    Will it come with a free 'demo's' cassette?
  • Deleted user 1 August 2016 16:58:09
    Yep, with loads of Flappy Birds clones on
  • Bowzer43 1 Aug 2016 17:07:08 1,872 posts
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    The CPC was never a great machine, the speccy was a nostalgic masterpiece and the C64 was the best 8 bit games machine!
  • mrpon 1 Aug 2016 17:09:35 33,614 posts
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    Ban pls.
  • H1ggyLTD 1 Aug 2016 17:15:14 7,498 posts
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    Speccy and C64 both pwned it.
  • reggy72 1 Aug 2016 17:18:58 616 posts
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    There is a reason that EG rarely talks about the CPC, and that was because it was shit, I know this 1st hand as I received a 464 in its launch year, with the colour monitor that after three months the tube went followed by another six months later, my parents were on a first name basis at fucking Rumbelows with Alan sugar's poorly built piss poor home computer, as the drive belt from the built in tape deck wasn't really a belt as one would imagine, more like a fucking elastic band, and a cheap one at that as it would stretch and slip with regular occurrence Adding further salt to the wounds was when I'd experienced a CBM64, the sublime SID sound chip, the hardware scroll functions, even the fucking speccy ports with 4 colour visuals ran better on the speccy for gods sake. £400 in 84/85 was a lot of fucking money.

    The only titles that actually gave us CPC owners some reprieve from the playground my dick is bigger than your dick home computer users in period was the excellent Renegade conversion and konami's Gryzor(Contra)
  • skunkfish 1 Aug 2016 17:37:18 60 posts
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    @reggy72 You must have been unlucky Reggie, my original CPC monitor is still going strong and the rest of the hardware was surprisingly well built (considering Amstrad's prior reputation)


    Yes, I think the C64 was undoubtedly the better machine for games but there were lots of plus points for the CPC as well!

    Edited by skunkfish at 17:46:07 01-08-2016
  • jaangus 1 Aug 2016 17:39:06 5,250 posts
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    I used to love this:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_%26_South_(video_game)
  • skunkfish 1 Aug 2016 17:45:16 60 posts
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    @jaangus North & South was a classic, I think it was on an Amstrad Action covertape at some point. It was probably one of the titles that really got me into strategy games...
  • ibenam 1 Aug 2016 18:07:00 3,068 posts
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    Buggy boy

    /that's all
  • Tomo 1 Aug 2016 18:47:59 15,543 posts
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    North & South was incredible. One of my earliest gaming memories that. Think I played the Amiga version mind. I barely remember anything about our CPC other than waiting for the cassettes to load.

    As someone who founded a gaming magazine at university, I know the struggles in doing so, so I wish you the best of luck! And possibly a few quid... But it's an incredible feeling having the finished article in your mitts and even better seeing others reading it.

    /looks at Kickstarter
  • superdelphinus 1 Aug 2016 18:50:18 9,409 posts
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    I have happy memories of my (family's) cpc 464, but I think they need to stay as memories
  • Deleted user 1 August 2016 19:28:42
    North and south (remastered) is on the play store if you've got an android.

    That said I've found my trips down the spectrums memory lane to show i was very rose tinted when i thought of them.
  • challenge_hanukkah 1 Aug 2016 19:36:28 5,055 posts
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    I think I remember the Amstrad version of Renegade having strange and crappy controls.
  • Tomo 1 Aug 2016 19:38:45 15,543 posts
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    RENEGADE!!! Fuckkkkkk

    Totally forgot about that game. Like an ancient GTA.
  • challenge_hanukkah 1 Aug 2016 19:40:26 5,055 posts
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    In what way was it like GTA?
  • Concrete 1 Aug 2016 21:47:38 895 posts
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    Backed! The Amstrad is a fine wine that has aged beautifully, compared to the C64's McDonalds milkshake and the Speccy's Panda Pop :p
  • Ryze 1 Aug 2016 22:04:28 3,562 posts
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    Yep - there was loads of decent content on the CPC, and the hardware was powerful - the Z80 was just superior to the 6502 for the software that required the CPU.

    C64 had hardware sprites, and scrolling, and that's where the Amstrad failed.

    The build quality was amazing - the CPC was always highly rated in that regard - they designed and built it themselves - not cheap rebadged crap from overseas. I've acquired several units in the past 3 years - they all work wonderfully.

    Where the developers had the time and skill, it wiped the floor with the competition, but beating the C64 outright was a near impossible thing to do - again, without hardware sprites and scrolling.

    Great days, but there are tonnes of crap conversions that were shat out onto the CPC. Can tell how people got the wrong impression. Amstrad's prior reputation with crap Hi-Fi kit didn't help them either.

    Edited by Ryze at 22:17:19 01-08-2016
  • mal 1 Aug 2016 22:44:15 28,308 posts
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    So, 'COLOUR personal computing' will actually be published in black and white?
  • BonzoBanana 1 Aug 2016 23:03:23 103 posts
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    I had a CPC and the true pixel by pixel colour of the 4 colour mode looked really good especially for isometric 3d games like head over heels, batman etc. Also not forgetting it had a 80 column mode so was also a good wordprocessor. 2 areas which made it superior to spectrash and commode 64.

    Games I remember enjoying on cpc; Starglider, north and south, elite, rainbow islands, rescue on fractulus, captain blood, renegade, after the war, lemmings and prince of persia.
  • challenge_hanukkah 1 Aug 2016 23:06:31 5,055 posts
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    Spectrash?!

    Dems fightin' wurds.
  • Deleted user 1 August 2016 23:08:11
    Kudos for only asking for a couple of hundred for a pet project rather than overpromising and asking for several thousand. I'll chuck in a few quid next payday.
  • skunkfish 1 Aug 2016 23:41:13 60 posts
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    mal wrote:
    So, 'COLOUR personal computing' will actually be published in black and white?
    Yes, I'm sure there's some sort of irony there... :p

    Edited by skunkfish at 23:50:10 01-08-2016
  • skunkfish 8 Aug 2016 18:42:13 60 posts
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    I'm only one backer away from realising my little dream, thanks for your support folks! :)
  • quadfather 8 Aug 2016 18:50:41 28,899 posts
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    Amstrad?

    It had green enter and shift keys ffs.

    Absolute turd.
  • ibenam 8 Aug 2016 18:52:47 3,068 posts
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    @skunkfish Will there be a retrospective section- would to read about games i used to play when I was younger!

    Edited by ibenam at 18:52:55 08-08-2016
  • skunkfish 8 Aug 2016 20:02:57 60 posts
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    @ibenam I don't think there will be in the first issue (there are so many recent games to cover!) but it's a definite consideration for future issues.
  • SteveMsater 8 Aug 2016 20:04:00 338 posts
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    Will there be a poster of Alan Sugar
  • mrpon 8 Aug 2016 20:07:59 33,614 posts
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    Yeah with iron filings and magnet cover goodies.
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