33 year old ZX81 1K ZX Chess world record broken
Jan28

33 year old ZX81 1K ZX Chess world record broken

Wirtten by David Horne in 1983 1K ZX Chess was a masterpiece of elegant programming The unassuming looking record holder Who would have thought that this small, cheap and unassuming piece of hardware could have been the catalyst for a world record that has stood for 33 years? The feat in question was one achieved by Artic Computing’s ZX81 title – 1K ZX Chess, a game that amazed all by only taking up 672 bytes of memory...

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Synths of Rage by 30th Floor Records
Jan22

Synths of Rage by 30th Floor Records

If you owned a Sega Megadrive in the 90s, you have no doubt played Streets of Rage and Streets of Rage 2, the often copied but never equaled beat-em-ups that enthralled kids and adults alike. Not only were the games smash hits, the soundtracks were too. Composed and produced by Yuzo Koshiro, Kyoji Kato, and Motohiro Kawashima these tracks are timeless and still sound as fresh today as they did whilst wrapping a pipe around a punks...

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Spotted! Low serial ZX Spectrum for sale on ebay
Jan16

Spotted! Low serial ZX Spectrum for sale on ebay

This low serial Sinclair ZX Spectrum certainly has the lowest Issue 1 number I’ve ever seen for sale and is currently on ebay (at time of writing). Serial Number 001-000009 is up for ‘Buy It Now’ at a cool £6000. Whether this is just cashing in on the current renewed interest in the ZX Spectrum or not, the price is not for the faint of heart. But will we ever see an earlier Spectrum for sale? Link to ebay ‘Buy...

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Argos Catalogues from the 70s, 80s and 90s
Dec27

Argos Catalogues from the 70s, 80s and 90s

Argos No. 1 – 1973-74 Argos No. 17 – 1982 Spring Argos No. 21 – 1984 Spring Summer If you are anything like the folks here at RGC Towers, your mind is firmly set in the past, probably somewhere between 1970 and 1990. So what could be better than imagining you are back in 1982 browsing through an Argos mail order catalogue and dreaming of the shiny new console you just might be getting that Christmas? Well thanks to...

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Streaming movies from floppy disk on a 31 year old TRS-80 Model 4p
Dec05

Streaming movies from floppy disk on a 31 year old TRS-80 Model 4p

And you thought that movie streaming was something fairly new didn’t you? Well, I’ll be honest with you, we weren’t all streaming Dr. Who from floppies back in the mid 80s but yes, it can be done and here is the video of it happening on a 1983 TRS-80 Model 4p to prove it. For more info on how it was done click here....

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The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 2 – Kickstarter campaign by Chris Wilkins
Dec03

The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 2 – Kickstarter campaign by Chris Wilkins

Following on from his successful first book (delivery of that one is imminent, yay!) Chris has decided to make it a 3 part series with the 3rd part being available at a reduced price for Kickstarter backers of the first 2 books. Published by Fusion Retro Books, The Story of the ZX Spectrum in Pixels Volume 2 will follow the same format as the first book and contain 100 games, each with its own double page spread and short review. The...

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