Wednesday, 24 November 2010

First Apple computer fetches £130,000 at auction

One of the first batch of Apple personal computers (only 200 produced) has sold at auction in London for £133,250 ($210,000).

The Apple I came with its original packaging and a signed sales letter from Apple co-founder and current chief executive Steve Jobs.

Anyone got an Apple I lying at home??!

Hmm... kinda makes me wish I still had my ZX81.... I wonder how much that would fetch these days?

Full news story on the BBC website.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Genesis: Dawn of a New Day for ZX Spectrum

Genesis: Dawn of a New Day is an impressive shoot em up in the best R-Type traditions for the dear old Speccy.  Created by Retroworks and released... wait for it... on 19th November 2010, it's a cracking modern speccy shooter with a funky soundtrack.

Full info and downloads at the Retroworks Site



Monday, 8 November 2010


An update of QUOD INIT EXIT, a frantic and colorful C64 game has just been released - get it from CSDb.

* fixed the flicker of some pixels, which was visible only on real machines and accurate emulators;
* added level part to score shown in in-game screen;
* compressed the program for faster loading;
* made various other minor changes.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

High Selling Games - Halo 2 (Xbox)

Out of all the Xbox games ever released, the highest selling game is Halo 2 with about eight and a half million units shifted and over half a billion online matches on Xbox Live.  Quite impressive stats (and my figures may even be a little out of date!).  Halo: Combat Evolved is a game I've had sitting around for my erstwhile PS1 for a while now - I really must give it a try.

Anyway, I was thinking about doing a short series of articles about the best-selling game of all time for each retro system, and I'm starting here.  Released way back in November 2004, it continues the exploits of "Master Chief", now one of the best known video game characters of all time.  The First Person Shooter genre was revolutionised (or perhaps even invented) back in 1992 when Wolfenstein 3D was released; the Halo series has been among the most popular continuations of the FPS genre, and is one of the highest-selling video game franchises of all time.  

It was well received by reviewers and gamers alike and maintained its popularity as the most popular Xbox Live game for two years.  It's also frequently found at or near the top of "Best Xbox Games of All Time" lists.  Among the few things not routinely praised about the game are storyline and short single-player campaign, but the multiplayer features proved so popular that the game is still rated among the best in Xbox history - in every way a Killer App.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Speccy programmer interview

The Retro Brothers have a great blog all about the Spectrum, and have recently posted an interview with programmer Lee Tonks.  On the basis that it's retro and interesting, I thought some of you might want to check out the link...