ZX Spectrum – The Awesome Golden Age

a picture of the ZX Spectrum keyboardThank you for your patience, we are currently undergoing a site re-design and will be back up shortly with some great info on the much loved Sinclair ZX Spectrum from the 1980’s.

Being an owner myself, I remember the day when my father brought me home my very first computer, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1988. I was so pleased with the gift that I invited my friends round to play my favourite games at the time, which were R-Type, 1943 – The Battle of Midway and Street Fighter.

Wow, how things have advanced since then!

The ZX Spectrum was back then sold in eight different versions, the lowest level being the 16 KB RAM model, which was released in 1982. In 1987 the ZX Spectrum was released in a staggering (at the time) 128 KB RAM version. Although the 128 KB RAM is laughable by todays standards, it was actually quite the thing to have in the late 80’s! Across the eight variants of ZX models, they were so popular and sold millions of copies all over the world.

Being one of the first home computers released primarily for the UK market, it’s main competitor was the American Commodore 64, which was fairly similar on several levels.

It is amazing to think that one machine revolutionised the face of the information technology industry and ushered in a new era of hardware and software companies that have together changed the face of technology forever.

I leave you now with this piece of nostalgia from the 1980’s with this great video of 100 of the top ZX Spectrum games. Enjoy!