My first Speccy memory is getting Sinclair User
with the Batman
demo on the front, and using that as an excuse for my parents having to buy one so I could play the free game!
I didn't really expect one any time soon after that as my parents were pretty skint, and I never usually got what I asked for...but the very next day, I noticed my mum carrying a rather large box into the house when she returned from town! Praise the gods of credit !!
That night and the next few were spent playing Mailstrom
, an odd little game about a mailman with a hi-tech van delivering letters in a violent neighbourhood, and the Batman-The Movie
demo over and over again! I'd got the +2A Lightgun Pack, so I had Solar Invasion
, Robot Attack
and the other gun games to occupy me too! My favourite had to be Operation Wolf
though...I was a huge fan of the original, and being able to play my own copy at home with an actual gun was pretty damn awesome!
Being a bit late to the Speccy scene, I bought a lot of games pretty cheap and the magazines bumped up my collection pretty quickly...I remember leaving the various music demos that came on some of the tapes playing while I tidied my room up too, which got me loving 128k tunes and prepared me for chip tunes in later years!
I also managed to persuade 4 of my mates and my brother to all have a game of Chaos
one day as well, and playing it as was intended (with lots of real life players) was a gaming memory that will be with me always! I think it ended with loads of Gooey Blobs and Magic Fires pretty much consuming everything on the screen, though....
I've got hundreds of other Speccy memories, as like a lot of people it was my first real games machine, and a massive part of my early gaming life! It saw me through good times and rough times did my little black +2A, and I was sad to see it give up the ghost when it's built-in tape deck finally packed in..I'd moved onto the SNES by that point, but I still went out and picked up a +2 to replace it as soon as possible, and I'm still playing new Speccy stuff now! Something I would never have imagined back when I first picked it up.....