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Post by Adam D on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 2:10 pm

Most of the older ones on here (looking at you Hero) would have had some form of home computer in the 80s.

Whether it was a Vic20, Spectrum, Atari XL or Commodore 64, we all had one of them. 

The question I have is that when watching films from the 80s (like the Goonies etc), none of them ever had a home computer, favouring the Atari console, if anything at all.

Which leads me to my question - did the spectrum and commodore etc ever make it in the US market? All the game developers for these computers (thinking Ocean, ACtivision, Codemasters, Imagine etc) were all European (if not British).

What did the Yanks play with? (and the asian market for that matter!)

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Post by President Trump on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 2:27 pm

I got this off Wiki

"For a substantial period (1983–1986), the C64 had between 30% and 40% share of the US market and two million units sold per year,[11] outselling the IBM PC compatibles, Apple Inc. computers, and the Atari 8-bit family of computers"

So they were playing them but I say it was cooler to own a console

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Post by Hero on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 4:09 pm

Not sure about the US market, I went both ways in my youth (not the first time that's been said about me) with the following in chronological order:

Atari 2600
Commodore 16
Spectrum 128 +2A
Sam Coupe
Atari ST
Nintendo Gameboy
Atari Lynx
Super Nintendo
Sony Playstation
Nintendo 64
Playstation 2
Xbox 360
Wii
Xbox One

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Post by Adam D on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 4:32 pm

ZX81
Spectrum 16k (which we upgraded to 48k)
Spectrum 128k+ (the Amstrad one with the tape deck)
Atari 800xl
Commodore Amiga
PS1
PS2
Wii
Another Wii
Xbox 360

Cannot remember the Sam Coupe for my life. I always wanted a Dragon 32 at the time.

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Post by Hero on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 7:25 pm

Sam Coupe was an independent upgrade of the Spectrum that came out just as Amigas and Atari STs hit the market, it bombed.

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Post by Dolphin Ziggler on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 8:35 pm

You're both old

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Post by Hero on Mon 18 Jan 2016, 9:08 pm

When I was a kid consoles had a wooden finish.

That's actually true as well.

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Post by President Trump on Tue 19 Jan 2016, 10:43 am

Hero wrote:When I was a kid consoles had a wooden finish.

That's actually true as well.

Atari 2600 my first console ahhhhh love

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