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  1. #21
    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Retro View Post
    Yeah, there's something special about using genuine hardware and controllers. You definitely get a different vibe from the experience over using emulation. When emulation is accurate enough to feel convincing, then I'm happy to have the convenience of emulators. I'll never sell all my hardware though, because it's always nice to have that option when I feel like a trip down memory lane. It feels like a ritual when I set up a certain console and have a long session..
    I use emu a lot on the shield, but you don't that feeling, like one does with a genuine N64 pad or Neo Geo Stick

    Yeah, loading screens were a memorable part of gaming on 8-bit computers.
    Yep,I remember back in the day I thought it was incredible that the loading screen had art that looked so close to the box art.

    I'm definitely fond of the 32-bit era, but my main passion is 16-bit.
    I love all the era's tbh. I so enjoyed the 8 Bit era with the ZX Spec and Master System. The 32Bit era was all the more special because I was working full time, young free and single LOL, after paying mum 5 lodge I had loads of cash on the hip ready to spend on games and drinking each and every week. It was a time when all my mates all seemed to have a gaming system of some sort and where you would always game in gangs in your or your mate's house.

    Anytime one of us had a new game, you'll be over to play it. It was a great period.

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    It was a time when all my mates all seemed to have a gaming system of some sort and where you would always game in gangs in your or your mate's house.
    16-bit gaming is what brought friends and family together. The Amiga was a big part of that -- with games like Kick Off 2, Speedball 2, Lotus 1 & 2, Sensible Soccer etc... I used to spend so much time playing against people having tournaments.

    Then we had the SNES with SF2, which was an incredibly big thing that everyone wanted to play. It encouraged some of my mates to buy a SNES. Then SMK became the 'must-have' game that everyone was obsessed with.

    I also like how 16-bit delivered so many great shoot 'em ups, platformers, puzzlers, run-'n-gun etc... The upgrade in graphics, audio and gameplay over 8-bit was incredible. So the 16-bit era really resonates as being something extra special.

    I do have really fond memories of buying the Saturn, PlayStation, and N64 though. They all offered a huge leap in 3D that blew me away. I loved games like Sega Rally, Ridge Racer, Wave Race 64, and all the Saturn shoot 'em ups that were doing stuff way beyond 16-bit. I definitely miss the vibe of '90s gaming.

  3. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by Leon Retro View Post
    16-bit gaming is what brought friends and family together. The Amiga was a big part of that -- with games like Kick Off 2, Speedball 2, Lotus 1 & 2, Sensible Soccer etc... I used to spend so much time playing against people having tournaments.
    For me, it was the 8 bit age. In my area, there was a huge ZX Sprectrum craze almost everyone body had one (gamers or non-gamers) and one would go to Junior school and come back with a mates ZX Spec game copy it and play it. with the Master system, I made so many new school friends over that

    There was one game that before Sensible or SF II, that really united us gamers in my school and where we played tournaments for the 1st time and that was Jimmy White Snooker; That was really massive in my school and then came John Madden and 92 and it got crazy. Groups of us would sneak into each house late at night to play it on the Big TV and mitch school to play it and then you had the SF II and Sensible Soccer craze

    Those days were brilliant, but one was limited to funds of the parents and pocket money. In the 32-Bit era working full time I was importing a new game every week, one was also finding out the wonders of drink. One would have drunken group sessions gaming and you friends would introduce you, to their Uni or work friends You'll make new friends and game and drink all the more

    I miss the days of 10 player drunken Bomber Man, 8 players drunken Fifa 96, 4 players drunken Mario Kart 64 and GoldenEye, never mind all-time classics, like Decathlete and Sensible World of Soccer

    They all offered a huge leap in 3D that blew me away. I loved games like Sega Rally, Ridge Racer, Wave Race 64
    I remember the day I got Wave Race 64 on Import. My and my brother both had a day off work that day and we played Wave Race 64 was like 6 hours straight. That game was so good I used to enjoy watching my brother play the single mode.
    Last edited by Team Andromeda; 18-09-2019 at 12:25 PM.

  4. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    For me, it was the 8 bit age. In my area, there was a huge ZX Sprectrum craze almost everyone body had one (gamers or non-gamers) and one would go to Junior school and come back with a mates ZX Spec game copy it and play it. with the Master system, I made so many new school friends over that
    Yep deffo the 8 bit era.

  5. #25
    Quote Originally Posted by vanpeebles View Post
    Yep deffo the 8 bit era.
    Yeah, the Master System was massive in my area at the time and I used to Zx Spectrum. You could go into Newsagents in the morning on the way to school, buy a 10 pence mix and also a brand new ZX Spectrum LOL

  6. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    Yeah, the Master System was massive in my area at the time and I used to Zx Spectrum. You could go into Newsagents in the morning on the way to school, buy a 10 pence mix and also a brand new ZX Spectrum LOL
    Wow. How much pocket money did you get!?

  7. #27
    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    Wow. How much pocket money did you get!?
    In the Master System days 5 a week

  8. #28
    Quote Originally Posted by Team Andromeda View Post
    , buy a 10 pence mix and also a brand new ZX Spectrum LOL




    I loved 1.99(or 2.99 if I had plenty of cash ) games. The box art on lots of them was really eye-catching and stirred my imagination. Luckily, a lot of them were actually decent games. A few were terrible, but a lot were gems.

    Used to spend ages looking through them every week trying to work out what to buy. And family members didn't mind buying them in petrol stations and video shops etc... because they were so cheap. Meant that I had a really big collection after a few years. Then sold it all around 1989-1990 when 16-bit took over.
    Last edited by Leon Retro; 19-09-2019 at 01:03 PM.

  9. #29
    Walking home from the paper shop, with a 1/4 of midget gems (lyons), a copy of Your Sinclair, and 1.99 speccy game.

    MAGIC TIMES

  10. #30
    Quote Originally Posted by vanpeebles View Post
    Walking home from the paper shop, with a 1/4 of midget gems (lyons), a copy of Your Sinclair, and 1.99 speccy game.

    MAGIC TIMES
    And a packet of Space Raider crisps . Brilliant times

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