Sunday, August 16, 2015
On to the Amstrad
Another home computer with a great built in real keyboard. Also the tape loader was built in so no more messing with volume sliders to get a game to load. It was the first of the popular home computers to incorporate a tape drive. Eventually of course even the poor old Speccy had a real keyboard and built in tape. The built in tape meant for much more reliable tape loading than before with speed loaders soon developing similar to how they had for the Commodore 64's datacassette. Even with the later speed loaders the 64k of memory would still take a while to fill up and average game loading times actually increased.
Of course we didnt know much better then as tape loading the games was standard practive. There were some great games on the Amstrad CPC 464that were well worth the wait.
Lord of the Rings game. My memory might be failing but I seem to remember it taking 15 minutes to load and when you died you had to load it again. Imagine the kids of today having to go through that!