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Simon used to own a Speccy, you know. And just recently he got hold of another one, in the form of a 3-inch disk...
I t was a sad day when my poor Speccy finally conked out several years back - it took the acquisition of a brand spanking new CPC464 a couple of days later to perk me up. I remember it clearly It was the week issue 10 of AA came out. That was the first issue I bought and I was hooked. All memories ol my Spectrum were consigned to some dark, dank corner of my ROM to tape using a command ksted in the manual and load the tape rto ZXM (but check out the box , Beware)
Once you've gone through the start-up sequence (whch you only have to do once - not every tme you toad ZXM). you'll be presented with the standard Speccy start-up line. Aaah - nostalgia.
There are only two drawbacks:
To see how well ZXM could impersonate a Speccy do I decided to put it through its paces in two main areas:
You see , though we experience a lot of compatibility problems or the Plus range when it comes to this kund of software on the CPC , you realty won't see as much 'lazy programming ' when it comes to the Speccy , Why this is , I'm not quite sure, but it may be due to the fact that (though they are both Z80 machines ) , the system architecture of the Spectrum is quite differente to CPC
As far as memory limitations go , you may have difficulties finding software that that'll fit what effectively an old style Speccy , but once you overcorne that hurdle, you should be quite successful in using quite a few older games.
All in all , it has to be said that if you once had a Speccy , or if you've always wanted to see what they were like , this is the package for you. The Speccy was one of the first home computers on the market (along with its predecessor, the
ZX81) , and if you don't use one at least once , you're missing out a huge chunk of home computing history.