K Cartlidge

Retro gaming

I’m not greatly into gaming; although I have an XBox One (which I enjoy) I find modern games ridiculous in their requirements for gigabytes of storage space and RAM - mainly because of the (admittedly often amazing) graphics. All those extra demands yet often the gameplay is, other than visually, little better than the early days of games requiring a handful of KB or MB.

Way of the Exploding Fist I was very fortunate to be a teenager in the dawn of home computing (1980s). I got to use an Oric, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum, and an Amstrad CPC. The glory days of 8-bit computing.

To be clear, 8-bit gaming is the other extreme to modern gaming and I’m not saying these are better than modern games. But I am saying that they give far more gameplay value for their relative system requirements. Games that load in seconds, take up less than 50KB each, and cost peanuts (often now free).

I’m listing them here, but not including links to download them. They may be old, but they remain the intellectual property of their creators/publishers. That said many are now legally available for free online using a simple search.