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Nostalgia, improved?

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Granted that this is something that will only excite geeky 80’s kids like myself but I just felt like I had to share it, as there will be more of us out there. The Spectrum is making a comeback for charity! This will be a new and improved incarnation to the old home computer and despite a lot of criticism for the price and the functionalities, I still think it could be something interesting. After all, it is an exercise on re-hashing an old classic, with all the pitfalls it entails – how to update it, keeping it true to its spirit but still introduce a certain level of innovation, without turning it into something completely new or different? This is very important in a product like this, as the main selling point is nostalgia.

As you can see, the new ZX Spectrum Vega looks a little bit different from the ones we used to play with as children. These differences aren’t merely aesthetic – you might notice that there are a few keys missing, but there’s a lot more to it. Since computing and technology has been evolving since the last time a new Spectrum saw the light of day, there’s been a few changes:

The Sinclair Spectrum Vega is as simple to use as any of the popular games consoles, but far less expensive. It plugs into a TV, so no computer monitor is necessary, and comes complete with around 1,000 games built-in. The Vega has sufficient memory to allow the user to download the many additional games we will be making available from time to time free of charge.

Seems to me like a pretty good improvement, although a lot of purists don’t seem to be pleased, particularly with the fact that the old keyboard is gone. If you’d still like to shed a little nostalgic tear, watch the video and see the new console in all its 80’s retro glory, complete with synthetiser music and proto 3D animation:

If you hurry you may still be able to get your own, as this will be a limited edition. If you’re late, there are other ways of contributing and being part of this amazing project (or just find an online emulator). Now, if only I had the time to play computer games…

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