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Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer – A Tribute

Rick Dickinson, ZX Spectrum designer – A Tribute

I was shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Rick Dickinson yesterday. Many will know him as the designer of the iconic ZX Spectrum computer in the 1980s, amongst other things. To be honest, I never knew Rick’s part in the Sinclair journey…

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Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 10 Dec 1984

Old Spectrum Mags – Your Spectrum Issue 10 Dec 1984

My look through all the old Your Spectrum and Your Sinclair magazines continues, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your Spectrum Issue 10…

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The lasting effects of Ready Player One

The lasting effects of Ready Player One

I’ve read the book and I’ve also seen the film. Ready Player One isn’t out of my mind yet though. Even though it’s ‘just’ a fun story from the mind of a geek, there are elements that have stayed with me that I keep thinking…

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This Beatles homage “A Full Day In The Life” by Peter Serafinowicz is a work of genius

This Beatles homage “A Full Day In The Life” by Peter Serafinowicz is a work of genius

I just had to write a blog post about this, because I think it’s so cool. I was listening to Chris Hardwick’s podcast ID10T recently and his guest was Peter Serafinowicz. I tend to only listen to episodes with guests that I’m interested in, but…

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The most influential video games of all time

The most influential video games of all time

There was a time when children and adults had to make their own kind of entertainment. Board games, cards, riding bikes or playing football were popular of course. These were old standards until the invention of video games. The first games had their share of…

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My mixed feelings about the Ready Player One movie

My mixed feelings about the Ready Player One movie

**************** SPOILER WARNING **************** **************** SPOILER WARNING **************** **************** SPOILER WARNING **************** When I walked out of the cinema having just watched Ready Player One I had mixed feelings. I’ve read the book twice and the film is very different from the book. It’s a…

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How Nostalgia Media Came to Rule the World

How Nostalgia Media Came to Rule the World

[Banner image source: Pixabay]. There used to be a belief in advertising that when kids grow up and start earning money, their taste fundamentally shifts. Rather than enjoying the games, television and film of their youth, they would now appreciate an entirely different set of…

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Which are the Most Valuable Retro Video Games Ever?

Which are the Most Valuable Retro Video Games Ever?

Video games haven’t always been regarded as being high value collectible items. They tend not to age well, and titles that were considered revolutionary years ago can appear laughable to many people when compared to contemporary games. However, while there’s no shortage of retro video…

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Glowbi-Wan Kenobi – How I made him

Glowbi-Wan Kenobi – How I made him

Yep, I’m sure not too many people were fooled by my tweet this morning. The glow in the dark Obi-Wan Kenobi Force Ghost action figure was not a rare, exclusive Star Wars figure. But it should have been, right? It was just a fun experiment…

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Glasgow had an amazing Buck Rogers themed restaurant in 1982 called the Buck Rogers Burger Station

Glasgow had an amazing Buck Rogers themed restaurant in 1982 called the Buck Rogers Burger Station

Glasgow has had some cool themed bars and restaurants over the years. There was the ‘Muscular Arms’ superhero themed bar, ‘The Trading Post’ Wild West themed restaurant and the very popular Star Wars-themed ‘Jedi Bar’ (before litigation crossed over the pond). But perhaps the most…

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