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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:06 pm 
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Just noticed this while flicking through an old copy of C&VG from 1987, so thought I'd put it up here.

Totally dominated by the C64 and Spectrum. The Amstrad only gets a look in at position 21.

Position - Title - Software House - Machine Type
1 - Last Ninja System 3 C64
2 - Barbarian Palace Spectrum
3 - Enduro Racer Activision Spectrum
4 - 6 Pack Elite Spectrum
5 - Wonderboy Activision Spectrum
6 - 6 Pack Elite C64
7 - Barbarian Palace C64
8 - Enduro Racer Activision C64
9 - Army Moves Ocean Spectrum
10 - World Games U.S. Gold Spectrum
11 - Metrocross U.S. Gold Spectrum
12 - Saboteur 2 Durrell Spectrum
13 - Wonderboy Activision C64
14 - Mag Max Ocean Spectrum
15 - F15 Strike Eagle Microprose Spectrum
16 - Metrocross U.S. Gold C64
17 - Gauntlet U.S. Gold Spectrum
18 - Leaderboard U.S. Gold Spectrum
19 - Big 4 Durrell C64
20 - Auf Wiedersehen Monty Gremlin Spectrum
21 - Enduro Racer Activision Amstrad
22 - Sentinal Firebird Spectrum
23 - Konami Cion Op Imagine Spectrum
24 - Auf Wiedersehen Monty Gremlin C64
25 - Quartet Activision C64
26 - Konami's Coin Op's Imagine C64
27 - Paperboy Elite Spectrum
28 - Shadows of Mordor Melbourne House Spectrum
29 - 6 Pack Elite Amstrad
30 - Shadows of Mordor Melbourne House C64

The Utopian World before those pesky consoles and 16 bits came on the scene. ;-)

Actually there's an ad for the NES in the same issue and mention of the Master System being distributed by Mastertronic, but in Ireland anyway and assume it was similar in the UK? those two didn't make much of an impact.


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Think the only time I bought games in Woolworths was in the late 1980s when they were doing some cheap budget tapes.

1987 was an interesting year, the Amiga 500 was just gaining ground.

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Used to browse a bit in them when on holidays.

I guess one could say with a bit of confidence that 1987 was or very close to the peak year for the C64.

It certainly had the market share, according to Woolworths anyway.


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I was always a John Menzies and Virgin Megastore shopper, myself. :)

It's sad to see a list of decent, cheap games that you could buy, sell and trade freely; particularly when the cynical, marketed-to-fuck XBone will soon restrict your ability own anything.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:04 pm 
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gordon wrote:
It's sad to see a list of decent, cheap games that you could buy, sell and trade freely; particularly when the cynical, marketed-to-fuck XBone will soon restrict your ability own anything.


It's something that definitely annoys me, not that I'd be particularly interested in getting a next generation console, but the fact that it's highly likely that you won't be able to play the games you paid for, say 10 years down the line (and probably a lot less than that), would make me run a mile from a purchase.

It's also very bad from an archivist / historical point of view. Adding to the black hole of digital content that already exists.... or doesn't as the case may be.


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