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The Atari 520ST and various models. . .

The Atari 520st was officially launched to us by the Atari Corporation in January 1985 at the Winter Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The letters “ST” stands for “Sixteen/Thirty-two”, which refers to the Motorola 68000’s 16-bit external bus and 32-bit internals. Other machines that arrived at a similar time

The Fantastic Colecovision Console . . .

The ColecoVision has to be one of the greatest gaming consoles made.  It is up there in my top ten mainly due to a number of classic games that were ported to the system.  I can clearly remember thinking at the time that the ColecoVision was quite a powerful machine

Sega’s Mega CD II

The Mega CD 2 first hit the Japanese stores on 23rd April 1993 as an addition to the Sega Mega Drive.  While the unit looks much cheaper than the original Mega CD it doesn’t feel as cheap with the casing feeling much more solid than it’s predecessor.  The motorized front

The BBC Home Computer. . .

The BBC Microcomputer was released to us in the UK in the late 1981. During is lifespan it was given the nick-name the ‘Beeb’ which was used mainly by its uses but it was easily recognizable by its small ‘Owl’ logo. The Acorn Proton was a pre-existing project at Acorn

The Toshiba MSX (HX-10) 64K

The Toshiba MSX was first announced on the 27th of June 1983.  It was then that the MSX standard was formally announced during a press-conference and when large Japanese firms declared their plans to introduce these machines. Inspired by the success of  VHS as a standard for video cassette recorders

Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Home Computer was an 8-bit machine that was released to us in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research. Sinclair Research was a company founded by Clive Sinclair from cambridge in 1980 when he released the first of his computers the ZX80.  It was later

The Videosport MKII . . . A Real Rarity

The Videosport MKII games console was an early PONG style games machine made from 1974 to 1977 by acompany called ‘Henry’s’ who was a British retailer of televisions and Hi-Fi’s.  Two versions of this console was made, the first being the more rarer version that had gold lettering and later

Mattel Electronics Intellivision console

In 1979 Mattel Electronics released its first video gaming console, the Intellivision.  Mattel Electronics was a subsidiary of Mattel and was formed expressly for the development of electronic games.  In its first year Mattel sold 175,000 Intellivision consoles and the library grew from a mere 4 game cartridges which the

The Sega Saturn

The Sega Saturn was a 32-bit CD based video gaming console that graced our stores on 8th of July 1995 priced at $399.99 and was to be in direct competition with the likes of Sony’s Playstation and the Nintendo 64. Unfortunately the Sega Saturn was not one of Sega’s best

Amstrad GX4000 gaming console

The Amstrad GX4000 is a third generation cartridge based console that was released in 1990.  The GX4000 was Amstrad’s only attempt at a cartridge based games system for the console market.  The system retailed at 99 GBP and included the game cartridge ‘Burning Rubber’. Basically the Amstrad GX4000 was nothing