Holy shit. My heart leapt when I saw this piece, and I’m sure any nerd worth his taped glasses will feel the same.
The headline of this article doesn’t really leave much to the imagination, but two words stood out for me when reading this piece:
The ZX Spectrum was one of the earliest consumer computers available. It ran data not from a hard drive or even a floppy drive, but from audio cassettes.
It sounds bizarre when I read back the sentence I just typed on a Core i7 iMac with 8GB of RAM, but yeah, the first ever computer game I played existed only as magnetic ones and zeroes on the reels of an audio cassette tape.
Not surprisingly, the iPhone is more than capable of reproducing the computing power necessary to run the same games the Spectrum was known for, including Turbo Esprit, Saboteur, Harrier Attack and yes.. Chuckie Egg.
A maddening, infuriating game at the same level of playability as Super Mario Bros, Chuckie Egg is my earliest recollection of computers, of video games and of wanting to understand what makes computers tick.
So, gamers, geeks and even the upcoming nerds of the younger generations, check this out, and reminisce or marvel at the simplicity of a bygone era.