As were the words famously spoken by Zeus at the start of Altered Beast, and they were the words I thought of once again just a couple of nights ago. As I mentioned here a few weeks ago, I recently undertook an arduous-but-productive expedition into the mysterious depths of my old bedroom and the attic of my parents house. This resulted in the retrieval of my old gaming magazines, as detailed here in the previous post, but something else I unearthed - and one of the things I was actually looking for - was my old Spectrum +3, and happily I found it.
For someone as technically-minded as me, that involved taking it apart, blowing all the dust away, and putting it back together again, but to my not-inconsiderable surprise, it worked! The first thing I did was try to load a disc game. First candidate was California Games, but alas, some clunking noises and an error message. Perhaps the disc was wonky? I instead tried Into the Eagles Nest but met with the same result. Sadly then, while the Speccy itself now works, the disc drive does not.
This has severely hampered my ability to keep posting here at Red Parsley, and will also no doubt cause me a tremendous amount of hassle down the line (my 750GB of data was backed up but not particularly organised), but it has also given me a bit more spare time for fooling around with stuff I wouldn't normally have time for, such as dismantling and playing around with a certain Sinclair home micro, and you know what? I've bloody enjoyed it too!
To cut a long, typically rambling story short then, my blogging has taken another hit, but, as always, there has been a silver lining. How many of you, I wonder, still have the time for using hardware 'properly'? I don't mean plug 'n' play consoles, of course, but the more complicated or time consuming stuff that comes with using many home micros. Not many, probably, but it's worth making the time for now and then...