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(, Thu 26 Aug 2010, 12:47)
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About five weeks ago...
When I was 13 which is going back a very long time I was big into home computers. I owned a ZX Spectrum which was an awesome computer with 48k of throbbing power. Unfortunately as a 13 year old I was unable to afford any games for it.

Then I hit on a cunning plan. Most game companies still accepted mail order purchases and even had forms on their ads to buy games so I started writing letters to the addresses on the ads - "Dear Sir, About five weeks ago I sent a £5.50 postal order to purchase game X which I saw in Crash! magazine. I have not received my game, can you please send it immediately, Yours XXX".

About 50% of the time it worked and the game duly arrived. I must have gotten 10 games that way. I was so successful I blabbed of my scheme to friends and they all did it. Ocean software must have been hit 5 times with the same scam. I'm surprised the plod didn't pay a friendly visit.

With hindsight I'm horrified by what I did. Not so much by the scam but by being so transparently, thievingly greedy. Hitting the same company more than once is just stupid. The only company I feel sorry for was one which sent me a Zaxxon clone game that I saw in a small ad. Mere weeks after I got my game they went out of business. It wasn't even a good game, but I felt that I played my small part in their demise.
(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 21:36, 10 replies)
ah, the speccy
spent many a happy hour playing disco dan, manic miner and punchy on ours
(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 21:41, closed)
couldn't you copy the tapes off your friends?

(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 23:08, closed)
Some of them had c64s
Believe me we copied plenty of stuff with tape to tape decks but some people had c64s so it didn't always work. Besides, who wants a copy when you can have the original?
(, Wed 1 Sep 2010, 23:12, closed)
Five weeks ago when you were 13???
I'm lost! And you singlehandedly caused the collapse of a shitty videogame company, I'm so proud! Now attack EA! Tell them Tiger raped your mom and John Madden gave commentary.
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 0:06, closed)

'About five weeks ago... When I was 13 which is going back a very long time' - He must be a mayfly, or some other similarly short-lived creature.
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 10:49, closed)
Please tell me you scammed Frak?

(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 6:19, closed)
Flash bastard.
I had a zx80. That had all of 1k memory.

Couldn't count over 256 . . .

That thing was so primative, the only way to load a program was to actually type it in. line by line.
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 8:24, closed)
Woooorrrrrrr weeeeeeeee
ahhh, the sounds of a spectrum game loading with the red & blue stripey screen (blue & yellow for the higher pitched noises). The bugger would always get to right near the end and then stop loading. My friend was a lucky bugger as he had the Spectrum plus (I think) which had the tape player built into it and also had hard keys!
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 9:47, closed)
Spectrum +2 had the tape deck built in. It wasn't all that.

(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 10:51, closed)
But then you had the +2A
which was essentially a +3 but with built-in tape deck instead of disk drive. So it looked like a black +2, i.e. fantastic.

I even had a mouse with mine. Man I was cool.
(, Thu 2 Sep 2010, 11:12, closed)

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