With the ZZap! 64 Kickstarter looking to kick off in the middle of April – we can start to let you good readers know of some of the perks that you can look forwards to to pledging on during the campaign. Today we can let you know about a new game being developed called…
Guess who is coming back to Revival? Mr John Romero will be attending Revival in May on the Saturday afternoon (19th) to give a talk on Doom then taking questions from the floor. He will then be up for a bit of Deathmatch Doom and Quake if time permits. He was a huge attraction…
Update – The article below was written a few days ago before the announcement that Maplin had gone into administration. It is very sad that so many people are facing an unknown future and we wish them well. Maybe something can be saved by a buyer but I fully expect whatever emerges at the other end will be nothing like the company is today.
It would seem that Maplins is no longer with us. After many months of bad financial news filtering out, the BBC is reporting that Maplins went into administration on the 28th February 2018. For those of us old enough, Maplins still holds a small amount of fondness but sadly it has evolved into a shadow of its former self.
In the early 80’s Maplins was a treasure trove of everything that a hobbyist could ever need, for those people into electronics I certainly don’t need to say anymore.For computer fans, Maplins had many off the shelf kits for the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and other contemporary micros which could be used to expand your system cheaply. This was only the tip of the iceberg, so much more could be found the Maplins catalogue, which became almost a bible for those looking for parts.
It sad that today, Maplins seems to have become a purveyor of cheap electronic crap that is almost always hugely overpriced. The last time I bought anything was a few years ago. Needing some solder and being too impatient to wait for Amazon, headed into my local Maplins who promptly parted me from far too much money for what turned out to be the worst solder I have ever used.
Speaking of the Maplins catalogue, many people would have fond memories of the covers, each year would bring a new catalogue with some amazing artwork; typically painted by Lionel Jeans. I’ve always thought his cover art on the catalogue really complimented the artwork that Sinclair Research used on the ZX81 and ZX Spectrum manuals. For me it is very nostalgic – one of my defining memories is around the time I got my hands my first ZX81 in 1983, spending a lot of time in WH Smiths looking at the Maplins catalogue on the shelf next to the contemporary home computer magazines of the time.
Only time will tell if Maplins will survive but let’s return to the question at hand… Will Maplins be missed? Yes, but not for what they have become. They will be missed for what they once used to be.
Had you been reading the January 1975 issue of Popular Electronics you could not have failed to notice the front cover. Featuring a picture of a strange box with many light and switches, this was the first ever showing of the Altair 8800. A now legendary machine amongst collectors and computer historians, it is where the…
Being British, we here at Retro-Now can’t help but be a little obsessed with the weather. With the forecasters recently implying snowmageddon is on its way then what better way to warm up than hitting the game rooms and playing some frosty games. One of my fave snowy games is for the mighty MSX. It’s a…
Whilst crawling around the deep dark recesses of the Retro Internet world we were lucky enough to stumble across two more projects that you will love. Let’s dive right in…. Everyone has heard of Pong, it’s the forerunner of pretty much everything that gamers take for granted today. Peel back the mists of time…
A little while ago I posted images of my new ‘Eleven’ carded figure from Stranger Things. Yesterday I got Chief Hopper in the post. I’m never actually going to open these figures – who knows my kids may benefit from getting a few bob from them 40 years into the future. I must say…
Great news for all current and future owners of the Spectrum Next with the launch of a new website that aims to create a central database and repository for software released on Spectrum Next. “World of Next” has been created by a collaboration of the administrators of the “Spectrum for Everyone” Facebook group, which recently celebrated its first…
What does the Manhattan Project, nuclear nonproliferation and a ballistics computer all have in common? Surprisingly, they are the forerunners of every video game ever made. Ask most people who invented video games and you may get a wide variety of answers; non-gamers would likely say it was Nintendo, most retrogamers might say it was…
The team behind TheC64 have just released another big update on the progress of the console and with just over 5 weeks until we can get our hands on a unit, it’s looking like they are well on track. Legendary programmer Jeff Minter was presented with a production unit earlier this week and from…
With the annual now announced, we can let you know that the compo prize for this year is a THEC64 mini and a THEC64 JOYSTICK to plug in so that games like Armalyte can be played with a friend. Thanks to Paul Andrews and to all those behind this great device – can be…
Great news! Stuart Williams has confirmed via Twitter that he will again be writing his Adventure Trail column for the upcoming Crash 2019 Annual aka Crash issue 100. We look forward to seeing what new gems Stuart can find to review. As always, more information as and when we receive it. Adventure gamers! After the…
As you can probably guess, we do like our gaming music and today is no exception.
We have two medlies of C64 tunes for you to enjoy, but these are extra special as they are being played by symphony orchestras in real concert halls. To say this is amazing does not do it justice – it’s proper hairs on the back of the neck stuff. Enjoy!
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In what is turning into a fantastic day for retro gaming fans, Chris Wilkins has not only announced the Crash 2019 Annual he has now also just revealed that the long rumoured Zzap 64 Annual will also be coming soon. Chris broke the news on his Facebook feed… “I am really pleased to announce we…
Great news for all fans of Crash and the Sinclair Spectrum. After the huge success of the Crash Annual 2018, Chris Wilkins has just announced that he has the green light to start production of his next annual. Crash Annual 2019 will be the 100th issue of the now legendary magazine and as it…
C’mon, did you think that we would ignore the day of love? Sneaking in a little early, we present some ideas of what you can play in the (spare) bedroom on Valentines Day with our list of games that feature lovers. How else could we begin without mentioning Mario and Princess Peach? We have lost count…
Now this is a blast from the past! Remember the game 40 Winks that appeared on the Playstation way back in November 1999? – well you never guess what, but a N64 version of the game was in production at the same time but due to a number of awful decisions by GT Interactive…
Being part of the retro gaming community has really opened my eyes to some of the amazing collections and collectors. Occasionally there are collections that really need to be highlighted to a wider audience. Once such person is Bo Zimmerman from Texas, a member of the Facebook group “Retro for Show” who recently posted some…
Earlier this week Chris Wilkins teased on Facebook that one of the biggest names in gaming will be attending Revival on the weekend of 19th/20th May 2018. Rest assured that as soon as we know who it is, you will hear it on Retro-Now so stay tuned for the big announcement. For those not…
If you take the best C64 revival band and mix liberally with an absolute classic tune from the arcades, what do you get?
Easy, one of the best remixes of Outrun’s classic Magical Sound Shower you will ever hear.