Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Thu, 11 Oct 2012
Photos courtesy of Replay Events
The guys organising the Play Expo event in Manchester this weekend have roped me in to revive a thirty year old playground argument about which was better, the ZX Spectrum or the Commodore 64.
I'm not sure what the point of this exercise is, as the question was settled years ago (Spectrum, of course), but, like some kind of medieval battle reenactment, four of us old duffers (myself and John Gibson on the side of good, and Jeff Minter and Andy Walker representing pure, fat-pixelled evil) are going to return to the playground and argue the toss all over again, in front of an audience of bemused iPhone and Xbox360 owners this Saturday.
The photo above shows what happened last time I met up with a well known Commodore 64 programmer - Jon Hare and myself nearly came to blows with our 8-bit weapons of choice at the BAFTA video game awards earlier this year.
Hopefully Saturday's event will be more civilised.
Say hello if you see me at the Expo. I'll be the old man with a beard (like that narrows it down!).
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