As you fellas know, I'm a bit of a flicker, and what I mean by that is that you'll often catch me flicking through me old computer mags... especially late on a night when I've washed the cat and put the dishes out... or something like that.
Anyhow, here are the Your Computer first ever compiled charts for software sales in the run-up to Christmas 1982 ("Hark! What golden memories!" I can hear you all murmuring away to your nostalgic selves!)
So, here they are for your delight and delectation.
I've highlighted just the Sinclair ZX81 software selections and an Atari reference but you may spot other "long lost loves" in there too, from some of the other marvellous micros which were around back then, in our Golden Days of home computing:
ABOVE: PSION's 'Flight Simulation' was an incredible ground-breaking (and windscreen shattering!) experience back then and so it's not surprising to see it so high in the charts but also doing well is 'Defender' which had just knocked 'Pac-Man' off the top of the Atari sales chart.
ABOVE: The ZX81 flight sim to top em all.
ABOVE: Defender required at least 3 pairs of hands to successfully play it...Super smooth scrolling arcade action on the Atari Classic version. Apparently, on the 2600, your ship vanishes whenever you fire...
I had a mere half-dozen ZX-81 commercial titles back in the day, and that Flight simulator was one of them. So I played it a lot. Most of my software came from book and magazine type-in, but it was also already a dead system in the states before I rescued one out of the bargain bin in Summer of '83 I think...Summer of '85 I got the 130XE, so I think that's right. Before '83 I had Pong and a 2600, had used Apple II's at school and dreamed of a real computer.
I remember getting 'The Programmer' or whatever it was called, a cartridge for the 2600 that came with two keypads (bubble keys) you could join together to try and have a computer and learn BASIC. But of course the 2600 just couldn't do much, especially with that package, so it was wonderful, to me, when I did get that Timex/Sinclair 1000 with it's membrane keyboard and bring it home. It may not have been much, but it was better for me than that pitiful 2600 attempt at an introduction to computing.
Flight simulator and 5 other tapes I got with that computer. I would have gotten more, but out of all the Time/Sinclair clearance items, I only found 6 different tapes. The Thing was one of the others, and probably my favorite game for the system. One was State & Capitals or something like that, another was some kind of programming tutor or something. I don't really recall anything else. I did have the 16K ram from the start, it was in the bargain bin.
There was the Timex/Sinclair 40-column printer, but I think I didn't get it because it was the one item that wasn't on clearance, like they had just gotten them in before Timex pulled the plug (or maybe just after?), and just couldn't bring themselves to discount it just yet. I got all the rest for less than $50 and I think that printer cost $100. It was all birthday gifts, my parents took me shopping with $100 I got from them. It was a last minute thing as I recall, it might have even been after my actual birthday, I don't recall, it was a tough year for them financially I think. But I got my first computer!
Sorry to side-track the thread, but when I saw the screen shot of ZX-81 Flight Simulator, the old memories just came rushing back...
Getting back more to topic, 8bitbaz I was just flipping through some old Analog and Antic mags last night myself, and I almost started a thread on magazine ads for some old obscure games that the only way you could get was direct order to the address in the ad! Take pictures and stuff. I may still, but I need to do a review and finish the PSU project & thread first.
Yep the 2600 version was about disappearing ship and lots and lots of flickering sprites, they even went with a city theme I guess because the 2600 couldn't handle a landscape too, and it could handle some simple squares and rectangles for the "City" silhouette. But it was an amazing version, considering the hardware.