Sunday, 8 March 2009

Computer L.O.V.E. pt.4


Well, that’s what Kraftwerk would have us believe. Mind you, that was 1981, and back then people didn’t waste hour-upon-hour staring slack-jawed at a VDU until their eyes popped out on stalks and their fingers cramped up into RSI-locked claws.

Kraftwerk - It’s More Fun To Compute
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No, back then in the brave new world of the early-80’s you’d have to hang around waiting for 2 hours for yr cassette to hit the payload. Imagine all that pent-up youthful anticipation finally unleashed as you got your hands on the controls to help Horace Go Skiing

Yes! Computing was indeed much more fun than sitting round twiddling your thumbs waiting for your game to load. Though some of those epilepsy-inducing visuals you used to get on the telly were often worth the entry money alone.

Here’s another 8-bit hit of ZX Spectrum madness (with thanks to Feline1). This one has some sweet shuffling Casio-tone beats, and an eerie underwater vibrato melody which helps set the scene for the gameplay:
“Pirates have raided the storage depots of the Federation and stolen valuable minerals, jewels, ammunition and the latest battle weaponry. The Cybernoid ship has been depatched with instructions to retrieve the stolen booty and to return it to storage within a specified time limit. The pirates have activated planetary defence systems and the Cybernoid will have to battle with these as well as the pirates themselves in order to retrieve the stolen booty."

Dave Rogers - Theme from Cybernoid (ZX Spectrum 128K)

*********GAME OVER*********

Now put your computer to sleep before you get an unhealthy vector addiction.

Q: Do computers dream of pixelated sheep?
A: It depends what sort of mood you put them in when you send them to sleep…

Every night Polnareff sings a sinister lullaby to his computer and sends it off into a wailing 70’s cowbell wonderland.

Michel Polnareff – Computer’s Dream
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When silence descends Polnareff’s computer opens his camera eye to check the coast is clear.

It is not.

Polnareff’s computer regresses to his happy place, where he sings a simple song to himself:

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do…

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