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Sinclair ZX Spectrum
1982 - No generation identified
The Sinclair ZX Spectrum is a home computer developed by Sinclair Research in the United Kingdom. It was first released in 1982 and it was one of the most popular home computers of the 1980s. The ZX Spectrum was notable for its low cost, color graphics, and its ability to run a wide range of software, including games, educational software, and productivity tools. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum featured a Zilog Z80A CPU and it came with 16 KB or 48 KB of RAM. The computer featured a built-in keyboard, a composite video output and it connected to a TV. The ZX Spectrum had a resolution of 256x192 pixels and could display 8 colors. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum had a wide range of software available, it had a large library of games, educational software and productivity tools. The ZX Spectrum was particularly popular for its games and it had a wide range of games from different genres such as action, adventure, RPG, puzzle, and more. The ZX Spectrum was also popular with developers and programmers and it was used to develop a wide range of software. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was a commercial success, it was particularly popular in the United Kingdom and it sold over 5 million units. The ZX Spectrum was also popular in other countries and it was also available in Europe, Australia and some countries in South America. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum was widely used in the education sector and it was used to teach programming in schools and universities. The ZX Spectrum was discontinued in 1992, but it is still considered a collector's item and is highly sought after by enthusiasts and retro computing enthusiasts. The Sinclair ZX Spectrum had a wide range of games available, it had a large library of games from different genres such as action, adventure, RPG, puzzle, and more. Some examples of games that were available for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum include: Elite: A space trading and combat simulation game Manic Miner: A platform game where the player controls Willy, a miner, who must navigate through underground caverns to collect treasures Jet Set Willy: A platform game, it is a sequel to Manic Miner. Dizzy: A series of platform and puzzle games featuring an egg-shaped character named Dizzy Knight Lore: A platform game that utilized an isometric projection Sabre Wulf: An action-adventure game where the player controls Sabreman and tries to escape from the Wulf Head Over Heels: A platform and puzzle game featuring two characters, Head and Heels Horace Goes Skiing: A platform game featuring a character named Horace who skis down a mountain These games were very popular in the 1980s and they still have a dedicated fanbase. Due to the ZX Spectrum's popularity, many of the games were ported to other platforms, allowing them to reach a wider audience. Due to the wide popularity of the console, the games for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum are relatively easy to find and distribute.