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‘It’s fun to cook up the stupidest idea’: The people competing to make the worst computer games possible

By Rich Pelley

06 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Retro video games are experiencing a surge in popularity, particularly among older gamers who grew up with home computers. The ZX Spectrum, released in 1982, is fondly remembered by many for its original games—and its limitations.

Retro video games have never been more popular, mostly because gamers have never been older. The home-computer generation of players are now in their 40s and 50s, and as we get older, we’re spending more time down memory lane. Who wouldn’t want to replay the classics of their youth on mini versions of the original consoles and computers, or even on a phone?

The ZX Spectrum – released in 1982 – had only eight basic colours, a rubber keyboard and 48K of RAM (your 4GB RAM phone has nearly 90,000 times more); nonetheless, some still view it like others view the Beatles. Games such as Manic Miner, Chuckie Egg and Atic Atac were truly original, unlike anything seen before. But some remember it just as fondly for being, well, a bit crap.

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