Did you play Sierra on line games?

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Re: Did you play Sierra on line games?

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The Spectrum was more popular in the UK in the 80's from what I remember, though the Commodore wasn't far behind. I had both. A ZX Spectrum 48 first then, when I got tired of the rubber keys, a Commodore 64. I seem to think the Commodore had better graphics* so was considered better overall. And you can't go wrong with that extra 16kb of RAM either :)

* Bear in mind this was the 80's. Looking back at it now, the graphics in both just look dated.

I still never played the Sierra Online games though. They sound like the kind of things I would have played if I'd been able to so maybe they were just never available in the UK.
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Most of the Sierra adventure games were on computers using MS-DOS, IBM PCs or an Apple computer of some sort. The Amiga 500 had most of them during their “height” as well.

I don’t think any of them were on the C64. Let alone a Spectrum. They were generally pretty graphics heavy so the Amiga was a pretty good game computer to play them on to get the full experience.

I know the Amiga was more popular in Europe/UK but I guess the Sierra games weren’t as big over there.
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That's probably why. I never had an Amiga and I don't remember any of my friends having one either. Were they more expensive than the Spectrum and Commodore? I recall having a hell of a job convincing my parents to buy me computers for Christmas or birthdays because I was forever wanting the next newest thing on the grounds that one of my friends had it (yes, that was totally a thing). The pricier it was, the less likely I'd have been to get it.
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David Whyld wrote:I never had an Amiga and I don't remember any of my friends having one either. Were they more expensive than the Spectrum and Commodore?
I just made a quick search on Wikipedia and found the following American prices:

c64 in 1982: $595
c64 in 1985: $149
Amiga 500 in 1987: $699

So at the time the Amiga 500 came out, the C64 was much cheaper.
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That explains it. There was no way I'd ever have been able to convince my parents to buy me a computer that was over four times as expensive as a Commodore, and on pocket money I certainly couldn't have afforded it myself.
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David Whyld wrote:That explains it. There was no way I'd ever have been able to convince my parents to buy me a computer that was over four times as expensive as a Commodore, and on pocket money I certainly couldn't have afforded it myself.
I'm sure a Speccy was about £130 or so with games around £5 to £10.
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Sounds about right price for C64 in 1985 since that’s about when I got mine.

I think I got my Amiga in 1989, so I think it was slightly cheaper by then, though not much cheaper.

I never saw a Speccy at all over here. I didn’t even know about that computer’s popularity until decades later when I was browsing C64 game sites.
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