I was reading Tall John's BLOG, the bit about owning a ZX Spectrum, it reminds me of programs like Game Designer by Quicksilva for the ZX Spectrum written by John Hollis. The hours of fun I had with that, he even has a small web-page. Then there was H.U.R.G but I only managed a Pacman derivative. I emailed Kevin Toms the writer of Football Manager for the ZX Spectrum to thank him for his incredibly addictive game and I even received a reply, I mean, these guys were like film stars back then.
I used to like making adventure games on the speccy, I remember wanting The Quill and later (GAC) Graphic Adventure Creator but they were too expensive for me. I once designed a simple spectrum piano program and later, a drum machine program for the Amstrad CPC 464. I prefer to write novels nowadays but I still like to refurbish the odd 8 bit computer.
The C64 had the great SEUCK, which didn't, in my opinion, transition well to the Amiga.
I recently purchased an Amiga 500 to fix up, even going to the lengths of using Hydrogen Peroxide to bleach the surface plastic of its stained yellow, back to the original grey but the main thing is this, I'd forgotten just how much fun the Amiga was, the great user interface that was Workbench 1.2 etc, the innovative hardware. I have fond memories of my parents going on holiday and leaving me alone at home for a week when I was a teenager, my Amiga 500 plugged into my parents big TV with a copy of Defender of the Crown.
So, once more, I am glad to be messing about with another piece of game creation kit and making my own arcade games without a line of code in sight.