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The ZX Spectrum: A 1-bit wonder

Dr Kenny McAlpine discusses the development and launch of Sinclair's ZX Spectrum, the machine that kick-started the UK games industry.

The ZX Spectrum, even for its time was a simple machine, and yet it almost single-handedly kick-started the UK games industry.

In this video, we’ll look at the launch of the Spectrum and the challenges that its design presented to game developers.

Once you’ve completed the video step, I’d like you to think, not just about the Spectrum, but the gaming industry as a whole.

The emerging UK games market in the early 1980s was a very different one from that in the US. It was much more of a cottage industry, with small enthusiast-run companies, serving the needs of enthusiast consumers. Why did the US and the UK markets evolve so differently?

Below, you can find some links to information and articles about this topic. Please spend a bit of time investigating, and post a response to the comments section.

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