eighties child I really saw the boom in technology, from the humble pong to the
awesome PlayStation, and I had most of the tech in-between.
Christmas is upon us, I wonder what would be the top five pieces of tech on my
wish list if I was waking up to an eighties Christmas!
the late 1970’s Sony revolutionised the way people listened to music, by the
80’s it would have been a solid favourite for a Christmas treat, for me the
long commutes I had when I first got together with the Mrs (8 hours on a train
each way!) Wouldn’t have been the same without some portable music!
hard to pinpoint when the gaming explosion happened in our house, was it the ZX
or commodore 64 that started the passion, we had both but I distinctively
remember being really jealous of my older brothers Spectrum. With 8-bit gaming,
a funky keyboard and great gaming titles meant that 1982 was a great year to
have this on your wish list (yes I was still a baby then!)
I have some
vague recollection of meeting one of these when I was younger, it clumsily
stumbled over the floor to bring me something, it also had the ability to play
cassettes, had a microphone for you to be able to talk like a robot and it even had
a clock! An all-round Christmas deal breaker! (Although I am sure that the
fantasy of the Omnibot far outlived the reality!)
I was lucky
enough to always know VHS, we had one when they first came out and my dad used
to buy everything released! (He even has a massive log book of films). Adding a
VHS player to my 80’s wish list was a must as although there was Betamax, the
VHS broke the market, it was slimmer and the tapes where longer (by 2 hours!)
Where would we be today without VHS?
So it was a
close one between Sega Master System and the Nintendo Entertainment System, for
me I had to go Sega, I was always a fan, the Master system had some great
titles, Alex Kidd and the Wonder boy series. I know Mario brothers is such an
iconic brand and perhaps the NES would be better placed at number 1 but I have
to say from a play-ability point of view, I had the option in the 80’s to play
each of these and it was the Master System that I went to each time!