The 1980’s was the decade when microprocessor technology became cheap enough and powerful enough that computers became affordable for the average member of the public. Â Parents saw these wonderful new machines and many decided buying a ZX Spectrum would help little Johnny with his homework, and allow them to do their accounts.
What they didn’t realise of course is that doing the accounts on a Spectrum was pretty impractical, and completely useless for Johnny’s homework – no Internet in those days! Â No, the average home computer was of course used solely for playing video games.
It was also in the 1980’s that Games Consoles really started to become popular as well. Â Basically a home computer stripped of a keyboard but possibly with better graphical capabilities, the Game Console was looked on with disdain by many parents, though they would normally cave in eventually once Johnny had harped on long enough.
So, with all that in mind, would you say you played more videogames as a kid on a Home Computer, or on a Games Console?