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Title: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Amiga Man on May 31, 2010, 04:06:08 PM
For me.....Back in the 80`s   I went to Mircofun so often and it was Great shop.
It got all Atari, C64, Zx Spectrum and I remmy when I bought Amiga 500 plus in mircofun as oringal amiga 500 was out of stock :( as I couldnt contain my excitement to take that specail computer home and play it. My first amiga games was CAPTAIN Planets :D

The second computer shop was computer stores where loads of amiga games but i saw PC games looking good and were catching up the amiga :(

Hell of fun back in the 80/90`s

Today games isnt much fun as were back then :(
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: porchy on May 31, 2010, 04:32:27 PM
Today games isnt much fun as were back then :(

100% agree with that.
I (well, my Dad) used to go to a place called Castle Computers in Blackpool, although I never once recall him buying anything.
As for games, the newely opened Morrisons in Preston was a gold mine for them. I loved going food shopping in those days ;)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Blackpanther on May 31, 2010, 04:34:36 PM
I can't remember the name as it was only a small gadget type shop and I was kid. He a had very small selection of Amstrad, Spectrum and Commodore games in stock, as I was young I didn't read computer mags so I wasn't after a praticular game. So everytime I went in with my mother she bought me a game  :) Good times!!!
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: StarshipUK on May 31, 2010, 05:52:08 PM
Commodore 16 games were hard to come by, but Asda used to sell them and I would get a new budget game everytime we went shopping.

I think Software Plus sometimes had them. Then I got quite a few at Car Boot Sales where they would often appear, but have not seen any computer games on tapes at car boot sales for a few years now.

I remember when I got my C64, Toys R Us had just put all their C64 games on sale to sell them off. There was also local shops Software Plus, Escom Computers, SES Computers, The DOS House (which I bought all remaining games from for £5 when they closed down - a big box I had to carry home!) and the car boot sales of course.

Nowdays its mostly EBay for modern and retro games.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: muguk on May 31, 2010, 06:16:27 PM
Quite a few - depending on where I lived at the time.  Mostly it was Gallery Software in Wandsworth.  Run by Keith Wadhams and many, many knowledgeable teenage kids (and adults) who'd have nothing else to do but hang around in his shop - OK, I was one of them.

Then, when I relocated to Rhyl in 1988, it was Jo Micro run by a not-so-knowledgeable bloke for the owner who popped in once in a blue moon.  I remember selling my pristine collection of ZX Spectrum adventure cassettes (quite a few 'OMG R@RE' ones in there) for enough cash to buy a pair of trainers!  Oh how cruel hindsight can be!

Then a worker from that shop set up Broadsword Computers, about 1989, around the corner from Jo Micro, and that was that for a couple of years until Broadsword went under :(
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyT on May 31, 2010, 06:55:31 PM
I went to SRS on Watford high street and also Watford Electronics. SRS are still going, but now do cameras. http://www.srsmicrosystems.co.uk/

Also bought a lot of £1.99 games on tape from Woolworth's.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on May 31, 2010, 07:46:57 PM
I shopped at a few places for C64 and Speccy stuff, namely my corner shop . . . £1.99 games from Mastertronic etc . . . and of course the great shops of the day such as Boots and Woolworths had a good selection of the more expensive games at the time . . . :)

And when it came to Amiga . . . Datanest (in Leicester) - just ask PhoenixTLB about that! ;) :)  :P  ::)  :o  ;D

Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: porchy on May 31, 2010, 08:28:46 PM
I shopped at a few places for C64 and Speccy stuff, namely my corner shop . . . £1.99 games from Mastertronic etc . . . and of course the great shops of the day such as Boots and Woolworths had a good selection of the more expensive games at the time . . . :)

And when it came to Amiga . . . Datanest (in Leicester) - just ask PhoenixTLB about that! ;) :)  :P  ::)  :o  ;D



i was gonna ask if Boots sold games once upon a time but thought my memory was really having a laugh at my expense. Pretty sure ive had a few games from Boots too.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on May 31, 2010, 08:31:23 PM
I shopped at a few places for C64 and Speccy stuff, namely my corner shop . . . £1.99 games from Mastertronic etc . . . and of course the great shops of the day such as Boots and Woolworths had a good selection of the more expensive games at the time . . . :)

And when it came to Amiga . . . Datanest (in Leicester) - just ask PhoenixTLB about that! ;) :)  :P  ::)  :o  ;D



i was gonna ask if Boots sold games once upon a time but thought my memory was really having a laugh at my expense. Pretty sure ive had a few games from Boots too.

One of my favourite games for the C64 came from boots - still has the price sticker on it too! £8.95 for Mega Apocalypse! ;)
I think Parallax for the C64 came from there too! :) also around that sort of price! :)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: porchy on May 31, 2010, 08:35:05 PM
I shopped at a few places for C64 and Speccy stuff, namely my corner shop . . . £1.99 games from Mastertronic etc . . . and of course the great shops of the day such as Boots and Woolworths had a good selection of the more expensive games at the time . . . :)

And when it came to Amiga . . . Datanest (in Leicester) - just ask PhoenixTLB about that! ;) :)  :P  ::)  :o  ;D



i was gonna ask if Boots sold games once upon a time but thought my memory was really having a laugh at my expense. Pretty sure ive had a few games from Boots too.

One of my favourite games for the C64 came from boots - still has the price sticker on it too! £8.95 for Mega Apocalypse! ;)
I think Parallax for the C64 came from there too! :) also around that sort of price! :)

Andy, your a genius. I was trying to think of Mega Apocalypse the other day but couldnt get past Crazy Comets. Had a few games on that instead. Time to load up VICE
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on May 31, 2010, 08:36:21 PM
erm . . . did I mention I know Simon Nicol? The guy who coded Crazy Comets and Mega Apocalypse! ;)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: porchy on May 31, 2010, 08:38:47 PM
erm . . . did I mention I know Simon Nicol? The guy who coded Crazy Comets and Mega Apocalypse! ;)

I believe you just did
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: billdooruk on May 31, 2010, 09:30:56 PM
Can't remember why we got the Oric software from (I'm ready for the comments back on that one!!!)

I used to use either Mr Disk in Birmingham centre (by Nostalgia & Comics) but my main shop was called Game Over in Walsall....I got to know the owners very well....wonder what happened to them?

I did pay about £100 for JAP Mario All Stars a couple of day's after it's Jap release...How on earth did I afford it!!!! - Ahhh that's right....Single & living at home with parents!!!
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: flicky on May 31, 2010, 09:33:40 PM
Excellent thread!

The computer shops I went to were mostly in Guildford, during my lunch breaks when I went to school there.

I remember Lasky's had a lot of different machines (including quite a few Ataris) and I spent a lot of time there. There was also an independent computer shop at the top of North Street, but for the life of me I can't remember their name. I remember them stocking some cool machines though. I think they had that "luggable" system by Osborne and the Coleco Adam.

The other places I remember going a lot in the early 80s in Guildford were Woolworths (which for a time, sold the Colecovision) and the department store Army & Navy - is that still there!? - which sold the Vectrex. I remember going into town every lunchbreak for an entire term to look at the Vectrex :)

There was also a small chain in the South of England in the 80s called Ultima - anyone remember them? They sold software only IIRC. I had a QL for a while and recall looking at the vast selection of um, 2 QL titles they had in store (Chess and Match Point). Also remember seeing The Sentinel for the C64 on display in the shop and finding it very hypnotic.

John Lewis stores also had a great selection of machines, remember trying out an Atari 400 there once, and I'm sure they had a lot of the more obscure systems too.

Ah, happy days.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on May 31, 2010, 09:38:43 PM
Just thought of another shop in Leicester - one that is still there . . . MAYS! ;)

A
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: stiggy2009 on May 31, 2010, 10:16:20 PM
I was quite a lucky lad back in the 80's as i amassed quite a lot of games for free by basically playing games after school & weekends. I'll explain -

The parents of my best mate owned a computer shop (originally a home electronics shop owned by my friends grandparents). I had access to pretty much all of the early home comps like the Dragon32, Vic20, Beeb etc etc. We used to play games on the demonstration computers whenever we wasn't at school & got quite good and selling games to parents who weren't sure what to buy there children. My friends parents were so impressed with my 'sales' skills, they let me have whatever games took my fancy. I also used to borrow quite a few computers to take home & more often than not they'd let me keep them. Sweet deal!

For shop brought stuff, there was a little computer shop in Nottingham called Intoto (now a cafe). I used to have three paper rounds that would earn me enough for bus fair to the city, lunch, the latest 9.99 Ocean hit and a little left over for the tuck shop at school. I brought most of my c64 stuff there and later a Master System but couldn't really afford many of the carts on a regular basis. Chap that ran the place would just let you hang out there.

I forget the name of the shop, but there was a large store in the Broadmarsh centre in Nottingham. Many happy memories there as I recall was the place to be to see/play on the next big game/system.

I remember the store being packed as they pumped Xenon II's Megablast out of the speaker system. Seeing Rick Dangerous for the first time and buying a copy within a few minutes. It was also a great place to see imported stuff too like the first time i got my mitts on a PC Engine & Neo Geo. Great chaps that used the run the place too, let me play for hours on an imported version of Final Fight on the Super Famicon. Bet you don't get that kind of thing at GAME nowadays?




Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Womble on May 31, 2010, 10:42:04 PM
Got most of my games from WHSmiths, used to love going in an trawling through the cassette rack, remember the scary prospect of dropping 10 quid on Midnight Resistance, my 1st full price game.

Some of the early games my dad bought me have price stickers from a local chemist on the cassette box, very retro that is, until home computing took off WHSmiths and the like were very wary, chemists often were the 1st bricks and mortar outlets after mail order.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: PhoenixTLB on May 31, 2010, 10:44:09 PM
First shop I ever went was in Leicester, it changed its name a few times, not sure which came first - Microware & Bits 'n' Bytes, it was just around the corner from Mays on St Peters Lane.

I bought my Intellivision from W.H. Smiths, I can remember them stocking Atari 400's too.

Then came the time of the Amiga and Datanest (a favoutire lunchtime haunt from college for me and Andy), that and Mays (which Andy proudly was ejected from when being witness to someone getting a game demo on a C64, then shouting 'Christ, I've seen better graphics on a ZX81!') ... Good times!  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Scarlettkitten on June 01, 2010, 11:09:24 AM
I used to get c64 games from "Softspot" in Daventry or Banbury either that or Boots had some games upstairs in Rugby. Ahhh happy dayz 8)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on June 01, 2010, 11:13:06 AM
First shop I ever went was in Leicester, it changed its name a few times, not sure which came first - Microware & Bits 'n' Bytes, it was just around the corner from Mays on St Peters Lane.

I bought my Intellivision from W.H. Smiths, I can remember them stocking Atari 400's too.

Then came the time of the Amiga and Datanest (a favoutire lunchtime haunt from college for me and Andy), that and Mays (which Andy proudly was ejected from when being witness to someone getting a game demo on a C64, then shouting 'Christ, I've seen better graphics on a ZX81!') ... Good times!  ;D ;D ;D

Dave, was that a little shop literally around the corner from Mays? - if so, I remember that one too!
and btw . . . it was a game demo on an Atari ST! :( It looked grey as fook and that is why I said I had seen better graphics on a ZX81 ;)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: PhoenixTLB on June 01, 2010, 11:34:08 AM
LOL! I should have known it was an ST  ;D

Yep the shop was literally 50 yards around the corner from Mays, I bought my ZX81 from there and had them put it in a DK Tronics keyboard with 4k Graphic ROM.  ;D

I can even remember buying GULP from them for £3.45  8)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on June 01, 2010, 11:40:30 AM
£3.45 good price! ;)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: felicemaggie on June 01, 2010, 01:23:27 PM
Being based in Bedford at the time, we had an excellent store there which also did mail-order of games and hardware too - they were called 'Dowling Computers'. Unfortunately they closed back in 1993 in the depths of the recession that hit the town very hard  >:( However, a couple of hours after they went under, I got a call from one of the directors which basically told me to go to their warehouse unit and grab what I wanted for nowt; they wanted regular customers to have the benefit of the stuff on offer there rather than the liquidators, who hadn't arrived by the time I got there  ;D

Boots, WH Smiths, Software Plus and one or two other places there also sold games and hardware, but unlike the independent places (with the exception of Software Plus staff in Bedford at the time) the customer support and service was pretty rubbish. The indie stores were the best places to go.

Cheers,

Rich.


Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Phu on June 01, 2010, 01:24:42 PM
I didn't visit a great many shops as I only had pocket money (I was born in 1980) and couldn't afford to buy new games all the time. Plus I'd inherited a load of stuff from my brother when I got a Speccy so I was quite content...

On the rare occasion, I did buy from "The Computer Store" (I think that's what it was called), a local shop that sadly didn't survive into the 90s. When I needed bits for my BBC Micro, "Bits n Bytes" down in Portsmouth city centre. Then they went bust too...

-- Richard
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on June 01, 2010, 01:38:41 PM
[rant]
Somewhat of a trend here me thinks - and a bad one at that. All of the smaller indie stores went quite quickly from what I can remember and from what you are all saying here! Only the big chain stores carried on. With that though surely the personal touch has now gone completely? Going to a local store in the 80s for computer games etc. more often than not they would let you have a play so to speak. Can you do that now in the big 'chain' stores? I don't think so? The more I think about what this country has lost it makes me more determined to  get our computer museum open fully to the public on a full time basis. So that you CAN go into somewhere to play on a game or system you want to play on . . . yeah it will cost a few quid to get in but . . . it WILL be worth it surely?
[/rant]

Andy - apologies for this outburst, but I am sure 99% of you know exactly where I am coming from! :)
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Phu on June 01, 2010, 01:59:19 PM
I'm with Andy.

PC World does (in places) have Console games available to playtest, but usually a limited range. More to show off the system than the games... although they probably provide the latest "big" release to play.

The way I see it, there's three types of people who will come to a permanent RCM:

1) People who had the systems in their youth and have come for some nostalgia.
2) The young generation who love gaming and what to see how it used to be done.
3) The "tourist" types who just want a good day out.

I think we've had a good share of all three at the open days, showing there's definitely a market for RCM.

-- Richard
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: Cap on July 10, 2019, 10:07:04 PM
9 years later.
I used to visit a shop literally a few doors further down the same road the RetroComputerMuseum is on.
I bought my A1200 ppc accelerator there plus many more parts.
I cannot remember the owners name but i wonder if he is linked to this Museum at all.
Title: Re: Which computer shop did you go in the 80/90`s?
Post by: AndyRCM on July 23, 2019, 10:05:03 PM
Nice post . . . 9 years! ;)

We are now open to the public . . . albeit only 2 days a week but . . . we have come a long way and will continue to do so . . . ;)

Andy