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Competition – Speccy Nation Books

speccynationbookcoverAs you may know, thirty years ago a little computer with rubber keys, a handful of colours and a squawking soundbox changed the world. The ZX Spectrum inspired a generation of British enthusiasts not only to play games but to create them.

Specrum fan Dan Whitehead has written a book reviewing 50 of the most notable games for his favourite machine, and it is a superb read. Games you all know, like Manic Miner and Jetpac, games you might not know about but MUST try, like Flunky and Friday 13th, and games that probably wouldn’t be on anyones “remake” list, like Trashman and Cannibal Island.

He has also kindly donated 5 copies of his book that lucky 80sNostalgia readers could win!

So I’m giving away 3 copies via 80sNostalgia itself, one copy via the Twitter feed and one copy via the Facebook page. If you really want to win one, why not enter all three times? Its free AND you could win stuff! Bargain!

To enter via Facebook group, follow me here. (Facebook comp runs for 7 days from 21st Jan)

To enter via Twitter, follow me here. (Twitter comp runs for 7 days from 28th Jan)

(Details of the Twitter and Facebook competitions will be added to the respective feeds on the first day of the competition.)

To enter via the site, send an email to comp@80snostalgia.com with the subject “Speccy Nation”. Just tell me which is your favourite Spectrum game ever and you’ll be entered into the draw. Three winners will be drawn in total and, if you win, I’ll email you back for postal details. (Site comp runs for 3 weeks from NOW up to 10th Feb)

If you’d like to read more about Speccy Nation, click here.


Dan Whitehead has been writing about games professionally since 1991, when he first started out as a staff writer for Amiga Computing. Since then he has written for dozens of publications, including PlayStation Pro and the Official Xbox Magazine, worked as a specialist writer for Guinness World Records and sits on several gaming juries for BAFTA. In 2004 he edited the Retro Gamer Your Sinclair supplement. He currently writes for Eurogamer and Big Issue In The North, and runs Word Play, a scriptwriting consultancy for games developers.

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