I was just digging through my retro stash (thanks again Mr. Reed), when I came across some of these:
|Look at that. The 80s equivalent of a bar of gold.|
Of course, the fact you were doing so meant that you were a filthy, stinking PIRATE! But to be honest, I don't think many kids back then even knew what that meant or what the consequences were. It wasn't something I even thought about.
That said, there can have been no other reason for these cassettes to be produced other than for kids to copy games onto. They were dead cheap (anyone remember exactly how much?), ideal for kids with limited budgets. And let's face it, how many of us actually wrote our own programs? Well, I wrote one... a database of ZZAP! 64-style reviews. But it only consisted or PRINT and IF...THEN...GOTO statements. Hardly a complex work.
|Erm... that's right, m'lud. My reviews database was called "Commando". Honest.|
Of course, there were times when a C15 wouldn't do. Complex multiloads needed more tape room, for starters. And then there was the fact that you could get up to ten games on a side of C90 cassette. So if you didn't have a big enough supply of trusty C15s, then you had to break out the big fella.
I probably sound like a right scumbag now. But to be fair, I owned over 200 original games for my C64. The problem was there were just so many great games available, and kids of our age had a very finite amount of cash. It was simply impossible to buy all the games we wanted, which is where blank cassettes came in. But I know that I, and most of my mates, had a very impressive collection of original games. We bought as much as we could, not necessarily because we knew it was right, but because we liked owning this stuff.
|That's just WRONG, man! Who would waste tape on Trivial Pursuit?|
I don't really have a point to this. I'm not staunchly condemning the evil pirate scum or implicitly advocating the purchase of absolutely everything you like. I just thought it would be fun to write a bit about the old days, having found a box of treasures. There's not much that's more fun than digging through the past.