March 18, 2004
Bloody stupid Eighties flop

"A handful of records released in the late 70's and early 80's contained computer programs as part of the audio. . . In the case of these programs on vinyl, the user would have to play back the proper portion of the record, record the resultant chatter to tape, and load the tape into the Spectrum." (That's the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, for those of you who didn't know.)

"If all of the above was executed properly, the program displayed rudimentary graphics and printed lyrics in time with the music for the duration of the album. A gigantic step up from encoded text files were actual games included in the grooves of records. In 1984, The Thompson Twins released 'The Thompson Twins Adventure Game' in both regular vinyl and flexi disc formats."

( via TMN)


Posted by tmonkey at March 18, 2004 04:24 PM

wow to that.

Posted by: dbrown on March 18, 2004 05:46 PM
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