The best and worst thing about the internet is that anything and everything can be remembered - and, with enough effort, recreated.
In that vein, the Spectrum is coming back.
That's right, the ZX Spectrum -- the 1980s gaming and computing platform whose squeaky tape-loading shrieks ruled the bedrooms of Britain until Amiga and Nintendo came along to ruin gaming by making it fun and accessible -- is back from the dead.
We kid. Sir Clive Sinclair's machine was flawed, but it was also magical, coming at a time of unrivalled invention and progress in games and home computing.
The new machine - the Spectrum ZX Vega - is designed to celebrate that history, and hopefully find a new audience for its greatest moments.
The Vega (£100) uses "a low cost micro-controller and a clever piece of software" to run all 14,000 Spectrum games (there are 'just' 1,000 built-in with), all under license from Sky In-Home Service Ltd, who own the IP.
And it sounds pretty neat. It plugs into a TV, replaces the old keyboard with a friendly gamepad, and every sale will include a donation to the Great Ormond Street Hospital. Also, no loading sounds (we hope).
The Indiegogo Campaign is looking for £100,000 to make the first 1,000 units, while letting early adopters sign up for exclusive benefits like concept art, an invite to the launch party and more.Suggest a correction