Retro gaming is a hobby of millions. Since the home computer boom of the early 1980’s gaming really took off as something you could do in the comfort of your own home.
Prior to this most people had a limited choice of console systems they could use with offerings from colecovision, Atari and so on.
8-Bit computers such as the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC464 and the BBC micro added a range of diversity to home gamers – and helped to increase the overall quality of games.
Smaller 8-Bit machines such as the ZX81, Jupiter ACE, Acorn Atom, Commodore 16 and Commodore VIC-20 (endorsed by none other than William Shatner!) paved the way for home users and launched those famous ‘bedroom programmers’. These machines quickly gave way to better 8-bit models that generally had more RAM (at least a whopping 32K!) and greater graphical capability (the ZX81’s display was monochromatic!)