30th Anniversary of the Amstrad CPC 464

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Amstrad CPC 464. The computer launched in the spring of 1984 by British manufacturer Amstrad. The "color personal computer" (CPC) was a success in Britain and across Europe, selling 3 million units. It sold far less than the Spectrum and Commodore 64 but these are impressive numbers for the third placed machine.

The CPC 464 operated using the BASIC language and was equipped with a cassette tape deck, a Zilog Z80A processor running at 4Mhz, and 64KB RAM. The first set of Amstrads came with monochromatic (green) monitors was many programmers first introduction to coding. An entire generation of gamers, now probably in their thirties and forties, grew up with the device and games such as "Gauntlet," "Barbarian," "Arkanoid" and "Rainbow Islands."

The CPC 464 was my first computer and I still have it. I have kept my favourite games but I have fond memories of "Target Renegade," "R-Type," "Robocop," "Chase HQ," "Continental Circus," "Ghost and Goblins," "Super Robin Hood," "Fantasy World Dizzy," "Head Over Heels," "Rainbow Islands," "New Zealand Story" and "Barbarian."