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Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum introduced a generation to home gaming and coding, me included

My first computer was a Sinclair ZX Spectrum. I still remember the feel of those rubber keys and how the process of loading the game often took longer than you spent playing it. The ZX Spectrum was the brainchild of Clive Sinclair and was launched in 1982 – though I think I got mine a couple of years later.

Clive Sinclair was a British inventor and an astute businessman. He died this week, aged 81. While the ZX Spectrum wasn’t his first computer (that was the ZX80), it was the model that really changed things, and is credited with kick-starting the British video game industry.

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