Back in 1983 after seeing my friends Atari VCS 2600 I knew it was time for me
to move into the world of computer consoles.
I needed to convince my parents that this would be an educational tool and
not just another pong game.
Also I had always been one not to go with the flow of trends and liked to be
This is when I saw the Philips G7000 in the local Argos priced up at the
grand sum of £99.99 easily a full weeks wages for my dad and I had no income
whatsoever as I would have been around the age of thirteen.
The keyboard and Programmer cartridge no9 would be my means of convincing
them this was a wise buy as I had just started studying computers at school on
the commodore pet machines.
Now of course I didn't get the no9 Cartridge straight away, I'm not exactly
sure which my first PAC was, it was either 34 Satellite Attack, 22 Space Monster
or 44 Crazy Chase. I suspect 34.
The above photo shows me wearing my Bruce Lee style all black ghetup, a pair
of RE-ACTOLITE RAPIDE prescription glasses, 2 volumes of my UNEXPLAINED weekly
in the background, yes I was that 80s Child.
My console actually broke after about three months, I didn't actually get it
from Argos in the long run, it was bought from my local Toymaster as a Christmas
It broke because I discovered a neat trick with PAC no 1. Race/Spinout (did
anyone ever actually play cryptogram ???), by starting the game, removing the
cart and re-inserting it, the walls disappeared and you could wiz around in a
Head down in shame we took it back to the shop denying any abuse of the
system, and after about 2 weeks they replaced it.
Anyway as time went by, my collection grew including, 9 Programmer, Those
listed above, Turtles and Quest for the Rings. A must have as I was a huge
Dungeons and Dragons fan, and Tolkien fiend.
Now Please someone put me out of my misery on this question of "QFTR".. when I
got it, it (i am sure) came in a sleeve that slid over the outer box, yet I have
never since seen it with this outer cover despite years of search on EBAY etc...
does anyone else remember this ???
Question has now been answered, yes
there were some sleeves that went over the QFTR
So getting back to my story...
time passed and I moved away from the G7000 when I then proved (to my means)
that it was no good for education and that I really needed a Commodore VC-20..
My console... god knows went where, my cartridges, I leant them to friends
who never returned.. and the G7000 was lost in the mists of time..
THREE YEARS LATER Until about 1989 now a 21 year old stud and fond of my car boot sales I came
across two copies of ATLANTIS by Imagic, nostalgia filled my proboscis, and I
bought them for the hell of it at £1 each as I remembered back when I was
younger looking at adverts in my magazines proclaiming that these games from
manufacturers such as parker and imagic were going to start a release of G7000
compatible games. with adverts to tempt like Tutankham & Spiderman
I moved away from the G7000 in about 1986 before they ever did, and knowing that I could
probably pick an old console up for under a tenner, I decided to buy them.
Of course they sat on shelves and never did get opened, then I moved house
and left them behind, but always I had a soft spot for the G7000. (damn two
factory sealed rares frittered away)
ANOTHER 14 YEARS 2003
I start dabbling in dealing retro stuff on
EBAY, as I am still an avid car boot'r, and while browsing I decide to see if the old console holds much value
today as I knew the VCS and others did as I had sold a couple, and I was disappointed to find that
generally they didn't, but the odd cartridge held a few pound, then when I
delved more into it I found that the VIDEOPAC range of items could be the most
perfect thing in the world to collect as prices ranged from a couple of quid, to
silly money, it was quantifiable in that there was a fixed amount of cartridges
to be gained, but there was always the items that you may stumble upon that
would be classed as "holy grail".
more so my interest in the console as a child meant I knew the subject and
what to look for..
My hobby began.
Chopper Pic... Just wanted to include that icon of the time.