|Original Title: Ocho Quilates (Una historia de la Edad de Oro del software español (1983-1986)) (I)
Author: Jaume Esteve Gutiérrez
Publisher: STAR-T MAGAZINE BOOKS
Review: Did you know that twenty years ago Spain was one of the main videogame powers in Europe? “Ocho Quilates, Una historia de la Edad de Oro del software español (1983-1986) (I)” is an overview over the origins of Spanish videogame industry in times of 8-bits.You may remember the 80s as the years of Nocilla sandwich after school, Naranjito, The A-Team and Mecano. But 80s was also an historical point in videogame’s world. It was the time when they started to evolve into the huge beast that we know today thanks to 8-bits microcomputers as ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, MSX, or Commodore 64. Surrounding this technological mess a beardless bunch of young men (and some just a little older) built up a nonexistent industry at that time. Companies such as Dinamic, ERBE, Made in Spain, Opera and Topo won a place in the hearts of an entire generation of Spaniards who found that computers were more than a tool to do their homework. If your hair stands on end when you hear talking about La Abadía del Crimen, Navy Moves, Mad Mix Game, Livingstone, Supongo, La Aventura Original, Abu Simbel Profanation, Silent Shadow, Sir Fred, La Pulga, Mot, Lorna, El Misterio del Nilo, After the War, Emilio Butragueño o Fernando Martín. Or if tears come to your eyes when someone mentions Afteroids, Army Moves, Fred, Goody, Desperado, Narco Police, Risky Woods, Rocky, Perico Delgado, Humphrey o París – Dakar, welcome, you are at home.