Downloading Games From The Radio

A Sinclair ZX81 with cassette recorder.
A Sinclair ZX81 with cassette recorder.

At last, the first of my articles for Kotaku UK has gone live:

Quite a while ago, a Dutch work colleague of mine mentioned a radio show called Hobbyscoop that was broadcast in the Netherlands in the 1980s. The DJs would play the sound of data tapes (like simple games or programs), and people at home could tape the sounds and then load the programs into their Commodores or Sinclairs. In effect, it was wireless downloading long before the existence of wi-fi.

Suitably intrigued, I attempted to find out more about the radio show, and while doing so I found out that quite a few DJs across Europe had attempted the same thing, many of them coming up with the idea completely independently of each other. I tracked down and interviewed a few of them, and here‘s the resultant article. It was a fun piece to research: I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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