Originally Posted by Hurrah Brother
I never understood why the CPC range did so well, don't get me wrong, it was a very good machine (and quite expandable), but Sinclair, Commodore and Acorn had pretty much annihalated the competition in the years 1982/3. Once established, inertia did the rest to keep them top machines untill the arrival of the 16 bits. The CPC should have failed but somehow it bucked the trend and hung on in there
The CPC confused me too, I didn't know anyone who had one, yet it was supposedly a popular platform and was definitely well supported with games.
I think the only reaon it was popular was the all-in-one design appealed to parents (no hogging the living room TV etc), plus Amstrad must have sucked up to Dixons etc. so that they were pushed in stores more than the other machines.
From what I remember the CPC had slightly better graphics than the C64 on some games, but the C64 was a better all rounder with better sound, and had a much bigger scene.