He, he, I still regret that I sold my old Spectrum Z80 clone. There's where I started to learn Basic and PLAY (no it's not another OS). I remember I used a C64 tape recorder with the Spectrum because it had better (rectangular) signal. A C64 was, unfortunately, beyond our possibilities. Not to mention C64 software was by far more difficult to find.
Anyone who was into that sort of things should remember Arkanoid, Dizzy, Saboteur, Jet Set Willy and of course Elite Some of those games were quite remarcable. For instance "The Sentinel" had 10000 (ten thousand) levels in less than 64 kb! And it was fully 3D. "Academy" was also 3D, and it had a customizable object based interface (just like nowadays operating systems, you could choose the background, the windows aspect and position) - except it was also in less than 64 Kb. Now that's what I call programming!
However, I don't know if I'd get myself the C64 joystick. You see, some time ago I got an emulator that turns your PC into a Spectrum and I tried to live again the thrill - unsuccessfully.
It happened the same thing when I tried to play Wolfenstein, Dune2, Magic Carpet and even Doom. Only a few games have the privilege to last - at least for me. The first I can think of among those are Sid Meyer's Civilisation and Peter Molineaux's Dungeon Keeper II. Now and then - Tiberian Sun. Shooters are fine, but once finished, I hardly feel the need to play them again (except maybe for Half Life, I played it several times).
The mind commands the body and it obeys. The mind orders itself and meets resistance.