The ZX Spectrum Vega+ is the ultimate crowdfunding cautionary tale

In 2016, an obscure UK company called Retro Computers Ltd (RCL) asked the internet a question: “what if we take the ZX Spectrum — easily the most beloved home computer of the 1980’s — and put it in a handheld form?” Nearly 5,000 people thought that was a great idea. Putting their money where their mouths are, the nostalgic tech fans invested over £500,000 into the project via ubiquitous crowdfunding site IndieGogo. In return, RCL promised that later down the line, they’d get their hands on the handheld, called the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+. Things didn’t work out that way.…

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