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Topic # 29937 23-Jan-2009 19:09 Send private message

The C64 sparked my interest in computers, and I still have my original in (as far as I can tell) working condition.
Are there any other old C64 junkies around here?
I never graduated past using a datasette, but I didn't let slow loading times dull my enthusiasm!
Would be interesting to hear of people's favourite old games.  I don't think I'll ever be as into a game as I was at the age of 8 playing "Bruce Lee" until on the edge of a migrane hahahaha.




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  Reply # 191651 23-Jan-2009 20:20 Send private message

I still have mine in the garage.. Complete with 1541 floppy drive.

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  Reply # 191652 23-Jan-2009 20:22 Send private message

I'm hearing you!  It was my third computer after a Sinclair ZX81 then a Commodore Vic 20.  I was a simulation man (and still sort of am I guess) Red Storm Rising, Gunship, Silent Service... a definite Microprose software bent there!  Then of course there was as a teenage boy, Leather Goddesses of Phobos...

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  Reply # 191660 23-Jan-2009 20:58 Send private message

Microprose were fantastic - I spent hours playing Kennedy Approach! Andy Hollis really was the man..

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  Reply # 191670 23-Jan-2009 21:41 Send private message

Oh the memories i had the C64 and the SX64




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  Reply # 191674 23-Jan-2009 21:45 Send private message

Another long time C64 user here, tho these days it's just firing an emulator up and playing a few old games. 

I think it was my 14th birthday that I got one.  I used to use my C64 to call BBSs back in the day, and had the 1541-II floppy drive that had the external power supply!

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  Reply # 191682 23-Jan-2009 22:09 Send private message

Not C64, but its bigger brother, Amiga Laughing
Lots of memories......




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  Reply # 191684 23-Jan-2009 22:27 Send private message

the amiga that a lot of C64 users dreamed of upgrading to - way ahead of it's time huh!  :)

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  Reply # 191708 24-Jan-2009 00:05 Send private message

Ah, yes, I remember GEOS, the graphic OS, which include GeoPublish. I used to publish a 4 page newsletter each month -- I'd create the layout, type up the text as a seperate text file, then import the text into the layout. I'd start the import before I went to bed, because it would take most of the night to flow the text through the document. And if it didn't quite work -- and I ended up with a couple of words overflowing the layout -- I'd just start the process over again the next night...




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  Reply # 191810 24-Jan-2009 14:28 Send private message

portunus: the amiga that a lot of C64 users dreamed of upgrading to - way ahead of it's time huh!  :)

Hahaha fully. I was jealous of friends who got the Amiga. I'd spend afternoons playing Rick Dangerous and Robocop at my mates' place, only to come home to "Press play on tape" hee hee.
Been dabbling in emulation too, both C64 and Amiga. 
Oh gosh I remember being in a C64 users group when I was a kid too!  Looking back I really was a nerd!




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  Reply # 191827 24-Jan-2009 15:56 Send private message

C64 was a bit before my time but I remember being at my grandma's for a holiday and playing on my uncles machine.  My first computer was the Amiga 500, ah bubble bobble and double dragon.

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  Reply # 192040 25-Jan-2009 23:51 Send private message

Ahh my C64C I still think some of the games (arcade style) were more entertaining than some of todays extremely flashy games. 

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  Reply # 192050 26-Jan-2009 02:24 Send private message

rphenix: Ahh my C64C I still think some of the games (arcade style) were more entertaining than some of todays extremely flashy games. 


That's because back then they only had 64k of memory and discs  of 170kb. They literally did not have the room for the flashier graphics and sound.  So they had to concerate on the game play instead.

I can remember reading an article of the guy that developed Paradroid/Paradroid 90. It's a  fascinating wee tale of the problems and challenges the guy faced in getting the game develeoped on time and within the limitation of the machine. I think I can recall him saying something about unloading bits of the operating system in order to get more room to put his sprites.

Anyways  here's a link to that article : http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/paradroid90/paradroid90/zzap64.html




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  Reply # 192051 26-Jan-2009 02:41 Send private message

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portunus: the amiga that a lot of C64 users dreamed of upgrading to - way ahead of it's time huh!  :)

Hahaha fully. I was jealous of friends who got the Amiga. I'd spend afternoons playing Rick Dangerous and Robocop at my mates' place, only to come home to "Press play on tape" hee hee.
Been dabbling in emulation too, both C64 and Amiga. 
Oh gosh I remember being in a C64 users group when I was a kid too!  Looking back I really was a nerd!


Ahhh the amiga 500. I relectantly got rid of my old one some years back. Wasn't loading anything up (rom error I think). I can still remember the names of the chips ...Angus chip. ...Denise chip ...Copper chip...Gary Chip .... (yay I may be nerdier than you :D) . It was ahead of it's time as everything the machine did went through a chip specifically designed for it (eg sound went through one chip , graphics another chip , i/o , the bus etc etc)  and also included a hardware blitter chip (a big reason why the graphics looked so good on it)

I remember the first time I saw one in a small shop in the basement of centreplace, hamilton.  I don't remember if it was an actual computer shop or just a sewing machine shop (my bets are on the 2nd one - it was the only computer there !!!) . I spent many an afternoon going down the escalator from Ward st  to play on it  (this was back when the library was in Worley place)....

ack ! sorry Original poster . I seem to be drifting a little bit off topic :(. Had to stop myself from going on about my "amiga gaming years" and the classic names from back then.




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  Reply # 192058 26-Jan-2009 08:00 Send private message

The C64 was where it all started for me too, in the UK.  Just had a quick look at this site to remind myself of some of the games I used to play: Lemmings, Commando, Ghostbusters, Jet Set Willy, Jupiter Lander, to name just a few!  Within a minute it brought back some distant memories!  Spent many many hours on all of these.

I completely agree with the comment on gameplay in the games that were produced back then - you'd just keep coming back for more.  None of this completing it in 10 hours-or-less and then stick it back on the shelf for a few months.  And even if you did complete one quickly, it would simply be a further challenge to do it all again!

I think we ended up selling ours when we upgraded to an Amiga 500, and then that eventually too when I upgraded again to an Amiga 1200 - which I think my Dad's still got stored somewhere.

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  Reply # 192222 27-Jan-2009 10:22 Send private message

spk18: I'm hearing you!  It was my third computer after a Sinclair ZX81 then a Commodore Vic 20.  I was a simulation man (and still sort of am I guess) Red Storm Rising, Gunship, Silent Service... a definite Microprose software bent there!  Then of course there was as a teenage boy, Leather Goddesses of Phobos...

Same here!  Well, I skipped the Vic 20 but I did have a friend with one :)

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