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  Reply # 192231 27-Jan-2009 11:06 Send private message

smarsden: some of the games I used to play: Lemmings, Commando, Ghostbusters, Jet Set Willy, Jupiter Lander, to name just a few!
  Commando was awesome :) Used to play that at my grandparents who had an old Amstrad computer spent many many hours with the cousins playing that game.

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  Reply # 192256 27-Jan-2009 13:38 Send private message

Funny to see this story here the same day that Engadgetmobile runs a story about a fully-fledged C64 emulator for symbian smartphones.... Great nostalgia....




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  Reply # 192258 27-Jan-2009 13:42 Send private message

NZtechfreak: Funny to see this story here the same day that Engadgetmobile runs a story about a fully-fledged C64 emulator for symbian smartphones.... Great nostalgia....


I was about to post the same thing ;)

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Reply # 193387 2-Feb-2009 12:37 Send private message

He he meant to post this last Tuesday but I forgot.

Last Tuesday I believe was maintence night for World of Warcraft.

So I decided to have a go at Amiga Emulation

I tried such games as Gods,Paradroid 90 . Speedball Deluxe and Captive.

Man i must be getting old as these games were kicking my butt O_O !

I found them much harder to play then I remember !

PS Sorry for bumping an old topic admins :D




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  Reply # 193392 2-Feb-2009 13:19 Send private message

YES! Speedball was classic! I'd not played anything close to it at the time, except for a really lame Rollerball game where you could elbow your opponents in the face.




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  Reply # 193400 2-Feb-2009 13:45 Send private message

ahhh nostalgia!! I never had a c64 but had friends with them.. My parents brought me a Amstrad CPC64 for my 10th birthday..



           .. 4mhz processor and 64KB ram..

Who says you need quad core 3ghz machines with 4gb of ram to have fun?? hahaha

Many many hours sitting in front of that beast.. waiting patiently for half an hour as the tape drive squeals as the game loads, you would think i would have gotten up and done something else, but no not me, i would sit there waiting for that exact moment when it had finished loading and i could play, oh for a progress bar back then!! So many good games that i have forgotten about! But loved cabal, wonderboy, gauntlet, shinobi, bad dudes, the wild bunch and super cauldron 2.. i remember playing back to the future a lot but not actually ever knowing what i was suppose to be doing Smile
Oh and if you were really bored you could spend a few hours copying code from a book and make your own games.. i only did this once or twice, the payout definitely wasn't worth the hassle!! (god help you if you mistyped something!)

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  Reply # 196086 16-Feb-2009 17:06 Send private message

I have to say, if I had just a little bit more spare time (and desk space) I would be tempted to dig out the old C64 and try to install the Contiki O/S, just to see if I could get a web server running on it, as at  http://www.c64web.com/

Not sure what is holding me back... hmm.

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  Reply # 196100 16-Feb-2009 17:28 Send private message

LOAD"*",8,1

Spent a lot of time with my mates C64, but I was always an Atari man myself. Paradroid 90 has always been one of my favourite games, Andrew Baybrook is a genius.

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  Reply # 196186 17-Feb-2009 00:03 Send private message

stevenz: LOAD"*",8,1

Spent a lot of time with my mates C64, but I was always an Atari man myself. Paradroid 90 has always been one of my favourite games, Andrew Baybrook is a genius.


omg i wanted to include that command in with my post but I couldn't remember it exactly.

I remember typing that in a lot at the old Library at Worley place. They had a C64 in some corner with boxes of discs :D




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  Reply # 196208 17-Feb-2009 08:58 Send private message

Long lost memories resurrected in this thread!


Vic20 started it all for me. Myself and my brother used to use a program called MLX to key "free" games into the computer via a computer magazine. One would type, the other would read pages and pages of endless (hex) numbers.


Then we would run the game and if you were lucky, it would run. otherwise, you had to go back and proof-check the entire thing!


The first game I ever played on it was a Scott Adams adventure called "The Count" (I think that was what it was called). A strictly text based adventure which never the less we spent many frustrating hours on. Then there was Voodoo Island, and then our first arcade game called Rat Race.


Since the Vic 20 (and C64) came with the BASIC built in, this was my first exposure to programming, and was the single biggest reason I do what I do to day (Software developer) as I actually found something academic that I enjoyed doing and was good at.


So for me it was the Vic 20; C64; Atari ST (poor mans Amiga); Amiga and then a big break of several years (Now I have half a dozen custom built PC's around the house).


Although the ST was not a great PC, it did have the Motorola 6800 series CPU (like the Amiga) which compared to Intels x86 architecture was a pure joy to program. It had a completely flat memory address space. To this day, I wish Intels CPU design had not become the dominant architecture.


About Andrew Braybrook, I loved his games, Paradroid and then Uridium, which actually inspired me to attempt to write my own version of that game (Zaquinox). I used to sit up into the small hours of the night coding and debugging, pumping my fist in the air every time I got something new to work. It was one of the greatest adventures of my life, and I learnt more about programming during those days than I ever did at any technical institution. I have a wall of (redundant) technical books as testament to that period in my life. Haven't got that sort of energy anymore though!





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  Reply # 196269 17-Feb-2009 13:17 Send private message

Quidam:

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Since the Vic 20 (and C64) came with the BASIC built in, this was my first exposure to programming, and was the single biggest reason I do what I do to day (Software developer) as I actually found something academic that I enjoyed doing and was good at.

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I really wanted to learn to program the VIC20, but I just couldn't get my head around it for a very long time. I gave up in disgust and put the thing away in the cupboard, but still bought the VIC20 magazines, so by the time I got back into it, I had a much better -- albeit theoretical -- understanding of how to code.

The first game I wrote starred my fiancee, in a skate-boarding side-scroller:) It's amazing how much personality you can get into an 8x8 sprite...

Still, I didn't really take to programming, and even today, although I need some basic code in my work, I keep away from it if I can. Every time I type  a line of code today, I expect to see 'Syntax error' pop up onscreen.

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  Reply # 196416 17-Feb-2009 22:42 Send private message

honem: 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).....

I remember that shop too! Bought my first computer game there - Some sort of Ultima collection (I, II & III - I think). Kinda strange going past that area now. The escalators are all gone, but I know that there are empty shops underneath..

I relive the C64 and Amiga through emulators now. My mother threw out the original machines thinking they were junkers a few years back.


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  Reply # 196551 18-Feb-2009 16:50 Send private message

ahh memories.

I had a ZX spectrum first, then the Amiga.  Back then it seemed like no one cared if you copied the casette tapes/floppy discs LOL

Speedball was leet and I used to spend many an hour on that game.  Those days it was all about the gameplay, and less about the graphics and crap.





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  Reply # 196669 19-Feb-2009 10:21 Send private message

I used to spend hours and hours on BASIC as a child. I just loved it. Never ventured into programming however, but it did get me acquainted with computers and I'm very grateful for that.




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  Reply # 196761 19-Feb-2009 19:25 Send private message

My tutor at Polytech (back in the days when they taught COBOL! -yes I'm a officially an old bastard) often said that Programming was not about intelligence.  It was about a way of thinking logically.  Some people "think" in a certain way that makes them very capable coders.

Over the years, I'd have to say I agree with him.  I've met people who I think are considerably brighter than me who could not code nearly as well.




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