Hello, my name is Paul and I have been involved in computers to some degree or another since buying a programmable TI calculator in 1976. My first contact with a full-sized computer was a friend’s TRS80 Model 1, Level 1 with 4K RAM and 4K ROM. Basic was so small that the only syntax errors were “What”, “How”, and “Sorry”. The 16K RAM expansion was $200 just for the chips.
Eventually I got a C64 along with the Programmers Reference Guide and learned all I could about the machine. I eventually had a BASIC program sold to Ahoy! magazine, Music Tutor. (which I was amazed to find online just recently).
Unlike many here, I wasn’t much of a gamer. I used the computer to learn to program, as a desktop machine for word processing, and to become involved online. The gaming I did was mostly INFOCOM, although I did have a soft spot for Lode Runner.
Like many here, I moved on to the Amiga 500, and spurred by a lack of dollars and a desire for a hard drive, I learned a bit of electronics, a bit of assembly, and a bit of C, which ended up being the Spartan SCSI interface which ended up as a DIY article in AC’s TECH for Amiga magazine, even being the cover story! amr.abime.net/issue_1710
Not long after, with no formal education, and my SCSI interface as a big part of my resume, I was hired as a software engineer at a major aerospace firm. I did eventually get a bachelors in computer science in order to cross the t’s and dot the i’s required for further advancement, but I have the C64 to thank for giving me the tools to change the trajectory of my life.
Hi all, my name is Jon, living in Gloucestershire UK. Been around the 'retro scene' for a good number of years. Been a bit of a hardware snob I have to say, only ever using original Commodore kit, as well as BBC B and Texas TI99/4A, but finally bit the bullet and got myself a full sized TheC64 - have to say I am loving it so far, and it's nice to not have that 'is today the day my 64 will die' feeling every time I turn it on Only just discovered this board so will have a good read through and will post if I have something useful to add!
my real name is Hauke and I', living w/ my family in Hamburg, Germany... I'm proud owner of several classic computers like Amiga A500+ ACA500+ IndiV2, A1000 2MB + Indivision, A1200 ACA1233n Indi Mk2/ ATARI 800 / ATARI 130XE SIDE2/Ulti1MB, Atari 1024 ST, C128, C64, C64C + 1541U2+ and since two weeks an TheC64(Maxi). With great support of jj0 I get my Orange Pi PC (TheC64 clone) up and running.. many thanks!
If you are ask me, why I'm interesting in COMMODORE and ATARI computers? Then I tell you that the history of COMMODORE and ATARI are tight interwoven... First Atari Computers were designed by Jay Miner, who worked later for Commodore (Amiga). And the Atari ST is the real successor of the C64, designed by former Commodore engineers, after Jack Tramiel acquired Atari.
I already have a lot of experience with repair- and refurbishing of old hardware, but I'm also very interested in modern hardware like FPGA enhancements or and hard-/software emulators.
Hey, I'm Nick from France. (Sorry for my bad english!) No Commodore in my youth, I used to have a MO5 and CPC 6128. But I really love the C64 and I try to fill this gap. With my New Commodore 64 maxi I would like experiment some ASCII/ANSI art and maybe some chiptune. (Thx Slayradio : ) And I have no skill at all in these domains! Cheers ^^
I am brand new! My nane is Perry De Fontaine near Princeton, NJ. I had and loved the original Commodore 64 in the mid-80's -- primarily for games but do a little bit of programming with it.
My favorite game on the platform was Red Storm Rising. So much so, is I eventually tried the PC-DOS version (not as easy or fun because of the missing keyboard overlay). Recently, my son -- an avid gamer -- convinced me to get the game again and play through an emulator. Finally, started doing this months ago, and while doing so, discovered this new thing called the C64 Mini, and the announced new C64 "Maxi"!!! Decided to wait for the Maxi, and was so inpatient, my son got me one (the UK version) from somewhere in Germany.
Received it literally Tuesday and it works!!! Reconnected with Winter and Summer games...woo-hoo!!!
Now, I am focused on trying to get a working version of Red Storm Rising to work on this machine...
So, I apologize upfront but my immediate focus is on finding that game and playing it once again! (no luck so far, but close to getting a "working" version...
Post by commodorelikebefore on May 29, 2020 6:21:41 GMT
I'm called Calle, I'm from Sweden and I was introduced with a c64 when I was a child. I was almost obsessed by creating my own games in basic, just because it was possible. I loved a lot of games, I did however start using qbasic on a PC for a couple of years and then mostly using game consols. C64 were always near my heart, don't get "why play old games no one likes when there is PlayStation hig-res?", Cause for me inte not nostalgic to play c64, not about not wanting to grow up, it's just good games that people put down love and care for, today it's only about looking good, not to be fun.
I grew up with the C64, but had no 1541 or datasette for starters, so I had to had to program my own stuff. Eventually I got my 1541 and started playing games. I basically learned English by playing Ultima IV - so much better than my English classes .
Some month ago I found all my old computer magazines in my mothers cellar. I am posting mostly pictures of the old games on my instagram account: www.instagram.com/c64_freak/
Currently I am thinking about creating a small retro style pixel adventure.
Hi, I'am Eddie. Almost 50 year old and my first home computer was the C64.
First years the breadbin, but after a couple of years I sold it. Then I wanted the C128 but noticed that many software and games also worked on the old C64, so I bought my second one (the white version) with my first disk drive.
Now I own a C64 maxi and I am happy with it, brings back the memory's.
I bought The C64 Maxi last year, (I sent on the money and my cousin kindly got it for me as the only place I could find one anywhere else at the time), but only actually got it a month ago.
I love it, it looks like the genuine article, with the convenience and speed of emulation, (the joystick problem stumped me for a while. I know I have it set up right, why can't I play Ghostbusters? Then I found out about the alteration you need to make to the file name)
The love of the great machine has like starting down a rabbit hole, I could be looking into a couple of games, next it's on to manuals and magazine and reading different forums and then next thing I know it's dark out
I don't meant to ruin it for anyone, but I watched a video of a guy opening the maxi and it was mostly empty. the PCB was about the size of 4 credit cards. I thought "OH MAN", it was a full size board originally, AND the board in it is emulating 2 computers haha.
Some of my favourite games are:
The Dizzy Series
Last Ninja 1 & 2
Monty On The Run
Chase HQ 2
Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders
If I can help I will.
That's me. I hope you're well and enjoying your C64's. Cheers
Last Edit: Jul 27, 2020 22:06:23 GMT by evermore64
I'm Shaun B. For transparency, I work for Retro Games Ltd as a Scrum Master, and am a former writer for Micro Mart magazine.
Edit: I am a long-time C64 fan also, and am not here to speak on RGL's behalf. I'm happy to answer questions if I am able to (i.e., I won't be telling anyone here anything that is commercially sensitive etc...)