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Title: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 22, 2021, 02:24:47 PM
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTExMDcyNy82NDE0OTY0LnBuZw==/original/osy%2BRd.png)

ok I fixed a coin count bug, & expanded the graphics, but i ran out of memory while trying to draw it with better graphics

https://manyone88.itch.io/c64-fruit-machine-coded-2021-c64




the reasons why not first.

Well first off I thought all these Retro machines were just a mini arcade box.

I thought the games would be dated.

I thought no one would use or dev the games.

I found the new full sized THEC64 for sale on amazon, and I found myself researching it, most emulators never recreated a retro consoles without perfect keyboard and joystick and executables. the c64 mini was just a box with lets face it dated games.


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the reasons for it as I found them

I bought THEC64 first because I saw they run the thousands of games you can download and put on a FAT32 USB stick, and the Price was equivalent to the original C64.

then the quality when I opened the box , gave me goose-bumps like my first one in the 80s, it was made with love I can tell you

Next it acts just like the original hardware, the system uses the same software as the original, you can fire up basic and use it just like the original, but on any TV with HDMI,

so its now NOT restricted to tape drives and old TV monitors, but still keeps the C64 working like the original

NOW CAME FOR ME THE crunch, you can distribute your C64 games you write on itch.io. now this interested me, so I looked at a book called 'RetroGameDev C64 Edition Volume 1' and found it advertised a free IDE environment called 'CMB rpg studio' and  the VICE emulator, so I could trust the tools, and downloaded them as they were recomended and had awards from the book.

the IDE also have designers for the graphics, and exported straight to your game. this interested me because in the 80s game art was simple and you did not have to be an artest, just a programer.

then I thought the joystick would be expensive but it was not it was £17.

The THEC64 console is a brilliant recreation of the original and I feel there is an outlet for my work on itch.io and I swear I feel like I'm back in the 80s roots, the programing was just as rewarding as it was back then, you can do an ASM dump and export the code in Hex and then feed it in as data into a basic program. the free IDE is great! quick! and proffessional!

it above all is fun and a great side line to our hobby, I would recomend anyone from the 80s to get one, the young guys wont feel the buzz like us, it just feels like opening the box of my first computer, thec64 team must of been c64 devs back in the day, because they did it well.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 22, 2021, 02:42:21 PM
How'd it smell? I will always remember (fondly) that new plastic smell of those Commodore machines, including the VIC-20, the C-64 and the Amiga.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 22, 2021, 03:02:48 PM
What supprised me was how sterdy it was, and it came with a shiney plastic joystick. the packaging was also a plastic shell, so you would of liked it, the box was sealed in plastic, it was just like opening a treasure.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 22, 2021, 03:09:54 PM
You speak my language  :smitten:
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Toonces on June 22, 2021, 07:27:33 PM
Color me intrigued...   ???
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on June 22, 2021, 09:11:54 PM
Man, I'd have married my Amiga back in the day but unfortunately it wasn't legal back then. Except for California I think.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Toonces on June 22, 2021, 09:36:37 PM
Ok, now that was funny.   8)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 22, 2021, 09:52:46 PM
Man, I'd have married my Amiga back in the day but unfortunately it wasn't legal back then. Except for California I think.

Im sure you would of made sweet music together :)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on June 23, 2021, 04:30:25 AM
Man, I'd have married my Amiga back in the day but unfortunately it wasn't legal back then. Except for California I think.

Im sure you would of made sweet music together :)

For that you'd want an Atari ST with its built in MIDI ports...
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 23, 2021, 04:51:23 AM
Man, I'd have married my Amiga back in the day but unfortunately it wasn't legal back then. Except for California I think.

Im sure you would of made sweet music together :)

For that you'd want an Atari ST with its built in MIDI ports...

so were talking about models now :)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 23, 2021, 08:02:52 AM
HAWT
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on June 23, 2021, 08:45:02 AM
PERVS! My Amiga was a Lady. A wholesome, nurturing, caring Lady who would bake cookies and cupcakes for me if she had hands and arms. And she was LOYAL unlike those whorish consoles who would just let anybody fondle their controllers. And she NEVER laughed at me when I got my ass shot-off playing A-10 Warthog or Silent Service. Or at least she waited until I left the room first.  I miss her.  :dreamer:
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 24, 2021, 04:56:57 AM
Beginner's Step-by-step THEC64 Coding Course is £25 on amazn

but Kindle Edition is £6.99, so I grabbed it on kindle for that price, it may have relavent info about THEC64 that dosnt appear in C64 books
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on June 24, 2021, 05:40:29 AM
^Thanks! I grabbed the kindle version as well. I have both theC64 and several original C-64s and it'll be interesting to see if there is any difference coding on each (other than that I can count on theC64 starting up each time, not something I can say about the original ones...)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 24, 2021, 10:07:45 AM
Great glad the info came in of use, I say bring back the 80s

Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on June 24, 2021, 12:28:58 PM
Incidentally! -- I happen to have a tall box full of C64 games and books sitting off in the guest bedroom (where we gather things on the way to charitable donations). Don't have the computer itself anymore, partly because I wasn't sure it even worked, and also because the emulator system had just been released at the time so I didn't think there'd be a market for the original hardware.

Interested parties can drop a note here, and/or pm me.

Bidding wars will be accepted.  >:D
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Toonces on June 24, 2021, 12:41:33 PM
I say bring back the 80s

Here here!  I second the motion!

Those were some good times.  I never did program on the C64 (although I had one), but I did do some programming on the Atari 1200XL.  I seem to remember having a book called Programming Atari Games or something of that nature.

I remember I had this cool idea for the name of a game, something like Rescue on Delta-7 (I guess it was going to be some sort of space game).  So I spent like two days programming the lines so that the title screen would come up.  I finally got it to work, and I was so proud for about 2 minutes.  Then I thought, "ok, so now what's the game going to be?"   Uhhh....I guess I should have thought of that first maybe?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on June 24, 2021, 12:59:55 PM
My Grand Un-fulfilled Scheme from back then was to design my own scenario for Battles of Napoleon, I can't remember which battle I was going to do though. One of the 1814 fights.  :'(
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 24, 2021, 03:13:49 PM
Breh even I programmed my C64 back in the 80s. And my cousin's VIC-20. Never programmed my Amiga as that started to get a bit more complex.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on June 24, 2021, 07:25:38 PM
I got pretty far in designing an adaptation of the classic boardgame Dungeon on my C64, using Basic, but I ran out of usable memory and didn't know how to make disc access work properly to get around the restriction. But I had the board design set up across six screens (based on the six divisions of the original folding map), using simple C64 gfx; and coding to shuffle monsters and treasures into the rooms; and was working on the coding to move pieces around when I ran out of RAM.

Ah well, programming was never really my thing.  :dreamer:
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on June 24, 2021, 08:34:57 PM
Incidentally! -- I happen to have a tall box full of C64 games and books sitting off in the guest bedroom (where we gather things on the way to charitable donations). Don't have the computer itself anymore, partly because I wasn't sure it even worked, and also because the emulator system had just been released at the time so I didn't think there'd be a market for the original hardware.

Interested parties can drop a note here, and/or pm me.

Bidding wars will be accepted.  >:D

Soooo...

What's in the box?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 25, 2021, 06:49:19 AM
Yeah can we see a shot of the innards?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on June 25, 2021, 12:08:35 PM
....I may have to get back with an entirely new thread on this. I started unpacking the box, and I need to re-de-fragment the contents: I had consolidated many games into fewer boxes to save space (this was the computer I first went to college with, although a DOS/Win PC for gaming and a Mac for writing and working weren't far behind, so shipping/packing space was necessarily a priority.)

Consequently, most boxes don't have their discs (these being packed separately in two containers -- which I'm in the process of also sorting out with their boxes where I can find them), and many boxes have extra material in them, with some boxes having their material in other boxes (because aside from boxes I threw away to save space I didn't take all my remaining boxes to college, so packed what was necessary into other game boxes.)

Beyond that, I know I have some games copied from friends' computers, like C64's version of Spy vs Spy, on regular floppy discs, only a few of which are labelled (SvsS being the first exception I found); but I think most of the unlabelled discs are save archives wherever I found room to tuck game-saves. (No doubt I tried to save my 'saves' by topical category, but I expect some of my Gunship saves, for example, might be on a disc with saves from Sid Meirs' Pirates.)

One of the games, Echelon, "requires the LipStick", according to its disc, which is only kind of true: the game pretends to have spoken command functions, but it simply picks up any sound from the mic and uses that for one command you assign it in the game (like locking targets or bringing up the map or docking or whatever.) If I recall the function-assignment correctly, then the game should be playable without it: just makes sure all functions are assigned to some other input, be that keyboard or joystick or whatever.

I know another space/combat/discovery game, the title of which I forget, had a keypad sold with it (very expensive at the time, nearly $80 total!), which was the only present I got for Christmas the year we moved into our current house, and I'm about 80% sure that was also a C64 game, because I don't recall getting the PC until later that year before I went to college. If so, then that game won't be playable because I have no idea where the keypad went. I don't recall for sure if that's also Echelon, however -- specifically, I can't recall having two 3D space-fighter-exploration games like Echelon, regardless of which computer. (The next space-fighter game I got was Wing Commander 2 for my PC, having missed WC1. I always wanted Privateer while I was in college, but never talked myself into spending the money on it for some reason.)

Having unpacked about half the big box, I'm running across a bunch of games I had totally forgotten (such as Green Valley Games' Spider-man and Hulk, which are mostly text adventures as I recall, with some pix graphics), as well as some super-classics like the original Crush Crumble and Chomp.

Some of my desk drawers may also have discs (unlikely) and docs (a little more likely) dating back to the C64, which I'll have to search through to be sure.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on June 26, 2021, 07:29:10 AM
Let us know what you find. I'd be interested in making an offer depending on what you finally list.

Most of the software for the commodore 8-bit line (and the 16-bit as well) is available 'elsewhere' so the physical materials (boxes, maps, keyboard overlays, etc) will be of most interest. Odds are that a sizable percentage of your disks have succumbed to what is informally called 'bit-rot', meaning some or all of the data has become corrupt and the magnetic media itself may have deteriorated beyond saving. Still, the disk itself with its label may be considered part of the collectability.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on June 26, 2021, 07:42:38 AM
Yeah, I have no way of testing whether the floppies are still viable to any degree. I do still have a VC modem, which is kind of hilarious because I don't know that I ever used it! -- and I have the instructions for the floppy drive and for the C64 itself, but not the hardware anymore.

It'll have to be a detailed list, because this is the (still somewhat partial) photo!

(https://imagizer.imageshack.com/img922/6742/fbDXOU.jpg)

Click on the photo to toggle a zoom/unzoom.

I know this has to be at least a partial photo, because I'm sure Bro and I beat the first Krynn game of the trilogy, thus on the C64 (and the third game, probably also on the C64); and the Battletech Crescent Hawk duology on the C64. I know we beat Phantasy 3 on the C64, too (but I only found the first two); and all three Bard's Tale games (but I only found the 2nd one). I'm pretty sure Secret of the Silver Spears (or whatever the 3rd GoldBox D&D game was called) was on the C64, although we didn't beat it due to (apparently) a fatal bug late in one of the maps.

Naturally, much of what I've got there has been superseded and/or directly remade or ported over. Even the goofy strategy game North and South got a remake for modern PCs on Steam recently! -- so for example if you want to play the SSI D&D games, most of those can be found at GoG. I don't know whether they have the SSI Buck Rogers trilogy (due to IP issues), which was made on the same engine, but then again I haven't found ours yet, either, and I know we played and beat that. At some point we just moved over to the PC, of course, but I don't know when.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on June 26, 2021, 08:17:01 AM
Dark Knights of Krynn, one the very best of the Gold Box series!  :bd:
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: GDS_Starfury on June 26, 2021, 08:22:03 AM
PERVS! My Amiga was a Lady. A wholesome, nurturing, caring Lady who would bake cookies and cupcakes for me if she had hands and arms. And she was LOYAL unlike those whorish consoles who would just let anybody fondle their controllers. And she NEVER laughed at me when I got my ass shot-off playing A-10 Warthog or Silent Service. Or at least she waited until I left the room first.  I miss her.  :dreamer:

because it seems to be the way of things here I will once again disagree.
a lifetime ago whilst in art school the budding, pasty cgi people all did their work and rendering on amigas.
they did not treat them like ladies.  the only way they acted like ladies was to bitch out all the time, not put out when you wanted it and cost a small fortune.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 26, 2021, 08:29:29 AM
Pratt if you have a copy of SSI's Sword of Aragon up there with an intact manual...I would be interested!
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: GDS_Starfury on June 26, 2021, 08:48:14 AM
anyone else read that as " an erect manual " ?  :hide:
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 26, 2021, 10:12:56 AM
^Everyone's love manifests...differently
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on June 26, 2021, 08:43:22 PM
If Manuel's erect that's his wife's problem. Or, his if she not home.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on June 27, 2021, 04:04:39 PM
Pratt if you have a copy of SSI's Sword of Aragon up there with an intact manual...I would be interested!

Ha, me, too! -- Sword of Aragon was one of those SSI titles I always wanted to buy but somehow never got around to it. (Partly because copies were rare in my area.)

I've been at my brothers' for the weekend, so progress has not been made in sorting the giant stack of C64 things.

What I do have, is a copy of War for Krynn. (Whether the disc works or not, who knows.) But I think that's still available on PC; I know I have a DOS/Win copy somewhere.


It occurs to me that comparing with the 1600ish games (or however many) on the emulator would be useful in figuring out what's worth the buy.

Update after re-reading the original post: okay, looks like the new C64 emulator comes with no games per se? You have to download them from somewhere else?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: ArizonaTank on June 27, 2021, 06:45:22 PM
Pratt if you have a copy of SSI's Sword of Aragon up there with an intact manual...I would be interested!

That is a game I would love to see someone redo.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 27, 2021, 06:56:29 PM
I've got a game only a week or so off finishing, for THEC64 its going to be a prg file until I figure something else out but the prg files seem quite common now anyway,, its not a remake of a particular game, but there were plenty of games like this in the 80s, I don't want to give the info yet, but stay tuned . I like it so far , I have done it in Assembly so the screen is smooth.

As a clue its got fruit in it :)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on June 27, 2021, 07:15:42 PM

Update after re-reading the original post: okay, looks like the new C64 emulator comes with no games per se? You have to download them from somewhere else?

TheC64 does come with a number of games but many faves are missing, most likely due to licensing issues. That's where the download thing comes in since almost every game has an emulator-ready file out there somewhere on the internettywebz. You can even make your own file if you have a working original 1541 or 1571 drive and some special software and related cable.

Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 28, 2021, 03:56:03 PM
https://manyone88.itch.io/c64-fruitmachine-coded-2021

Ok here is the game link. its free and coded in 2021, its a fruit Machine, with feature hold , gamble features and flashing lights

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEwNjQzOC82Mzg1MzY4LnBuZw==/original/556932.png)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 28, 2021, 05:39:28 PM
I wonder what the chances are of Sword of Aragon being remade...
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 29, 2021, 06:13:44 PM
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEwNjQzOC82MzkzOTE3LmpwZWc=/original/vAErmt.jpeg)

This has got to be my fav game so far, its called beach Head , and you get a map and then when ships clash you get the pic above firing cannons
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 08:02:55 AM
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEwNjQzOC82Mzk3OTg5LmpwZWc=/347x500/0CdXUU.jpeg)

my second THEC64 and joystick just arrived, may I remind you guys of history, you wont be able to get these forever and then the second hand ones will be so expensive, get one while you still can.  THEC64 is like a full system but enhanced it really is worth it
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 30, 2021, 08:32:13 AM
I played either the original Beachhead or one of its sequels…maybe Beachhead 2? For its time it was great.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 08:36:11 AM
some one just recommended me a sequel called Raid over moscow, im going to grad it later :)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 30, 2021, 11:41:47 AM
I played that too! It was also very good. As an aside, if you like fantasy themed chess, try the original Archon. And if you enjoy platformers, try Impossible Mission.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 12:14:07 PM
great recomendations thanks, I think I had impossible mission , This is great I just loaded up Elite
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on June 30, 2021, 12:53:28 PM
I remember the ads for Elite but never played it. It’s a wire-frame space flight sim, isn’t it?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 12:56:44 PM
yes its a wire frame space combat and trader. but the empire strikes back is more a wireframe shooter which i just played and was very cool too
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: 88mmkwk on June 30, 2021, 02:35:17 PM
Curious regarding the draw of the physical hardware approach to this.  I am a C-64 SSI Panzer Stike/Typhoon of Steel fanatic and regularly play them still...  I even play the dynamic campaigns and have often thought about posting vids of it, but wondered if anyone else would even care.

But I use the C64 Vice emulator app running on my HP laptop PC to play, and get all the sounds and effects of the regular games.  It's pretty easy to find D64 files to play with C64 Vice.

I'll admit that if just "plug it in and play" is a draw and C64 Vice takes some setting and config tweaking.  But I'm sure there are other reasons why some folks would rather have THEC64 and I'd love to hear about it.... Maybe the old school joystick?  Admittedly, the games I play are keyboard driven.  Is it the preloaded games?
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 03:57:37 PM
Curious regarding the draw of the physical hardware approach to this.  I am a C-64 SSI Panzer Stike/Typhoon of Steel fanatic and regularly play them still...  I even play the dynamic campaigns and have often thought about posting vids of it, but wondered if anyone else would even care.

But I use the C64 Vice emulator app running on my HP laptop PC to play, and get all the sounds and effects of the regular games.  It's pretty easy to find D64 files to play with C64 Vice.

I'll admit that if just "plug it in and play" is a draw and C64 Vice takes some setting and config tweaking.  But I'm sure there are other reasons why some folks would rather have THEC64 and I'd love to hear about it.... Maybe the old school joystick?  Admittedly, the games I play are keyboard driven.  Is it the preloaded games?

well great to meet a c64 gamer, I will give my reasons why i would want a THEC64 console, but others may have diff reasons, first of it is old skool yes, second the joystick is a VERY big must too, third it starts up and is running in seconds, third you can store thousands of games on a USB that is just left in so no looking or loading for a game, then the keyboard is a BIG BIG Must a remake so all the keys are in diff places and without it it would just be a box. THEC64 has four snapshot saves for every game, The included 60 games dont even scratch the surface of the games you can get. It runs on any TV even old LowDef 720s and no need for an expensive PC & monitor, you can play two player i dont remember if vice does that, its cheap to me anyway, it feels like the 80s running it, you can program on it without a PC, its practcally an enhanced C64 does everything but with USBs, there is prob other reasons im not thinking of
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 04:01:44 PM
 You realise Im going to have to hunt down SSI Panzer Stike/Typhoon of Steel now :)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Grim.Reaper on June 30, 2021, 05:56:55 PM
Do you have a link to purchasing the full size THEC64?  Looking through Amazon I could only find the "mini" version.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 06:28:31 PM
Do you have a link to purchasing the full size THEC64?  Looking through Amazon I could only find the "mini" version.

if your in the uk search on amazon for this "The C64 (Electronic Games)" its also on prime next day delivery and they have them in stock now . you dont need to be a prime member to buy, But you can take a free 30 prime trial to get it next day if you wanted. i think its about 3 days if you are not priime
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: 88mmkwk on June 30, 2021, 06:49:58 PM
You realise Im going to have to hunt down SSI Panzer Stike/Typhoon of Steel now :)
I'm biased but I believe that that Panzer Strike (PS) and Typhoon of Steel are the most amazing 64K of gaming code I've ever played.  For PS, imagine all of the below in 64K of memory:

Both games come HIGHLY recommended!!!!
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on June 30, 2021, 07:02:52 PM
it sounds great , I just got "d64_Typhoon_of_Steel_Pacific_v1.1_1988_SSI.zip" of archive.org, you have definatly sold it, and if it was not free I would of bought it :)   I shall give it a rumble later today. OK I just had a look, and thats the best wargame I ever saw on an old computer, very very detailed, i did not know what i was doing yet it was keyboard heavy too, looked great! you def knew you had a wargame.

here is a link to aaplications, very interesting

https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_c64_applications
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 02, 2021, 12:30:01 PM
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTExMDcyNy82NDE0OTY0LnBuZw==/original/osy%2BRd.png)

ok I fixed a coin count bug, & expanded the graphics, but i ran out of memory while trying to draw it with better graphics

https://manyone88.itch.io/c64-fruit-machine-coded-2021-c64
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: JasonPratt on July 02, 2021, 10:41:16 PM
Looks like it'll be next weekend before I can finish taking a tally of what I've got -- too much holiday this weekend, and too much 'work' work coming in the week.


I do have Beachhead in the collection, by the way. ;)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 02, 2021, 11:13:21 PM
after seeing your old collection, I went and dugup my Amstrad , the disk drive is noisy and dosnt load the backup MSDOS , i dare not put the orignals in.

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTA5NzA5OC82NDE4MTgwLmpwZWc=/original/Mtrjio.jpeg)

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTA5NzA5OC82NDE4MTgxLmpwZWc=/original/mEy8VA.jpeg)

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTA5NzA5OC82NDE4MTgyLmpwZWc=/original/%2FiRxep.jpeg)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Staggerwing on July 03, 2021, 06:03:34 AM
Minihexer, go check out the youtube channel 'Noel's Retro Lab'. He does a refurb of one of those old Amstrad luggables and even upgrades it a bit with a color screen. Also, there are solid state disk drive solutions out there including the GOTEK emulator. I can't recall if Noel explores them in his refurb vids but you can track them down.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on July 03, 2021, 07:12:23 AM
That keyboard really moistens the old loins.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 03, 2021, 09:38:02 AM
Minihexer, go check out the youtube channel 'Noel's Retro Lab'. He does a refurb of one of those old Amstrad luggables and even upgrades it a bit with a color screen. Also, there are solid state disk drive solutions out there including the GOTEK emulator. I can't recall if Noel explores them in his refurb vids but you can track them down.

wow I cant believe i could get this going again thanks
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 03, 2021, 10:50:02 AM
Minihexer, go check out the youtube channel 'Noel's Retro Lab'. He does a refurb of one of those old Amstrad luggables and even upgrades it a bit with a color screen. Also, there are solid state disk drive solutions out there including the GOTEK emulator. I can't recall if Noel explores them in his refurb vids but you can track them down.

yes , just watched the 3 vids, that floppy emulator looks really good, but I would need a way to read my system disks or get an image to actualy put on the emulator, but yes its a way to reuse the ppc thanks
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Toonces on July 03, 2021, 01:57:56 PM
I have to say, this is one of my favorite threads to visit.  Just fantastic nostalgia.   O0
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 03, 2021, 02:04:36 PM
I have to say, this is one of my favorite threads to visit.  Just fantastic nostalgia.   O0

I did not know they remade thec64 until a week or so ago, it seems im 2 years late to get one, but Im catching up.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on July 03, 2021, 03:21:59 PM
C64 love lasts forever.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 03, 2021, 03:30:07 PM
C64 love lasts forever.

I do love it so :) what I'm miffed about is they have not remade more of the 80s computers. my first was a zx81 in 1981.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 03, 2021, 03:33:41 PM
https://www.syntaxbomb.com/Magazines/Christmas-2019/SyntaxBomb-Christmas-Magazine-2019.zip

checkout this pdf , its about computers from the 80s, its a christmas mag on retro
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on July 03, 2021, 07:15:39 PM
My first was an in school TRS 80, around 1983. My first exposure to a C64 was also in school learning LOGO the next year 1984.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Sir Slash on July 03, 2021, 09:14:10 PM
I can remember walking past a Radio Shack store and seeing F-15 Strike Eagle in the window and thinking, 'What the hell is that'? So I had to go in. And then tried to figure-out, games for computers?  ???  Then, "Silent Hunter".  :D  I had found my First Love. Or, maybe one of the top 3 anyway.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 04, 2021, 12:36:48 PM
nostalgia here are some pics of software i have for my amstrad, well when i say software the actual disks are bad but you can get the digital images I think. dbase is mine, I ran a novell network so i collected the netware stuff.

Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 05, 2021, 04:29:58 PM
(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/hmh-zIup2oo/maxresdefault.jpg)

a real gem of a game "kamikaze"

Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: Gusington on July 05, 2021, 05:19:20 PM
^That’s one I have never heard of.
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: ArizonaTank on July 06, 2021, 07:39:11 PM
nostalgia here are some pics of software i have for my amstrad, well when i say software the actual disks are bad but you can get the digital images I think. dbase is mine, I ran a novell network so i collected the netware stuff.


Yes does bring back memories.

You are just missing a copy of Borland's Quatro Pro and Windows 1.0
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 12, 2021, 01:39:12 AM
This is a C64 (commadore 64) game made for the new Emulator "THEC64"

"Arcade Rock Invaders" By Mark Ainsworth

you have space ship, that is traveling through the viod collecting metal ore, but your in a asteroid belt, so to get the ore you may have to destroy asteroids. you can side swipe asteroids or ore to destroy them but you wont score this way, you have to hit the ore headon, but if you hit an asteroid head on you will be destroyed.

you can move up or down with A and Z , and go in reverse with 3, and faster with 4

when you first start you will have a small time period to asses your strategy, but then you ship will start moving forwards

https://manyone88.itch.io/c64-arcade-rockinvaders-coded-2021c64


(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEyMjEzOC82NDg4MzgzLnBuZw==/original/sTjH95.png)
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEyMjEzOC82NDg4Mzg0LnBuZw==/original/VAtCbC.png)
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 12, 2021, 06:26:26 AM
somebody made a youtube video of playing the game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8GtDEYqGVQ&t=24s
Title: Re: THEC64
Post by: MiniHexer on July 12, 2021, 08:31:30 PM
https://manyone88.itch.io/c64-pilot-lander-coded-2021-c64

just made a shooter for the C64

(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEyMzc2Ni82NTAwOTMxLnBuZw==/original/iVGirX.png)
(https://img.itch.zone/aW1hZ2UvMTEyMzc2Ni82NTAwOTMyLnBuZw==/original/3o844q.png)