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Metal Jesus 08-02-2019 07:43 AM

Here’s why the Commodore SX-64 was a $1,000 FAILURE…& why GAMERS still want it!
 
Here are the features and quirks of the Commodore SX-64 - the worlds first color portable computer. And it just happens to be a GREAT gaming machine too!


Do you own a C64? And what are some of your favorite C64 games?

DingBat 08-02-2019 08:07 AM

I had an Apple ][e and an Atari 800, but a buddy of mine had a C64. We would spend quite a bit of time playing Impossible Mission. That was a great game, with some great sound, for that time.

Metal Jesus 08-02-2019 09:22 AM

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Originally Posted by DingBat (Post 2541856)
We would spend quite a bit of time playing Impossible Mission. That was a great game, with some great sound, for that time.

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brandonjclark 08-02-2019 03:37 PM

Can't watch video yet.


Did these have network capabilities?

Metal Jesus 08-02-2019 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by brandonjclark (Post 2541876)
Can't watch video yet.


Did these have network capabilities?

BTW: I added Closed Captions for people at work (or hard of hearing, etc..)
As for networking.... this was back in the modem days...and yes, you could add a modem to the user port.

There was a recent announcement of a Wifi --> Modem adapter for C64, but I didn't follow it's development. That could be pretty cool even if it would probably have to be using all text for the internet.

brandonjclark 08-02-2019 05:13 PM

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Originally Posted by Metal Jesus (Post 2541877)
BTW: I added Closed Captions for people at work (or hard of hearing, etc..)
As for networking.... this was back in the modem days...and yes, you could add a modem to the user port.

There was a recent announcement of a Wifi --> Modem adapter for C64, but I didn't follow it's development. That could be pretty cool even if it would probably have to be using all text for the internet.

I was thinking how cool it would be as an early LAN party computer, considering how portable it was for its time.

:)

ElektroDragon 08-02-2019 10:18 PM

If only all the C64 owners had bought an Amiga no one would give a shit about C64 right now. :D Well, maybe not I mean people still idolize the NES over the SNES. :rolleyes:

Metal Jesus 08-03-2019 08:17 AM

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Originally Posted by ElektroDragon (Post 2541887)
If only all the C64 owners had bought an Amiga no one would give a shit about C64 right now. :D Well, maybe not I mean people still idolize the NES over the SNES. :rolleyes:

I always wanted an Amiga... but nobody sold them in my small military town. C64s were everywhere.

PacerDawn 08-03-2019 11:56 AM

Back in my day, we didn't have fancy computers with graphics and 32" gaming LCD monitors. We had 5" tube monitors on floppy disks that you poked a hole in with a hole punch so you could use both sides! Like this Osborne 1 that my father bought:

https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=h...borne1.jpg&f=1

We didn't have fancy windows, we had command lines running cryptic operating systems such as CP/M on the Osborne 1.

And we didn't have computer games. If you wanted computer games, you bought a book of basic code and you typed it all in yourself.

https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=h...cgames.jpg&f=1 https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=h..._QL40_.jpg&f=1https://archive.org/services/img/tib...computer-games https://proxy.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=h...2C200_.jpg&f=1

And we LIKED it.

Seriously, we did. It was great. I taught myself how to code from those books, and the desire to make my own games. I even got two games published in that 4th book there.

Those were the days...

ElektroDragon 08-04-2019 12:20 PM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2541899)
Seriously, we did. It was great. I taught myself how to code from those books, and the desire to make my own games. I even got two games published in that 4th book there.

Those were the days...

Holy crap and I thought I was old. RESPECT!

Scherge 08-05-2019 03:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Metal Jesus (Post 2541897)
I always wanted an Amiga... but nobody sold them in my small military town. C64s were everywhere.

That's a shame - the Amiga was (and of course still is) about a dozen times better than the C64, in any conceivable regard. I'm not sure why, but it still has a big fanbase in Germany. So big, in fact, that after a special edition of the Amiga Joker (the most popular German Amiga games magazine, canceled in 1996) in 2017, there are currently substantial rumors circling around a 2019 edition... :cool:

As for the C64... I could never get into the CLI-based interface after having tasted the Amiga Workbench with its 2-button mouse and drag-and-drop interface. That, and "Directory Opus", during my Aminet days. I believe it deserves mention that DOpus is still around (https://www.gpsoft.com.au/) and is - by far - the best file manager/FTP tool/image viewer/whatever on any platform I know.

vallor 08-05-2019 10:50 PM

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Originally Posted by PacerDawn (Post 2541899)
Back in my day, we didn't have fancy computers with graphics and 32" gaming LCD monitors. We had 5" tube monitors on floppy disks that you poked a hole in with a hole punch so you could use both sides!

The good ol' days!

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And we didn't have computer games. If you wanted computer games, you bought a book of basic code and you typed it all in yourself.

And we LIKED it.
I remember typing in about 1000 lines of basic for "Elijah" and then debugging it. What a pain in the ass!

I don't know how many [shitty] Choose Your Own Adventure type games I created with ASCII artwork. I think I started dozens and finished one.

My Opus was probably doing all the levels of a Donkey Kong rip-off hacked together from a few sample games I got from various other games in the back of some magazines. I coded it in a frenzy over two days on a TRS-80 which, unbeknownst to me, didn't have a working storage device. I thought I saved my work and shut off the computer it was gone forever :(


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