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Old 08-02-2019, 07:43 AM   #1
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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?
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Old 08-02-2019, 08:07 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-02-2019, 09:22 AM   #3
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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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Old 08-02-2019, 03:37 PM   #4
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Can't watch video yet.


Did these have network capabilities?
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Old 08-02-2019, 04:45 PM   #5
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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.
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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.

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If only all the C64 owners had bought an Amiga no one would give a shit about C64 right now. Well, maybe not I mean people still idolize the NES over the SNES.
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Old 08-03-2019, 08:17 AM   #8
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If only all the C64 owners had bought an Amiga no one would give a shit about C64 right now. Well, maybe not I mean people still idolize the NES over the SNES.
I always wanted an Amiga... but nobody sold them in my small military town. C64s were everywhere.
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Old 08-03-2019, 11:56 AM   #9
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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:



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.



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...
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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...
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Old 08-05-2019, 03:36 AM   #11
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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...

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.
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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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