The Commodore 64, also known as the C64, C-64, C=64,[n 1] or occasionally CBM 64 or VIC-64 in Sweden, is an 8-bit home computer introduced in January 1982 by Commodore International(first shown at the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas, January 7-10. 1982). It is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-selling single computer model of all time, with independent estimates placing the number sold between 10 and 17 million units. Volume production started in early 1982, marketing in August for US$595 (equivalent to $1,477 in 2016). Preceded by the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore PET, the C64 took its name from its 64 kilobytes (65,536 bytes) of RAM. It had superior sound and graphical specifications compared to other earlier systems such as the Apple II and Atari 800, with multi-color sprites and a more advanced sound processor
In the 1970’s there was a show called Davey And Goliath, about a boy and his talking dog. The show was produced by a church group, so it almost always aired on early Sunday morning. Every week Davey And Goliath learned a new lesson, and how it compared with Sunday school teachings. A classic show for a classic time. I miss the old stop motion animation of these old shows. I remember waking up on a early Sunday morning to watch this show…..
As Friday will be known as RETRO FRIDAYS here on Superfanworld, we will start off with some of my Atari Memories. One of the first video game that I ever played from Atari had to be Superman. I was a big fan of The Superman movies in the late 70’s and early 80’s and everything Superman. Along came Atari and their Superman video game, this was one of the most cheesiest games EVER. The whole game play consisted of YOU as Superman flying all over Metropolis and looking for some bad guys, scooping them up and flying to the jail where you would just drop them off. There was no strategy with this game, as you just had to fly around the same building over and over and over again. Atari didn’t put too much thought into this game, as they probably just tried to make a quick buck of the popular Christopher Reeve movie. Here are some videos about the legendarily bad game.
How many do you remember ?? G.I. Joe?? Stretch Armstrong??? Stretch Monster??? Toys and commercials had such a sense of innocence back in the 70’s that is so missing in today’s fast and furious world. I so miss the Saturday morning tv that had The Smurfs and just silly children shows, but were great. I so looked forward to every Saturday morning , it was like a ritual. Good times indeed.
On March 15th it will be the 40th anniversary of legendary sitcom Three’s Company . This past weekend Antenna TV held a 40 hour marathon on Three’s Company. It was great to watch the classic show that starred John Ritter, Suzanne Sommers , Joyce Dewitt , Don Knotts and Priscilla Barnes. Here are some of the cast members talking all about Three’s Company :
Hardware developers aren’t the only ones riding a new wave of enthusiasm for retro gaming.
Matt Phillips, a U.K. game developer, has spent the last five years coding his new game Tanglewood onoriginal Sega hardware. According to a Kickstarter campaign for the project launched this week, the 2D platformer follows the adventures of a fox-like created named Nymn after he’s separated from his pack in a creepy forest.
The game will include fast-paced action as well as traps and puzzles. It’ll be reminiscent of classic titles like The Lion King andSonic the Hedgehog, with elements borrowed from modern games Ori and the Blind Forest andAbe’s Oddysee.
What makes the project especially interesting is that Phillips plans to release the game in November 2017 on cartridge (as well as a download for PC, Mac, and Linux). Sega fans can dust off their old consoles (or fire up their reissue of Mega Drive) and relive the excitement of loading up a brand new title.
“I’ve wanted to do something like this since I was 9 years old and got the Sega Mega Drive,” Phillips told Motherboard on Monday. “I want this to be the real thing, and I’m following as many original processes as I can.”
According to Motherboard, it took Phillips a year to fix up the original ’90s development hardware he purchased for the project, and even longer to figure out the retro coding tools.
Phillips has so far earned more than $15,000 of his $60,000 crowdfunding goal, with 33 days to go in the campaign. You can download and try a prototype of the game from the Kickstarter page.
The NES was the first console I ever owned. Somehow I had saved holiday and birthday money for over a year to get it (the idea may have been planted by a family member) at five years old, and although I don’t remember every detail of that process, I do recall walking into a Sears to actually get the thing, and subsequently taking it home and playingDuck Hunt.
Although I had played arcade games and Atari before (it’s what presumably gave me the idea), nothing really resonated with me until I playedMariofor the first time. At that point, I knew this was something I would enjoy for a lifetime.
That’s a pretty common story among older gamers, who are the target audience for the newly minted NES Classic Edition — a simple, yet effective delivery system for 30 retro games from both Nintendo and third parties alike.
The Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition has the original look and feel, only smaller, sleeker, and pre-loaded with 30 games
The pre-installed games include: Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda, PAC-MAN, Dr. Mario, Mega Man, Final Fantasy, and dozens more
Includes a standard HDMI cable
Comes with one old-school, grey-colored NES Classic Controller and an AC adapter
Also compatible with Classic Controller and Classic Controller Pro. Additional NES Classic Controllers will be sold separately
With the release of the new Playstation VR, I was thinking back on the beginnings of the video game. I came from the generation of the Atari 2600 where there were tennis games like above, pong, centipede and we thought this was amazing. The feeling then of playing video games was something novel it was a totally new industry. No more going to the local arcades to play games, and at the arcades in the 80’s I pretty much stuck with the pinball machines now you barely hear or see anymore about pinball.
I graduated from the Atari 2600 to the commodore 64 because my parents thought it would help me in school with the different programs for math , which I had some difficulty in . I think I had many one math program for the Commodore and a bunch of video games. My favorite game for the Commodore was the WWE Micro League Wrestling.
Now as you can see by the above video, the game was slow as hell compared to today’s WWE 2k17. But it was a real match that was just made digital and I loved every minute of it. This is all we had, so it was great to us, now I played the same game and was like WTF!!!…But there was a wow factor in these games of Commodore and Atari that is not there in today’s world and today’s video games. We have been made to accustomed to technology where even virtual reality is now like EH its good…..whats next??
I wish we could go back to the time when things had that WOW factor . Maybe we need a new technology to come out like holograms or something to give us that WOW factor back. The Atari and Commodore were the front runners of everything you see today. From Frogger, Tennis, Pong, Micro League Wrestling they were all the granddaddy’s of today’s technology. We need the WOW factor back in technology….What will bring that back????