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Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 4:27:07 PM   
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I want one. I mean I really WANTS ONE!! (stamps foot) Pity the Mrs would probably kill me.

Classic Commodore 64 lives again



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The machine's internal hardware will be based around a dual-core Intel Atom D525, a chip typically found in notebook computers. Its 1.8Ghz chip is far faster than the 8-bit 1MHz MOS 6502 processor used in the 80's original. The C64x will also use an integrated Nvidia graphics chip and buyers have the option of equipping a model with a Blu-ray DVD player.



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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 6:42:52 PM   
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I want one to write programs in basic and save it on tape cassettes.

My first machine, a Commodore plus 4, still got delivered with a datasette. Discs were considered sumptuary at that time.





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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 8:10:31 PM   
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You can buy a used C-64 for like 30 bucks and a 1541 drive for another 15 on ebay and that will get you a better nostalgia kick just sitting there on the shelf.


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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 9:00:20 PM   
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I think it's going to be my next PC when this one will finally die.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 10:10:06 PM   
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Does anyone here know how to configure this?;
http://www.amigaforever.com/
I have the Kickstart-rom and WinAE installed but it doesnt see the rom when prompted. Anyone have experience with it?

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 11:21:03 PM   
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In the meantime, my computer says I should upgrade my brain to be compatible with it's new software!

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 11:30:54 PM   
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This is a great idea. The C64 was my first PC, and I still have many of the games I used to play on it. I've owned a few C64s, but they had a nasty tendency to burn out their power supplies, so I don't have one that works anymore.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/7/2011 11:53:48 PM   
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I have 3 or 4 C64's in the in the loft, but if want to play the games I just use and emulator.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/8/2011 1:47:49 PM   
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I considered buying a C64 but I wouldn't like to have to deal with the loading times. I heard it's possible to add a HDD or a flash card reader to C64, though.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/8/2011 6:13:39 PM   
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I considered buying a C64 but I wouldn't like to have to deal with the loading times.

That and the lesser availability of wargame titles dissuaded me from the Commie route. A friend had one, and it seemed you could darn near watch a movie while loading a single game. So I ran to the Apple store. ...Ah, the days of decisions like "a tape drive or one of those new, fancy and EXPENSIVE diskette drives?"

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ORIGINAL: Perturabo
I heard it's possible to add a HDD or a flash card reader to C64, though.

Should be do-able for the Commies. I have a flash card based HDD in one of my Apple IIgs's.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/8/2011 8:00:18 PM   
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I considered buying a C64 but I wouldn't like to have to deal with the loading times.

That and the lesser availability of wargame titles dissuaded me from the Commie route. A friend had one, and it seemed you could darn near watch a movie while loading a single game. So I ran to the Apple store. ...Ah, the days of decisions like "a tape drive or one of those new, fancy and EXPENSIVE diskette drives?"

Damn, I remember not being able to afford a disk drive, which is the main reason why I couldn't play normally most of wargames and simulations as cassettes usually had tens of cut-down games, while diskettes usually had a single full version.

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I heard it's possible to add a HDD or a flash card reader to C64, though.

Should be do-able for the Commies. I have a flash card based HDD in one of my Apple IIgs's.

Actually, some people have already done this for C64. A flash card reader for C64 with additional enchancements costs, 200 Euro, though, while the cheapest version of the new Commodore costs 250$.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/8/2011 8:51:06 PM   
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I remember when I wanted an Apple II but couldn't afford it,, and bought a Commodore Pet instead. It had Basic in 32K of memory and free 32K for programs. I finagled a Radio Shack tape cassette to store programs, and eventually bought a dual floppy unit (100K each...). Later I got an Osborne, much impressed by its dual 100K floppy drives and its 4-inch screen.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/9/2011 8:17:14 AM   
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I'm running a C64 at the moment, along with some other retro machines, and you can indeed at a HDD or flash card to it. You can fit the entire library of every C64 game ever released on a very small card. Losing times almost instaneous for those retro gaming moments.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/9/2011 7:47:25 PM   
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I remember when I wanted an Apple II but couldn't afford it,, and bought a Commodore Pet instead. It had Basic in 32K of memory and free 32K for programs. I finagled a Radio Shack tape cassette to store programs, and eventually bought a dual floppy unit (100K each...). Later I got an Osborne, much impressed by its dual 100K floppy drives and its 4-inch screen.

Henri



I still have an Osbourne in the loft, it has an amber screen flanked by two 5 1/4 floppys 64K RAM. If I remember correctly the OS is CP/M and I have Wordstar V1 to run on it

It's bloody heavy though

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/9/2011 7:56:09 PM   
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I still have this baby in my drawer. It's a 16 bit pc with dimensions of a video tape. Was quite cool in 1989.




My third machine was from Atari too. An Atari PC 4, 286 AT, 12 Mhz speed, 1 MB RAM, 20 MB hard disk and VGA graphics. This device started my gaming career in 1990. Loom from LucasArts was the very first title I acquired.

My brother lent me his C64 in the late 80's, along with a bunch of cracked games. But the arcade stuff always bored me.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/9/2011 8:46:51 PM   
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I'm running a C64 at the moment, along with some other retro machines, and you can indeed at a HDD or flash card to it. You can fit the entire library of every C64 game ever released on a very small card. Losing times almost instaneous for those retro gaming moments.

Do you know any such a device that doesn't cost hundreds of Euros?

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/10/2011 5:03:03 AM   
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I remember when I wanted an Apple II but couldn't afford it,, and bought a Commodore Pet instead. It had Basic in 32K of memory and free 32K for programs. I finagled a Radio Shack tape cassette to store programs, and eventually bought a dual floppy unit (100K each...). Later I got an Osborne, much impressed by its dual 100K floppy drives and its 4-inch screen.

Henri



I still have an Osbourne in the loft, it has an amber screen flanked by two 5 1/4 floppys 64K RAM. If I remember correctly the OS is CP/M and I have Wordstar V1 to run on it

It's bloody heavy though

Cheers

Jev


You guys beat me for early comps, but I do have 3 Apple IIe's, 5 Apple IIC's and 2 Apple IIgs's... within 3 feet of me. *grin*

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/10/2011 5:48:53 AM   
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Hi Perturabo,

Sure do, its called a uIEC/SD costs US$50 and is available at http://store.go4retro.com/products/uIEC%7B47%7DSD.html. It allows you to store and access all of your games/applications from an SD card. I've got a 4 gig card in mine at the moment and you can access it exactly the same way that you access a normal disk drive (even easier if you get the JiffyDOS upgrade chip as well).

Most C64 games can be downloaded as D64 disk images which can be accessed directly from the device.

I've organised all of my content into sub directiores for wargames, strategy games, arcade games etc. I also use it store any basic programs that I write as well.

Cheers

Mark

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/10/2011 8:30:06 AM   
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So, none of you have experience with the Amiga? You dont know what youre missing. 

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/10/2011 8:30:17 PM   
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So, none of you have experience with the Amiga? You dont know what youre missing. 



Yup I have 2xAmiga 500, 2xAmiga 600 and 1xAmiga 1200 in the loft

I am a hoarder much to the dismay of my wife.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/11/2011 5:31:45 AM   
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I think it's going to be my next PC when this one will finally die.


The Intel Atom is a netbook processor with little power. The Mini-ITX motherboard form factor was originally meant to fit into a DIN-sized car stereo slot.

It won't have lots of modern gaming (or other intensive programming) power. I wouldn't get it to use as a PC. It's all about the nostalgia, it seems.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/11/2011 2:05:32 PM   
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I think it's going to be my next PC when this one will finally die.


The Intel Atom is a netbook processor with little power. The Mini-ITX motherboard form factor was originally meant to fit into a DIN-sized car stereo slot.

It won't have lots of modern gaming (or other intensive programming) power. I wouldn't get it to use as a PC. It's all about the nostalgia, it seems.

Well, my present computer is a 7 year old single core Celeron 2400, it has 1GB of RAM, and GeForce MX 4000. I don't know if the Commodore computer can be weaker.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/12/2011 9:08:05 AM   
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I love the Amiga (and lots of other machines), I have an A4000T and two A1200's all with accelerators and other expansions. I'm also running an Atari 4160STE, an Acorn Archimdes A4000, three C128D's, one C128, one C64C and an Atari 130XE.

I love playing some of these old games and it just feels better usng the original hardware to do it. I waste even more time programming for these machines as well.

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/12/2011 9:38:22 AM   
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Do you make any games for them?

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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/12/2011 7:48:19 PM   
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Old machines are so much fun.

To the left is my first 'laptop'. Utilized that Atari Portfolio on a trip to the US in 1990, for calculating cc bills. Could show 80x25 characters and used a DOS clone. Unfortunately I don't own the power cable anymore to make it run. Price: DM 800,- (about $ 500,-) at release.

In the middle is an Asus E3 Netbook from february 2008. Quite overhyped at release and rather a toy with it's 7" display. It got delivered with Debian and I almost broke my fingers while figuring out the frigingg OS. At that time I didn't know that I would learn Linux system administration some years later. This device took me € 300,-.

To the right is an Acer aspire 1810TZ, I purchased last year. Dual Core CPU, 11,7" display and Windows 7. Price: € 500,-.




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RE: Retro gaming in style ! - 4/13/2011 3:02:03 AM   
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Do you make any games for them?


I try. I've always wanted to teach myself assembler on these old machines so I'm going through 6502 assembler on the C128/130XE and 68000 assembler on the Amiga/ST.

It really takes me back to the days when computing seemed much more enjoyable than it does today. Doing this on the real hardware certainly helps as well. I also find it good inspiration for game ideas on more modern machines. There were some really good wargames and strategy games on these old machines and it would be great if some of then were given face lifts for new machines.

Cheers

Mark

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