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The home computer revolution, aided by the cassette

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The home computer revolution, aided by the cassette

It’s hard to imagine the Commodore 64, or any home computer of the 70s and 80s, without its trusty cassette recorder. The cassette was for most of us the cheapest and in the beginning surely the only way of safeguarding our hours and hours of typing in of listings from magazines. And who doesn’t remember […]

The best coin-op conversions for the C64

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The best coin-op conversions for the C64

Earlier this week I came across a clip of an old 80s movie called “Joysticks” on the excellent Retroist.com website. Now the movie itself is somewhat typical of what you could call the Porky’s Revenge type of film, with lots of women in shorts that are well, way too short (and the same goes for the T-shirts), but it […]

The days of the text adventure

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The days of the text adventure

Many years ago (it was the mid-80s), I walked into one of my regular stops whenever I visited the city of Antwerp: the new(ish) and second hand bookshop “De Slegte”. In the IT corner, next to several books on programming the C64, a book caught my eye that seemed a bit out of place. It […]

Old magazines, a window into the past

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Old magazines, a window into the past

Reading an old magazine is a bit like looking through a window in time that propels you back to days long gone. Whether it’s magazines about gaming (like Zzap!64, Commodore Format, …) or the ones focused on the more serious use of computers (like 64’er, Byte, …), they all share that same quality: they recount […]

A time before laptops and multimedia projectors

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A time before laptops and multimedia projectors

No meeting room today can go without a multimedia projector. And even for the smaller ones, you can have a beamer that fits in your pocket and can be hooked up to your iPad. The era of the overhead or slide projector is long gone, but clearing out some old boxes of floppy’s recently reminded me […]

An old photo, a little time capsule…

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An old photo, a little time capsule…

Today it seems, we take technology for granted: when we see the latest smart phone that has features x, y and z that it didn’t have before, we rush out to the store and buy it (or at least, that’s what they want us to do). When the latest console from Sony, Nintendo or Microsoft […]

The most amazing multi-player experience

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The most amazing multi-player experience

Multi-player games, in all of their forms (MMORPGs like World of Warcraft, Mario Kart on the Wii, …) are as common as well, a common game. Many, if not most games today feature alongside their single-player mode a multi-player mode that can be played on the same console or with friends over the net. I […]

Amiga, the music maker

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Amiga, the music maker

When it comes to producing music, Commodore’s machines have a reputation that is rivaled only by well, Commodore itself. For the price of a C64 (and its magnificent SID chip), chiptune artists today still bring out the most catchy tunes and produce dance tracks that wouldn’t be out of their place on today’s dance floors. […]

More sprites by my little geeks

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More sprites by my little geeks

Back in November, my kids had their first taste of computer programming when they designed their first sprites on the Commodore 64. With the weather being absolutely splendid this weekend, I decided to bring my SX-64 out on the terrace and play some games. I had just put in the 1st floppy when my kids […]

The most expensive C64 games

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The most expensive C64 games

With the recent news (that made the press worldwide) of the NES Family Fun Fitness: Stadium Events game that was bought for $8 at a thrift store and potentially reaching a staggering 30K on a GameGavel.com auction (it’s already at 12K!), I thought it would be a nice idea to find out which are the rarest […]