Thursday, June 30, 2011

#c64 Gorf!

I moved my cartridge collection to my Chameleon yesterday and decided to test it with the classic, Gorf. Haven't played it in ages. Brings back memories. I had this for my Vic-20.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

#c64 Hyper Viper

Purchased Hyper Viper! A new game for Commodore 64. It's a blast. Don't let the first level fool you - the game gets very challenging. The music is great, too. Order it here:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

#c64 Another BBQ Pic...

Another pic from our 8 bit BBQ of my friend playing Raid On Bungeling Bay.

#c64 BBQ and Soccer

Here's a picture of my six year old son and my best friend from 6th grade playing Commodore Soccer on the 64 during our BBQ. 8 bits were represented well the whole night.

Friday, June 24, 2011

#c64 Evolution

I found this strange little game while hunting through some random Arcade d64 images. Not the worst game - not the best either, but it kept me interested for a good 30 minutes or so.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

#c64 uIEC issue

Several games and programs I had stored on my SD card started giving me an error after I would load and try to run them. This would happen on my uIEC and Chameleon 64. I took another SD card, formatted it (FAT 32) and saved freshly downloaded games. These, of course, worked. Maybe my SD card was going bad or maybe my Chameleon 64 or uIEC device started corrupting files. Anyhow, it will take some time to bring back my libraries. I might use a slightly different paradigm -- instead of storing everything on the SD card, I might just place the games I'm currently playing on it straight from the PC and see how that goes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

#c64 Microprose Soccer

Continuing my soccer kick, I played Microprose Soccer for the first time today. As you can see by the score, I haven't quite mastered how to play yet, but it plays nice and fast and is a lot of fun. Microprose made some of the best games back in the day, like Gunship, F-19 Stealth Fighter, etc.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

#c64 Revisit Silo 64

Played a bit of Silo 64 tonight before bed. An excellent game and it looks like it would be a blast with two players.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

#c64 More Commodore Soccer

Had a little time to play more Commodore Soccer today. I played one game on level 5 and tied it 2-2. Such a fantastic game for a quick and dirty arcade style soccer game. When I get time I plan on diving into the Emlyn Hughes Soccer game and learn how to set up whole tournaments and learn the more complex player controls.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

#c64 Space Taxi and Coffee

A great Saturday morning ritual...

Thursday, June 9, 2011

#c64 Chameleon Opened

Opened the Chameleon 64 cartridge today to install my rr-net. Wasn't too difficult if you start at the connector end with a small screwdriver and GENTLY pry it open. The Chameleon 64 gets better with every beta update.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

#c64 New Chameleon Core - Beta 6

It's been awhile since I touched my Chameleon 64. Frankly, in its beta state, it didn't work well on my NTSC 64. I read that a new beta core had been released so I flashed it this morning. The file system and d64 mounting is working much better as shown in the screenshot of me playing Raid Over Moscow. The VGA is still not working with any of the monitors I have, though.

I will probably stick with my uIEC for my main game playing / MSSIAH song saves. However, I have been reading a lot about people flashing Amiga Minimig cores to the device -- I may give that a shot soon.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Amiga Forever #amiga #commodore

After losing an eBay auction for a pristine Amiga 1200, I have reassessed my desire for a physical Amiga 1200. I never owned one of these as a youth. I wouldn't really have any basis in nostalgia for the hardware other than I wanted one when I was a kid and never got one. I was more than happy with my Commodore 64 right up until I got my first IBM PC.

With that thought process, I devoted some time to upgrading my Bootcamp partition on my iMac from XP to Windows 7. I installed Amiga Forever 2011 and toyed around with the configuration and achieved some pleasing results. I toyed around with Amiga OS 4, Workbench 3.1, etc. I got these working very well and had fun. I then found some classic games, like Cannon Fodder 2, Perfect General, Speedball 2, and Obsession Pinball and played those for awhile.

I think I might be able to put off getting an Amiga for a while longer. The emulator has been working flawlessly in Windows 7 and I can avoid the payout for a nice Amiga 1200 system, which was going to run upwards of $300 for everything I wanted.

Here's some screenshots of my accomplishments today.

Friday, June 3, 2011

#c64 I won the cup!

Won 1 to 3 in Commodore International Soccer! Here's a picture of me winning the cup! This one's a bit easier to play than Emlyn Hughes, but Emlyn is definitely a deeper game. This one's a bit more arcade style for sure, but very fun!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

#c64 Emlyn Hughes International Soccer

I wasn't much into soccer (or football, for my European friends) games on the 64 as a youth. I never played any of the favorites, like Microprose Soccer, International Soccer, etc. But as I researched them, I found that a clear favorite among many was Emlyn Hughes. I found a PRG file of it and recently played it. I played England and the computer played Scotland. The score ended up 0-0, but it was fun. I got better as the game went on -- I bet this would be a blast for two players.

I found a web site and fanbase where they are still crazy about the game. Pretty cool that a game this old still has a huge following.

Still waiting for my first goal...