Posted by Commodore Computer Club on July 4, 2016 in C64, Videos

Today is the 4th of July in the USA, the day we celebrate our independence, so the Commodore Computer Club wanted to showcase the Activision Fireworks Celebration Kit:

As good measure we are providing the D64 disk image so you can enjoy it on your real C64. It runs great on the Flyer internet modem and disk drive emulator using real hardware.

The Fireworks Celebration Kit was released in 1985 by Activision. It was programmed by John van Ryzin with music by Stephen Gaboury. You can even control the fireworks with your joystick plugged into port 1 on your Commodore 64.

Happy 4th of July 2016 from the Commodore Computer Club and Users Group!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on July 2, 2016 in Meetings

Hello and greetings Northwest retro computing friends! Here are some of the highlights from our July 1, 2016 Commodore Computer Meeting:

  • Commodore VIC-20 Mega-Cart
  • Lots of buy, sell, trade and free items
  • Listening to SID chip tunes with PSID64
  • Atari Lynx II LCD Replacement/VGA-Out by McWill
  • EasyFlash 3 programming
  • Hands on with Diamond Mine for the C64
  • Frenzy homebrew for the Atari 7800

Below are some of the pictures taken that showcase the good times had by all at the July 1, 2016 C64 Club meeting, enjoy!

Tommy playing the Nintendo classic Popeye on the Commodore 64c computer:

C64 Popeye Game - Commodore Computer Club

VIC-20 computer featuring the Mega-Cartridge with Bob Smith’s Dragonfire game by iMagic:

VIC-20 Mega-Cart Dragonfire Game - Commodore Computer Club

Mike and Paul playing the Frenzy homebrew game for the Atari 7800 video game console:

Atari 7800 Frenzy - Commodore Computer Club

Tommy checking out the Atari Lynx II portable color handheld gaming system with the LCD McWill screen modification:

Atari Lynx II McWill Screen Modifcation - Commodore Computer Club

Aaron doing a little Atari Lynx II LCD Replacement/VGA-Out hacking at the Commodore Computer Club and Retro Computing Club meeting:

Atari Lynx II McWill Screen Modification - Commodore Computer Club

Mike playing Commando on the Atari 7800. Fun fact: Commando is one of only two Atari 7800 games to have a Pokey chip built into the cartridge for enhanced sound and music:

Atari 7800 Commando - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Computer Club members Scott and Tommy playing some games:

Scott and Tommy Game Time - Commodore Computer Club

Mike drinking some beer getting ready to play Crossfire on the Commodore VIC-20 computer:

Mike Cross Fire VIC-20 - Commodore Computer Club

Some of the items on the buy, sell, trade and free tables: Xbox 360 controller, PlayStation 1 and 2 (PS1/PS2) games, Atari Lynx II, Nintendo GameCube and so much more!

Buy, Sell, Trade, Free Tables - Commodore Computer Club

C64 club members enjoying a little gametime at the PDX Commodore Computer Club and Users Group meeting:

Mike, Tommy, VIC-20, C64 - Commodore Computer Club

Paul from Eight Bit Fix and the Rose City Atari Club playing Galaga on his modded Atar 7800 connected up to a Commodore 1702 color monitor:

Atari 7800, 1702 Color Monitor - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus and Mike getting ready to play Legendary Axe on the Turbografx 16 game console:

Turbografx 16 Legendary Axe - Commodore Computer Club

Tommy learning how to play Diamond Mine by Roklan for the Commodore 64 computer:

Diamond Mine C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Mike enjoying the classic game Rally-X for the Commodore VIC-20 computer:

VIC-20 Rally-X - Commodore Computer Club

Bonk’s Adventure for the Turbografx 16 was a huge hit at the meeting:

Bonk's Adventure Turbografx 16 - Commodore Computer Club

We listened to some amazing SID chip tunes using PSID64 by Roland Hermans:

SID Chip Tunes Music - Commodore Computer Club

Club members enjoyed playing Simpson’s Arcade, San Franciso Rush 2049 and Shrek Pinball in the Pied Piper Pizza arcade:

Simpson's Arcade, Rush 2049, Shrek Pinball - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus did some research on how to program his Commodore 64 EasyFlash 3 cartridge using his laptop and a USB cable:

EasyFlash 3 Programming - Commodore Computer Club

This Prince of Persia port for the Commodore 64 is totally awesome!

Prince of Persia C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings over the years. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on June 4, 2016 in Meetings

Greetings fellow retro computing friends! Below are a few pictures from our June 3, 2016 Commodore Computer Meeting, enjoy!

Long-time Commodore Computer Club member Tommy photobombing while George, Morgan, Paul and Mike are getting some serious game time in at the C64 Club meeting:

C64 Club Members and Friends - Commodore Computer Club

Mike enjoying his new Commodore 128 C128 computer that he scored from the buy, sell and trade table. Welcome to the wonderful World of Commodore Mike:

C128 - Commodore Computer Club

Check it out, up close and personal with Paul’s Commodore Amiga CD32 setup:

Amiga CD32 - Commodore Computer Club

George playing the game Chuckie Egg on the breadbin Commodore 64. You can see Popeye in the background on the C64C computer:

C64 Chuckie Egg Game Time - Commodore Computer Club

Tommy playing Space Taxi on the C64 computer which is one of his favorite classic games:

Space taxi - Commodore Computer Club

Here we have the RETRO Innovations uIEC/SD and EasyFlash 3 cartridge, both designed and built by Jim Brain:

Jim Brain uIEC/SD - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore Friends and Members playing video games at the C64 Club meeting:

C64 games - Commodore Computer Club

Thanks to Marcus for bringing his pretty cool Amiga 1200 and 1084S color monitor gaming rig to the C64 Club meeting:

Amiga 1200 1084S Monitor - Commodore Computer Club

Conrad’s European-built Commodore 1551 disk drive and PAL Plus/4 computer setup:

Plus/4 1551 Disk Drive - Commodore Computer Club

Not something you see everyday, the game Thrust for the Commodore 16 and Plus/4 computers on cassette tape and a SDrive 1564:

Thrust Game C16 Plus 4 SDrive 1564 - Commodore Computer Club

Morgan showcasing his recent pickup from the Commodore Computer Club buy, sell and trade table, the MAD Magazine Board Game by Parker Brothers Complete In Box:

MAD Magazine Board Game - Commodore Computer Club

Paul and Mike checking out the Commodore Amiga CD32 computer system and game console:

Amiga CD32 CD 32 - Commodore Computer Club

Marcus looking sideways at the camera while he’s playing a golf game on the Commodore Amiga 1200 computer. Keep your eye on the ball hehe:

Amiga 1200 - Commodore Computer Club

“Thank You” to everyone from the PDX and surrounding areas who have continued to support and attend the Commodore Computer Club meetings since April 2010. It’s really appreciated.

We hope to see you at the next meeting! Come to learn, come to share.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on May 1, 2016 in Games

Released in 1983 and programmed by Jeff Bruette, Wizard of Wor for the Commodore 64 is probably one of the best co-operation games available for the computer:

C64 Wizard of Wor for the Commodore 64 - Commodore Computer Club

Something that’s pretty cool about the C64 Wizard of Wor game cartridge is it supports the Magic Voice Speech Module… “Garwor and Thorwor become invisible! Hahahaha!”

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 29, 2016 in Pictures

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy advertisement:

Now for a limited time only when you rush your Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy order to Megadodo Publications, you’ll get our special gift to you, enough throw-in items to fill an attic!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Commodore Computer Club

So act now and receive all these fabulous bonuses!

  • FLUFF: goes anywhere – under the bed, behind the commode, at the bottom of your pocket, inside your navel!
  • DUSTRUCT ORDERS FOR YOUR HOME AND PLANET: Suitable for framing, and great gag gifts at any party!
  • DON’T PANIC! BUTTON: Pefect for those times when your planet is being bombarded by laser beams, your toaster starts talking to you and traces of radioactivity are discovered in your breakfast cereal!
  • JOO JANTA 200 SUPER-CHROMATIC PERIL-SENSITIVE SUNGLASSES:*** You’ll look cool and stay cool even when attending a Vogon poetry reading!
  • NO TEA: Just like the tea professional hitchhiker’s don’t carry!
  • MICROSCOPIC SPACE FLEET: Just the thing for attacking microscopic civilizations.

*** Not recommended for driving.

How much would you pay now? One hundred altairian dollars? Two hundred? Three hundred?

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 9, 2016 in Pictures

It’s time to showcase all 12 Activision cartridges officially released for the C64 computer that are now in the Commodore Computer Club’s personal collection:

All 12 Activision cartridges C64 - Commodore Computer Club

For those who might be wondering, H.E.R.O. was the last cartridge needed to complete the Activision set. Finding it CIB back in early 2016 was just an added bonus.

If you are wanting to complete this set yourself, you should be aware that H.E.R.O. and Pastfinder were probably two of the hardest Activision cartridges to track down for the Commodore 64.

Below is the complete list of the Activision games included in this totally rad collection:

  • Beamrider
  • Decathlon
  • Designers Pencil (Garry Kitchen)
  • H.E.R.O. (John Van Ryzin)
  • Pastfinder (Tim Wilson)
  • Pitfall (David Crane)
  • Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
  • River Raid (Carol Shaw)
  • Space Shuttle (Steve Kitchen)
  • Toy Bizarre (Mark Turmell)
  • Zenji (Adam Bellin)
  • Zone Ranger (Dan Thompson)

Fun fact: Founded in October 1979 by David Crane, Activision was the first third-party video game cartridge publisher.

OK, now to go play some Activision C64 games on cartridge…

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on March 14, 2016 in Pictures

Here’s a picture from an early 1980’s advertisement showcasing a family enjoying the Commodore SX-64 Executive Computer:

C64 SX-64 Executive - Commodore Computer Club

The Commodore SX-64, also known as the Executive 64, or VIP-64 in Europe, is a portable, briefcase/suitcase-size “luggable” version of the popular Commodore 64 home computer and holds the distinction of being the first full-color portable computer.

The SX-64 features a built-in 5″ composite monitor and a built-in 1541 floppy drive. It weighs about 25 pounds. The machine is carried by its sturdy handle, which doubles as an adjustable stand. It was announced in January 1983 and released a year later for around $995.00 USD.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on February 11, 2016 in News, Pictures

Say “hello” to the Crystal Castles Prototype Serial #0067 by Atarisoft for the Commodore 64:

C64 Crystal Castles Prototype Serial #0067 - Commodore Computer Club

In doing some research, there were apparently only two prototypes of Crystal Castles known to have surfaced since the 1980s:

  • #0008 (in a private UK collection since 2002)
  • #0053 (recently sold on eBay January 23, 2016 for $404.00 USD)

And now #0067 as seen here on the Commodore Computer Club website.

Something interesting to note, Atarisoft only published the following 12 official Commodore 64 cartridges between 1983 and 1984:

  • Battlezone
  • Centipede
  • Defender
  • Dig Dug
  • Donkey Kong
  • Galaxian
  • Jungle Hunt
  • Moon Patrol
  • Ms. Pac-Man
  • Pac-Man
  • Pole Position
  • Robotron: 2084

Notice that Crystal Castles never had a official release on cartridge for the Commodore 64, just the small handful of prototypes that have surfaced.

According to Wikipedia Crystal Castles for the Commodore 64:

Simpler graphics, but the gameplay is quite close to the original. There are actually two versions: one by Atarisoft that wasn’t released at the time but purchased by US Gold and released in Europe in 1986; and one by Thundervision in the US in 1985.

So there you go, two versions for the C64: one by Atarisoft that wasn’t released (this prototype version) and the US Gold (Europe) / Thundervision (USA) version.

Fun fact: Crystal Castles was only officially released for the C64 on floppy disk and cassette tape.

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