Posted by Commodore Computer Club on August 22, 2015 in News

“Growing The 8 Bit Generation” has been in the works for quite awhile and now the creators of this awesome documentary project have started the Kickstarter campaign:

Growning The 8-Bit Generation C64 - Commodore Computer Club

A little bit about the movie taken from the Kickstarter page:

8bit Generation is a labor of love, from people who love the 8bit era, for people who are passionate or simply curious about it

8bit is a generation of machines, both computer and videogames, based on 8bit microprocessors starting from the early 70’s all the way to the end of the 80’s, often defined by blocky graphics, few colors, simple sounds and weird case designs.

In the documentary there are many Commodore Computer and other luminaries and retro pioneers such as:

  • David Crane co-founded Activision along with Alan Miller, Jim Levy, Bob Whitehead, and Larry Kaplan
  • Bil Herd designed the Commodore 128
  • Joe Decuir helped design, build, and produce the Atari 2600
  • Stephan Gary “Woz” Wozniak – founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs
  • Al Charpentier – The MOS Technology head of design
  • Charles Ingerham “Chuck” Peddle – Main designer of the MOS 6502 microprocessor
  • Jeff ‘Yak’ Minter – Video game designer and programmer
  • Andy Finkel – Was in charge of the Commodore VIC20 and C64 software library
  • Michael Tomczyk – Development and marketing of the Commodore VIC-20
  • Commodore founder Jack Tramiel and his son Leonard Tramiel

You can follow along with the progress of this project on the Official Growing The 8 Bit Generation Kickstarter page.

Special thanks go out to Robert Bernardo of the Fresno Commodore User Group for the heads up on this project.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on July 4, 2015 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 2015 from the Commodore Computer Club and Users Group!

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on June 29, 2015 in C64, News

A few months ago members of the Commodore Computer Club backed the colored Commodore computer housings pressed from the original molds Kickstarter and look what showed up today:

Ah yeah! One blue Commodore 64c case and also one clear transparent Commodore 64c case, complete with brand new rubber feet, screws and numbered limited edition label badges:

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds - Commodore Computer Club

What’s really cool about this Commodore project is the blue C64c cases were limited to a run of only 500 units and the clear transparent cases were limited to a run of 5,000 units.

Below is a picture showcasing the limited edition label badges for our cases, #162 of #500 (blue case) and #497 of #5,000 (clear transparent case):

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds - Commodore Computer Club

When the C64 Club first posted about this Kickstarter back on March 3, 2015 @ 8:45 pm PST there were only 21 backers and the goal Dallas Moore had was to raise $10,000.00 USD within 30 days, however his goal was reached in just under 24 hours. Boom shakalaka!

In the end a total of 797 backers pledged $94,776 USD to help bring this project to life! Congrats Dallas Moore! The Commodore Computer Club was happy to help support your project.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on June 16, 2015 in Games, Homebrew

Sam’s Journey is a brand-new original scrolling platform indie game developed for one of our favorite retro computers, the Commodore 64. It’s about a cute little hero called Sam who finds himself on an unexpected journey in a strange world.

C64 Game Sam's Journey - Commodore Computer Club

The game developers want Sam’s Journey to be as great as platform games on the NES or the Sega Master System. To achieve this, they are implementing features built into the C64:

  • Colorful sprite graphics and fast free-directional scrolling
  • Three-Channel SID Music and Sound Effects

Check out some of the amazing gameplay footage below showcasing standard platformer moves like running, jumping, climbing and swimming:

C64 Game Sam's Journey - Commodore Computer Club

While running and jumping are obvious skills, his ability to climb makes him able to reach new heights and with his free diving skill, he can explore the underwater passages of the deep sea:

C64 Game Sam's Journey - Commodore Computer Club

The members of the Commodore Computer Club are really looking forward to the official release of Sam’s Journey!

To keep up with game development, you should bookmark the Knights of Bytes homepage. Be sure to let them know that the C64 Club referred you :)

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on May 9, 2015 in Pictures

Check it out, an Italian magazine about Commodore computers, complete with early 1980s models hanging around with vintage 8-bit computers:

1982 Commodore Computer Club Italian magazine

Retro computers featured on the cover are a PET with 80-column display, a Commodore 64 and a wide format CBM dot matrix printer, you know the kind that used tractor feed paper haha.

What a wonderful piece of early Commodore computer history, and the best part? The magazine was called “Commodore Computer Club“. Pretty cool!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 3, 2015 in Technology

With Easter Sunday just around the corner here in the USA, the Commodore Computer Club thought it would be cool to showcase an “Easter Egg” put into 8-Bit BASIC by Bill Gates back in the early days of Microsoft.

If you type “WAIT6502,1” into a Commodore PET with BASIC V2 (1979), it will show the string “MICROSOFT!” at the top left corner of the screen. Below are some screen shots*:

Here is the Commodore READY prompt with “Commodore BASIC” showing at the top:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

Now you type in “WAIT6502,1” and press RETURN:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

As Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory would say “Bazinga!”:

Microsoft BASIC V2 1979 - Commodore Computer Club

Legend has it Bill Gates himself inserted this easter egg “after he had had an argument with Commodore founder Jack Tramiel”, “just in case Commodore ever tried to claim that the code wasn’t from Microsoft”.

No matter where you are, who you are, where you live, or what you’ll be doing this weekend… on behalf of all of us in the Commodore Computer Club, we’re wishing everyone a Happy Easter!

* Screen shots provided by PageTable.com

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on April 2, 2015 in Pictures

The C64 Club is always looking for pictures of anything “Commodore” related and from time to time our members send in some pretty cool pictures to be posted on the club website.

A few great examples come from Commodore Computer Club member Kevin Savetz:

On March 14, 2015 at approximately 11:01 pm a C64 Club member from Southern California took the following picture down on the Newport peninsula:

Commodore Balboa Island Ferry, Newport Beach California

Yes! An actual boat, well ok, a ferry named “Commodore” was spotted going from Balboa Island to Newport Beach, CA. So awesome!

The Balboa Ferry is steeped in history, making its first appearance in 1909

Here is a pretty good source if you’d like to learn more about the Balboa Island Ferry.

If you are ever in Southern California, specifically Orange County, you should check out the Balboa Peninsula and take a ride on the ferry. There are 3 boats in the fleet: the Admiral, the Captain and of course our favorite, the Commodore.

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