Posted by Commodore Computer Club on February 8, 2016 in Pictures

It’s time to get up close and personal with the Commodore SFD-1001 disk drive:

SFD-1001 Disk Drive - Commodore Computer Club

Here are some of the features of the Commodore SFD-1001 floppy drive:

  • Storage capacity up to 1 MB for 5.25″ disks
  • IEEE-488 interface
  • Data transfer is parallel
  • 5 times faster than the VIC-1541

The SFD-1001 disk drive can be used with all CBM PET’s and with the right connector (cartridge), on Commodore 64 (C64) and Commodore 128 (C128) machines too.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on January 20, 2016 in Games

It’s time to showcase the Commodore Computer Club’s Top 5 Fun Facts about Garry Kitchen’s GameMaker released by Activision in 1985.

C64 Garry Kitchen's GameMaker - Commodore Computer Club

Without any further ado, here are the C64 Club’s Top 5 GameMaker Fun Facts:

  • Garry Kitchen’s GameMaker is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for the Commodore 64, Apple II and IBM PCs.
  • The software is notable as the first high-level all-in-one game design product aimed at the general consumer.
  • Of the three supported platforms the C64 version is arguably the most feature-rich, as it takes advantage of the advanced SID sound chip and color capabilities lacking in the Apple II and early PC hardware.
  • These include sprites, music, and background elements for loading into GameMaker.
  • To demonstrate the versatility of the program, the software package includes several demonstration files to get you started in making games, one of them being a recreation of the David Crane classic Pitfall!

Do you have any stories that you would like to share about using GameMaker on a Commodore 64 computer? Maybe you made some arcade games or demos with it back in the day? If so, the Commodore Computer Club would like to know, so drop us a comment below.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on January 16, 2016 in Pictures

Check out this pretty rad Commodore software dealer poster: Cinemaware presents Defender of the Crown for the C64 computer.

C64 Defender of the Crown by Cinemaware - Commodore Computer Club

Defender of the Crown is a strategy game designed by Kellyn Beck. It was Cinemaware’s first game, and was originally released for the Commodore Amiga in 1986, setting a new standard for graphic quality in home computer games.

The Apple IIGS, Atari ST and Commodore 64 versions were ported with better success, the IIGS, Macintosh and ST versions’ graphics coming quite close to the Amiga version.

Fun Fact: Defender of the Crown II was published by Commodore International in 1993 for the CDTV and Amiga CD32.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on January 10, 2016 in Pictures

Take a look, it’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from Ghostbusters having some fun with the Commodore 64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV with hardware designed by Jeri Ellsworth:

C64 Direct-to-TV C64DTV by by Jeri Ellsworth - Commodore Computer Club

Other cool retro items showcased in this picture include the following Coleco tabletop consoles:

  • Pac-Man – Midway
  • Frogger – Sega/Konami
  • Donkey Kong – Nintendo

We can also see a sweet Pac-Man lunch box from 1980 by Aladdin Bally Midway behind the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

As you can see the Commodore Computer Club loves all things retro computer and vintage gaming related. The game is never over around the C64 Club.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on January 1, 2016 in Pictures, Videos

For those of you who might not get the humor in why we posted the below picture and quote “Merry New Year” to the C64 Club Facebook page last night, you should check out the 1983 movie Trading Places starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd.

Merry New Year Eddie Murphy - Commodore Computer Club

Last night was also New Years Eve, so the C64 Club wanted to ring in the New Year with some good old fashion humor and in Our humble opinion, the movie Trading Places is funny.

For reference, here’s a YouTube movie clip featuring the specific “Merry New Year” scene that the Commodore Computer Club is highly amused with (the whole movie is funny by the way)…

So once again, “Merry New Year” from the Commodore Computer Club. We hope that 2016 is filled with good times, good friends, family and of course lots of laughing… the world could use some laughing and smiles…

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 25, 2015 in C64, Videos

Every holiday season the Commodore Computer Club likes to showcase the SX-64 Christmas demo with all our C64 Friends around the world:

The above Christmas Demo was included on the 1541 SX-64 Test Demo disk which came with the Commodore Executive 64 (SX-64).

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the Commodore Computer Club.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 24, 2015 in Pictures

It’s time to showcase one of the handmade Commodore Computer Club Christmas tree ornaments rocking around the Christmas tree…

C64 Club Christmas - Commodore Computer Club

The first appearance of these awesome Commodore Christmas ornaments was 5 years ago at the December 2010 Commodore Computer Club meeting. How time flies.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Bah Humbug :) from the Commodore Computer Club.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on December 2, 2015 in C64

Since it’s now December and technically Winter, the Commodore Computer Club figured it was time to break out the Commodore SX-64 and play some Winter Games by EPYX…

EPYX Winter Games C64 - Commodore Computer Club

Winter Games is so much fun, especially this time of year when it’s cold and snowing in many places around the world.

For those wondering, sitting on top of the SX-64 is a Haier model HLT10 portable 10.2″ digital LCD TV using a Commodore video to RCA cable. Here are some of the LCD specifications:

  • 10.2″ Wide LCD Screen
  • Built-in ATSC/NTSC Tuner
  • Built-in Rechargeable Battery
  • Audio Video (AV) input (Red, White, Yellow RCA)
  • Wireless Remote Control

Not too many people realize that you can connect up an external monitor to a Commodore SX-64 computer. Now you know and knowing is half the battle :)

You can usually find these Haier model HLT10 monitors on eBay or Amazon for $50.00 USD or less and they are totally worth it for the portability factor.

If you can get one, just do it because anything with AV connections or even a coaxial connector will connect up perfectly, think vintage computers, retro game consoles, etc.

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 21, 2015 in C64, News

Dave Moorman, last editor of Loadstar – the monthly Commodore disk magazine, has made available a number of issues on-line, ready to download as .D81’s. Each .D81 is packed with commentary, graphics, and programs:

LoadStar C64 C128 Disks - Commodore Computer Club

The disks start from issue 170 and continue through the Dave Moorman years with issues 200 to the last issue 250. That’s from 1998 to 2008.

Loadstar Monthly Disk Magazine for the Commodore 64 began in 1984 – and continued to 2007 – publishing 248 issues packed to the BAM (Block Access Manager) with games, applications, articles, entertainments, and tutorials. We have here a number of issues for your enjoyment, available in *.D81 file format. These files work just like a 1581 disk on a VICE Emulator.

Go to http://loadstargallery.webs.com/ to download the disk images.

Posted by Commodore Computer Club on November 14, 2015 in Meetings

Greetings Program. The C64 Club went on a road trip to check out the November 14, 2015 Southern California Commodore and Amiga Networkers, AKA the Scanners meeting.

Below are a few of the pictures and notes that were taken down during the meeting which took place at the Panera Bread Restaurant in Northridge, CA.

On hand an SX-64 Executive Computer along with one of Jim Brain’s EasyFlash 3 cartridges. You can also see Mario’s Amiga 1000 booting up Kickstarter 1.3:

C64 SX-64 Amiga 1000 - Commodore Computer Club

Here we have Robert Bernardo from the Fresno Commodore Users Group (FCUG) discussing the A.L.I.C.E. Amiga Laptop Prototype that was showcased at AmiWest 2015:

AmiWest Amiga A.L.I.C.E. Laptop Prototype - Commodore Computer Club

It appears the game Choplifter is being played on the Amiga 1000 computer or is it coming from the SX-64? Dun Dun DUN!!!

Choplifter Amiga 1000 - Commodore Computer Club

The Commodore 64 Donkey Kong Junior port for the EasyFlash 3 cartridge was released February 25, 2015. At the meeting we tested it out. It’s arcade perfect. Pretty cool!

Donkey Kong Junior - Commodore Computer Club

Playing a little Space Taxi on the Commodore SX-64 computer, which is also being displayed on the big screen:

C64 Space Taxi - Commodore Computer Club

Due to limited space the Commodore VIC-20 and the Plus/4 computers that Robert had with him didn’t get hooked up, but that’s ok, the 2 SX-64’s and Amiga 1000 received lots of love.

A big “Thank You!” goes out to the Scanners group for the invite to attend the meeting. It was a lot of fun hanging out with other Commodore and Amiga Geeks.

I guess the only thing that wasn’t fun about the trip was all the crazy SoCal freeway traffic getting to the actual meeting, but for the love of Commodore computers, it was worth it.

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