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!

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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 June 7, 2015 in C64, Homebrew

Heads up Commodore friends and enthusiasts! Roland Hermans – the creator of PSID64 has released an update to his SID music player:

PSID64 1.1 - Commodore Computer Club

If you like SID Chip Music, be sure to Download PSID64 1.1 for your C64 computer. Here’s a little 8-bit of information taken from the official PSID64 website:

PSID64 is a program that automatically generates a C64 self extracting executable from a PSID file. The executable contains the PSID data, a pre-relocated player and may also – if there is enough space available in the C64 environment – contain a demonstration program with information about the PSID file.

The PSID64 program allows Commodore users to play PSID files (originally used by the PlaySID program) on a real Commodore 64 computer. Totally Rad!

For those of you who don’t have a original Commodore 64 computer, you can also enjoy PSID64 with an emulator such as VICE. Now go get a real C64 :)

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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

After a little research, the model on the left with her hand on the Commodore PET computer monitor is Federica Moro who was Miss Italy 1982.

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

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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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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on March 3, 2015 in C64, News

Dallas Moore from Marshall, Texas, who is a self proclaimed picker (you know, just like on the TV show American Pickers on History Channel) recently came across the original production molds for the housing for the Commodore 64C at a business liquidation sale:

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds

Commodore 64c Computer Housing Molds

Earlier today Dallas put up a Kickstarter to help fund getting some unique colors produced from the original molds. Pretty cool and super exiciting!

The Commodore 64C computer case colors he plans on producing are Bright Red, Bright White and Royal Blue…

Commodore 64c Red Housing

Commodore 64c White Housing

Commodore 64c Royal Blue Housing

There has been talk in the Kickstarter comments about doing clear or black cases, which would be really awesome. Dallas did mention that rubber feet and screws will be included along with a Kickstarter limited edition numbered sticker/badge with each colored Commodore 64c case.

Of course members of the Commodore Computer Club have already backed the Kickstarter and look forward to seeing what other colors might come out of this C64C case project.

At the time of writing this blog post (March 3, 2015 @ 8:45 pm PST) there are only 21 backers and he needs to raise $10,000.00 USD, however the C64 Club is pretty sure this Commodore 64c Case Project will get funded.

You can follow along with the progress of this project on the Official Facebook page and also the C64 Colored Case Kickstarter page.

March 4, 2015 @ 8:43 am PST update from Dallas via Kickstarter backer email:

Thank you all for your support! We are amazed at the speed in which we meet this goal! Many of you have asked about adding colors. I will be glad to add more options as far as colors go once we have sold out of the 3 Limited Edition Kickstarter colors. So keep helping me to get the word out and we will add some more options! Thank you all very much for helping me get these molds working again!

So there you go! Dallas raised the $10,000.00 USD. The Kickstarter funded in about 24 hours and there is now a really good possibility that other funtastic colors will be added.