Posted by Commodore Computer Club on October 23, 2015 in News

Hey fellow Commodore 64 SID music lovers, check out this genuine 8-bit Kickstarter!!

A little bit from the official Back in Time Symphonic Collection Kickstarter page:

We’re raising money to arrange and produce a box set of Symphonic Commodore 64 studio arrangements that sound like properly large, epic tracks. And we want to produce full transcriptions for orchestras to play live in concert.

This is going to be so amazing! Just the thought of hearing C64 Music played by an orchestra… pretty cool!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 20, 2015 in Games, Homebrew

Do you own a EasyFlash 3 cartridge designed by Jim Brain? Do you like the game Duck Tales for the C64 computer, but don’t like the disk load times? If so, this blog post is for you!

Check out some of the duck-tastic (whooo hooo) gameplay footage below showcasing this C64 floppy disk image crack to EF cartridge:

C64 Duck Tales - Commodore Computer Club

As of today, you can now download the Commodore 64 Duck Tales port for the EasyFlash 3 cartridge. Time to que up the Ducktales theme song…

Life is like a hurricane, here in Duck Burg
Race cars, lasers, aeroplanes, it’s a duck blur
Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history!
Duck Tales (woo oo)

Once again, for those who missed it above, here is the download link for Duck Tales EasyFlash 3 cartridge image. Enjoy!

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Posted by Commodore Computer Club on September 14, 2015 in News

That’s right C64 Friends, earlier this afternoon as this blog post title suggests, a very low serial number Commodore 64 Silver Label was found in the wild:

Commodore 64 Silver Label VIC-20 Keyboard - Commodore Computer Club

Commodore 64 Silver Label Serial Number - Commodore Computer Club

Below are some of the geeky technical specifications that a lot of retro Commodore Computer Collectors want to know:

  • Serial Number: S00006011
  • Case Country of Origin: Made in USA
  • Board Assembly: 326298 (1982). This is the original “buggy” board
  • Board Revision: Rev C
  • Badge Type: Silver Metal
  • Keyboard Type: VIC keys (orange function keys)

Here’s an up close picture showing the case serial number sticker:

Commodore 64 Silver Label Serial Number - Commodore Computer Club

This thing is really clean too! It did need a light wiping down on the case from dust and of course I opened it up to blow out any dust, check chip date codes, board revision information, etc.

Speaking of chips and date codes, the chips are original MOS with early 1982 date codes. Pretty cool! Pictures of the board and chips to be posted soon.

I’m very happy to have found a nice working C64 Silver Label. It will be staying in my personal collection that’s for sure!

At a later date I’ll post more pictures showing the PCB and chip date codes, but for now I’m going to play some Space Taxi on this beauty…

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.

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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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