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)

Here’s a picture showcasing the Commodore 64 Crystal Castles prototype cartridge #0008:

C64 Crystal Castles Prototype Serial #0008 - Commodore Computer Club

Here’s a picture of the C64 Crystal Castles prototype cartridge #0053 from the eBay auction:

C64 Crystal Castles Prototype Serial #0053 - Commodore Computer Club

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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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 23, 2016 in Pictures

Achievement Unlocked: H.E.R.O. game cartridge for the C64 computer, designed by John Van Ryzin and published by Activision in 1984.

Activision HERO H.E.R.O C64 Game - Commodore Computer Club

Next to Pastfinder, this was one of the hardest Activision cartridges to track down for the Commodore 64, especially complete in box.

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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.

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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.

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