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Posted 2007-10-25 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
I Adored My 64 (My ‘Commodore 64’)
Gamasutra digs deep into A History of Gaming Platforms: The Commodore 64 in the online magazine's latest feature. Ah, Commodore 64, how I loved you and each one of your 16 on-screen colors, your simple operating system, and your advanced sound chip.

Of course what really made the C64 shine for me was its games. Favorites included Archon and its sequel Adept, Paradroid, Impossible Mission, M.U.L.E. and Pool of Radiance. Most of these had great game-play that still stands up today, graphics be damned.

I'm not wallowing in nostalgia, but when I was a kid, we had "floppy" disks the size of ham-sandwiches...
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Orneryboy
October 25, 2007 @ 1:44 pm
     
 
I still adore mine! :) I still have the same old 64 that I had as a kid, and I even have a bunch of those ham-sandwich-sized disks with my first attempts at text adventure games on them!

Dang kids nowadays, with their fancy internets and iPods... When I was a kid, my friends and I used to ride our bikes to the computer store to spend our allowance on giant floppy disks! :)
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Rusty Ramone
October 26, 2007 @ 11:43 am
     
 
Floppy disks?! Oh how I begged my dad for a floppy disk drive for my Atari 800. I had to make do with a cassette! You know how hard it is to load the most awesomest program you ever spent three hours typing in after saving it and realizing you hadn't rewound to the beginning of the tape? And the squeals and squawks of data as it loaded is as pleasant as Vogon poetry.

I never had a Commodore, but I always thought their monitors were really neat for some reason.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Scott McMillin
October 26, 2007 @ 2:20 pm
     
 
I still have my Atari 400, 800, and 800XL in the basement.

Speaking of buying big floppy disks, I remember buying single-sided ones and cutting my own notches so I could use the back side.

I mean, what better place to stick your 7 Cities of Gold world data?
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
October 26, 2007 @ 2:23 pm
     
 
Yes, the disk hole-punch. Classic. The other side was often flawed, but then those disk envelops were always full of crumbs from my bagged lunches anyway.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Scott McMillin
October 26, 2007 @ 3:02 pm
     
 
At the risk of having this thread descend into "we're so old" 80s nerd nostalgia:
http://www.dans20thcenturyabandonware.com/computer-artifacts-525-floppy.html
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by D2CA
October 28, 2007 @ 4:10 am
     
 
Thanks for the link, Scott.

To help get back on track, please try these links also on my site:

http://www.dans20thcenturyabandonware.com/d2ca-hw-commodore.html

http://www.dans20thcenturyabandonware.com/d2ca-ssg-commodore.html

And, of course, to check out the whole site, visit the home page:

http://www.dans20thcenturyabandonware.com/

In addition to hundreds of 5" floppies I even have one of the huge 8" floppies that runs on an even older OS called CP/M. The disk is an original Microsoft Fortran-80 for CP/M 80 (Z80 CPUs).
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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