Commodore Free double whammy.

Two issues of Commodore Free magazine in one go? Don’t mind if I do!

Issues #74 and #75 are out now and available in all manner of digital reading formats including .d64

Personally, I’m all up for the .mobi’s as the Kindle app now supports keeping everything nice and tidy with the Collections feature…..

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….followed by the .d64 loaded on my C64 because I still continue to get a kick out of seeing new stuff running on older hardware.

Issue #74 has a nice Vic-20 on the front hinting at the wealth of Vic-goodness inside.

Editorial
* Commodore Free E-Cover Tape #7
* Readers Comments
* General News
– Happy Birthday MIDI 1.0
– Happy 50th Birthday Cassette
– MicroMusic.net 14 Year Birthday
– Non Functional Goodies
* C64 News
– KickAss Cruncher Plugins
– Dr. Evil Labs
– CODEBASE 64 Scanning the Keyboard
– UNP64 v2.30 Released
– Prg2Sid 0.80 Released
* VIC20 News
– Realms of Quest IV: 4-Level Demo
– Assembly Programming on Vic-20
– Boogieman, Exploria and Korque
– Theater Of War Trilogy
* Amiga News
– AROS Vision 2.0 based in Magellan
– AmigaKit AMITCP 4
– AEROS for Pi beta 4
– Obligement Magazine Issue 100
– New Software Releases by OnyxSoft
– SketchBlock 2.2
– AmiSystemRestore R1 Beta7
– Vampire 600 Accelerator
– Zomco’s parody of “Desert Dream”
– Interview Glenn Corpes
* Review: Moon Mission [C64]
* Review: Theater of War [VIC20]
* Interview with Ghislain de Blois
* Incomplete History of The VIC

Really looking forward to that last article.

And on to #75 with its Raspberry/Commodore PI cover.

* Editorial
* Commodore Free E-Cover Tape #8
* General News
– Retro Planet Issue 1
– Arc64 Updated To V2.5
– C&A Games Issue 7, 8, 9 and 10
– Retro Asylum: David Whittaker
– Retrocomputing Retr0sbiancante
– Cassiopei
* C64 News
– C64 Studio v3.1
– Submarine Rescue
– Windows 105
– Use Mssiah with sd2uiec
– Commodore and Lego
– Jim Drew Website + SuperCard Pro
– C64 80 Column Adapter
– Hoxs64 Emulator v1.0.8.6
* VIC20 News
– Pitfall
* C16 & Plus/4 News
– Vic20/C16 Newsstand Compilation 2
– Tree Some Released for the Plus/4
– C+4Hires Picture Disk Released
* Amiga News
– Bed Games 1: Carola
– Triangulation 118: Tim Jenison
– AmigaOS SDK Update (Finally)
– syaSokoban v2.0.1 for AROS
– WHDLoad Updates
* Speaking Notes for a Presentation
* Interview With Scott Hunter
* “The…System…Is…Down”

and a welcome return of the E-Cover tapes too……….Commodore overload!

Kettle on and head to http://www.commodorefree.com/issues.html

Happy reading and don’t forget to submit your feedback.

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Reset Magazine #1 for C64 gamers.

There’s a new digital magazine out all you Commodore 64 users.

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Available in PDF format, this first issue gets off to a cracking start and features reviews of a couple of new games, a look at a classic oldie, scene news,  hardware reviews and advice to keep your breadbin in working order.

10 PRINT “awesome-ness” and I hope this is the start of a great new mag.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Merman too as I’ve always enjoyed his articles  in RG or RTM and am very happy to see that he’s writing here too.

You can pick up your free copy via the following links –

Issue #1 – http://cloud.cbm8bit.com/resetc64/reset01_nov2013.zip

Mirror – ftp://arnold.c64.org/pub/magazines/reset/reset01_nov2013.zip

Commodore goodies

Even though I’ve been having problems with my Commodore 128 just lately , it’s not been all doom and gloom on the Commodore front this weekend.

Earlier in the week I had a nice surprise from an I.T. colleagues at work who handed me a bag of bits saying that ‘I’d probably get more use out these if it still works?’.

Inside the bag I was over the moon to see  a  nice and white Commodore C64 model C, a C2N Datasette unit, documentation and a small collection of C64 cassette games.  He said that it was all working the last time it had been used but has been stored away for many years. I absolutely love the classic C64/Vic20/C16 bread bin cases, but just lately, I’ve taken a shine to the more modern (modern 😮 ) C64 slim line cases.

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Today I gave everything a good clean and as you can see it’s come up quite nicely and has no signs of yellowing.  Even my other C64c that’s had a RetroBrite bath doesn’t look as nice as this! – see previous blog post https://stiggyblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/commodore-64c-cleanup/

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With the lid off, I gave the insides a quick blow out with the compressed air can to get the majority of dust out and to check, as best I could, that everything looked o.k. Nice to see there’s a 6581 SID chip in there.

Here goes nothing – I’m not sure how long it’s been in storage but it fired up first time without any problems at all.

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Thanks to Shaun Bebbington, I’ve moved on up from the usual 10 Print “Hello” 😉

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Here’s a look at a few of the games that was included – I’ve excluded one as I’d like to create a separate post about this particular games compilation. I’m quite chuffed to see Leaderboard and Tales of Arabian Nights included…awesome games!

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I couldn’t get the first few games to load with the Datasette  so I’ve plugged in my own ‘Load-It’ unit. These third party Datasette units have acoustic indicators and adjustable tape heads to ‘tune’ into the strongest signal and increase the chances of a successful load. I’ve had this one and another since I purchased them in the 1980’s and they’ve very rarely let me down.

I picked Kaktus by Supersoft as the game to try first because I like the basic, almost hand drawn cover. You could say that this is indie gaming 1980’s style……or just a crap  game art 🙂

Well it loaded first time with the Load-It unit, not bad for a tape that’s rocking 30 years old!

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It appear to be some sort of Space Invaders/Centipede/Missile Command type game. Basically, that’s you at the bottom…a Beaver, and the aim of the game is to shoot down the Wasps and Hornets bent on toppling the giant cactus in the middle of the screen….yes that thing in the middle that looks like Crocodile. The stinging blighters will take pot shots at the soil surrounding the cactus until falls so shoot away and be done with them. You can move above and below the surface  via a little access hole you’ve tunnelled out. However, keep an eye out for the interfering Mole as he’ll more than likely fill in the hole trapping you underground.

It’s incredibly basic, but it’s actually quite a fun little game and a good test to ensure both the SID chip, cassette port and joystick ports are working.

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Massive thanks go out to Neil for his kind generosity and I’m sure this C64c will be at home here and continue to provide many more years of entertainment and fun. Cheer!

 

 

Knight Rider – Fan Game

Everyone loves Knightrider yes?…thought so. Well check out this (free!)  fan made PC game currently in development.

Check out the project site at http://www.theknightrider.com where you’ll find more information  and a chance to take a look at the digital cast and collection of retro cars that are set to appear in the game.

Well I never, diagnostic tools for KITT are performed on a Commodore 64…oh wait, no she’s just loading SIDplayer….Devon loves his disco!

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If you can’t wait until the game is ready, how about loading up the classic Knightrider game by Ocean software?

Hmm, maybe not eh!

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Amiga PD gaming fun

Having had my Amiga 1200 and hard drive setup these past few weeks i’ve been enjoying a whole host of classic gaming thanks to the magic and convenience of whdload. Sure it’s nice to stick in a floppy disk occasionally just to hear the familiar clicking and wining soundtrack but running them directly from hard drive it so much nicer.

Just the other day i was going through my old floppy disk boxes and stumbled across – Beneath a Steel Sky……all fifteen disks……gulp…floppy disk swapping madness 🙂 Actually, i seem to recall that the Amiga version of BASK had a native HD installer – Something i relished back in the day, having decided to installed a small 2.5″ drive after the horror of disk swapping shenanigans with Indiana Jone: Fate of Atlantis.

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These past few days i’ve been having a ton of fun delving deeper into another side of Amiga gaming history. This time, i’ve swapping mainstream productions in favour of the bedroom coders and the small mail order outfits that brought us the vast libraries of Public Domain, Freeware and Shareware software.

On my travels around the web I found AmigaPD – http://www.amigapd.com/

Here you’ll find a huge wealth of information regarding PD software released by many of the top groups as well as reviews, lists, recommendations and download links to many titles including many that have screenshots and information to help you sift through the staggering amount of gaming content. You’ll also find the famous Assassin disk compilations here too – a group that many of you will no doubt know from back in the day of Amiga gaming.

I used to see lists of Assassin and 17-bit software titles listed in magazines like Amiga Power and Amiga Format and for only a pound (or cheaper by the dozen) you could get the latest tech demo, electronic fanzine, arcade clone or an original great (and not so great) game.

disks collections

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Being a fan of classic arcade games, i’m spoilt for choice here and i’ve found all manner of clones of Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaxians, Missile Command, Centipede, Defender, Joust and Robotron. Some of them stick to the original concept like glue, but others include new features or enhancements that either break or make the game. The fun is trying them out.

Classic computer remakes and updates are very popular too so if you fancy a more colourful version of Chucky Egg or pimped up Arkanoid or simply want to play a straight port of Head over Heals on your Amiga, you can bet that it’s here…..you just need to find then!

One such game I stumbled across,and have been really enjoying, is a remake of a game i used to play (and still do) on my Commodore Plus/4, it a game called P.O.D.

Bags of fun and well worth seeking out.

I’ve also been playing quite a lot of this hilariously named run and gun platformer – Alien FishFinger

You’ll see a quick look at the game at the 28 sec mark in the video below which showcases a selection of the vast Amiga PD gaming library.

If you’re without an Amiga, that’s no problem either as most of the downloads found at AmigaPD can be used with a suitable Amiga emulator. I highly recommend checking out the CD32 collection.

AmigaPD is also a supporter of Mencap, so if you download, please donate if you can.

Happy PD gaming.