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November 25, 2017 3:27 PM   Subscribe

"People are still drawing amazing graphics on a 35 year old microcomputer, the Commodore 64. A thread, starting with this one by Duce/Extend:" [Twitter][threadreader] posted by the man of twists and turns (17 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
 
Anyone who is interested in the hardware/programming/history of the C64 should really check out the youtube channel 8-Bit Guy's videos about it.
posted by scose at 3:49 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]


160×200. So that’s ? inch by ? inch? That’s smaller than a postage stamp.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 3:53 PM on November 25


Well, it does have a whole range of 16 colors to work with.
posted by signal at 6:23 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]


Sometimes the screen on my SX-64 “portable” C-64 feels like a postage stamp.

I'm very fond of some of the new C-64 games that are coming out, like the charming (and hard!) platformer The Bear Essentials, and the scatalogically hilarious DOG!

So, I guess I'll be seeing you all at World of Commodore 2017, then?
posted by scruss at 6:28 PM on November 25 [4 favorites]


God yes.
posted by Young Kullervo at 7:05 PM on November 25


If these graphics were possible on the Commodore64, how come none of the games we used to play on them in elementary school looked this good?
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 8:23 PM on November 25


They're drawn in the C64's hires mode(s) which are hard to animate fast enough for satisfactory gameplay, and which eats a lot of memory.

(A few exceptions: Elite's 3D wireframes were was hires mode I think; as were the Lucasfilm/Lucasarts fractally-generated Rescue on Fractalus!, The Eidolon, and Koronis Rift.)
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 10:02 PM on November 25 [3 favorites]


The TPUG World of Commodore is in a week?

Argh, why is flying to Pearson so damned expensive!
posted by GuyZero at 11:54 PM on November 25


Crikey, I played so many of those good games. Just remember, for every awesome SID chiptune you hear, there was at least one atonal (unintentionally so, often) hunk of unmusical swill out there. Probably about 80% of those were mine, BTW.

(It also, along with some of the MSX computers (LGR review), looked incredibly like dorks like me thought cyberdecks ala Gibson thought they would look like.)
posted by Samizdata at 12:02 AM on November 26 [1 favorite]


You know, if they were battery powered, that is. Slot and run, chombatta!
posted by Samizdata at 12:04 AM on November 26 [3 favorites]


@BuddhaInABucket

Modern dev tools and 35 years of experience have had an effect on C64 visuals.

posted by
GallonOfAlan at 2:31 AM on November 26 [3 favorites]


> Argh, why is flying to Pearson so damned expensive!

Because Air Canada and our very expensive privately-owned ATC. If you can do a stop-off and come in via YTZ or YHM, cheaper still. Buffalo's also 90 minutes by car from the venue.
posted by scruss at 5:46 AM on November 26 [1 favorite]


Anyone remember the Vic 20? For those of us that couldn't afford the Commodore 64, the Vic 20 was a more affordable option. It had a whopping 5 KB of RAM. lol
posted by Ulster County Real Estate Pro at 7:26 AM on November 26 [2 favorites]


One of my kids gave me a C64 for Christmas, last year. He didn't realize it was rather useless without things like software or a disk drive. ::sigh:: (he's impulsive and a fosterling)
posted by Goofyy at 12:03 PM on November 26 [1 favorite]


Modern dev tools and 35 years of experience have had an effect on C64 visuals.

Wow. That could believably be 16 bit.
posted by jaduncan at 12:07 PM on November 26



Anyone remember the Vic 20? For those of us that couldn't afford the Commodore 64, the Vic 20 was a more affordable option. It had a whopping 5 KB of RAM. lol


I had a Vic 20! I think it cost my parents about $400 back in 1981 or so, which is astonishing in retrospect. I thought it only had 3K RAM, actually; I ran out of memory once trying to program a D&D character sheet generator. I did eventually get an expansion cartridge that added another few kilobytes.
posted by sevenyearlurk at 5:41 PM on November 26


My friend Mike ran a dial-in BBS on his VIC-20 for several years.
posted by flabdablet at 7:17 PM on November 26


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