I miss it too. Better than anything today, especially LOONIX. I had this great game where you roamed around on some prison moon planting pylons to release gasses trapped in this prison moon. I think you had to plant 10 pylons.
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ZORK!!! What a great game! The graphics in my head were better than any on the new game consoles...
I actually DID solve ZORK, except for ONE thing. There was a little “clockwork bird” inside the egg that was always broken when I opened the egg, and it must have been worth 5 points, because that’s all I lacked to have all the points.
I did have help, though, another guy where I worked and I would go home every night and play it at our separate homes, and compare notes the next day.
That was a lot of fun.
You can download it for free from here...
But seriously, was I the only one whose first experience on a computer was a Commodore PET with the cassette tape?
Did I get it right?
C64=the greatest game machine ever made!!
I still have a couple of C64’s, a 64C, a C128, and several VIC-20’s, all in working condition. Lots of Atari’s also. I wish I had the room to set some of them up.
Imagine what their kids will be amazed by!
I absolutely loved the graphics we could do with Graphics Magic..and the BBS’s in my area were a blast.
The golden years indeed..
When she got to high school, the teacher couldn't believe she could type 80wpm and could skip typing class! (Tested her three times).
Actually, the C64 had flashes of brilliance. Assembly language-style programming was made accessible to BASIC through “PEEKs” and “POKEs,” meaning you could actually write BASIC programs to directly enter memory into RAM locations. I/O devices shared memory locations directly, with no drivers, so you could PEEK and POKE your way to anything. It had virtual memory backwards: The drives were slow as hell, but the memory transfers were decent, so you could use RAM memory expansion packs as a virtual hard drive. It had a GUI desktop before PCs did.
I’d still like to know what fastrun did. It was software that made the hard drives function 10 times faster.
There was another role-playing game called Infidel, I think. You had to find a pyramid buried in the sand, then find a sarcophagus. My cousin and I solved that one. Shocking ending to it, for a 12-year-old.
I was eaten by a hungry grue a couple of times before I solved it.
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What was especially surprising is that the VIC-20 and C64 actually worked, unlike caculators we were getting from Commodore.
Loved my C64. Never played Zork, though; my favorites were F15 Strike Eagle and the Stealth fighter game. Both were super-realistic (for the late 1980s).
...I used to love playing Blue Max on mine. I had a lot of gret software for that little beige machine!
It’s probably in the bottom of some Staten Island landfill now - a depressing thought.
They should come back as a game system to compete w/ XBox and Wii.