Commodore 64 Nostalgia

Posted by Double Compile on Wednesday, December 12. 2007 in Hardware

The Commodore 64 turned 25 this week!

I was 10 when my brother Ryan gave me his (this would be winter '91-'92). His C64 had a Warp Speed cartridge and a 1200 baud modem! It was hooked up to my black-and-white GoldStar 13" TV (the same one I used to play his Atari 2600).

At 10, I was using the C64 to (among other things)

  • visit my first BBS
  • program stupid choose-your-own-adventure games in BASIC
  • play great games like California Games and Operation: Wolf
  • do reports for school using Paperclip III.

You should have seen my face the first time I wrote a BASIC script that wrote to the dot-matrix printer.

I found out that a Sega Genesis controller worked great as a joystick for the C64.

The next computer I got was an IBM-compatible 486 DX2/66 that ran Windows 3.1. Quite an upgrade, but I still look back with a smile on my Commodore 64 days.

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