This is so awesome! The Commodore 64 RETURNS!!! The Commodore 64 DTV
I must have one now...I just showed this to my wife and asked her to check the stores for one tomorrow :-)
Ok, after googling I see this has been out since December so now you now I don't get out much..doh! I remember wanting a C64 so bad...and begging my parents for one for Christmas. In 8th grade I took a programming "activity" using Radio Shack TRS-80's...which we loving called "trash-80's" and totally loved it. In high school I took all the programming classes offered...which I believe there were only two half-year classes. Here we had the dual 5 1/4 floppy drive trash-80 model III's ... dual drives baaaabeeee!! Although I wanted a C64 I figured there was no way my parents could afford one...heck, our house didn't even have a furnace just a big wood stove...and yes Indiana is COLD in the winter. Was I ever surprised when I got one for Christmas...man, it's gonna drive me nuts until I can remember what year that would have been. Anyways, I hooked it up to an OLD 12 inch black-n-white TV and I was lovin' life. I can easily recall sitting in my room with my coat on...not only did we have no furnace but this was a 100 year old drafty farm house...reading the manual and trying different things. I must have gotten it around 10th or 11th grade because I remember talking about the game Pirates (which was just re-made for Windows and was listed as a top game of 2004 by Time Magazine) which came out not longer after I got the C64. Now looking back, this was also when I became involved in software piracy as my friends would give me copies of their games...opps. Ahhh, the memories are flowing back now. Anyone else remember S.A.M? Many a laugh came from making it say something goofy. There was a GUI word processor that came with my C64 too...GEOS something or other? I also evenually got a thermal printer...man what a pain that thing was. My senior government teacher finally told me I couldn't turn in any more assignments on thermal paper since it kinda curled up and was a little smaller than normal paper...geesh dude, give a kid a break.
At any rate, I was just thinking the other day about what exactly started me on the path towards IT...and totally forgot about my C64. That's it. Looking back I know that was the catalyst. So Mom/Dad when you read this...isn't it so incredible that your sacrifice so many years ago is what started me on the path to my current role at GCC! Wow, that's so cool to think about. Hmm, think God had anything to do with that ;-)
OK ... I know I was not the only C64 "geek-in-the-making" out there. Post your C64 stories...and what were your favorite games?