Commodore 64 Turns 31 Years Old

It's now August, and that means that it's been 31 years since the Commodore 64 was released. In 1982, this was the home computer to have -- it used BASIC; could have alternate operating systems; could run games from either a cartridge port, a floppy disk, or a digital cassette tape; had one of the first (if not THE first) online games ever made that utilized the then-new bulletin board systems; and was even competing with newer game hardware like the Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Master System well into the late 1980s.

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blackmanone1837d ago

Whoa, whoa, whoa, Tron Deadly Discs? The only Tron game I remembered was the light cycle game. I couldn't be more jealous.

Must... resist... urge... to... ROM...

ZBlacktt1837d ago

Yes, I could play that game for a long time!

guitarded771837d ago

I was going through some boxes in my attic the other day and found a bunch of 2600 games I forgot I had... which was cool, because I thought I had my 2600 and all games accounted for.

ZBlacktt1837d ago

It's a awesome flashback to go back and play those games again. They are all so simple, yet very satisfying the same. So many great memories.

Subzero2001837d ago

yeah 31 years ago and still has better games & a wide variety compared to the easy kiddy crap they make today.

Cam9771837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Well you can argue that games have become easier with development. For example, could you knife in shooters on the C64? Nope. Could you aim down sights? Nope. Could you go prone? Nope. Could you use different guns to alter your approach? Nope, you were stuck with whatever the hell they gave you. Not to mention AI improvements.

This ease you speak of has naturally come with advanced technology and more options during gameplay; however, rechargeable health, checkpoints and all that BS in most games is something I agree ruins them by making them too easy. That crap needs to go.

Also, gaming now appeals to more than 1,000,000 people so they need to adapt by making games easier so they appeal to more people.

blackmanone1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Well said. I believe that was SubZero's point, though. Games have been dumbed down so much over the years to broaden their appeal. Doesn't make them better games. In fact my honest opinion that it's made games less fun.

Anyone who played the old Wizardry and Ultima games will know what I mean. Today's gamers would spend more time on Wiki than in the game just to understand it.

YNWA961837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Back in the day, fanboys fought in the playground, not here.... Ahhh the good old days.... C64 v ZX48....

My friend had the +3, with 3" disk drive.... Was so jealous.... But I loved that rubber keyboard, and Your Sinclair magazine... A month felt so long waiting for it.....

caseh1837d ago


Hah, I had a ZX128, over twice the memory of the C64 and a built in tapedeck...i was king of the playground rawwr!

mixelon1837d ago

Name one of these better games? Rose tinted glasses....

I loved things back in the 8 bit days but id never want that back.

SniperControl1837d ago

Pioneering games such as:-
River raid (2600)
Battlezone (2600)
School Daze (Spec)
Dizzy (Spec)
Target Renegade (Spec)
Robocop (Spec)
Batman The Movie (Spec)
Desert Storm (Amiga)
Strider (Amiga)

To name a few, I still play these today using original hardware and emulators.

mixelon1837d ago


Objectively most of those games are terrible. Just because you have an attachment and they're highly re playable *to you* doesn't actually make them good games by modern standards.

The fact that they tried new things is important - they're historically relevant, but thats all.

Dizzy? Seriously? I still play Amiga games occasionally as well. Games were not better back then. I wish they'd make new Turricans though. :D

Psychotica1837d ago

I grew up the C64 and Vic-20 and games were much easier then than they are now. Back then I didn't even need to read the manual to know to play they were easy to figure out. With some games today I have to spend time in the forums to understand what I am supposed to do.

LoveSpuds1837d ago

I loved my Commodore 64, not quite as much as my Amiga but I did adore it.

To say that games were better then is bonkers. While I have deep nostalgic memories of some of my favourite games back then they certainly were not better than the likes of Bioshock or The Last of Us etc.

Games from that era were generally all about a game mechanic with little in the way of story.

Its fair to say they were harder games back then but that was down to limitations of the systems and poor game design more than anything else.

Take my fave game back then, The Last Ninja. I died so much on that purely down to it being so difficult to control Ninja, especially when trying to jump over obstacles.

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GiggMan1837d ago

My first computer. I was a kid and no one in my family knew what to do with it including me lol.

bumnut1837d ago

My first computer was a Spectrum, I remember getting jealous because my friend had a C64!

ZBlacktt1837d ago (Edited 1837d ago )

Ours was a Tandy 1000 from RadioShack. At school we were on Apple II, IIc and IIe. I was both a console gamer and a PC gamer back then. Nowadays it seems you have to pick a side, even a console brand. Man times have changed... Back then it was just all about gaming no matter on what.

gaelic_laoch1837d ago

C64 vs Amstrad

Ye pre-teen console fanboys don't even know what a proper Computing War was like!

bumnut1837d ago

Green screen Amstrad? :)

caseh1837d ago

Haha, fisticuffs in the playground!

CRAIG6671837d ago

Anyone remember Flimbo's quest? It was proper next gen!

easternbalboa1837d ago

Wow flimbos quest the graphics were insane

CRAIG6671837d ago

man, they were sick, it was like having a ps4/xb1 in 1991

easternbalboa1837d ago

Back then I heard a rumour that flimbos quest was the third installment of the bubble bobble franchise.rainbow islands was second and flimbos quest was the third. Oh man was it true

mixelon1837d ago

But Parasol Stars was bubble bobble 3? Filmbos quest wasn't even Taito, was it?

easternbalboa1836d ago

Hay. That's what I heard on the playground

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