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Commodore 64 turns 30: What do today's kids make of it?

It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public.

The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music.

SnakePlissken4370d ago

A piece of history, in a less complicated world and much more simplier time. I would trade everything i have, just to go back and relive my youth again, back at that time!!! Man, the good old days they indeed were!

Digimortal4370d ago

Amen dude. I would gladly do the same. C64 was the bomb.

SnakePlissken4369d ago

Heck yea, how bout ColecoVision! The Adam computer, lol. Still have a working one here with the super baseball joystick controllers, turbo wheel and a grip of games. If you were a fan of colecovision, you will get flashbacks here, check out that Kiosk!!!

http://www.colecovisionzone...

Fyflin4370d ago

Aah I used to have one of these, probably still do somewhere!!

Nice to see how much we've progressed in 25-30 years.

iceman064369d ago

Had to trash my Commodore 128D about 4 years ago because of a flood in my storage. I almost cried as I did it. So many memories!!!

ChunkyLover534370d ago

I still have mine, but it doesn't always boot up. I supposed I should look into restoring it sometime.

thorstein4370d ago

Had one with a 16 baud coupler (lightning fast in those days) and logged in to my computer class through my television. Yes, kiddies that word is BAUD. Later, modems started running at about 32,000 baudps. then 56,000. Now, that is gone. Now I run on 100 Mbps. Unreal.

Skate-AK4370d ago

Haha wow I've never even heard of BAUD. What does it stand for? I wonder how long it would take a current web page to load in text form.

DoublePlusGoodGames4370d ago

@thorstien, I had one of those FAST LOAD carts which made load times on games far more bearable. As for connecting to compuserve BBS boards using my 300 BAUD modem...waiting for those boards to load up was like waiting for a prison term to end.

@skate-AK That's an excellent question. I know it was a unit that described data transmission speeds, but I never knew what the acronym meant. Turns out it was just the name of the French inventor that defined the unit (J. M. E. Baudot). Who knew?

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Debunked: Blowing On Nintendo Game Cartridges Never Worked

We have all been there! Blowing on a Nintendo video game cartridge when the game we were playing just would not launch or appeared to be glitching.

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Neonridr1d 6h ago

I mean it worked for me. Regardless if it was just a poor connection between the cartridge and the console or some random bug that was preventing the game from loading properly, the placebo effect of knowing your breath is what fixed the game is dead set in the minds of plenty of 80s gamers.

wesnytsfs9h ago

Blow on the game and then use something about hte thickness of a deck of cards in my case it a was plastic sport card holder of about 20 cards that would keep the mechnaism all the eway down. Ahh and the famous left to right shuffle hoping the contact would touch.

VenomUK8h ago(Edited 8h ago)

Stupid Zoomer tries to debunk a technique used successfully by millions of people over many years.

Look out for they/them’s next article ‘DEBUNKED! Why the Xbox 360 towel trick is all a myth’.

Cacabunga5m ago

It did work, not only Nintendo but sega genesis and saturn as well

thorstein1d 3h ago

Clearing the dust from inside the cartridge by blowing on it did work.

Perhaps YOU are unfamiliar with how easily dust can disrupt electronics, but entire generations of gamers and computer users are.

DodoDojo4h ago

Yup. The pins would get dirty and dusty, anyone that's cleaned a game with a q tip knows that. Blowing the cartridge out would had have to helped.

Relientk771d ago

It worked for me and my cartridges. So I refuse to believe it's just a myth

shinoff218321h ago

It definitely works. They can go on and on about how it didn't but I was there for 100s of games. It was pretty damn common.

Wretchedstain12h ago

The salt in your saliva is conductive

romulus238h ago

Pretty sure people were supposed to blow on the cartridge not hawk tuah on it.

Lulz_Boat5h ago

i see what you did there LOL