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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2013, 12:50:09 am »
Getting the Commodore 64 would be pretty awesome. That is, if you don't mind typing all the games by hand each time you wanna play them.
I still have my Commodore 64 (2 of them, both SX-64s) and a Commodore 128. Yes, you can hook up 5.25", 3.5", HDDs, and Tape drives up to them. I used to buy Compute's Gazette (a magazine) and type in the programs contained within it. But... once you got a floppy drive... no more typing in games. There are well over 10000 games produced for the C64. Check out Arnold's website. You could also buy 100s of cartridges for the C64 too.

Aren't there tapes and floppy disks? ???
Yes they are. For tapes, I wonder if you could plug in a computer in the speaker port instead of the tape drive.
LOL... Wut?
The C64 had a serial port (a precursor to today's USB). You could daisy chain up to 4 devices (printers, floppy drives, etc) to this port. The regular C64 had a different port specifically for the tape drive.
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2013, 12:54:28 am »
Oh ok so you need to buy the drives separately? D: That sucks because the C64 I saw didn't seem to have any. I guess I could check on Ebay how much those drives cost before, in case. :P (I know certain consoles/computer add-ons and games can go up for $500-8000)

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Yes they are. For tapes, I wonder if you could plug in a computer in the speaker port instead of the tape drive.
LOL... Wut?
The C64 had a serial port (a precursor to today's USB). You could daisy chain up to 4 devices (printers, floppy drives, etc) to this port. The regular C64 had a different port specifically for the tape drive.

I think juju knows how to speak in binary so that instead of loading the program code via tapes, he wants to speak it... O.O
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« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2013, 01:12:36 am »
Oh ok so you need to buy the drives separately? D: That sucks because the C64 I saw didn't seem to have any. I guess I could check on Ebay how much those drives cost before, in case. :P (I know certain consoles/computer add-ons and games can go up for $500-8000)
If you buy a standard C64 or standard C128, then you will need to buy a 1541, 1571, or 1581 floppy drive. A trusty 1541 will run you only $20 on ebay.

Or you could buy an SX-64 with a built in 1541 floppy drive.
Ebay - SX-64

Or you could buy a C128D with a built in 1571 floppy drive:
Ebay - C128D

Note: that guy is crazy... $750 for a C128D... absolute madness.

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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #33 on: February 11, 2013, 01:19:17 am »
Wow at the 2nd one :crazy:

Anyway thanks for the info :)
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #34 on: February 11, 2013, 01:35:39 am »
Wow at the 2nd one :crazy:

Anyway thanks for the info :)

The C128 is quite a cool computer... It contains 2 completely different CPUs: a 2 MHz MOS 8502 (100% compatible with C64's MOS 6510) and a 4MHz Z80.

The C128 had 3 modes of operation: C128 mode, C64 mode, and CPM mode (using the Z80). Very cool!
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #35 on: February 11, 2013, 04:39:43 am »
I made a cable that allows me to connect my pc via the printer port to the c64's floppy drive's serial. Now I can use physical floppies with my winvice emulator. So I can edit, write and read files from them. It's a good way to back up old homebrew software or my SID music files. It's also great for pirating games (and playing new releases such as canabalt64 and vvvvvv64 )
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #36 on: February 11, 2013, 01:42:45 pm »
Oh, and I also found a ZX Spectrum at my grandparent's house. Still need to find a 120v AC adapter for it, though.

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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #37 on: February 11, 2013, 06:15:09 pm »
Oh wow, that's pretty cool. I think Spectrums were more popular in the UK though. It seems a bit surprising that you grandparents have one (unless they're British).

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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #38 on: February 11, 2013, 08:33:03 pm »
They live in Tanzania. My uncle (whom it used to belong to) went to university in England, so he might have gotten it there.

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« Reply #39 on: February 11, 2013, 11:22:23 pm »
I made a cable that allows me to connect my pc via the printer port to the c64's floppy drive's serial. Now I can use physical floppies with my winvice emulator. So I can edit, write and read files from them. It's a good way to back up old homebrew software or my SID music files. It's also great for pirating games (and playing new releases such as canabalt64 and vvvvvv64 )

I made a cable like that too. I think it is called the X1541 cable. Very useful cable. Which utility do you use to make use of the drive on the PC? I use an old program called Star Commander.

Oh, and I also found a ZX Spectrum at my grandparent's house. Still need to find a 120v AC adapter for it, though.

I still have my old Timex Sinclair 1000. It's basically the USA version of the Sinclair ZX-81 but with twice the RAM -- a whopping 2KB. LOL!
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #40 on: February 11, 2013, 11:42:40 pm »
Didn't someone do some sort of Wolfeinstein/Doom clone for the ZX Spectrum? Also I remember the ZX Spectrum emulator for the TI-92+. I forgot if there was a 89 version, though.
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #41 on: February 12, 2013, 07:16:14 am »
They live in Tanzania. My uncle (whom it used to belong to) went to university in England, so he might have gotten it there.
Ah ok, makes sense. :) One cool thing about the ZX Spectrum is that they are a Z80 based machine. :D

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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #42 on: February 12, 2013, 03:47:55 pm »
I found this:



Not sure if this is real but this looks kinda cool
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #43 on: February 12, 2013, 04:00:09 pm »
Yeah that is real. The old zx even had a decent port of doom with some kickass music.
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Re: Your best video game pickups.
« Reply #44 on: February 12, 2013, 04:23:55 pm »
O.O Those are both pretty awesome!