Donkey Kong – C64 vs Arcade

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I’ve been thinking a bit about content to post since my games are all in storage and there obviously is no work being done on them. As you may know from my previous posts, I recently dug the Commodore 64 out of storage to give me something to occupy my time. So, for the next few posts, I’m going to take a look at original arcade games and how the Commodore 64 version compares.

Since my games aren’t accessible to me and I don’t have a video capture device for the Commodore, I’m going to do all of my comparisons via emulators. MAME for the arcade portion and VICE for the C64 portion. I chose my favorite game, Donkey Kong as the first candidate. I’m going to try and hit the games I own first, so we’ll be taking a look at the C64 ports of Dig Dug, Donkey Kong Jr., Ms. Pac-man, Track & Field and Centipede first, and then games I previously owned like Elevator Action, Missile Command and Jungle Hunt...

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Playing the Classics – Computer Style – Part II

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Back in January, I posted an article about my recent purchase of a couple of Commodore 64 computers, bringing back memories of 1982 or 1983. As life shifted, they quickly got packed up and shoved into storage with the rest of my games. I recently unpacked them and once again started to relive the glory days of gaming.

One of the problems I found with the purchased computers was that many of the 5 1/4″ floppy disks included with the purchase had degraded to the point of not being usable. The drives still worked great, but the media had deteriorated over the years to the point of not being usable. Enter the SD2IEC, an SD card reader that emulates the basic functions of the original Commodore 1541 disk drive. I purchased mine at The Future was 8 Bit. While there are a number of games that require true 1541 drive emulation, this one was good enough to get me started. Probably the best solution, which offers 100% 1541 drive emulation, is the 1541 Ultimate, but it is pricey and there ...

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Playing The Classics – Computer Style

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Back in about 1982 or 1983, 14 year old me took the proceeds from working a morning paper route, headed to Toys R Us and purchased a brand new Commodore 64 computer, complete with 1541 disk drive and 1702 monitor.

I spent a ton of time on that computer mainly playing games. Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to purchase not one, but two working Commodore 64 computers, complete with all the cabling and a 1541 disk drive and 1541-II disk drive. It was an opportunity to good to pass up.

I eagerly awaited the arrival of the huge box containing all of the goodies as well as about 200 floppy disks loaded with games and programs. Here’s a shot of my crude setup for the time being…

Unfortunately, a Commodore monitor wasn’t included so I hooked it up to the only remaini...

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