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 is a waiting list.

Regardless, after breaking the Commodores out of storage, I quickly loaded an 8gb SD card with as many games as I could. In order to load the games without typing too many drive commands a file browser is recommended. I use a menu, downloaded from here that allows you to use 4 different file browsers, DC64, CBM, FIBR or NAV. Here are a couple of shots of two of the browsers along with the SD2IEC device. Keep in mind that your mileage with long filenames may vary as anything over 16 characters may get truncated or turned to gibberish:

I’m slowly working through my list of favorite games to see which ones work with the SD2IEC and which don’t. Here are a few shots of some of my favorite games:

It’s a pretty slick setup. Unfortunately, there are a few games that don’t work. I’m still not sure if it’s the SD2IEC device itself or the disk images that I have. I have plenty of experimenting and testing to do. It’s still a great throwback to my gaming glory days.

As most of my arcade games are still in storage, the focus of this blog may shift over the next few posts to what is available to me. Fear not, the focus will always be the classic arcade games.

Hopefully, for the 1 reader, OK, maybe none, that still come here on a regular basis, I should be posting more frequently from here on out as I’m finally settled after the big move. I’d love to hear about your favorite C64 games as well as your experience with the SD2IEC device, specifically for NTSC Commodores. Until next time, game on….

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