Playing The Classics – Computer Style


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 remaining CRT television in my house. Both computers booted flawlessly and both disk drives worked without a hitch. Time for some games:

While I was pleased with the selection of games included on the disks many of my favorites are missing. Classics like Castle Wolfenstein, Summer and Winter Games, Star League Baseball, One on One and Lode Runner. I’ve ordered a external storage device to store heaps of games and will cover that when it arrives.

If you’re a Commodore 64 fan like me, leave me a comment and let me know what you favorite game was. In the meantime, I’m on the hunt for an affordable 1701 or 1702 monitor!

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