Commodore 64 Archive

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C64 homebrew game Fairy Well now available on cartridge


Fairy Well, the winner of RGCD’s 2011 Commodore 64 16KB Game Development Competition, is now available in cartridge format.

The game is a unique and highly ambitious collect-a-thon with a huge game world, ton of interesting characters and some neat boss battles.

For £21 (shipping included), you get a boxed copy of the game with manual and a bonus sticker. The game is compatible with both PAL and NTSC sets, and is joystick control-only, so you can play it on a Commodore 64GS if you’re one of the handful of people who owns one.

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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel has died


Jack Tramiel (left), the founder of Commodore International – the company that brought you the Commodore 64 – has passed away at age 83.

Born in Poland in 1928, Tramiel and his family were sent to Auschwitz during the Second World War. After they were rescued in April of 1945, Tramiel emigrated to America and joined the army, where he learned to repair office equipment.

In the early 1950s, Tramiel opened a typewriter repair shop in the Bronx, called Commodore Portable Typewriter. The business soon expanded to include the manufacture and sale of typewriters from Czechoslovakia, which Tramiel had manufactured in Canada to get around US trade restrictions. The business was renamed to Commodore Business Machines.

The focus on typewriters sooned turned to calculators, and then onto Commodore’s most successful product, computers. Commodore’s computer line started in 1977 with the Commodore PET, followed by the VIC-20 and the world famous Commodore 64.

Tramiel resigned from Commodore in 1984, but his retirement was short lived as he set up the company Tramiel Technology, which purchased the consumer division of Atari Corporation from Warner Bros. He turned control over the company to his son Sam in the late 1980s, but retook the reigns after the younger Tramiel suffered a heart attack in 1995, until the company’s merger with JT Storage.

He is survived by his wife Helen and three sons, Samuel, Leonard and Garry.

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The Commodore 64 was revealed 30 years ago


It has been 30 years since the Commodore 64 was revealed to the world at the 1982 Winter CES. A lot of places out there seem to be treating this as the computer’s 30th anniversary, but it wasn’t actually released until August 1982 if I have read correctly.

I’m sure plenty of you have fond memories of the Commodore 64, so you should share those memories with us either in the comments section, or in the forums.

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Red Wings’ Mike Commodore to wear #64 this year?


Most Australians will look at you with a baffled expression if you mention that you like ice hockey, but there are a scant few that love the sport – namely anyone who played NHLPA 93 or NHL 94. You cannot blame them for that given that they were the best sports games of the 16-bit era.

Anyway, the Detroit Red Wings recently signed a veteran defenseman named Mike Commodore. Fan petitions cropped up for Commodore to select 64 as his jersey number, as tribute to the classic home computer, and the player even suggested the idea. Some fans even pledged $64 each to charity if the number was selected, a drive which has raised over $6,600. The Red Wings front office got behind the idea, and now it’s up to Commodore himself to select the number.

Even Commodore USA is getting behind the idea, posting this statement: “We’ve envisioned supporting them in any way that’s comfortable for everybody -Commodore giveaways, Commodore nights, Commodore T-shirts. Again, this is all up to the team, and all up to Mike. Whatever they decide, we’re going to roll with it.”

Update, July 28: Looks like Commodore is wearing #22 this year. Boo!

Source: Puck Daddy