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The Online Gamer's Anthology #11
Sat, 1 Mar 2008 18:34:00 GMT [download/play]



Welcome to Episode 11!  This episode is part 2 of our look back at the Commodore 64!

- Remember trying to kill Lord British in Ultima? Evidently, Lord British DOES.
- Jonathan introduces the show and talks about what he's been playing.
- Shawn from TabulaCast joins us and shares his gaming memories of the C64!
- Jonathan welcomes Brent from VirginWorlds onto the show...they talk about Brent's own experiences with the Commodore, and Brent opens up a long-forgotten box of his Commodore games and takes us on a C64 walk down memory-lane!
- Listener Emails.
- Jonathan closes the show.
- Outtakes!

- William Shatner VIC-20 Commercial Link  (Priceless!)

- Next Episode: The wonderful world of Dark Age of Camelot! (RvR at its absolute finest!)

Email us your favorite gaming moments at: theonlinegamersanthology[at]gmail.com

Brent's C64 Archive Unveiled

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Episode 11 Discussion Thread

'Yes!' by CowNoseThe50PoundCat
Submitted on 2008-03-01 19:43:28 CST
This. Show. Is. Awesome.


'Fantastic Show' by Shalimar616
Submitted on 2008-03-01 20:53:17 CST
The Big J has done it again!!

Congratulations on another awesome show. The memories that the show brings back: The humanity of it all....I am having flashbacks of all nighters with coca-cola and boxes of twinkies.

Curse all those old fantastic games -- I am glad we don't have such selection today!

Troy



'Yes an awesome show' by Hauntshade
Submitted on 2008-03-02 00:58:41 CST
This truly was a walk down memory-lane.
Hearing Brent talking about basic, i remembered the hours i spend on basic, i specificly remembered a time when i bought a book that had an adventure game in it in basic all you had to do was type into the C64 save it and run the game.
Back then i only had a cassette recorder, so saving was a pain, i had been typing for at least 4 hours, constantly telling myself to save and every time it was like i'll do it after this line..
After about 4 hours of typing there was a power outage...... i was about ready to smash my C64.
Luckily i didn't so i can still enjoy it today :)

Thanks for another great show!!



'The Archive' by Brent
Submitted on 2008-03-02 09:03:59 CST
After recording this show, I did indeed drag out the C64 and set it up. As expected, it worked flawlessly (as you can see to the left.)


'First time with C64' by Kapazo
Submitted on 2008-03-02 15:05:38 CST
Thanks for a great show!

Personally I did never own a C64. However, when I was 14 years old I went to a friend a warm summer day. I walked in to his room and on his desk there was a C64. We start to play and went on all night to 6 a clock in the morning. I was jealous, he had a C64.




'I'm afraid!' by Akely
Submitted on 2008-03-02 15:38:45 CST
I'm afraid that if I listen to this show I'll be driven to tears. The amount of pleasure I got from playing Temple of Apshai (and its sequels) was enormous. Then there was Elite and now I must go and change my underwear.


'I had an Atari 800!' by techraan
Submitted on 2008-03-02 21:03:01 CST
Ron - I had an Atari 800 with 48K of RAM, and there were versions of some of those games I could play!

Everyone in the room - OOOooooooooo

Guy in the back - *sigh*



'C64 age' by Sente
Submitted on 2008-03-03 13:48:05 CST
Brent, what year is that C64 from? It looks to have a different design from the original C64 and more like the C128.




'The Commodore 64C' by Brent
Submitted on 2008-03-03 14:02:28 CST
It is a 64C. As I mentioned in the show, I originally had the brown one that came out in 1982, but it tanked and I bought the 64C. Here is the Wikipedia notes on it:

In 1986, Commodore released the Commodore 64C (C64C) computer, which was functionally identical to the original, but whose exterior design was remodeled in the sleeker style of the Commodore 128 and other contemporary design trends. The modifications to the C64 line were more than skin deep in the C64C with new versions of the SID, VIC and I/O chips being deployed - with the core voltage reduced from 12v to 5v. In the United States, the C64C was often bundled with the third-party GEOS GUI-based operating system. The Commodore 1541 disk drive received a matching face-lift resulting in the 1541c. Later a smaller, sleeker 1541-II model was introduced along with the 800KB 3.5" capable 1581.



'Memories' by TheIx
Submitted on 2008-03-04 06:45:41 CST
Another wonderful show! I didn't own the c64, but had a Tandy and a lot of the same games. Wasteland was by far my favorite. I still remember the password to get the barmaid to talk to you: "URAQTLN"
I remember how creative you used to have to get to turn some of these games into 2 player games. With Champions and Death Knights of Krynn, I'd control 3 party members and my friend would control 3 party members, which he'd invariably move into the path of my poison cloud. Anyone else spend half the night rolling and re-rolling your stats during character creation until you had a party with full 18 stats in everything?
3 games that I remember fondly that haven't been mentioned: Sentinel Worlds, Sid Meier's Pirates, and The Ancient Art of War at Sea.
One big section of games that have been curiously, or perhaps purposely, left out are all of the Sierra Games: King's Quest, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and Manhunter. The games had a good plot, but were infutiating to play. If you missed picking up the paper clip out of the garbage bin in the second office, you would die and hope you had saved early on, or else you'd have to start all over.
Sorry for the length of this post, but once the floodgates of memory have been opened, it's hard to stem the tide.



'Memories' by TheIx
Submitted on 2008-03-04 06:47:44 CST
Another wonderful show! I didn't own the c64, but had a Tandy and a lot of the same games. Wasteland was by far my favorite. I still remember the password to get the barmaid to talk to you: "URAQTLN"
I remember how creative you used to have to get to turn some of these games into 2 player games. With Champions and Death Knights of Krynn, I'd control 3 party members and my friend would control 3 party members, which he'd invariably move into the path of my poison cloud. Anyone else spend half the night rolling and re-rolling your stats during character creation until you had a party with full 18 stats in everything?
3 games that I remember fondly that haven't been mentioned: Sentinel Worlds, Sid Meier's Pirates, and The Ancient Art of War at Sea.
One big section of games that have been curiously, or perhaps purposely, left out are all of the Sierra Games: King's Quest, Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, and Manhunter. The games had a good plot, but were infutiating to play. If you missed picking up the paper clip out of the garbage bin in the second office, you would die and hope you had saved early on, or else you'd have to start all over.
Sorry for the length of this post, but once the floodgates of memory have been opened, it's hard to stem the tide.



'Wow... just wow' by Mashidin
Submitted on 2008-03-05 14:32:28 CST
I have never posted to a comments page before but after listening to this I absolutely had to comment. Thelx was spot on.."floodgates", man. I did not own a Commadore but I did have a Apple II+ which I later replaced with the glorious Apple II GS (1.4 Megs of RAM and personally signed by "The Woz" no less). I recall playing many of the games mentioned and spending insane hours just devouring every detail. And yes, my friends and I figured out how to use Copy II Plus and the editor to get in and change around levels and HP and the sort (I remember playing around with Wasteland in that regard). In my memories I dredged up a little title no one I have talked to remembers but I absolutely loved. It was a little ship trading game called Tai-pan. So simple but for a time it consumed my entire life. Also...and finally... I had a game called Aklabeth (spelling) and if I remember correctly it was an early effort by Lord British himself (not to be confused with Urban Mongral). Maybe someone can recall that and correct me if I am wrong on that one. Anyways...sorry for the long post but it was a fanatastic show and you certainly have my ear for the duration. Keep 'em coming..please.


'Classic!' by Jonathan
Submitted on 2008-03-28 20:54:12 CST
Many thanks for the very kind comments and GREAT C64 stories! Reading all of them sure turns on the flood-gate of memories. I swear I could have even had 2 more great C64 episodes... :)

Brent had posted this a ways back on the VW news area, but for those who missed it...I think you'll find the following feature extremely amusing and very appropriate for this episode... ;)

http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=181917