Recently I remembered the VIC-20 from my old days and wondered if I could make something cool and useful out of it. So I came up with the idea of replacing the old guts with a Raspberry Pi and a handful of electronic parts. And here is the result: a cool ARM based Linux computer in an original case that can be used for all kinds of things that modern computers can be used for. Vintage computer games can also be played on it using emulation software such as Vice.
Jeri shows a bass guitar she build from an old C64. It uses the original sound chip (SID 6581) for keytar and string sounds.
While I was a big gamer on 8-bit machines back in the early 80s, joysticks always hurt my hands after playing a while. When I got my first console, a Nintendo Entertainment System, I realized how nice it was to use a D-Pad for extended game sessions. Here are two ways to use a D-Pad on the Commodore 64 (and other machines) which makes playing much more ergonomic.
NOTE: PadSwitcher64 control software now works perfectly both NTSC and PAL machines, thanks to the author for fixing that issue!
While putting together a retro computer is a great project and can teach a lot about the inner workings of electronics, hooking that 70s- or 80s-era machine up to a modern 144 Hz 1440p display tends to be a little bit anticlimactic. To really recreate the true 8-bit experience it’s important to get a CRT display of some sort, but those are in short supply now as most are in a landfill somewhere now. [Tony] decided to create a hybrid solution of sorts by 3D printing his own Commodore replica monitor for that true nostalgia feel.
Jerri was walking around with something new made just for MakerFaire. She built this as an homage to the Commodore 64, her first computer. Staying true to its core, all of the processing is done by the original computer and sound chip, even detecting the string frequencies.
“Honey, I shrunk the disks!” Ever wondered if the new THEC64 could get more nostalgic with a REAL floppy disk drive? Prepare for some floppy envy…
There’s an easter egg hidden in the Super Graphix Gold printer interface for Commodore computers. In fact, there’s a few of them, but it’s a bit of a journey to see them, mostly due to printers.
Poland – Tell us, are you tired of the current consumer society where you change your smartphones and personal computers like socks? Well if you are, then you are not alone. One auto-mechanic shop in Gdansk (Poland) also shares your pain and they didn’t change their PC for 25 years.
They stopped to produce these computers back in 1994, but this auto-mechanic shop in Poland still uses it. Jokingly they said “Good things should not be changed”.
An emulator is a program that allows one system (eg. Windows) to run programs built for another system (eg. ZX Spectrum). It is mainly used to play old 8-bit games on today’s PCs. In other words, a complete waste of time.
What we will do is emulate Windows on a Linux system. Then we will run a DOS emulator under Windows. Then we will run a Commodore 64 emulator in this emulated DOS environment. Finally, we will run a ZX Spectrum emulator on the emulated Commodore machine.
itch.io is an open marketplace for independent digital creators with a focus on independent video games. It’s a platform that enables anyone to sell the content they’ve created. The following is a list of developers who specifically cater for the current Commodore 64 scene.