Tag: Commodore 64

Game over for Gaddafi?

Game over for Gaddafi?

People
Yeah, I'd say so. The rebels are knocking on his door, and NATO is blowing it off. I wonder if a sequel to Commando Libya is in the works? Whoever takes over from Col. Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, I hope it's easier to agree on a spelling for their name. (image created in part thanks to C64 Yourself) Related articles Gadhafi's son defiant as rebels overrun Tripoli (calgaryherald.com) President Obama Calls for Gadhafi to Relinquish Power (onebluestocking.wordpress.com) No Accounting for Gadhafi and His Billions (abcnews.go.com) NATO says it will continue Libya operations (seattletimes.nwsource.com) life: In 1969, 27-year-old Capt. Muammar Gaddafi overthrew the... (shortformblog.tumblr.com)
Awesome time waster of the day — C64 Yourself

Awesome time waster of the day — C64 Yourself

Internet
Ever wonder what your favorite images would look like if rendered as graphics for the Commodore 64? No? Well you can find out anyway, thanks to C64 Yourself! Just drag any .PNG or .JPG onto the interface and BAM! 8-bit goodness is yours! (I love the interface and fonts by the way. Very immersive.) Here's a sample of images to get your creativity flowing: a Commodore 64 (how meta!) President Obama a shirtless Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks Lady Gaga's Born This Way (an upgrade if you ask me) Lindsay Lohan, professional party-goer and former actress Related articles Bringin' It Back!: Commodore 64 To Return (geekologie.com) 10 Classic Computers You Had as a Kid (mentalfloss.com) The Classic Commodore 64 Reborn As Modern PC (consum...
The art of gaming

The art of gaming

Ephemera, Games & Toys
Gamers today pretty much take it for granted that any new release they get their hands on will be a veritable orgy of graphics and sounds.  When you look at promotional materials for a game like Call of Duty: Black Ops or Rock Band 3, you know that what you see in a commercial, a trailer, or a poster will pretty be much be what you get when you play the game. This was not always so.  See, there was a time when the surest way to draw the attention of a gamer was not by showing real game play (although that was part of any ad campaign), but through attractive packaging.  And up until, say the mid-'80s, there was usually a fairly substantial disconnect between what you saw on the box and what you saw on the TV or PC.  People more cynical than I have called this bait and switch of a kind, b
Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Random thoughts on the Mitchell Report

Sports
My thoughts on the report, as I skim through it. If you want to follow along, you can download the entire thing here: It took a whole eight pages (SR-8) before we got to the first cry of "won't someone please think of the CHILDREN!" $20 million and they couldn't tack one page at the beginning that just lists all the names? Lame. Holy crap, did Mitchell just compare MLB's steroid problem to Northern Ireland? (SR-34) This has got to be the most expensive term paper ever produced. p. 22 - "In 1988, androstenedione became the subject of national attention after a reporter observed a container of the supplement in the locker of Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals during his pursuit of the single-season home run record." Pretty sure that was 1998. Again, $20 million and they ...
“The Only Thing You Have to Do, Is to Shoot Humans…”

“The Only Thing You Have to Do, Is to Shoot Humans…”

Games & Toys
I've never played any of the Grand Theft Auto games, nor any of their supposedly ultra-violent brethren. Quite honestly, they don't seem all that appealing to me. And I'm too cheap to spring for an Xbox, PS3, or any other high-end gaming system. So while I don't care to enter the already heated debate about the impact of video game violence on kids, I guess I'm going to anyway. You see, according to my crack research staff violence in video games has been around for years. Like, many years. Take, for example, this little gem from 1986 -- Robert Pfitzner's Commando Libya. I played this game more than a few times on my beloved Commodore 64, and somehow didn't feel the urge to bring a machete to school. As you can see, the tone is pretty much set right away -- "Welcome to 'The Sadis...
I heart LOAD”*”,8

I heart LOAD”*”,8

Games & Toys
You kids don't know how good you have it now, what with your PlayStations and your Xboxes. Back in my day, you had type stuff to play games! I speak of course about the ol' Commodore 64, one of the funnest computers ever. Oh sure, it did other things like home finances and such, but it basically became one of the early gaming systems. Well it seems the magic is back baby! A little outfit called Commodore Gaming is set to revive the classic moniker in conjunction with a new high-end gaming system. Granted, it seems this new company has no relation to the one that brought us such timeless gaming masterpieces as Maniac Mansion, Skate or Die!, and the Epyx Games series. But for one brief second, this news transported me back to the glory days of BASIC, floppy disks, and pirated ga...