Rob from Canada, was a c64 user back in the day (along with pretty much all the main North American consoles and PCs lol). I'm having a lot of fun reexperiencing thec64 mini, the devs have done an excellent job. My main interest is digital pinball, been involved in the various with emulation in general a close second and it's been fun to re-experience the c64 pinball games. But it's not just about pinball as I still love to play lode runner, rescue on fractalus and many other of the great classics which really are timeless!
1983 I could only afford a second hand VIC-20, envious to those whose parents bought them C-64s.. A couple of years later the C-64, only then starting to learn assembly. Later sold that and bought a C-64C due to moving, then C-128D (my first with a disk drive, wow that was cool), Amiga 500, Amiga 3000UX (the Unix flavor, my first **IX machine) - finally this TheC64Mini thingy! Hadn't much cared about all these C-64 emulator boxes (have real working machines anyway) but happened to notice this beautifully real looking one on Black Friday sale, and found out one can run pretty much any games from USB sticks, thought it would be a quite more carriable addition to my pile of C-64s (even more than the "portable" SX-64) and got one. All good, expect the keyboard should be real (size is perfect, I don't want a bigger one with real keyboard), and the stock joystick naturally sucks (as expected).
Professionally I'm nowadays an IoT/embedded generalist, officially coder but very close to hardware (which I actually studied), soldering protos and test jigs almost daily. Let's see how much time I can devote on this, dreaming of a TheC64 Mini with real keyboard, LiPo batteries inside, a small LCD display on the bottom, D-9 connectors, SD card and USB connectors on back... Everything I sure could do, but with daily job, family and old house no free time to talk about.
My Names Rob, From Falkirk, Scotland, but now living in Glasgow. I was an Atari 2600 and Intellivision user in the 80's-Early 90's, and got my first C64 around 1991/2. I still have my C64 and all the games I bought on cassette, still in storage in my childhood home. Planning on getting them all transferred home, when I can get space for them!
Zoltan here - OpenWrt maintainer for mxs/sunxi (and an upcoming new target). I've arrived with the aim to provide a more open firmware for this lovely board, as a free-time project, so no guarantees (First C64 in '88 until '93, then a C128DCR from ~2006, ish.)
Hi All, I am Ben, from Victoria, Australia. I am a long term C64 user and love the C64 Mini I am also an avid tinkerer and have already moved the C64 Mini PCB into a custom made box with dual DP9 ports and UART port. Currently working through game transfers and learning Linux commands on the run
Hello folks! My name is Shavana, the name Pixies stems from online peeps
I am from Ohio and I grew up playing the C64 as a child. I would remember getting up and playing games like Battleship, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy as well as games like Jumpman.
As you can see, Jumpman is/was one of my favorite games which is why I have it as my avatar!
I bought my the C64 mini this past thursday after seeing most of my favorite games.
I have heard you can upload some games to the mini, but I am learning how to do that ^^
I grew up playing the C64 as a child. Favorite games: - Racing Destruction Set, Jumpman, Summer Games/Summer Games II, Winter Games, Skate or Die, California Games, Yie Ar Kung Fu. There are others but I cannot remember the other games!
Hello all... Joey here. BC Canada. Long time C64 enthusiast. It was the first computer I ever owned, and I saved with a paper route (remember paper routes?) for a year before I could afford the system. LOVED it, and of course nostalgia reigns supreme. I bought the C64 mini, and I'm having a great time.
I definitely have some novice questions, but I'm going to head over to the other sub-forums in an attempt to ensure my questions hit the correct forums.
My top 5 games, in no order:
Mule Archon Paradroid Lode Runner Seven Cities of Gold Below the Root Spelunker
Hi all, I'm Fergus from Ireland, I'm a bit late to the party on here I guess but great to be able to join community like this. I had a C64 as a kid back in the late 80's and have a keen interest in 8-bit games. The launch of the new C64 Maxi has peaked my interest in all things Commodore again so I'm looking forward to messing around with the system and trying to learn things that were beyond me as a kid, might even try to learn some assembly this time
Hi all, Manlie from Birmingham, United Kingdom. Work in IT support for a large Company with office in the UK and around the World. First computer I had a was a TRS 80 in 1981, then an Atari 400, then a Spectrum, another Atari 800XL, Atari ST 1024STFM, then many PC Compatibles (now it is my job), started out as a Tape loader, yes those real round and round tape drives, not Cassettes, then went on to become an Operator, moved into support, now SCCM admin and 3rd line support. Bought the new C64 Maxi, never had one before so all a bit new. Been looking around, found a few interesting things from you all.. Hope to be asking some questions, so please be patient if I ask something dumb.. Many thanks for reading.. Mandesk...
Hello all! My nickname is Rhialto, and the first computer I ever touched was a PET at school in 1980. Over the years the school had several generations of those (old ROMs, new ROMs, fat-40s, 80 columns...). Later I bought my own C64, then later a 1541 when they got more affordable, and at university an Amiga 1000, later 2000 and even 4000. I am pretty much a software person. Since I just ordered an USB-to-serial converter, this is a dangerous development! :-)
I have contributed to VICE, mainly PET things. It is a shame that they use such an old version of it.
I have never played games much, it simply never really interested me much. I did write some simple ones, in BASIC. One of them I converted to C so you can run it on your Unix box: gitlab.com/Rhialto/intruder/
I absolutely don't do facebook, so I really appreciate that there is a nice forum for TheC64.
I am rather a novice with these embedded ARM boards (but I do have lots of experience with running Unix; and I don't know anything about MSWindows since I don't use it).
Hi all my name i Faidon, and i am electrical engineer with specialty in computer science. I am working as a software engineer in my daily job. Despite the fact that first contact as a kid in the 80s was the Amstrad CPC 6128 which introduced me to the programming, i always admired the hardware capabilities of the C64 regarding the graphics acceleration the music synthesis which are imprinted in its huge library of good games. I would like to have a taste of the C64 - even now that i am quite late to the party - so i bought the THEC64. I always liked the design of the Amstrad CPC 6128, but as soon as i got my hands on the THEC64, i have to say that this machine is charming in its own way! I like its looks very much.
The thing that really sparked my interest in computers as a subject was the movie "War Games" back in 1983. The idea that you could have an actual computer in your room and master commands and connect to people was a very strong image. The future was calling! Simultaneously my mate became the computer administrator at his school, and I was then exposed to danish made RC Piccoline machines, running CP/M, and soon thereafter other friends' Sinclair ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Vic-20 and I also tried out a NewBrain with the Forth programming language (anyone remembers that?). So I got a Commodore 64, with Datasette, followed by C1541 and a matrix printer. And the rest is history, as they say. I decided to study computer science and work as an IT-Architect these days, having been through numerous computer models like Apple Mac SE, LC, 7200, 8600 and a bunch of Linux machines, and working with PDP-11, Sun Solaris, AIX, HP/UX, Linux etc. etc. I still have my original C64, broken, but I am in the proces of fixing it. And now the past is back in the form of theC64, even with the original box that I remember. That was too strong to resist! Great machine. Looking forward to hear about all the hacks people will be discussing here.
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I started with the Atari 2600 and moved over to the Commodore64 around 1984, wich was/is still today my favorite gaming and music machine. Did some Basic coding for fun and composed some music tracks (remixed Dual SID Version)
Hi all!! So l'm Grant, 41 and l was a Commodore child. Bless her my amazing wife bought me an original Commodore for Xmas - sadly the old thing is more temperamental than l am - and that is saying something!!! I think the ROM chip is failing - hope to refurbish it but beyond my skills at the moment. So l've discovered the new build - apart from the fact it is more fragile than a Nun's sense of humour - l'm impressed. Love to share game files, manuals, maps etc., hit me up for a chat!! All the best, Grant