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#4502738 - 01/05/20 04:01 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: NoFlyBoy]  
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Originally Posted by NoFlyBoy
That Atari 800 had a F-15 Flight Sim game that was so real looking and ahead of its time considering the limited technology back then in 1984.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-15_Strike_Eagle_(video_game)

Look at some of the games that were available for it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Atari_8-bit_family_games

I've posted these before, but it seems like this is a good place to post them again:
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#4502746 - 01/05/20 05:50 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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My first computer was a Radio Shack Color Computer with a whopping 16K and tape drive, it was handy because our computer lab in high school used Tandy Model IIIs and 4s so other than making a few changes for the display size I could test all my homework at home and even print stuff out on my 4 or 5 inch thermal printer.

Before too long I upgraded to an Atari 600XL (16K) and from there to an 800XL (64K but only about 36K was actually usable.) I still had a tape drive but I did get an Epson dot-matrix printer. Then I got a 5.25” floppy drive for it, back then they held 90K (single density) or 180K (dual density), except for Atari. They used an “enhanced density” format that was about 125K IIRC.

After I went in the army my parents gave my computer away, so I ended up with a C64 & disk drive that I bought cheap from a friend of my brother. That’s the one I gamed the most with, the games I remember most are F19 Stealth Fighter, F16 Combat Pilot, Strike Aces, and Tomcat. The 800XL was a more advanced computer but there was a lot more available for the C64. I got rid of that before being sent to Germany in Dec 92, and while there I bought an AST 486SX25. Which is a subject for another thread LOL


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#4502747 - 01/05/20 06:33 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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#4502786 - 01/06/20 01:26 AM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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F-15 Strike Eagle was my first real sim, although I admittedly didn't really think much of the primitive flight sims of that time.

The first sim that I actually enjoyed playing was Steel Thunder, a lite tank sim released in 1988. I think of it as sort of a spiritual predecessor to Steel Beasts.

#4502792 - 01/06/20 04:05 AM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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Originally Posted by Crane Hunter
F-15 Strike Eagle was my first real sim, although I admittedly didn't really think much of the primitive flight sims of that time.





The original "Jetfighter" was my first real sim. I remember buying it at a Radio Shack sometime in 1989.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jetfighter_(series)




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#4502797 - 01/06/20 05:36 AM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer


The original "Jetfighter" was my first real sim. I remember buying it at a Radio Shack sometime in 1989.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jetfighter_(series)





I think I bought less than 5 C64 games out of the hundreds I owned at an actual retail outlet, everything else was "cracked".

Does anyone else remember the colorful splash screens and signature midi tunes that the crackers/hackers used to show off with?

#4502799 - 01/06/20 07:20 AM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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Originally Posted by Crane Hunter
F-15 Strike Eagle was my first real sim, although I admittedly didn't really think much of the primitive flight sims of that time.

The first sim that I actually enjoyed playing was Steel Thunder, a lite tank sim released in 1988. I think of it as sort of a spiritual predecessor to Steel Beasts.



I remember Steel Thunder! Loved that game. I recall staying up late one night as a kid mowing down lines of infantry and my parents were not happy but I did not care. Awesome.

But my first sim was the original Gunship, and earning the congressional medal of honor was a huge deal. I guess I can't count Star Raiders as a sim, although even though it was an Atari 2600 game, it utilized the keypad peripheral for extra features.

Here are some popular "cracktros:"



We had them on the PC scene, too.

Bonus: see 49:30 for some C64 Airwolf theme!

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#4502811 - 01/06/20 11:09 AM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: PanzerMeyer]  
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Originally Posted by PanzerMeyer
Originally Posted by Crane Hunter
F-15 Strike Eagle was my first real sim, although I admittedly didn't really think much of the primitive flight sims of that time.





The original "Jetfighter" was my first real sim. I remember buying it at a Radio Shack sometime in 1989.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jetfighter_(series)





That would be my first as well. In about 1990. Also got "Chuck Yeagers Air Combat" around that time. Played on a Radio Shack 286.


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#4502875 - 01/06/20 07:00 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Mr_Blastman]  
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Originally Posted by Mr_Blastman


I remember Steel Thunder! Loved that game. I recall staying up late one night as a kid mowing down lines of infantry and my parents were not happy but I did not care. Awesome.

But my first sim was the original Gunship, and earning the congressional medal of honor was a huge deal. I guess I can't count Star Raiders as a sim, although even though it was an Atari 2600 game, it utilized the keypad peripheral for extra features.

Here are some popular "cracktros:"



We had them on the PC scene, too.

Bonus: see 49:30 for some C64 Airwolf theme!


Wow, what a find!

I'm afraid I don't recognize a single one however, I wonder if the crackers of that day were largely regional?

#4502978 - 01/07/20 07:23 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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With these recent discussions of early video games, I checked this book out of the library this afternoon...

A Brief History of Video Games

Good read so far. Something interesting I read...

"...Yar's Revenge,...Star Raiders, Warlords, Defender, Centipede - the list goes on with almost any game you care to name. The idea was always that the landfill contained just E.T. cartridges. Now we can see it was, in reality, Atari's grave too."



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#4502980 - 01/07/20 07:34 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: MarkG]  
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Originally Posted by MarkG


"...Yar's Revenge,...Star Raiders, Warlords, Defender, Centipede - the list goes on with almost any game you care to name. The idea was always that the landfill contained just E.T. cartridges. Now we can see it was, in reality, Atari's grave too."


Apparently the ET game was rushed into development and it was coded in something like 5 weeks in order for it to be released soon after the release of the film. Crazy! It really was the single gamble that broke Atari's back.


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#4502989 - 01/07/20 09:14 PM Re: The 75 Best Commodore 64 Games Ever [Re: Crane Hunter]  
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_video_game_burial

I wonder how the particularly short term gain oriented corporate culture of the '80s figured into Atari's misfortunes?

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