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First Commodore 64 LAN Party

timothy posted more than 6 years ago | from the dude-are-we-late dept.

Classic Games (Games) 224

Leif_Bloomquist writes "The world's first Commodore 64 LAN party was held at the Cincinnati Commodore Computer Club 2008 Expo last weekend, where the new multiplayer C64 game NetRacer was unveiled. The setup consists of up to eight Commodore 64s with Ethernet cartridges and a central server written in Java running on a PC. The game is also playable over the Internet."

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Eh (-1, Redundant)

Lulfas (1140109) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077695)

Eh

Re:Eh (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24077815)

There was a gayfest, sorry - they happen sometimes.

Re:Eh (5, Funny)

ya really (1257084) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078283)

Eh (Score:0, Redundant)
by Lulfas (1140109) on Sunday July 06, @05:52PM (#24077695)

Eh

Possibly one of the best uses of the Redundant mod tag I have yet seen.

high security? (5, Funny)

spir0 (319821) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077715)

Is New Zealand a terrorist country or something? I got this:

You are not authorized to view this page
The Web server you are attempting to reach has a list of IP addresses that are not allowed to access the Web site, and the IP address of your browsing computer is on this list.

Please try the following:

        * Contact the Web site administrator if you believe you should be able to view this directory or page.

HTTP Error 403.6 - Forbidden: IP address of the client has been rejected.
Internet Information Services (IIS)

Technical Information (for support personnel)

        * Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 403.
        * Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled About Security, Limiting Access by IP Address, IP Address Access Restrictions, and About Custom Error Messages.

Re:high security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24077983)

ditto here. Same error, in NZ, (Citylink).

Re:high security? (1)

SiliconTrip (465961) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078181)

Same in Oz. :-(

What's the reasoning behind this?

Re:high security? (1)

cheeseboy001 (986317) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078219)

Same here (NZ). Has anyone got the admin's email address?

Re:high security? (1)

TheDreadedGMan (1122791) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078231)

Same 403.6 error here in Auckland, New Zealand on Compass Communications

Re:high security? (4, Informative)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078243)

I think since the C64 event is in the USA that it blocks out foreign IP addresses. Try using a Web proxy from the USA and see if that works, or Use Tor [torproject.org] to connect to a USA Tor server.

I'll mirror the location of the event if you want information on it:

"05/26/2008: To pre-pay admission and table fee(s) for the C4 Expo, please Paypal your payments to cmdreclub@iglou.com.

When making payment, please ensure you put what you are paying for

in the comments field of the Paypal transaction.

The receipt for the Paypal transaction MUST be presented at the

admission desk in order to gain entrance to the Expo!!

Door Charges: $10/person or $15/family

Selling tables: $15/table or 3 for $35 (The hotel charges $10/table in addition for power usage.)

T-shirts: TBD

The Cincinnati Commodore Computer Club is proud to present the 3rd annual C4 Expo.

June 28-29 at the Drawbridge Inn

located at:

2477 Royal Drive
Fort Mitchell, KY 41017"

I think you can use that email address to ask them why they blocked your IP. Possible some IIS administration script that locks down security also blocked foreign IPs.

Re:high security? (4, Funny)

Illbay (700081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079085)

...05/26/2008: To pre-pay admission and table fee(s) for the C4 Expo, please Paypal your payments to cmdreclub@iglou.com.

I think I'm beginning to understand the Security issue [wikipedia.org] .

Re:high security? (2, Informative)

pdcull (469825) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078551)

Have you tried using proxify [proxify.com] to get in? I find that often works to give me a US IP address...

Re:high security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078611)

No, New Zealand isn't a terrorist country or anything, we're all just a bunch of racists here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAub94aLp3s&NR=1 [youtube.com]

Re:high security? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24079331)

TORIFY the shit out of that server

Hooray! (5, Funny)

FlyingSquidStudios (1031284) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077723)

I urgently await Jumpman deathmatches!

Re:Hooray! (4, Interesting)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078305)

You haven't played Bard's Tale, Pirates!, or Donkey Kong, until you played them on the C64 using the tape drive. :)

Jumpman was great, but I liked a game called Wizard that let you design your own levels and your own spells on a custom floppy disk and challenge your friends to deathmatches on that. It was like Jumpman but you could throw fireballs or stop your enemies from moving, or become temporary invulnerable for a short while.

Re:Hooray! (1)

soupforare (542403) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079171)

Wizard was amazing, it's the first thing I load up whenever I get a hankoring for commie lovin.'

Re:Hooray! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078395)

I know what you mean That game is like crack.

Yes but (5, Funny)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077741)

Were there any girls there?

Re:Yes but (4, Informative)

fyrie (604735) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077779)

Judging from the pics, there was at least one.

Re:Yes but (4, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077813)

At least one [wikipedia.org] , probably. Maybe two. [robohara.com] :-P

FWIW, I have met Ms. Ellsworth at a Commodore Convention before. Her photo on Wikipedia does not do her justice. And besides that, she really knows her stuff when it comes to the Commodore.

Re:Yes but (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24077871)

At least one [wikipedia.org] , probably. Maybe two. [robohara.com] :-P

FWIW, I have met Ms. Ellsworth at a Commodore Convention before. Her photo on Wikipedia does not do her justice. And besides that, she really knows her stuff when it comes to the Commodore.

My god is that an awful attention whoring shirt.

Re:Yes but (5, Funny)

amccaf1 (813772) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078103)

Oh, hush. I'm sure it's just an homage to Amok Time:
http://img384.imageshack.us/my.php?image=16845670dh4.png [imageshack.us]

Re:Yes but (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078177)

I'm not sure what is worse, that pic or the fact that you probably knew the exact episode that was from, started up a media player and screencap'd that. Christ.

Re:Yes but (4, Funny)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078221)

You must be new here.

Re:Yes but (3, Insightful)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079403)

My god is that an awful attention whoring shirt.

My God you're a sexist pig. Is it so horrible for a woman to dress up for an occasion? Especially when going to an event that's important to her husband? (Yes, that guy leaning over in the photo is her husband.)

Grow up and get a life, will you?

Re:Yes but (5, Funny)

bitrex (859228) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079513)

And every guy in the room is STILL staring only at the C64.

Re:Yes but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078009)

Id hit it.

Re:Yes but (1)

Pazy (1169639) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078115)

So what your saying is if I want to meet a geeky girl I need to learn to code a C64? Well now im definately more motivated to learn that than anything else :)

Re:Yes but (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24079059)

So what your saying is if I want to meet a geeky girl I need to learn to code a C64? Well now im definately more motivated to learn that than anything else :)

Well, you've certainly not put a lot of time into learning English.

Re:Yes but (1)

grimJester (890090) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078897)

And besides that, she really knows her stuff when it comes to the Commodore.

From Wikipedia: "at which point she moved to Walla Walla, Washington and attended Walla Walla College,". I'm sure it's an excellent center of C-64 learning, but...

Re:Yes but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24079389)

There woulda been two, if I hadn't moved out of Ohio recently. Dammit.

-CBK

Wish I Would Have Been There (4, Interesting)

fyrie (604735) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077743)

I have one of those rrnet ethernet devices for the C64. They are great fun. I tried to make a post to a phpBB and it took me about 40 minutes to navigate to the thread I wanted to post in, then it crashed. O sweet glory.

btw, http://www.c64web.com/ [c64web.com] is hosted on a c64.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (5, Funny)

mnemocynic (1221372) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077805)

btw, http://www.c64web.com/ [c64web.com] [c64web.com] is hosted on a c64.

And after posting that on /., there is now one less functioning c64 in the world.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

fyrie (604735) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077823)

That didn't take long. It must only be able to handle 64 simultaneous connections.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

Deanalator (806515) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078289)

6 bits should be enough for anyone

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078881)

Yeah, posting that link wasn't the brightest thing to do, nor was it very nice to whomever the owner of it is, unless it's the OP's own server and he wanted it to turn into a melted pile of goo.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (2, Informative)

Lost Race (681080) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079019)

... server ... turn into a melted pile of goo.

Yeah, a fully loaded 6510 puts out an awesome amount of heat. Not.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079361)

Joke, I'd like you to meet my new friend Lost Race. Lost Race, meet Joke.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (-1, Redundant)

thermian (1267986) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077843)

that has to be one of the dumbest links in slashdot history :)

I hope your happy with yourself, you just melted their web server...

So.... (4, Funny)

Xest (935314) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077887)

Is that site painfully slow because it's been Slashdotted or because it's running on a C64 ;) ?

More importantly, what happens when a C64 gets Slashdotted, does it start chewing up tapes or melt or anything?

Re:So.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078145)

From what I understand, C64's tend to work pretty well under high web server load. They just deny service to a lot of people as they crank out one page at a time (not multi-threaded, not multi-process, so no virtual memory thrashing) to each request in their limited queue.

Re:So.... (2, Funny)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078269)

Based on my past C64 experience, the power supply overheats and the system shuts down. I was always trying to look for a power supply that didn't overheat. Sometimes putting a glass of ice water on top of it helped it not overheat.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (4, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078013)

btw, http://www.c64web.com/ [c64web.com] is hosted on a smoldering heap of slag.

Fixed.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

thatskinnyguy (1129515) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078213)

What are you talking about? I'm posting this from my C64 with no problems!

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

Orion Blastar (457579) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078251)

PhpBB software is buggy, and sometimes when a web administrator tries to make mods to it, they end up making it buggier. Hence the crash.

Re:Wish I Would Have Been There (1)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078313)

I have one of those rrnet ethernet devices for the C64. They are great fun. I tried to make a post to a phpBB and it took me about 40 minutes to navigate to the thread I wanted to post in, then it crashed. O sweet glory.

Wow. I guess you have a far lower threshold for fun than I.

First Lan Party! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24077745)

First Lan Party!

Alternative to Vista? (5, Funny)

stevedmc (1065590) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077759)

Vista must be pretty bad if people are switching to C64.

Re:Alternative to Vista? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24079409)

Vista must be pretty bad if people are switching to C64.

this will become a famous statement

10 REM probably not (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24077763)

20 poke 53280,0
30 print "FrIst";
40 goto 30

Re: Screen Changes (2, Informative)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079517)

25 Poke 53281,6

I stayed with Blue & Black Trim ever since.

Talk about retro! (4, Insightful)

flajann (658201) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077777)

Yeow! I may have expected an Amiga club, but C64? Man, does that bring back memories!!!

I did a lot of cool stuff on the 64 way, WAY back, using Forth (remember that language?).

Some computers will never die. No matter how old. LONG LIVE COMMODORE!!!!

Immortality (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078021)

C64 certainly never will die, not as long as people enjoy playing those old games. But the hardware will wear out eventually, and nobody's making any more, so it's off to emulation land. Or do true blue C64 hackers sneer at emulators?

Re:Immortality (1)

vidarh (309115) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078081)

That depends on what you mean by "making any more". There are 6510 compatible CPU's still being manufactured, and there are emulations of the rest available for FPGA's, and there's the C-One [c64upgra.de] based on FPGA's + a compatible CPU that aims for full compatibility with the C64 and a number of other old home computers.

Personally I'll stick with emulation, though the C-One looks like something it'd be fun to own, so maybe if/when they get something a bit less beta...

Re:Immortality (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078329)

I'm talking about a system, you're talking about a component. You might as well talk about the Ford Model A still being "made" because you can still get parts for it.

Re:Immortality (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078151)

Well the Wii can emulate the C64... If you live in Europe. Anyone else can't get the games.

Re:Immortality (1)

fm6 (162816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078369)

C64 emulators run on a variety of platforms [zzap64.co.uk] . Most old gaming platforms have thriving communities of emulator users. Games are readily available online. Technically copyright infringement, but there's not a lot of enforcement, since the software has little or no commercial value.

Re:Immortality (1)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079375)

With the introduction of virtual console for Wii, couldn't one argue that there is quite a bit of commercial value in these games now? I can't believe it took them so long to do it. I was playing emulated game-boy and NES games in the 90s. 10 years later you can finally get them legally by paying for them. Anybody have any idea how well those virtual console games are selling. I can see games like SMB 3 getting a lot of sales, but a lot of them I can't see anybody wanting to actually pay for.

Re:Immortality (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079535)

Games are readily available online. Technically copyright infringement, but there's not a lot of enforcement, since the software has little or no commercial value.

But I would much rather buy my games then pirate them. Because unlike music what sells well with games determines what gets released more. (So if more RPGs are sold then FPS games, more RPGs will be made)

Re:Talk about retro! (1)

CrispBH (822439) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078311)

using Forth (remember that language?).

I certainly do, one of my CS modules I recently completed required the use of Forth in the coursework assessment. We had to create a mixed mode recursive descent compiler in Forth. At first I was a little annoyed at having to use this archaic language. However, I quickly found that it solidified my understanding of computer systems and programming in general. Being stack and word based, and not what I'm used to, it made me take a step back and apply some thought for a moment.

In the end, I got a lot out of Forth, and I'd suggest to anyone interested in programming that they have a play with it for a few hours. You might be surprised what an old language has to offer, and at the very least boost your programming artistry.

Re:Amiga & Beyond (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079527)

There's rumors of a new Commodore OS in terminal Beta.

At last (1)

hey! (33014) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077849)

Junis will be able to download that porn.

Re:At last (5, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078019)

C64 porn? Sigh. Back to tits that look like they're made out of Legos.
     

Re:At last (1)

triso (67491) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078325)

C64 porn? Sigh. Back to tits that look like they're made out of Legos.

   

Legos, eh? And I thought they all had shingles. Silly me.

Wow... pretty late development there (0)

joocemann (1273720) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077909)

I was just playing some team fortress 2, so please don't hate me for my lack of enthusiasm when looking at this game.

I came up with chess bowling a while ago for the Chess-board gaming system, but nobody cared. 10 pawns, one orange, pure fun! I think Call of Duty 4 distracted the gamers from caring about my bowling idea.

Re:Wow... pretty late development there (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078599)

Go back to digg.

oblig... (0)

nih (411096) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077979)

64k is enough for everybody!

Second chance (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 6 years ago | (#24077997)

If you missed the Univac party, this is your next chance.

Quick Mr. Peabody into the Wayback Machine (-1, Flamebait)

rimcrazy (146022) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078033)

So are we going to start announcing Abacus parties next??????????

Will someone please tell these people to go get a life! Maybe the "Evil" Capt. Kirk can go do that.

Re:Quick Mr. Peabody into the Wayback Machine (1)

morari (1080535) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078061)

Will someone please tell these people to go get a life! Maybe the "Evil" Capt. Kirk can go do that.

Was that the one that started fistfights with everyone in sight and screwed women left and right without any intention of calling them the next day?

Re:Quick Mr. Peabody into the Wayback Machine (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078725)

Wasn't that the regular captain Kirk?

Cluster of C64s (1)

4D6963 (933028) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078051)

Networked C64? Cool, wake me up when you get a Beowulf cluster of these!

Uber Dorks.... (-1, Troll)

KozmoKramer (1117173) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078101)

Seriously........

Oblig. (1)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078107)

64 Commodores ought to be enough for anyone.

horrid site (1)

socsoc (1116769) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078111)

Was this site designed on a C64?

Sheesh, I think I melted the W3 validator with it...

Re:horrid site (4, Funny)

richy freeway (623503) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078127)

I can't work out who's geekier. The guys holding C64 lan parties or you running websites through the W3 validator...

been there, done that (3, Interesting)

XO (250276) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078133)

I can say that I have actually done this before, back in the 80's. Not using Ethernet, as I don't think there were any Ethernet hardwares available at the time for the Commodore .. but I've done it. Wired several Commodores together, and played multiplayer games.

Re:been there, done that (5, Interesting)

Captain DaFt (755254) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078397)

Back about 1986, I actually surfed the net on a Commodore 128.
The local community college got a spanking new server hooked up, and students were allowed to dial in in to get schedules, some class material, whatever. (I think it was still Arpanet back then, but it was years before World wide web)

Anyway, I logged in (at a whopping 1200 baud), looked around (After a bit of tweaking, Commodore had lowercase and capitals switched in ascii, plus none standard characters) and actually made it to a few net sites. (IBM, some national Community college site, a couple of others)

Wasn't interested, it was slower than most BBS's I could get to, had almost no graphics (and none that I could view), and no content I was interested in at the time, So I logged off and didn't get back to the net until 1998. Things sure changed in a dozen years!

Oh, I wasn't a student there, just heard about it and was curious. Online security? Some things haven't changed much!

Re:been there, done that (1)

Oshawapilot (1039614) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078701)

There was a modem-to-modem game (I think it was called ModemWars?) that I used to play all the time back in the Commodore days. It was great fun to play and was way ahead of it's time, despite the sometime painful process of getting the two systems to connect successfully to play. It wasn't ethernet, and it wasn't internet based, but it was multiplayer and it was "online".

We used to all have two phone lines back then so we'd play using one line for data, and talk about the game on the other line.

Good times...

Obligatory Shredz64 Mention (1)

dleifelohcs (777508) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078165)

My friend Toni created the Shredz64 project, which brings Guitar Hero style games to the C64: http://www.toniwestbrook.com/shredz64 [toniwestbrook.com]

And also, to make the controls work, a PS2 to C64 adapter, which coincidentally just started shipping today: http://www.toniwestbrook.com/psx64 [toniwestbrook.com]

I'm happy for them (3, Interesting)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078211)

I'm sure these guys (and gals?) had a ton of fun. I see a lot of comments of the "what a bunch of dorks"-kind. I don't think they're any more dorks than any person who has a hobby and likes to associate and share his experiences and passion with like-minded folks. Don't over think it - it's just socializing and fun, nothing else.

As for the C-64: I have several of 'em, and as soon as it becomes crystal clear which Ethernet card is the dominant (we're close) I'll be picking up one. I have networked weird stuff into my network already (Sony NEWS, Netwinder, old DOS PC/packet driver etc.) why not add one of my C-64s.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

thedak (833551) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078261)

That's the thought I was having, the comments about them being dorks was really irking me as I was going through. It's something they're interested in and it's a hobby that requires at least a tiny bit of intelligence, maybe they don't realize they're on /. or something.

I have my C64 in-box upstairs and I was thinking the same thing while I was reading the article, I think it could be a fun project.

My first thought was really, "aw damn, I missed it!" and looked longingly to my C64 :(

Re:I'm happy for them (2, Insightful)

pclminion (145572) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078477)

I'm sure these guys (and gals?) had a ton of fun. I see a lot of comments of the "what a bunch of dorks"-kind. I don't think they're any more dorks than any person who has a hobby and likes to associate and share his experiences and passion with like-minded folks. Don't over think it - it's just socializing and fun, nothing else.

Call me a dork -- I have three C64's, two of which were purchased in the mid 80s. So I was collecting them before it was even cool to do so. They are among some of my most precious possessions -- I dare not even power them up for fear of wear and tear. I reserve that for one of the later models I got on eBay a few years ago.

My life orbits around technology. This is entirely due to Commodore. Yes, those dorky little obsolete boxes are the source of my wealth and happiness. The only thing more precious is my family, and my box of COMPUTE!'s Gazette magazines along with a few issues of 3-2-1 Contact.

SYS 64738? I'll never.

Re:I'm happy for them (0, Troll)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078531)

Call me a dork

You're a dork.

So I was collecting them before it was even cool to do so.

Oh yeah? I drilled a hole in a piece of soap by myself, once. I was way ahead of the curve.

3-2-1 Contact

Whenever there's trouble, they're there on the double.

Seriously though, you didn't say anything about Amiga, so there must be hope for you.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

pclminion (145572) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078583)

I never touched an Amiga. But, I was always jealous of the kids with their IBM PC Jr's who submitted cool graphics programs for 3-2-1 Contact's magazine. There were no graphics primitives in C64 basic.

I remember the typical delay loop in C64 BASIC: FORD=1TO1000:NEXTD The fact that whitespace was optional always made things interesting to decipher.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078641)

I remember watching a C= Xmas demo with some cute animations that was made up of text chars. As you know better than I most likely, the C= had a ton of graphics-ish text characters. By using them intelligently it was possible to do low-res graphics with them. But that's pretty tricksy stuff. Still, it ends up being at least as high resolution as GR on the Apple ][...

I had a C= 16 with no storage device, I didn't mess with that long. Then I got an Apple ][+ and later a whole series of Amigas. I got better, though I would still like to get a CD32.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079411)

I had a C-16, too. The sound sucked on that one, but programming in general was really easy, and they looked kinda cool, with the dark gray case and light gray keys.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

PaganRitual (551879) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078685)

They are probably just jealous Speccy owners still bitter to the very end about making the wrong PC choice in the 80s, it's completely understandable.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

blind biker (1066130) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079455)

It's that time of the year? I mean, the Spectrum vs. Commodore flamewar ;o) Just kidding, but those do happen rather regularly on comp.sys....something-or-the-other. I used to have much fun reading those threads. Mostly because they were really in good spirit, in spite of all the flaming that was going on.

Re:I'm happy for them (1)

canUbeleiveIT (787307) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078841)

I'm sure these guys (and gals?) had a ton of fun. I see a lot of comments of the "what a bunch of dorks"-kind. I don't think they're any more dorks than any person who has a hobby and likes to associate and share his experiences and passion with like-minded folks. Don't over think it - it's just socializing and fun, nothing else.

Normally I might have unloaded on the people in these pictures but I just came home from a holiday weekend camping trip at the local state park. After watching a bunch of slack-jawed dolts blowing their fingers off with fireworks for the last few days, pictures of garden-variety nerds actually make me happy.

Odd Thoughts: (2, Funny)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078277)

* so I take it that no one could cough up the highest Crysis framerate figure? (yes, I know, I KNOW! ...but it seems to be all-to-common for LAN-goers to brag on framerates these days).

* Finally! I can bring my machine-du-jour and not have everyone stare at it funny because it's not a Windows box! (I always brought either a Linux box or a Mac).

* How d'ya taunt on chat in the thing? "'LOAD * 8,1' this, n00b!" doesn't quite have a ring to it, y'know?

* How many LED's and uber-liquid-cooling heatsink rigs can you jam into a C-64 case, anyway?

* Well, rebooting would still be just as common...

/P

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Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#24078683)

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Unusual, but not a first... (1)

Panaqqa (927615) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078693)

Hate to be a spoilsport, but we had an operational C64 LAN back in 1983. I worked for RTC, an early computer firm (long since gone), and one of the products we developed was the "Multi Link", a LAN adapter that networked C64s in a star topology. It was originally designed for use in educational settings, but needless to say, as a bunch of early hackers we quickly got some games running multi-player.

We also used to access the Internet using a c64, but that's a story for another time.

Doesn't Anyone Miss the Commodore Pet? (4, Interesting)

anorlunda (311253) | more than 6 years ago | (#24078711)

My first personally owned computer wasn't a C64, it was a Commodore Pet. That doesn't make me *that* much older than the C64 crowd, does it?

The Pet was also the first computer I ever used that booted itself when I turned on the power. My reward for turning on the the switch was a HELLO? prompt. All other computers I used at work before the Pet required me to enter a bootstrap program in binary before they would start the OS.

In Pet Basic one could do wonderfully fun things, especially with the character graphics. My kids loved the games I wrote. I don't recall ever buying any software for the Pet. Wrote it all myself. It was great fun.

For some strange reason, the Commodore Pet is always forgotten when people write about the pioneering PC days.

Re:Doesn't Anyone Miss the Commodore Pet? (1)

BitterOak (537666) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079397)

Yes, the first computer I used was a Commodore PET model 2001 with 8K of RAM and a cassette deck built into the unit right beside the keyboard. (My father was a teacher and he was able to bring these computers home from school on weekends and summer vacations.) We soon upgraded to a PET 4032 with a 2031 disk drive. We purchased our own C64 system shortly after that, and although the games blew those of the PET out of the water, I kind of miss the old PETs.

The Utter Geekery of this event... (1)

Illbay (700081) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079065)

...reads off the chart.

Feh... (1)

Humorless Coward. (862619) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079287)

call me when you have a WoW port for Altair 8800s, m'kay?

meh (1)

DanWS6 (1248650) | more than 6 years ago | (#24079369)

Get back to me when I can play the original pong on a lan.
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