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A Commodore 64 Walkabout [Kindle Edition]

Robinson Mason
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Book Description

Open the door to your retro computing adventure! The Commodore 64 is alive and well in a thriving community of enthusiasts. Updated for 2012 with additional content including a new chapter introducing programming, the second edition of this book is your gateway to understanding and enjoying the C64 scene today whether it be through emulation or original hardware. With tutorials, reviews, personal stories, interviews, and links galore, the wide world of the C64 is at your fingertips!

Have you ever wanted to know more about the Commodore 64 and how you can enjoy the thousands of programs developed for it, or perhaps create your own? Whether you are a newcomer to the still active Commodore scene, or someone who owned a C64 back in the 80s or 90s who would simply like to play an old game once again, this book will set you on the right path.

Squarely targeted at the C64 novice, but with plenty for veterans as well, A C64 Walkabout discusses the old and the new, with reviews of great old games and information on new products still being developed for the C64 and VIC-20 home computers of the 1980s.

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From the Author

This book was written for people new to some or all aspects of the C64 scene or those eager to return to it after many years. The pages within touch on most of the niche enthusiast communities in the wide world of the C64 (and VIC-20).

Many of the questions that have been posed to me over the years at the C64 site I run have been from people who remember an old program, peripheral, or game and would like to know how they can enjoy it once again. Each chapter is written with that sort of person in mind, but with something for C64 veterans as well, especially those who haven't spent much time outside of their own niche interest (the C64 music remixer who knows little about the games she remixes).

Accessibility is key. I offer tips on getting specific programs running smoothly in emulation and point out any anticipated hiccups (say, for example, if the game only runs in NTSC mode and your emulator defaults to PAL).

I've written game and product reviews in a way that I hope will be of interest even to veterans. Tips and tricks for gameplay, advice, and interviews with personalities in the C64 community were written for consumption by old and new fans alike. I also hope that you'll enjoy my personal insight and stories!

About the Author

When not creating his own original fiction, Robinson Mason enjoys writing about retro computers such as the Commodore 64. He currently lives in Texas with his wife and daughter and speaks Japanese at home. He enjoys gardening, watching movies at the local drive-in, playing boardgames with friends and his collection of 80's home computer paraphernalia.

A Commodore 64 Walkabout is Robinson Mason's second published book. He published Globe-Hurler, a Sword & Planet-themed SF novel, in the spring of 2011.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2804 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson Mason (October 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055TFW40
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,134 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about the Commodore 64 & Vic-20 August 23, 2011
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I really enjoyed the book. I'm a fan of Commodore computers having grown up with the VIC-20 & C64. I'm always looking for new material about Commodore and this book fit the bill nicely. When I saw the book on Amazon, I knew I had to read it. Thanks Robinson for writing this great book.

Just a note for future editions: You need to include a chapter on programming. The ability to program both the VIC and C64 played a major role in their success. The VIC-20 & C64 introduced the world to programming and created a whole generation of future programmers (not something to be taken lightly). Programming was different back then. It provided the VIC-20 & C64 owner with a special connection to his/her computer that is not seen to the same extent with today's PCs. I was surprised to see this topic missing from your book. Please include a chapter expounding the virtues of programming on the VIC-20 & C64. It's too important a topic to be left out of your book.

Thanks again for such a great read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking back May 7, 2012
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The author delivers a great present day feel of C64 gaming and novice advice. It makes me think of older games and BASIC programming. It makes me think just how fast time passes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for hardcore C-64 game fans August 24, 2013
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This book focuses less on the history, technical details, and impact of the C-64, and instead mainly provides information on C-64 emulation, specifically games; and to be more specific, adventure games. If you are someone who wants to know how to play your old Commodore 64 adventure/role-playing games with an emulator, then this book is perfect for you. Others might not find much of interest. Of course the price is very low so you are not risking much by purchasing this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and informative for Commodore fans! February 11, 2013
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This is a light entertaining read for the millions of us who have owned or admired Commodore computers. This book doesn't go too much into the history of the company but instead directs the reader to the current state of the Commodore scene. Yes, believe it or not the Commodore 64 lives on in the lives of thousands of computer hobbyists worldwide. This is an active group which after 30 years is still developing software and hardware for a computer which remains relevant in 2013.

This book is your guide to getting involved with retro-computing. Don't have the room or money for a 30 year old computer or the many thousands of games that run on it. No problem, the games can be dowloaded for free as most of them are so old they have been released into the public domain or abandoned by their publishers. You can run the games on free software for your current Mac or PC which emulates every feature, sound, and disk drive of the real Commodore 64. What else can you do? How about going online, connecting to networks, visiting old style Bulletin board systems, running a Windows like operating system before Bill Gates even knew what they were. No need to worry about getting a virus, you are immune! There are over 10,000 games available for download and each one is so compact it will download in a second or two even over dial up!

If you have any interest at all in Commodore Computers this book is for you and it will likely excite you enough to join in the fun. If so, be prepared to spend many a late evening in front of the computer staring at the blue screen of a 30 year old 8 bit C64.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The old Commodore 64 memories November 27, 2012
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I like the way it presents itself and still in the process of reading. The commodore 64 is one of the computer I first started out with so I like to read on what I missed out on in learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb for any C64-lover. New or experienced. March 29, 2012
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Recommended for anyone who's still in love with the Commodore 64. A guide to the experienced and not so experienced. Very well written, and writes about everything you need to know anno 2012 about the C64. A must-have!
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4.0 out of 5 stars See More C 64 July 12, 2014
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For Commodore 64 fans, this book dabbles in the greatness of the World's Most Popular Computer. If you are a classic game lover, Mason gives some nice reviews/reminders of great entertainment.
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When not creating his own original fiction, Robinson Mason enjoys writing about vintage computers such as the Commodore 64. He currently lives in Texas but has been working in Japan for extended periods. He enjoys speaking Japanese, gardening with rare trees, watching movies at the local drive-in, playing boardgames with friends, and his collection of 80's home computer paraphernalia.

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