C64: Asteroids Emulation on a C64

Link: http://members.aon.at/nkehrer/astc64.html

Well, it’s pretty awesome. A quote from the site, explains the awesomeness of this:

Since the nineties, arcade emulators like MAME can emulate the classics like Asteroids on the PC or the Mac. This program is an Asteroids emulator for the Commodore 64. The “emulation” of the arcade machine’s CPU is done natively by the 6510 processor of the C64. The video and sound hardware is simulated by the Asteroids emulator program. In this way, the original arcade game program is executed and interpreted, and the original game play is (more or less) exactly reproduced.

I can remember the disappointment in the conversions that showed up over the years of this amazing game. It was one of the first games I loaded in MAME to check out. Well Done Norbert!

PET4032: New PET, Amazing Condition…


Really lucky, this 4032 Big Screen Model is in such good condition that I had to really look for a scratch. Opening the inside was a surprise compared to my 2001. It was clean. Close to spotless. The keyboard needed some elbow grease, which took all of 30 minutes of pushing keys to get them going.. well the space bar needs a little work.

Hooked up an SFD SD1 and tested the ports, everything works great. Miner on the PET is awesome — still amazed at the condition of the machine, its in better shape than the one I used in school years ago. I didn’t know there was a kickstand inside the case 🙂

The board is one of the FAT40 types, which means it can be bumped to a 8032. 32k of RAM is an upgrade from my 2001. I’ve always been used to metal case PET’s, this one is a plastic and I like the feel of it.

TDK – Melon-Glo-Mania

After some posts on the TC64 forums/feed of some new music, I started scrolling through some tunes people have written over the last while. This track posted a year ago embodies a lot of what makes chip tunes great (a SID and..) — bouncy, quick, happy and fun.