My first computer was a Commodore 64 received for 1985 christmas. What a revolution in comparison to other machines ! 16 colours ! 8 sprites moving separately ! 64K ram ! I have to say that I was lucky enough to have the floppy and not the tape ! And indeed, it was amazing to see what the programmers could achieve with it. My first game was a simulator called "Space shuttle" and "Pitfall II
"... so amazing.
Soon I swapped games with friends from school and we rapidly built an network of C64 friends. We read all the scrollings of crackers presentations until the end and found some adresses, we connected to guys from around europe and I was trying to swap some hot "news" with them. A good friend of mine was good at cracking and we started to do some illegal stuff, that was really exiting ! I even remember when I used for the first time a modem that a friend lent me and I connected my C64 to some strange servers and didn't understand anything about it !
It was during these days that I discovered Flight Simulator II
. Very basic at that time but so interesting. Finally I bought the game because I wanted to learn how to use it properly... the guide was in english and I read it maybe 50 times before understanding all the details of this simulator. The C64 was a very positive experience for me.
Years after I left my parents house my father thrown away my old C64 to my great disappointment !
During a night in late '90 I went with a good friend from that era in an alternative bar in GVA
and surprisingly there was a section of vintage computers. Among other machine like VIC20, ZX
Spectrum, Atari there was a C64 with a floppy disk driver and plenty of disks
! We spent the whole night drinking beers and having a good time with this slow, very slow machine... and then we realised how patient we were !!
From time to time I look to these old games with an emulator I've downloaded.
My favorite games on C64 were : Flight Simulator II
, Commando, Ghost'n'goblins, Cauldron I+II
, Summer Games II
, Winter Games, Boulder Dash, Ace of aces, Fighter Pilot, Load Runner, Masquerade, Archon... a so many others I can't recall.