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General Discussion / Re: Double Density Dreams
« on: October 08, 2006, 02:00:18 am »
That's awesome. I wish I had my old hardware, but I guess I'm too lazy to track down all that stuff and get ahold of it so I settle for emulation. Plus I don't want to go through any headaches like you have.

Eh.. what IRC server/channels are you on ptoing?

General Discussion / Double Density Dreams
« on: October 08, 2006, 01:08:39 am »
I can't shake this wave of nostalgia I've been feeling lately, so I wrote down some memories from the days of the commodore 64 for the enjoyment of all.

You'll probably only relate to this if you were alive during that time and actually had a commodore 64, just a warning. I'll probably be doing some more writing over the next few days so if you like what you see, just reply and I'll post more in this thread. Of course, feel free to post up some of your own!


"What games do you have?" I asked Tom.

Tom's handle was "TinyT" on the BBS we were a member of. We had talked about meeting for weeks and had bumped into each other at a BBS party. His name was an inverse parody -- Tom was built like an extra-large eggplant and weighed at least 300 pounds.

He had a habit of wiping the thin red hairs on his chin and upper lip with his hand--a gold class ring stood out on his ring finger. His cheeks were as orange as the crusty film of cheetos powder on his fingertips.

He looked at the shelf above the commodore monitor. Side by side sat tan-white containers with smokey-gray plastic lids. In each were those five-and-a-quarter floppies of various colors. Tom grunted and wiped his mouth.

"What games... do you want?" he said in much the same way a Sultan might ask his son how much gold he wanted before venturing out on a particularly lengthy journey.

I stared at the rows of disks. In my hands were three blank Fuji disks--one red, one green, and one black. Each had a blank lapel on the front. My heart sank as I realized how unprepared I had come for this meeting. Tom reached for his bag of cheetos--the foil bag crackled as his fingers withdrew a few and tossed them into his maw.

"What are you playing lately?" I said.

"Ultima three, elite, and of course international karate two. Just got yie ar kung fu," he said.

"What's ultima three?" I said.

Tom smiled and winked. He pulled a black disk out of a box and popped it into his fifteen-forty-one. He entered the commands on the rich, blue screen.

"It's an adventure game. Takes a lot of patience. Not a shoot up or anything like that. Relaxing. Very relaxing," Tom said.

The screen came up a few minutes later and he brought up his party screen. I was instantly entranced. The music sang to me like an old friend.

"Can I have that?" I said.

"Sure. Anything else?" Tom said.

"I heard about spy versus spy and bruce lee. And uridium," I said.

"Uridium is AWESOME," Tom said with a sudden burst of energy as though he had played it for days without sleeping. I felt a kinship with him, having played paradroid for what seemed all night sometimes.

"I keep hearing about druid. You got it?" I said.

Tom smiled, his red-orange cheeks squeezing up against his eyes.

"Got it last night. I haven't tried to copy it yet," he said.

"Any good?" I said.

"Dude. You want druid. Trust me," he said.

"Shit. I only have three disks," I said.

He pulled out a small grey cube of plastic from a drawer.

"Check it--I'll notch those disks if they're double density. I can give you six disks worth then," Tom said.

"Did you crack all these games?" I said with a holy reverence.

"Nope. I just use fast hack'em. Or nibbler if that doesn't work. But hack'em usually works. So what you want?"

"God I don't know--your favorites I guess. Is that cool?" I said, not really knowing how to bargain with this red-haired god of games.

"Okay. Druid for sure. Bruce lee, international karate, karateka, ultima three, paradroid--"

"I got paradroid," I said, feeling pride that I knew of a game he spoke of.

"Good game. Spy versus spy is OK, but I'll give you hacker instead."

"Hacker? Dude I dont' want to get in trouble," I said.

"Don't sweat--it's a game," he said.

"What's it like?" I said.

"Can't tell you. You'll have to see. Trust me dude. You'll like. Gimme those disks," he said.

I handed them over and he worked the tiny notcher like a craftsman, the small rectangle of floppy flying off onto his dark brown carpeting as each one popped. I felt my eyebrow lift and felt a pang in my stomach.

"Hey, are you sure that's.. good for the disk? It won't screw up the programs?" I said.

"Hell no. I notch all of my dee-dee disks. Come on man, it's like getting a free disk," he said.

"This is awesome," I said, feeling light-headed at his expertise.

"Fair's fair. You gave me ultimate wizard when NO ONE else had it. Tell me about that guy again? Raistlin from the BBS, who got you that game?" he said.

"God, you wouldn't believe it. He's got stacks of paper T... I mean STACKS of printer paper as tall as I am and they're filled with numbers. Phone numbers and credit numbers and... well all kinds of shit," I said.

"Jesus. He's a real hacker," Tom said with a tone of awe.

"Ya. He uses something called a war dialer. No idea how that works or what the hell it is, but he gets into BBS's with it and gets games before a lot of people. But he won't give me them most of the time. Something to do with honor--eh. I dunno," I said.

Tom had put one of my Fuji's into his fifteen-forty-one and the multi-colored Fast Hack'em screen came up on the monitor. He jabbed the keyboard with his thick fingers, leaving half-moons of cheeto-orange on the keys.

"Think he could change my grades like on Ferris Bueller's Day off?" Tom said.

We laughed.

"I asked him that one time. He said he could but it would cost me. I told him I didn't have any money--no job and no allowance, and he said he didn't need money. He needed virgin credit cards," I said.

"Oh really?" Tom said.

"Ya but that was like a year ago. He doesn't play games any more," I said.

"You're kidding!"

"No. Dude he told me he's hacking into NORAD and the Pentagon," I said.

"Oh that's bullshit. Bull shit, dude. He's not that stupid. Gimme a break," he said.

We watched the screen for a few minutes.

"Jay keeps talking about his Amiga and how k-rad it is," I said.

Tom snorted. He reached into his bag for cheetos and found it empty. He crumpled it with a fat fist.

"Amigas are total shit. Commodore all the way."



Pixel Art / Re: Dream sweet [WIP, Help me please!]
« on: October 07, 2006, 09:16:50 pm »
Hey I like the color choices and the overlapping shades. The theme of grasping/coiling is kind of sensual. Neat.

General Discussion / Re: Off Topic: Wargames
« on: October 07, 2006, 09:11:52 pm »
My favourite movie is Rollerball, from the 70's, not the awful remake...

Ah Rollerball!

"What do you want books for? Look Johnny, if you wanna learn somethin', just get a Corporate Teacher to come and teach it to ya'. Use yer Privilege Card."

Jonathan: So the computer misplaced some information?
Librarian: The entire of the 13th century.

Monsoon - ah Munchausen. Terry Gilliam is tops, eh?

"Why, why, why! Because it's all logic and reason now. Science, progress, laws of hydraulics, laws of social dynamics, laws of this, that, and the other. No place for three-legged cyclops in the South Seas. No place for cucumber trees and oceans of wine. No place for me."


Since I'm such a movie geek, I used to put together double feature tapes for my friends and myself. Since VHS tapes took up so much room, it was more economical to copy two movies onto one using LP mode. Yes you lose a little quality, but not as much with a high quality tape and regular cleaning of your vcr heads.

My double feature philosophy (my that rolls off the tongue nicely) is pairing up films that go together but also contrast in some way, whether that be mood/story/genre.

So here are some picks I've put together...tell me what you think and post your own! If you've never done this, it's a great time-waster and lots of fun to make a list. I'll start with the ones you guys mentioned and pair 'em off with one not posted so far.

One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Real Genius
Weird Science

Time Bandits

Dark Crystal
Secret of Nimh


2001: A Space Odyssey
Planet of the Apes (1968)

The Shining
The Thing

A Fish Called Wanda

Pixel Art / Re: Random pixels
« on: October 07, 2006, 08:26:55 am »
Hey robot - thanks for your support at the join, by the by...

Random Titles.

The hulking mechanical screenhead... "Cathode Ray Missionary" or "Boob-Tube Tango"

The Saloon scene.. "

Guy with the hat and the beard... "Pornographic Chin" or "MY brim is bigger than yours"

Your cockpit... "The Adventures of Plasma Pete" or "Back in a parsec"

The illuminated manuscript... "Rennaisance Lightning" or "Chaucer's Saucers"



Pixel Art / Re: New to pixeling--first attempts.
« on: October 07, 2006, 08:07:47 am »

You're progressing a lot in a short time. Catch your breath and ponder.

I'm going to take your advice and chill for a bit--study your example and spend some quality time with my monitor. :)


General Discussion / Re: The gathering of the Fad Avatars
« on: October 07, 2006, 06:33:57 am »
Just look at that smile! You belong on a can of campbell's soup!


General Discussion / Re: Off Topic: Wargames
« on: October 07, 2006, 05:45:06 am »
I'm happy to intrigue, Mr. Meat.

Your choices are solid and reflect a mind prone to fantasy.

Labyirinth -- "Your eyes can be so cruel, just as I can be so cruel."

Dark Crystal -- "Mouldy mildew, mother of mouthmuck, dangle and strangle and death."

Willow -- "I'd say two or three hundred horses, five or six wagons... and about a thousand fools."

Blade Runner:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the darkness at Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die."

... post a few more of your favorites, dogmeat. I won't mind.

General Discussion / Off Topic: Wargames
« on: October 07, 2006, 02:07:41 am »
Ah, Wargames. Such a great movie. 80's nostalgia.

But David Lightman (main character) is shown using an Altair 8080. This, in itself, isn't a problem. But he's using a keyboard and a "war dialer," which the Altair was not capable of. On the Altair, you had to flip the switches and watch the LED's. Heh. Didn't support a keyboard.

Still great lines like:

Teacher: "All right Lightman... maybe you can tell us who first injected the idea of reproduction without sex?"

Lightman: "Your wife?"

Classic. I picked up a number of VHS tapes today. They are:

Blade Runner
V - the miniseries
V - the final battle
Re - Animator


Post your favorite nostalgia films, if you dare!


General Discussion / Re: The gathering of the Fad Avatars
« on: October 06, 2006, 05:05:20 pm »
Maybe the main page shouldn't be updated. That might be too much awesome for one page!


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