A guest blog post by Pat Ryan.
The Commodore 64 is making a comeback. Almost thirty years since its original inception, one of the trailblazers of home computing is back. At first glance, it appears exactly the same as the original, playing on fashionable retro look. Underneath, however, is a state of the art sophisticated machine for the modern computer user.
What sets it apart from the average PC is the extra option that hooked me straightaway. All the old classic games are available to play. While these games don’t compare to today’s modern offerings, nostalgia alone draws me in. Anyone who ever had a 64 would understand, the long wait for a tape to load, will it load? Wont it? Finally it loads, the latest in computer technology transporting the user to a new and exotic landscape. Countless classic games roll off the tongue, Boulderdash, Commando, Donkey Kong, Pinball, Pitstop and Mrs Pacman to name but a few.
My personal favourite was the James Bond classic, The Living Daylights. I can remember spending hours in a frustrated attempt to pass increasing tougher levels. There was no save button back then, if you died you had to return to the beginning again. I never actually finished that game, it disappeared as the years passed. Maybe it’s time to finish it once and for all.