Classic carts: VIC-20 Donkey Kong cartridge

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Mark Vergeer
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C64: C64 32x32 pixels A play-test of the Donkey Kong cartridge on an old VIC-20 home computer.
It's all there, made by Nintendo. The music, the sound effects, the stacked monkeys daring you to climb higher.
It plays a bit faster than the C64 versions of the game. Both the C64 Nintendo and C64 Ocean versions play a lot slower.
Still a good arcade conversion on such a limited machine though.

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Comparative videos are cool!
Mark Vergeer wrote:

Thanks you like'm. They are easy to do and quite fun actually.[....]
The back to back idea is very good! I already was thinking about doing those 'cartridge videos' in one vid but the thing is I want to keep the length of the videos down to 10 minutes - bigger won't fit on Youtube unless you are a 'Director'.

For those of us who didn't grow up with the Vic-20, C-64, or (Chose-your-own-platform) version, Ten minutes is more than enough to get the gist of things.

It's funny how "platform loyalty" would color our judgments back then, because in the 80's, I'd have laughed at the Vic-20 version (less so the C-64 version), since I was an Atari 8-bit owner.

Particularly as the owner of a "less popular" computer, I would have made it a priority to "trash" the Vic-20 as an "inferior" platform. However, through "videogame old-timer" eyes, I recognize that the Vic-20 version was a superiorly acceptable version of the "Pac Man" arcade game for its time, and in retrospect consider it a programming triumph.

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back 2 back
Bill Loguidice wrote:

I'm enjoying these a great deal, Mark! (though your voice is still a bit too low) What I'd really love - assuming it wasn't too much trouble - was to do some type of back-to-back comparative thing in the future, even if it's just screenshots from different systems to go along with the video. Those are always so telling and fascinating!

Thanks you like'm. They are easy to do and quite fun actually. I got a better mike - it's a logitech USB headset and it is far better than the old analog thing is was using before. In some of the videos I have already used the 'better' mike.
The back to back idea is very good! I already was thinking about doing those 'cartridge videos' in one vid but the thing is I want to keep the length of the videos down to 10 minutes - bigger won't fit on Youtube unless you are a 'Director'.



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Bill Loguidice
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RTM

I usually make a point to read RTM, though I was looking for something more visual than just the textual comparison those guys used to do.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly

This retro games web magazine did a lot of those comparisons of classic arcade conversions.
The latest guy did with a stupendous level of thoroughness and attention to detail!

The database can be searched via an Excel sheet provided here:
http://my.stratos.net/%7Ehewston95/RT/ManyFacesHome.htm
(Click the "Many Faces of Database")

A slightly out-of-date but more comfy version is here:
http://my.stratos.net/%7Ehewston95/RTM/RTM_MF.htm

The "Donkey Kong" comparison can be found here:
http://my.stratos.net/%7Ehewston95/RTM22/RTM22.html

You can see the current issue and access the archive at:
http://my.stratos.net/~hewston95/RTM/RTM_Home.htm

take care,
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Bill Loguidice
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Nice

I'm enjoying these a great deal, Mark! (though your voice is still a bit too low) What I'd really love - assuming it wasn't too much trouble - was to do some type of back-to-back comparative thing in the future, even if it's just screenshots from different systems to go along with the video. Those are always so telling and fascinating!

Vintage Games book!
Xbox 360: billlog | Wii: 1345 2773 2048 1586 | PS3: ArmchairArcade
Bill Loguidice, Managing Director | Armchair Arcade, Inc.

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Mark Vergeer
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Amazing. It is rather

Amazing.
It is rather strange that I actually am able to play the faster VIC-20 version so much easier than the C64 version.



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