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Rare Commodore 64 (C-64, C64) pixel art unearthed!

While not exactly as monumental or groundbreaking as my tongue-in-cheek title would imply, in my small world it's something fun that I wanted to share--original pixel art (much like AA staffer Mark Vasier's wonderful icons that we often use on blog posting headers, like the C-64 icon to the upper left) not seen since the mid-1980's. Without further ado, here's the public unveiling of original artwork done by myself and late friend, Ed Beck, done back in our youth on the Commodore 64, armed only with lots of time, a joystick and crude, but effective art programs.

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Wizard's Crown Chronicles (03) - The Beginning

(See the prior entries in this ongoing feature)

NOTE: The format of these for now are going to be the REVIEW (semi-walkthrough) portion first, followed by the STORY (fictionalization) portion. Each portion is stand alone and I'll separate them with headers.

REVIEW

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Preparing the Commodore 128DCR (JiffyDOS) and Adaptec GameBridge (capture) for the Wizard's Crown Chronicles

Part of the idea behind this Wizard's Crown Chronicles odyssey was to get me to play a classic Computer Role Playing Game (CRPG) again - one of my favorite genres - and another part was to get me to make proper use of some of my collection and new technology. What this forced me to do was install JiffyDOS inside my Commodore 128DCR and get Adaptec's GameBridge working under Windows Vista (no easy task, but they came through with the goods here) so I could capture both video and still shots directly from the real hardware more easily.

And so begins more rambling and photos (the images are clickable and can be viewed full size):

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Photo of the Week - Know your History! (06 - Commodore 128DCR (C-64, C-128, CP/M) (1986))

Photo of the Week - Know your History! (06 - Commodore 128DCR (C-64, C-128, CP/M) (1986))

Welcome to the sixth of the ongoing series of exclusive photos here at Armchair Arcade from my private collection, the Commodore 128DCR from 1986.

The photo's main page.
The full-size image.

Without further ado, here are some neat facts about this week's photo (feedback welcome!):

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Protovision Commodore Updates for July 2007 - English and German

C-128C-128Direct release from Protovision:
(German version below)

RR-NET AVAILABLE AGAIN
RR-Net, the network interface card for MMC64 and Retro Replay, is again available from the Protovision Online Shop!

Online Shop:

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Protovision Update March 2007 - Commodore 8-bit Computers (C-64, C-128, etc.) - English and German

Below are the latest English and German updates from Protovision for Commodore's best-selling 8-bit computer series:

(German version below)

THE FINAL REPLAY V0.8 ROM IS OUT

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Commodore: Protovision Updates for January 2007 (English and German)

The latest Protovision update is below:Commodore 128: Photo: Bill LoguidiceCommodore 128: Photo: Bill Loguidice

(German version below)

CBMIMAGER UPDATED
CBMImager for Windows by Uncle Tom and Doc Bacardi of The Dreams has been updated recently. This is a tool to edit disk images. D64 and DFI images are fully supported while there is read-only access to HD images.
For those who do not know: DFI is a custom disk archive format used by the DreamLoad plugin for MMC64. While a D64 is limited to 171 KB, a DFI image can be of unlimited size in theory. Furthermore the DFI format supports subdirectories.

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Prophet64 SID Music Software System Cartridge Released for the Commodore 64/128

Prophet64 SID Music Software CartridgeProphet64 SID Music Software CartridgeAs readers of Armchair Arcade know (see Matt Barton's "The Rise and Fall of Game Audio"), the Commodore 64 (C-64/128) is a unique sound machine, not out of place itself as an instrument with its powerful SID chip. The Prophet64 has finally been released and it looks to help take the venerable Commodore system to a higher level of audio integration in today's world (click here to see another interesting modern C-64 sound integration option).

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