New Generation Grognard
- Jul 29, 2017
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Holy crap. A GHacks article today pointed out that the Internet Archive just launched a Commodore 64 video game library, with over 8,000 Commodore 64 video games available.
I'll see y'all in a couple of years. Take care.GHacks said:Classified as software, interested users find C-64 games, applications, and demo scene releases added all together in the collection.
The emulator that the Internet Archive uses is Vice, the Versatile Commodore Emulator, that is also available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, and other operating systems.
As far as games are concerned, the archive seems to have most of the popular ones and lots of games that even veteran C-64 games may have never heard about.
To name just a few: Airborne Ranger, The Last Ninja, Bubble Bobble, Castle Wolfenstein, Zak McKraken, Maniac Mansion, Burger Time, The Bard's Tale, Sim City, Summer Games, Little Computer People, Elevator Action, Boulder Dash, or M.U.L.E.
[...] What works considerably well though is to select the C64 Games sub-collection so that only games are displayed. Collections for demos, music disks, diskmags, and other content are available as well.
The archive stores more than 8800 C-64 games at the time of writing. I'm not entirely sure how this works with multi-part games that are listed individually. Whether other game sides -- C-64 games were released on cassette and floppy disks -- are automatically picked up or not is not clear at this time.
Controls are mapped to the keyboard but you may also use a connected joypad. Joypad use is probably the better option when it comes to games as most C-64 games made use of the joystick and the single button that it had.