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(mouseover this on right joystick to scroll-enable text with mousewheel on right joystick)Last Entry on the list : Todbereit by Triad (4gente strikes again, impressive resumé there, we thought it was a new member but whats new :p 2021 seems to be fairly young to enter and disrupt so ALL HAIL PRAISE BE !) - we decided to keep a playlist instead of just the "one vid" that last caught our eyes on the old machine that never died. Its far from complete b/c we'll try to retro-engineer it (luol) and keep it chronological somewhat, ALL HAIL PRAISE BE, to another 100 years ! (checking it out actually we would like to advise adblock since it seems that even on lowtraffic vids like these you get 2 ads interrupting your demo-experience ... its not always convenient (for instance our BANK website wont work with adblock on (what gives??) and just a word of advice ... we dont lay down the law xept if we find you in the garden at night ... :) )
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(mouseover this on right joystick to scroll-enable text with mousewheel on right joystick - RGN 2023 march roundup - manual switch still, been busy oohstringy on the bubblegum galaxy introstyle program - which is not64 at all so ... well if anything is proof the old machine never died : Retro Gamer Nation hits the nail bullseye again - games, art, demos sids ... - - all stuff by JoG by JoG,other stuff by respective mentioned ceople
2022 08 25
well somewhat, after this and that and a lot of sorting and sifting, we need to add the fact that faith in humanity has shifted by -2 + 3 to a more positive balance, everything arrived and the guys from poland mailed us and we should get the psu any day now. If we can run all demoze and games on it to test all chips (faster than writing a whole program to poke every byte in the machine supposedly) , a few things like we are all connected and some tek like amanita or monumentum will probably check all registers (figuratively b/c there's only three actual registers, we noez that much) and then we have a working machine. Question remains if the sd-drive handles irq loaders but we'll find out soon enough. SO ... they guy proved to be reliable tho a bit loose with the handling. all good then :) if the polish site comes thru we'll list it here as tried and tested (but not sponsored by ofcourse) and reliable. If ever we get more hardware same thing. Safe to say trustpilot doesnt have too many on ancient c64 periphery and even so, how trustworthy is trustpilot in 2022 ??
bloggertje-blog(groetsochtens de dingen),2022 08 22 Since we're here . 30 years after they killed the kid into a ghost somewhere deep in Janes Ondergrond (introvert needs curing) a relic found its way back to the old haunted house "rose white" on the hill (where the addams family has always lived). In the weirdest week.
The previous ones never made it, the last one was a fully refurbished and utterly clean piece which got taken before we could scrape the money together. This one got sent after "some heen en weer" tho ...on the weirdest day of the weirdest week. The t&t keps shoving upward for delivery time. The guy stands here around 4pm at my door, doesnt get out, i go outside and tik the window just as he starts driving (didnt get out). He gets out, barely speaks english (no flemish at all), i guess they dont have much choice considering the job and thats what the plaque means when it says "now hiring people who show up".
So he opens the van, it looks like ... back when the boy had his bedroom searched while not home by bored cops without a warrant because in soviet helgium "if they say you did it, you probably did it!" (never forget that sight when i came home and also how much i trusted the addamses after that, they didnt even ask ...) irrelevant. So im already thinking, omg that things gonna be broken. The guy succeeds in explaining im number 30 on the list and he'l be back between 8 and 9pm (so i wonder again why he shows up in the first place) and i say OKAY ! GREAT ! (geweildeg!) (what else would i say, like UNLOAD THE VAN NOW ! or something?)
which ofcourse didnt happen. And as turned out the guy i bought it from i messaged to say he would have to wait on his review until i had and tested it, apparently didnt include the SD-drive i paid sep on paypal (call it what you will) he was gonna send that separately. (so there we knew one thing already). So at 10pm (the hour of no more mail by DPD and the likes) i lock the fence and at 1am night my cat wakes us from the abyss into the ondergrond (the only one allowed to do that) and somehow leads me to the window and lo and behold. A cardboard box ... dumped over the locked fence JUST AS IT STARTS TO RAIN
LUCKY?scoot outside, pick it up, open, unpack unwrap, connect ... and there's strike two : the psu has a bent pin, and here's yours truly who explicitly asked to test it at least one last time before sending it ... in our logic, unless the delivery guy opêned the box, unwrapped the plastic, bent the pin IN the connector, put it all back, wrapped it neatly and put the tape on the box exactly where it was ... that means the sender didnt test it (we have strange logic sometimmes)
bent pins arent the end of the world until broken so even a lamer-electronicker like that guy in ondergrond who wants to learn it b/c he is voiceless atm, probably a remnant from Drill ... and so, as the video shows that went. So we write a small basic program that tests at least vic1 (or zero depending on your semantic preference) and the color ram. The datasette wouldnt work at first, the motor wouldnt run, then reconnecting it, it does, but the two tapes provided do nothing but "found program" and load until the end. After that we didnt dare to keep it on with all the horror stories on original psu's and that thing being 40 years old or something close.
and SO ... we disconnected and put it in a cool dry place as they say. After all, a relic of ancient religions that was imbued with the power to change the world should be treated with respect. And up the cables we went. Found some polish site claiming to sell handmade, replacable-component-fully-repairable psus that fit and protect the thing from frying. Which we are waiting for but they gave two weeks "cuz '22" so we dont know until we'll have it.
Then the SD-drive, which still isnt here, apparently got sent last friday, and when we ask "where's the tracking number" the guy goes "o but i sent it without"
then we take five and go like "..." (we asked THREE times ...)
and say "okay!" how long do you think that will take (we essentially dont believe he sent it b/c all humans are shyte until proven otherwise but there's no other option that to wait the standard period there) - threatening to send columbian deathsquads over two packs of cigarettes worth (we quit smoknig long ago, woke up one day and realized we hadnt for like ten days without thinking and said, ... "okay!") is probably counterproductive and pointless anyway.
And thats the status. The main point was "OMG goattracker sid tunes sound different in 3 different players and vice" , what does it sound like on real hw ? (and also we always wanted one back since the kid - there just a lot of life between that)
so b/c there's no tracking number the options are : 1) wait at the door until possibly next friday or 2) leave it floating outside - since we dont trust anything but bills to stay in the mailbox unattended (for some reason i never heard of someones bills getting taken) - that is THAT !
there you go, rich boy, and we dont even want it to put in a glass box in the back of the basement while doing youtube videos "talking about it" :) (no offense ofcourse, everyone has THEIR hobbies)
we'll keep you informed, if those polish guys come through we can at least test it with basic b/c we can leave it on without fear of fried green tomatoes
o well but yea, we DO appreciate the guy taking the effort to still deliver at 23:00, but we came to understand it says nowhere on his little shiftbox "40 year old electro : do NOT drop over fence unattended" - alls well that ends well as for the vendor. Its been a while since we secondhanded, maybe even since when we were lame enough to have an xbox (though we hush ourselves with the idea that "THAT WAS BECAUSE YOU CAN HACK IT" ... that thing, for all the billions miCrotter has ... like a small stove where the mainbord frumbles up under the heat so bad the pins in the chips dislodge (the red ring of death) so to fix that, you actually have to void the warranty, screw it open remove the fans and heatconductur plastic thingy (the bit that moves the air to the part where you could use it to fry eggs) and then just LET IT overheat until the board gets so soft the pins fall back in place ... if miCrotter werent a poor company id think they think the whole world is homer simpson, but they admitted the ps outsold them ... otherwise windows would have memory leaks after 30 years (sucks being poor). and since we didnt, maybe its "normal" to handle second hand this way but we're not used to that. If we explicitly ask and then ask 3 times for tracking and offer to pay extra if need be the vendor goes "itsnot needed" and we can guess wether or if its gonna be here anywhere between now and seven days later (ofcourse, the front door is our favourite spot)... its just not what we're used to, right ? we're too oldskool for that.
so , if the polish psu arrives : YAY !, if that SD-drive arrives on top, YAY excelsior ... if that thing can run the irq-loader we mashed up from cadavres explanations to use with the game, EVEN BETTER ! =) (never knew the 1541 had its own RAM until i read that rant)
bloggertje-blog groet smiddags de dingen, met de heat heat heat en vissertje vis
? ... ofcourse we didnt patch that xbox, that would be un-ethical towards a poor company like that ... it would never have crossed our minds to do so , i mean, a company thats SO poor they have to leave out the cooling system and put in something that looks like one, just to make ends meet on a global sale ... you dont wanna hurt those people, right ?
we sold it - when tekken and dark souls were on pc ... and euhm , we WONT buy another one just cuz satellius steals ARK2 and will release the "console optimized version" for pc once enough xbox copies have been sold, too bad, we really wanted to see that but since its console optimized down from a game with 40+ keyboard shortcuts played with a mouse for quick 270degree turning or that raptor eats you, we have our ... ideas on the matter
yea, so : steam deck ? GREAT CONCEPT, for rich kids but nonetheless : do what thou wilst, in the 80s it could have been the next c64, now its "buy now, get one in '25 .. maybe they havent build dry nukeplants by then yet and the sun hasnt melted, who knows", xbox ? ps5 ? warner brothers sues your babysister for cosplaying emma ? nnnaaah, we're too old for that ...
and THAT ? we got that a lot, but we just sound like jack sparrow on vid, sober as fuck there, darksouls-honour -nnyyeaah ... we noez ... but true des ... wish we had the honey like jack sparrow , ehj ? savvy ?
2022 08 22 : fixed up the scraper into the tenton-Whackacton edtion-that-works offline (but it should), to pick the right vid, even if not added to the playlist on RGN. After we make our first billion on crypto we will put it on cathub tho email is possible if someone wants it - you'll have to clean it yourself tho ... once it works we is hard pressed to turn it into python...its webdev so it likely wont work next year anymore anyway so all that woowa booha seems like a waste of time. What should be still is putting out the vids with thumbnails so the site is third party cookless by default. Once you click "on youtube" its YOUR panties ... we dont hold them. (we dont track anything but snailmail on any of the sites so far ...) so you can click the vid but the pic will be put to click and after you click the pic the vid will load. At least it should give the most recent RGN roundup, YAY RGN ! GREAT WORK WE LOVE YOUR WORK ! (hope to get featured by 2030 in some kind of "meh, good for one play" moment sometime :) we dont write to impress, we do this because we heart the c64 ever since the kid. ATM we're waiting for a polish PSU b/c we finally found a hard one and dont wanna fry it while testing if all chips are in place and working ... if anything, demos will probably not be released to parties but games seem more like a contribution towards keeping the legend alive (its not excluded though, if a horde of harem groupies comes begging at our door to get a SceneId we just might). Otherwise we do this cuz (andjust cuz) we wanna and thats it. Got nothing to prove ...
u-huh, but des yo ? you write a routine in the 1980s and run it on a box today, it does exactly that. You did something on geocities, today it might get you dumped in totter-foxjail with or without FBI investigations and crash the internet while crying I HAVE TEN TON YELLOW ERRORS IN THE CONSOLE THAT WILL BREAK IT IN A FEW MONTHS ANYWAY (whats left of it) ... the only thing in the universe that didnt suffer from entropy : writing / code , but they "fixed that" (like they fixed the planet) ... right, its clearly bedtime, de peuter wordt lasteg and you cant have Jane without the ondergrond (not just a doompatrol metafor) ... still have plenty, sprite multiplexing, sprites outside borders, FLIEeee and the finer things but mostly "a game" should be doable tho the first one will be closer to hilsfar than it would wizardry maelstrom (all things pending) and unlike the unigine visualisation of the world might be ready before 2150.
REJOICE ! (we dont do64 all the time, we also do ... *******off to intrentp*** between the dishes and the laundry) so if the site doesnt update daily, maybe you should give us a million :)
KEEP THE LEGEND GOING, it must bust Crotters balls thinking about it ... i mean even the companies are long gone ... while at the same time the nightmarish scenario for Satellius of sheep and cows still gaming on an xbox 360 in 2030 comes to mind :)
i see the men in black drive by, if i say the C-word one more time im sure the candyman will appear too ...
right then ... we should have a ... sizelimit to the containers here probably (it scrolls after all)
Featured Petscii or Gfx :
by ZeroMathematics (ZeroDesign)
basic code here :
what does it matter unless someone sends us a hard machine ?
made with Petmate - - we are under the assumption that even Fairlight uses crosassemblers from a pc today so petmate will probably only be heresy to hour-zero purists (who cares btw) not sure if the code got completely exported there but will check, will also host it on the server but pâstebin will do fine for now , this pastebin paste expires in one year - one funfact : the animated gif, even at 320x200 is over 100kb, it wouldnt even fit in a hard-machine ... but the .bas isnt .... "how quaint this computer-thing" - so still even now, if you start at the age of 8 or 9 with commodore basic and pets you might have coding and design waiting later ... unbeatable after 40 years, DES !
not sure - but if we ever it would have to be something like heart of the maelstrom or apshai but you know that internet connectivity ... "city of LCP 64" or Apshai-mmo ... you know but you know ... there's thousands of ppl with more knowledge on the subject and maybe one or two with a bit more skill too (hah hah) ... and yass but u-huh , we dont really work well with others unless its our harem in chains. You know, an opensource project but b/c of decades of abscence no clue on how many hard machines and how many soft ones b/c its probably easier to get some supergeek to whip up a virtual vice2ip modem than to get some other supergeek whip up a circuitboard to slot into an elder brown box and as such also and as we have nothing to prove its just hypothetical thinking. First of all ZD and SE want to try and whip this into an actual 320x200 / 40x25 page to simulate commoder webpages ... probably upscaled otherwise its gonna be hard to read on a 4K screen ... but that way the pixelratio would be there. Its "in gedanken" mate - not to beat alphabet with bezos money - just thinking ... city of LCP would always have been cool since 1980s , so would Apshai-mmo ... although you probably get a lot more loners with scenoids the connectivity online still stays. If you had city of LCP in the form of a j/cRPG with landplots to build your own base with materials gotten from playing i bet there would be some players if its a free to download that runs on vice with a virtual vice2ip modem ... i mean, people make demoez ... how would that be for a demo (lulz yes?) gud ... is playing elden ring ... not doing alleycat.be - - - shoulda known this thing would draw in.
We would like to dedicate this site to a game everyone's forgotten about - - - ... also , .. this is not CML ofcourse - but we'll try to make it look like to get a feel for it, obviously embedded youtube vids wont be happening as such without extensive moddling , which atm is above our braingrade. Why ? why do you demoze ? ah, to WIN ? well we dont ... we cuz ... ... yea, we cuz, thats about it i think. Akshully this 8px sized font in the 320*2 window is already half too small to be real unless we draw a C-webfont for use thats 4x4 px on the actual machine .. we think thats gonna be "abit" hard to keep it readable.
in the meantime this thing looks "abit" different than it did a day ago - SSssa s'gaaa ZeroDesign for ya'(we dont write jeponese sadly ... thats b/c you wouldnt let us get to the other side of the planet) and closer to a 64-fren site, we SHOULD be playing elden ring, but forgot the magnetism of doing something that has 64 in it hahah ... okay then ... thats enough for one day ... ah , we saw that raised eyebrow ... for the moment consider the scrollbar to be in the borderless zone, that makes it pixelperfect a-ok :) ... 384*2 + 320*2 inside (it gets a bit small at 320*200 on a 4k screen next to this old one here ... )
the "ultimate c64 talk" - so commodore basic was developed by miCrotter ... i learned something today
frend64, with nothing to prove, dont look to hard into it, theres nothing here unless you're interested in programming a virtual cartridge to connect vice2ip b/c we are personally too broke to get our hands on a real machine and we doubt c64toIp cartridges will be the next big thing (to connect http or async http to lighttpd or apache servers that is - since life is going nowhere, we are in NO hurry to get there