Retro Computers | Commodore and Atari

Retro Computers

Watching this Commodore 64 compete against a modern Macbook Pro brings back old memories. I can’t even tell you how much I loved my Commodore 64. I love the simplicity of the retro computers and operating systems. I almost wish I could go back 30 years, just to experience the ride again.

Even gaming was a lot more fun 30 years ago. My first gaming console was the Atari 2600. The reason it was so much fun is because before that time there was no such thing as computer games. So even the most basic games gave hours and even weeks of fun.

I spent countless hours of my childhood on retro computers: The Atari 2600, then the Commodore 64, then the Amiga 500.

Memorable games on the Atari 2600

..and I am 100% going from memory, I didn’t look these up.

Spider Fighter
Asteroids
Adventure
Frogger
Spiderman
Enduro

Memorable Games on the Commodore 64

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego
Montezuma’s Revenge
Street Fighter

Memorable Games on the Amiga 500

The Last Ninja,
Stunt Car Racer
Super Cars
Flashback
Sid Meiers’s Civilization

The games just got better and better. I actually didn’t get my first PC until around 1998, so I arrived on the PC and the “World Wide Web”, the “Internet Superhighway” (yes we used to call the Internet those dorky terms, lol) until quite late.

But the era of the good old retro computers had passed and I finally got a PC, I became very curious about how web pages were built. I started to spend a lot less time playing games and more time doing something productive. I literally taught myself how to code HTML by viewing the sources of existing web pages, modify the code and pasting it into web text documents (saved as .html) on a small subdomain website that I got with my ISP. I never looked back. 20+ years later I am still coding websites. I’m a lot better at it nowadays tough.

However, I did still play games on the PC, but my gaming time became limited once I became.. you know, lol, an actual adult.

Memorable Games on the PC

I continued playing all new versions Sid Meier’s Civilization pretty much exclusively, for many years; when I had the time, which has become less and less as my adulthood continues to get into the way. I pretty much stopped playing games at all around 2010 or so. I might have played the odd afternoon every 3 months up until around 2015 until I realised I had stuff to do and couldn’t enjoy the games. I now have a policy of never starting or trying any new games, because I just don’t have the time. I’ve still got stuff to do. I grew up, unfortunately. I have responsibilities, so I don’t play games anymore; but believe me, when I was a kid, I had square eyes!

The Internet

I also spent a lot of time on Cybertown. I really miss that place. They were onto something. If I ever become rich, I am going to try to buy the rights and make a modern iteration of it. They were REALLY onto something.

Then of course, I also spent a lot of time playing with IRC (mIRC) and chatrooms. Then video chatting became popular so I hung out at places like Stickam. I was actually a very late Facebook adopter, but I eventually created an account — but even to this day I still don’t like Facebook. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love that I can chat with family, but I hate the way it operates. I wish my family would follow me onto other platforms and websites — but they won’t. They’re chained to Facebook. I think Facebook ruined the Internet.

Everyone used to have their own little websites, web-rings and hangouts, etc. The internet was full of corny gif images. A larger percentage of people knew basic HTML. People hung out on chat rooms and forums. The internet was a lot more fun up until about 10 years ago (2010 or so). Now all most people know how to do is click on a thumb, before they scroll to find abother thumb to click on.

Everyone is being corralled into massive digital ghettos such as Twitter, Facebook and even YouTube — which are actually pretty dull and very restrictive environments. The Internet is just no fun anymore. Have you had a look at the Trending Page on YouTube lately? It’s a ABOMINATION! Why don’t they just rename that page to “CURATED” (for NPC’s). Talk about Idiocracy. It’s an absolute disgrace. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

Idiocracy

So these days, I spend my time trying to carve out a corner of the Internet that’s still fun, with my 12+ blogs which you can find listen on TriOrbit.com. Mastedon and PeerTube instance, and memberships with an array of alternative social media accounts.