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Party of One: The Jeff Gerstmann Home Game: C64

Jeff walks through a handful of C64 classics and a couple of C64 "classics."

Who wants a delicious solo stream with your favorite video game personalities? Your table is ready!

Sep. 19 2016

Cast: Jeff

Posted by: Jeff

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The music in some of those games is amazing.

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Don't move that TV Jeff, it's holding the towel up!

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plz stream some slick ouya action next if we're talkin about relics of the past

am ir ight

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This got uploaded fast.

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Nice I grew up playing Commodore 64, (I'm 28 now, I played everything late). Sadly when I moved I couldn't find it nor the games or I would have shipped them to Jeff. Glad to see a dedicated video for commodore especially after that spy vs spy.

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haha where does the dancer dude go at the end of the set? he just will smiths into the floor

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Im actually pretty impressed with the amount of animation, and number of moves in that dance game. Music was pretty sweet too!

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The music in some of those games is amazing.

The SID chip in the C64 was, for its time, really powerful.

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Awesome stuff, really refreshing to see this kind of content. The old computer stuff is underrepresented in games coverage "nowadays"

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KIDD DICK KILLA.

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Only ten minutes in so far, but I have a question: am I crazy for thinking a head spin is crazier than a hand spin?

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These are some of my favorite types of streams.

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I didn't know many people with Nintendo or Sega consoles back in the 80's. Everyone I knew owned a Commodore 64, though.

Brilliant to see it getting some love from Jeff. It's still my favourite system. That library was amazing.

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Wow just realized Flashback and impossible mission are similar in some ways!

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Holy nostalgia... My older brother had a C64 when I was but a wee lad.

I played all of these games.

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@jeff Taking requests? I remember a rad game I think was called "Aztec Challenge" and Barbie was a fairly bizarre game at the time.

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I like these C64 streams. Interesting look into games of the past. Wish some of this stuff were legally available on more modern platforms.

I never had a C64 myself. Mine was an MS-DOS family because of my dad's work. Most of the people I knew had either MS-DOS machines or Apple IIs/Macs. Apple computers generally had better games when I was a very young kid, but of course that changed during the 80s and 90s.

I wonder why I never really saw Commodores or Amigas. I don't really have an explanation since almost everyone I knew had a computer in the home. Nonetheless it is cool to see the games from that era that I never got a chance to play.

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@jeff I'd love to see some Forbidden Forest if you have it. I remember it having some of the best music for a game in that era.

I also love the crazy dance your character did after you beat each level.

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Speaking as someone who is adamantly anti-piracy, it's the crack screens that I'll always remember most about the Commodore 64. I'd be far more tolerant of video game piracy, if the pirates would only put a crack screen at the start with scrolling text and a sick SID beat.

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The very first appearance of D-Dog.

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love these

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I hope some indie dev remake that break dance game, but with silly story of you going street to street on a dance off

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This covers a great deal of my C64 childhood -- <3 you Jeff.

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Oh, at first I thought this was an upload of Jeff's stream from last week.

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holy shit, the C64 had some sweet games. I missed out big time.

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C64 breakdancing game Most Styyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyle 2016 GOTY.

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I thought that first bit of music was gonna be I Can't Wait by Nu Shooz.

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I own Mission Impossible on the Apple IIc. Beat the game once as a kid. Each section (top to bottom like a tower) contains one code to open the elevator which vaporizes you. Each code you receive will fit in one of the 3 columns for the code. The symbols for the code are only available in the safes. Even if you have one for each column it doesn't mean it is the right code. You have to keep searching until you have the correct 3 symbols which allows you to enter the final elevator and brings you to the end of the game.

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I'm not convinced that Breakstreet came out in 1984. It's got to be some dumb promotional thing from Devolver Digital or Adult Swim. Nothing can be that Eighties without a hint of irony. It's impossible.

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We need more good hip hop games.

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I didn't have a C64 as a kid, I had an Amstrad CPC 464 because I'm a communist. I think the C64 had the bigger games collection as it probably sold a lot more than the Amstrad.

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@ronniebarzel said:

@onemanarmyy said:

The music in some of those games is amazing.

The SID chip in the C64 was, for its time, really powerful.

Oh yeah, I've never really played the C64 but I still know Lazy Jones or the Monty games' soundtracks. Partially thanks to Zombie Nation and Machinae Supremacy.

@kevin_cogneto: That's kinda still a thing. Even now some cracking teams (is that the right term?) use custom installers on the PC with music in them. Here's one for Cities Skylines.

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@wandrecanada: I'm the guy who asked for Beyond the Forbidden Forest on the livestream. It bummed me out that Jeff didn't think the game was any good - but I have fond memories of playing that game in my school's computer lab. It was one of the first video games I'd ever played period. Yes, Forbidden Forest 2 on C64; one of the reasons I became a gamer to begin with.

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The bad performance is not a PAL thing. You shouldn't be dropping cycles (which makes the music sound like crap).

Wow, I had no idea about Battle Through Time. Looks like the progenitor(?) to things like Jeep Command, and later, Silkworm.

Would love to see some more Amiga 2-player action on an UPF. "Blood money" is good because you fight over the coins, and of course "Silkworm" which is much easier in 2p IIRC.

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@jeff Really appreciate you taking me/us back to our youth. If you do one of these again, I'd love to see some of the old Lucasfilm games. I clearly remember being terrified by Rescue on Fractalus and scared of the monsters in The Eidolon or cruising around with my dad in Koronis Rift, salvaging old space hulks. I'd almost bet that Ballblazer might still be good enough to pass as a low-tech indie title for pvp couch gaming. Anyway, thanks for doing these and keep up the good work!

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"Impossible Mission 2" > "Impossible Mission".

Play "Creatures", "Project Firestart" and "Nebulus" next time @jeff !

(Edit: aw man, there is a very faithful flash version of "Nebulus" here, complete with the C64 sounds and everything. Cool!)

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I love the C64 and Atari 8-bit vids; keep 'em coming

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Nice to see some C64 appreciation on GB. A lot of ground breaking games appeared on this classic home computer. Beach Head, Epyx Games series, Uridium, Falcon Patrol, Raid over Moscow, Quo Vadis, Super Pipeline.....Fond memories indeed!

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TFW busted on stream playing a cracked game lol

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Only ten minutes in so far, but I have a question: am I crazy for thinking a head spin is crazier than a hand spin?

Sort of, because the hand spin is 10x harder. Center of balance and such, similar to how tough a one-handed push up is, but much harder because you're balancing your whole body with one off-center support - while spinning!

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I loved Impossible Mission. There were only 5 or 6 different base layouts and one of them was much easier to pick up all the puzzle pieces than the others. I soon learned to repeatedly reset, with RESTORE I believe, until I found the 'easy' layout and would then merrily complete the game.

A few years ago on a whim I picked up a plug-and-play CBM64 thing containing Impossible Mission and as luck would have it my first go it gave me the easy run and holy cow if I didn't complete it again 20+ years later.

Not sure if that was a good use of brain space all those years, mind.

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Oh wow, missed that this streamed last night. Great surprise!

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The SID chip is awesome.

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I love these kinds of streams. I must be one of the few people who miss Encyclopedia bombastica, and I know the guys said they're wary of them because of not being informed about a game, but these style videos, the old SNES party-style videos, the CDI stream, and the Old Games Show are some of my favourite GB content.

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TFW busted on stream playing a cracked game lol

For many C64 games the only surviving copies are cracked. Or the only versions that can be ripped into a format usable by emulators, at least. Jeff is running emulators, of course. I got a retail collection of C64 games and most had crack intros.

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I love C64 games. The Commodore was my first game system, so the nostalgia glasses that most people have for Nintendo or Sega, I have for the C64.

My favorite games were GI Joe, Barbarian, Winter Games, The Legend of Blacksilver and Deceptor. Deceptor is probably the one that I remember most fondly, mainly because I watched my brother play it so much, and then I ended up playing it a bunch. It was very cool. You started off as a car/sled and could transform into a plane. When you reached the boss at the end of the level, you would transform into a robot man. It was trying to play off the transforming robot craze for sure, but it did it well. The game was isometric and I thought the graphics were pretty mind blowing at the time. It looked 3D!

Also, the guy who gave you your quest at the beginning looked like someone straight out of He-Man. Long story short, the game was dope.

I also just remembered Time Tunnel, which was a weird game where you were a gnome that was traveling through time to solve puzzles. I remember playing it but not having any idea what to do. :)

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These Jeff solo streams of him playing old, obscure ass C64 games are always the best.