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2017-03-15 18:13

Registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 141
Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine

Hey guys!

I'm working on a book called "Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine" which is a tribute to the Commodore 64, the people who created it, the people who used it, and the people who still use it today. From a scene perspective, there's going to be photos from various events like the X parties, pixel graphics from the likes of Mermaid, Pal and Mirage plus an in-depth interview with Mr.Z.

Most of the content in the book has already been decided upon, but as I will crowdfund it, there's the possibility of more pages. My plan is if lots of sceners support the book, there will be more scene stuff in those extra pages.

My question to you is, what would you like to see on those pages? What I've been thinking about is a special on cracking and I've also been trying to get hold of Crossbow/Crest for an interview (although he seems to have gone into hiding.)

Please let me know if there's anything you'd like to see in the book and also check out the video teaser I released today: http://bit.ly/2mN3dWl.
2017-03-15 21:42

Registered: Jan 2005
Posts: 334
How about that special feeling that you got when there was a square and flat package in the mail? New demo's/cracks! And checking if your contact sent your stamps back. Mail fraud was definitely a part of the scene.
2017-03-16 00:44

Registered: Jan 2002
Posts: 373
crossbow is regulary posting on the german forum forum64.de under the nick 'roland'.
2017-03-16 11:56

Registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 141
@Compyx: Yeah, I'm thinking of doing something like a 'swappers collage', you know, spread stuff out such as disks, disk notcher(s), TFCIII, swapletters and the typical "stamps back" note, then photograph it and put it on a spread. There will at least be *something* in swapletter-way as I have many of Mr.Z letters and also Inferno/SCC's stuff.

@Acido: Then he's just ignoring me. :) If you're in touch with him, please ask him to answer my email(s).
2017-03-16 14:05

Registered: Apr 2016
Posts: 2
Can't wait to see it released, looks very promising.
Only God know how much I admired (and envied) the LAST NINJA version of MR.Z that I bought in 1987 at NIWA SHOP in Milan, Italy. His version was the perfect one with all the tape stuff transferred on disk. I cracked for my personal use a lot of games but I always failed with the CYBERLOAD protection, my tape loader trojan was detected. :)
I still have that floppy, with the A side full of various games and the B side with the NINJA levels...
Sincerely I have no real suggestions, maybe some words about the pioneers of the italian cracking scene (2703, PIER, etc.) would be great.
2017-03-16 17:23

Registered: Feb 2004
Posts: 141
@Giulio: Thanks for your comments and suggestion!

This one is for you:

"I also enjoyed playing some of my cracked games, even if a few of them were frustratingly hard, even with infinite lives. A real challenge just made me more motivated. The game Frak! was almost impossible; it took me a whole night to complete. Paradroid was very fun and addictive. Delta was entertaining and seemed to go on for ever. Several games by Dave Collier were quite challenging: Terra Cresta was hard, and Green Beret almost drove me insane. Finally, I really liked The Last Ninja, which was perfectly balanced: neither too easy nor too hard." (Mr.Z/Triad)
2017-03-17 07:05

Registered: Apr 2002
Posts: 4239
yeah Green Beret drove me insane with savestates :)
2017-03-17 14:36

Registered: Apr 2016
Posts: 2
Thank you Morpheus! These words from Mr.Z are really appreciated!
2017-03-17 15:53

Registered: Dec 2005
Posts: 182
You should contact dipswitch. He got tons of material (letters, envelopes aso.) from us for his Got Papers project. He also got such material from Honey/1001 and others.
2017-03-17 19:34

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1629
Would be interesting if you added something about the modern C64 cracking scene; attitudes, philosophies, what drives people to preserve the scene etc, compared to the views of the old days.
2017-03-18 17:40

Registered: Apr 2003
Posts: 1335
Yes, and also the scene history preservation projects (first and foremost csdb of course, but many others as well, like intros.c64.org or Jazzcat's mag archive) are certainly of interest - maybe it even motivates some readers to salvage that dusty disk box from the attic and send it over to The Transfer Team. :-)
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