HDN Posted November 13, 2020 Report Share Posted November 13, 2020 Here I am again with another "Adventures" thread. I plan to update this frequently like I do my "Harry's Adventures in 7800 Collecting" topic. And look at that-- when I tried to type a quotations symbol for that last sentence, I accidentally typed an @. Yup. I'm learning BASIC on my new Commodore 64. Well, not actually. I don't have a C64 (yet), but if you've been following my posts you would notice that I have been adding a bunch of new emulators to my Nintendo Wii. Since then, I've also modded the "Virtual Wii" mode that's on the Wii U. So now I have two emulation devices: one downstairs in the Game Room (the Vader-Wii), and one upstairs in the (Game)Room (the Wii U). Anyways, we had an old USB keyboard that nobody had used in years since we got rid of our desktop around 2014. I decided to get a Commodore 64 emulator going on it. Ever since learning a lot about vintage computers (and Commodore specifically) from The 8-Bit Guy YouTube channel back in 2018, I had always wanted to learn BASIC. It's just so cool! I tried getting emulators in the past, but none worked on my stupid Windows Vista laptop. I had even considered picking up BASIC Programming on 2600. I'm very glad I have this new emulator. So far, I haven't loaded up any games on the SD card for the Commodore 64. The emulator is a port of the "Frodo" emulator for the Wii, and it seems to have an option for full 1541 disk drive emulation on it, as well as saving to it. I wonder if there was a way I could get the image for a blank floppy disk and save some of my BASIC programs to it. Before we get to my first BASIC experience, let's talk about the keyboard I'm using. It's USB as previously mentioned, and has a modern layout. Not great for C64 typing, I found. Lots of the characters are in very foreign spots compared to what I'm used to. The ( symbol, for instance, is SHIFT and 8 instead of SHIFT and 9. What's more, + and - are flip-flopped. I tinkered with the emulator for a few hours and eventually got used to it, but now that I'm back to the normal layout while making this post, I'm having problems. On the plus side, the Arrow Keys act as cursors instead of those stupid ones on the OG Commodore 64. Overall, the keyboard isn't bad at all, just something you need to get used to. I'm having fun learning BASIC, too. It reminds me a lot of Scratch, but with text. Last night, I spent a few hours typing up a Bowling program from the classic book "101 BASIC Computer Games". I bet a lot of you remembered that one. I never got "Harrison's Funky-Ass Bowling" to work right (I don't think it was meant for C64 BASIC), but I did learn a few valuable commands, like some variables and whatnot. I think I'll type another program up on my new "computer" tonight. Oh, I love the Wii U so much. I'll defend that thing until the day I die. It's a great system. In the future, once I get the BASICs (get it?) of the Commodore 64 down, I hope to get some other vintage computer emulators on my Wii and Wii U. There are quite a few available; I'm most interested in getting the Apple II one and Atari 8-bit one. But the 64 is where I'm starting my adventure. I'm kind of bummed that there's no VIC-20 or TRS-80 computer emulators for the system; I'd pick the VIC over the 64 for a starting computer. But this is fine. Anyways, that's where I am in my other adventure right now. I have some questions for you all: What Commodore 64 games would you recommend I load onto my card and try out? Do you have any good BASIC games or programs I could type out that will be cool/fun and help me to understand the language better? What "computer" should I get next? What games should I try out for it? Did they port Temple of Rom to any system besides the TRS-80? Would you like to see a "Harry's Adventures in Wii Hacking" thread? Can someone please help me stop pressing @ when I want a "? Thanks for reading my thread! I expect to update this frequently whenever I experience something new that relates to the topic. Take care. Marco1019, socrates63 and RickR 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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