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Zork I,ii,iii, ?

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ok my fellow millennium fans, i couldnt find a topic to address video game questions so i thought this might be the next best thing, here is a strange one. for any of you in my age range you my remember the old Commodore 64 computer, i probably spent the latter part of 2-3 years parked in front of mine when they first came out circa de 1983-4, most of the time spent happily trudging the wonderful world of Zork I,II,III, so my question, now that im old enough to have forgotten all the adventures, does anyone know of a pc maker that makes a version of the old zork games that are compatible for windows xp? ive looked at several versions on amazon, other sites and all seem to be specifically non compliant with xp, they are all for windows 95,98 or ME, ive tried using compatiblity wizard but no luck in any way shape or form, does anyone know where i might get a working version or download them from somewhere???? thanks everyone who is willing to show their age on this one..lol...Gunslinger

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I remember those! I think you would need to get a C64 emulater. Try Google for that.

I understand most games are available for it now. 'Text adventures' were brilliant, they had you using your imagination like you do when you read a book!

Good luck!

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I remember those! I think you would need to get a C64 emulater. Try Google for that.

I understand most games are available for it now. 'Text adventures' were brilliant, they had you using your imagination like you do when you read a book!

Good luck!

oh yeah, they were awesome, i used to get into zork to the point i would not remember my mom coming in and putting meals in front of me to eat, since i kept my grades up at school, my folks pretty much let me run rampant on my computer which translated to lots and lots of hours chasing the wizard of frobozz although most of time i was eaten by a grue :death: thanks

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I remember those! I think you would need to get a C64 emulater. Try Google for that.

I understand most games are available for it now. 'Text adventures' were brilliant, they had you using your imagination like you do when you read a book!

Good luck!

Very well done Old Man...i was going to respond last night but i could not for the life of me remember "emulator". At present, thats the only way to play the old classics, but Gunslinger, my good friend, why live in the past. Right now, if you have the pc to run it, you have to get F.E.A.R - (First Encounter Assault Recon) - its the hottest game out right now. Its a cross between the Matrix and The Ring, and is guaranteed to send chills up your spine...

Fourth Horseman..

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Very well done Old Man...i was going to respond last night but i could not for the life of me remember "emulator". At present, thats the only way to play the old classics, but Gunslinger, my good friend, why live in the past. Right now, if you have the pc to run it, you have to get F.E.A.R - (First Encounter Assault Recon) - its the hottest game out right now. Its a cross between the Matrix and The Ring, and is guaranteed to send chills up your spine...

Fourth Horseman..

ill check that one out, never heard of it, but i dont get to best buy as often as i would like anymore, sounds cool, ill check into it, thank you sir:)

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The firefights in that game are supposed to be excellent according to PC Format.

I played the demo, it was very eerie!

Here's a great site:

http://www.zzap64.co.uk/c64/c64emulators.html

I remember buying ZZap64 magazine with my pocket money! It was amazing! Looks weird looking at the screen shots of those old games. International Karate was brilliant! Haven't graphics moved on? Compare that to Far Cry!

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no doubt, but ya know those "sprite" graphics might make a comeback someday.........ok maybe not.lol but they are fun to look at and play, did you ever play c64 game called "pirates?" it came on a data cassette, remember those? completely enthralling game, downside is it took no kidding, about 40 mins to load the game, tape had to run all the way through, then if you locked the game up or accidentally turned the game off, well so sorry, another 40 mins. it was very cool though, making treaties, challenging the governor of colonies to sword duels, attacking colonies from the harbor, upgrading ships by taking them over, a game could go on indefinitely, if i remember correctly, you started as a "swashbuckler" but could retire your character as a "commodore" or a "grand marshall", make alliances, havent really ever seen a pirate genre game that good in a long time but would love to have one for the pc, anyway, im rambling as usual, i did finally come across a really cool c64 emulator, so its off to the land of frobozz to fight the evil grue:) thank old man.

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I remember Pirates but I'm not sure if I played it or not. I think I did.

It may have been this one:

http://www.mobygames.com/game/sid-meiers-pirates

which is available for the PC, in fact a new version came out earlier this year, I remember the ads.

I remember that tape cassette drive and loading games, you had fiddle with the tracking to load them sometimes and then when you did you had to change the tracking back to reload other software! I bought the massive breeze block size Floppy Drive which cost an incredible £235! Sweet Jesus!

C64combo.jpg

(Image from http://oldcomputers.net/c64.html)

I had it for a Birthday present to speed up loading games and my Dad bought me Monty Mole (on 5.25" Floppy Disc) to go with it which had great graphics (for the time) and brilliant gameplay. The floppy drive still took ages to laod but it was quicker than that damn tape recorder!

Maniac Mansion was one of my fav games as well as Paradroid, Bubble Bobble, Winter Games, Ghostbusters and loads more. Ah so much pleasure with just 64k of ram!

I learnt how to program Basic on that old C64 and then bought a book on Assembly Language and a Compiler/Decompiler program. I learnt how to create software in Machine Code via Assembly Language and after being driven insane with jealousy viewing those fantastic demos with 100's of bouncing sprites that appeared even in the border, I finaly figured out how to do it. You had to make use of the screen raster and put the sprite within each refresh of the screen. I thought I was a programming genius!

Then the Amiga came out and I lost interest in programming becasue it seemed so complicated and different being a 16bit computer. Great times when I was about 14!

I do recall making a recipe database for a local baker as a school project. He got the program, I got the certificate but he never bought a computer to run it!

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AWESOME PIC OLD MAN, wow, that picture brings back a bunch of memories, the old 1541 disk drive, and yes winter games was one of my absolute favorites, broke in a lot of joysticks on that game, star wars was another, remember rolling out and dropping into the "attack run" on the death star, geezzzz, gives me goose bumps just thinking abou playing that old game, i really wish i hadnt got rid of mine, i know the emulators do all of the work, but there would be something very cool about loading up winter games and taking if for a spin..lol

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LOL! Yeah Winter Games! My favourites were the Hot Dog and the Biathlon (I think it was called where you had to shoot targets then ski!).

I also recall rubbing all the skin off the inside of my thumb and painfull blisters whilst waggling the joystick from left to right in that Decathon game, what was his name Daley or something?

There is something very odd about seeing that 2 tone blue screen again!

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