"You have summoned an elemental" The good ol' days of gaming...

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C64It was really just a side question of this post on Rory’s blog having nothing to do with the main topic (some blather about Jury duty bla bla bla). For 50 bonus points, the question was what game featured the quote “You have summoned an elemental”?

My winning answer was Archon, thus securing the 50 pts redeemable for fame, fortune, and street cred. Interestingly enough, the question summoned a swarm of geeks reminiscing about the good ol’ days of gaming on the Commodore 64 in the comments section.

For good reason, Archon was a joy to play. I loved that game back in the day. It was pure fun. Technically, I didn’t play it on a Commodore 64. I had a Commodore 128, which I know is the same thing really, but it was a larger number and it had some funky CP/M mode that did nothing for me. In any case, in the comments of that post, I found that there’s a remake effort for Archon. Awesome! It’s interesting to see that there’s a thriving C64 retro gaming community with a C64 emulator to support the cause.

As can be seen by such communities, the C64 inspired huge loyalty among its fans back in the day which is still going strong. Heck even I joined in the computer worship with my C64 formatter for Rss Bandit. Of course once I upgraded to the Amiga 500, my Commodore 128 turned into a large paperweight. At that point I was a slave to Speedball, Pirates!, and the Bard’s Tale. Not to mention the Ultima and Phantasie series.

Ah, I miss the good ol’ days of gaming. They weren’t the good ol’ days because the games were much better necessarily (though many were quite good). Rather, they were the good ol’ days because I had this thing called “time” to actually play them.

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    Niels November 23rd, 2004

    HAHA! I loved that game too. My brother and I would play that game for hours on our Commodore 128. That's too funny that we both had a C128. I also owned an Amiga.

    When I was in college we had a group of Amiga users that all hung out with each other. Yes we were nerds but us Commodore dudes stuck together. Then one day everything stopped for the Amiga and I realized I better learn a new OS besides the Amiga. The dream that everyone was going to use the Amiga was over! There used to be this Amiga store right by the college and we would go down there once a month and hang out and dream of owning the Amiga 5000!

    I found that program that emulated the Commodore 64 a few years ago. Man did that bring back the memories. Remember when you had to type RUN and then the program name!!

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    Haacked November 24th, 2004

    Oh yeah... And swapping out floppies to play a game.