Get your 80's era game groove on

Jason Shellen
22 years ago · 1 min read


If you and I were friends in the early to mid eighties then you were either a) the kid that supplied me with cracked floppies of the latest games for the Commodore 64 or b) liked Duran Duran or c) knew more BASIC than I did. I was a bit obsessed with computers. In fact Dad worked for Commodore computers for a while. One day he came home with a boat load of joysticks, software and AtariSoft cartridge games for the C64. Taylor and I thought we had died and gone to heaven. Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man, Moon Patrol, Pole Position, Centipede and more... they were all in the box! An arcade had landed in my dining room.

I don't really play, or have much time for, video games anymore. I don't have a console system. I have a couple of PC CD's of driving games and standard shoot 'em up stuff but nothing comes quite as close to the real excitement of jumping over those craters in Moon Patrol or releasing the oil slick in Spyhunter. If you sold your Commodore at a garage sale like I did a few years ago you can now rekindle the old flame. Download a C64 emulator at Computer Brains and a few games (disk images) at's : Area64 or try The emulators are much better than they were a few years ago and are even being updated regularly. Now if you will excuse me I need to see if I can still finish the final mission in Raid over Moscow.