The C64 Preservation Project

The Commodore 64 was a very important machine to many current computer users. That is why I am glad that projects like the The C64 Preservation Project exists. Their goal is to archive pristine versions of original Commodore 64 software, including copy protection. A secondary goal and benefit of this will be to catalog and document all the different copy protection methods used. This information will be used to improve emulation, as well as allow remastering of the software onto new disks for you to enjoy on the real thing.

Naturally this is not an easy task, so stop by and see what you can do to help.

The C64 Preservation Project

Commodore 64


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6 thoughts on “The C64 Preservation Project

  1. Thank goodness for this. There’s plenty of history in the Commodore 64. Glad they have chosen to archive it. Hope they do something about the website though… it’s awful looking…

  2. JF says:

    I cut my programming teeth on my C64. Thanks to my folks taking the plunge and getting a computer when i was a kid. I know we didn’t have a lot of $ when I was young; sometimes I wonder how much they paid… was this like buying an iPad in 2010? equiv of $500? (okay okay I know it’s an insult to the c64 to compare it to an iPad, but…, not to mention the fact that I doubt parents today buy iPads to let their kids use.)

  3. Ugly American says:

    Ah, the C64 – every machine came with programming information and schematics.

    Today’s content delivery devices come with DMCA notices, threats of lawsuits and monthly fees.

    Where will the next generation of programmers and electronics engineers come from? From some country that isn’t dominated by innovation crushing mega-corps.

  4. JF says:

    Any recommendations from you Retroists about a C64-equivalent to get for a 9 year old in this grand old year of 2010? I’ve started him on Microsofts Small Basic, it’s not too bad. Anything else you all recommend? hardware or software?

  5. JF says:

    @Retroist – Wow. thatnks for the info! I looked at scratch a while back, but I didn’t realize they had a PC version! (or maybe they didn’t have it yet?) but they seem to now!

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