The game "Danger Zone"

The game “Danger Zone”!

I’ve just recently found out that TMR of the opposition blog C64 Crap Debunk has started writing his own original posts instead of just debunks of my posts, so this must be opposed! No mercy will be shown!

In his post “Code Notes – Planet Invasion” on TMR presents a video of a C64 demo, which was produced in 1987. This was about two years after I was pushed to the verge of a nervous breakdown by Commodore BASIC V2, then gave up on the Commodore 64 completely. TMR doesn’t present any evidence that this group started programming the C64 in 1984 or 1985. After I gave up and sold my Commodore 64, some other books and software may have been released to make it slightly easier to program the C64, although of course these were probably all third party books and software, not released by Commodore, the culprits who caused the C64 to be so f*ckin’ difficult to program in the first place.

Hello World in C54 Assembler

How to print “Hello World” in C64 Assembler.

TMR presents the demo “Planet Invasion” by a group called “The Harlow Cracking Service”, as seen in the video . I assume this group was from Harlow, Essex, northeast of Greater London.

Of course, as you may have already guessed, in his post about this demo, TMR doesn’t give a flowchart or list even one Machine Code/Assembly Language, or Commodore BASIC V2 instruction showing how this demo was programmed, so that means he doesn’t actually explain how to program this or a similar demo at all. I think the whole demo would start by opening a graphics screen, but it may only be using character graphics and sprites, so that’s how confusing his post is.

A video of the demo “Planet Invasion”

To cap it all “The Harlow Cracking Service” stole some music by Rob Hubbard, probably because they couldn’t write their own music. I think this was because there are no commands to produce music on Commodore BASIC V2 as used on the C64, so this helped prevent the group from getting used to writing simple little tunes, which would have got them started., They did produce another demo called “The Mad Music Demo” , but on that demo it seems all the music was programmed by Ben Dalglish,, a prolific games music musician who doesn’t seem to have been a member of their group, so they may have stolen his music as well. They also produced a game called “Danger Zone”, also with music by Ben Dalglish.

At the end of the day, the whole situation was caused by Jack Tramiel, whose experiences in concentration camps during WWII had caused him to take the attitude “Business is war!” This made him too mean to pay Microsoft $3 per computer sold for BASIC, let alone the slightly higher price this may have increased to later on.

Of course, the C64 could have been sold in different versions at different prices, one with up to date Microsoft BASIC, one with the crappy Commodore BASIC V2, and one without BASIC. This, with some accompanying notices that the up to date Microsoft BASIC on the most expensive model couldn’t be used to write software for the other two models could have alerted me and other unsuspecting buyers to steer well clear of the Commodore 64!

Unfortunately, I’ve had some technical problems with my camera phone as well as my compact digital camera, but I hope to make another post during the next week, which will be the next instalment in the series “Oh That Would Be Very Difficult!”, so look forward to that.

Posted September 1, 2015 by C64hater in Uncategorized

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