Right now, I envy people living in NTSC-land. The Commodore 64 DTV is the reincarnation of the Commodore 64, bundled inside the sturdiest joystick of the era, containing 30 classic C64 titles (although, there are some missing). Some of the notable titles are:
* Summer Games
* Winter Games
* Pitstop 1 & 2
* Impossible Mission 1 & 2
* Speedball (Which I actually know better from the Amiga era).
As for the joystick the C64 DTV is based on, I believe it was sold under quite a few different names, one being Kempston Competition Pro 5000. It was always able to take some heavy-duty abuse while playing Daley Thompson’s Decathlon (which is sadly absent from this version).
The Competition Pro Joystick was also able to take some heavy-duty abuse when someone went ballistic because they lost. I distinctly remember both me and the neighbor kid jumping on it, throwing it around, trying to break it. We were totally unable to. My own joysticks were still alive when I sold my Amiga in 1993-1994, and for all I know, they may still be working.
As for the C64 DTV, I only know that I want a couple of them as soon as the PAL version ships. Why do I want more than one? Well, there are already some “impressive hacks”:http://www.rant-central.com/nudge-nudge/s-video for it, adding S-Video, keyboard and disk interface, and I want to apply more than one of these hacks. Then I want a few to give away. I have a three-year old son, and what better way to introduce him to gaming than with classic 8-bit games.
Right now, the “C64DTV is $19.99 at Amazon.com.”:http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000701CSM/ref=ase_virtuelvis-20/103-0228572-9614238?v=glance&s=videogames – at that price, it’s actually cheaper than the joysticks were back in the eighties.
And when we Europeans get lucky, my hopes are that they’ll produce a ZX Spectrum version as well. Preferably with Saboteur on it.
Commodore 64 DTV
Posted by Arve on 2005-03-07