This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Commodore 64, and I love arcade ports, so let’s focus on coin-op conversions for the good ol’ C64, as it’s commonly called. As many of you know, I got my ColecoVision for Christmas in 1982, and that remains one of the greatest days of my gaming life. The console was released in August of that year, and I knew I had to have one as soon as I saw the commercial showing off the incredible faithful Donkey Kong port in action. Also released in August of 1982 was the Commodore 64, which really wasn’t on my radar at the time because we weren’t a “computer family.” My parents had no interest in getting a computer, and I was captivated more by consoles, having played the heck out of the Atari 2600, Odyssey2, and Intellivision at friends’ and family members’ houses countless times leading up to the release of the ColecoVision and me getting my own console.

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Brett Weiss (42 Posts)

A full-time freelance writer, Brett Weiss is the author of the Classic Home Video Games series, The 100 Greatest Console Video Games: 1977-1987, Encyclopedia of KISS, and various other books, including the forthcoming The SNES Omnibus: The Super Nintendo and Its Games, Vol. 1 (A–M). He’s had articles published in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Game Informer, Classic Gamer Magazine, Video Game Trader, Video Game Collector, Filmfax, Fangoria, and AntiqueWeek, among others.  Check him out at www.brettweisswords.com