Added to the lair: 3/21/18
Note: Includes 128 curated C64 games
Year: 1982 - 1993
Platform: Commodore 64
Emulator: CCS64 2.0 (DOS) + DOSBox Daum
Wikipedia: Commodore 64
Are you keeping up with the Commodore?
NOTE: This version is very old. Please visit this page for the latest version. It's undergone many updates and improvements over the years and has a massively expanded library.
When it comes to video games, the C64 is my childhood. My first gaming experience as a 4-year-old kid was with a Tac-2 joystick and this strange, wondrous contraption. It was older than me. My Dad had bought it when he was in the Navy to have something to do in his spare time when he was on board ship (Elite was his game of choice). I don't know where he got it, or who he got it from, but I can only assume he got it cheap because what he ended up with was boxes and boxes full of disks, mostly with hand-made labels, nearly all of which were laden with glorious cracktros. As a child, this was literally a treasure trove of gaming goodness and I owe much of my passion for gaming to those early days, digging through disks and trying out hundreds of different games. My parents said they knew I would be a gamer when I could get further in Bruce Lee at age 4 than they could as adults; Bruce Lee ended up being the first game I ever completed.
What you have here is a curated collection of 128 of my favorite Commodore 64 games. It uses Launchbox, a game collection frontend, as a means for navigating/launching the various games.
At your disposal is a veritable cornucopia of 8-bit goodness, from one of the first (if not the first) examples of survival horror, to medieval fantasy RPGs, to grand space strategy, to platformers, fighters, shmups, and everything in between. There are robots, ninjas, aliens, tanks, demons, and no shortage of badassery. These are worlds that I became completely absorbed in as a child, and I still revisit regularly. I could talk at length about nearly all of them, but since there are so many across such a wide range, I'll just let them speak for themselves.
I'm hesitant to call this "Volume 1" considering how much work went into this, but I have the feeling I'll be putting together another collection in the future...