Monday, January 30, 2006
I finally beat Richard Petty!
I like to play computer games.
This started back in the early '80s when I saved up my money and bought a Commodore 64, an early version of a personal computer. It opened me up to many things, including computer programing, skills which I still build on today (like this website), but it also allowed me to play computer games.
I am not ashamed to say, I still like to play, and I occaisionally go out and purchase a new game to play, but those times are few and far between since being married (among other things). I am very fortunate to have a wonderful, and understanding wife who puts up with this childish behavior.
The main reason I don't buy new games to play so much lately, is that I have a hard time breaking myself away from them once I start enjoying a new one, and it becomes a drag on my other responsibilities (i.e. building a house). So it's been almost a year since I've purchased a new game.
I have still played some of my old ones this last year of course. Then a few weeks ago, I did a bit of research, and discovered that many of my old Commodore 64 games have been available for free to play on the internet. Awesum! I found a couple I could remember owning, and playing, downloaded them quick (these used to take forever to load on the old diskettes.... PLAY "WINTERGAMES II", 8 and two minutes later your finally getting to the torch lighting scene, now they only take a second!)
I have to say I've been very disappointed with the majority of my old games... finding them quite simple, and relatively easy to beat... but then I found Richard Petty's Talladega!
This game was one of the first games I had that was on diskette (I had cartridges and taped games before, which were all real basic games, diskette games had some depth, better visiuals and music) I raced Richard Petty for years, and I never beat him. The graphics were kinda silly, the racing wasn't that great, but it was real hard to complete a 30 lap race without crashing. I used to be so careful trying to pass cars, and most importantly, pass Richard Petty, but the closest I came was I think 2nd or 3rd once, and that was it.
Well, it took me a week here, but I've finally beat him. In the pic above, you can see him and I duking it out in the turn, he's number 43, I'm the blue car.
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