Peter Otto, Mathias Mertens, Enno Coners
The Commodore 64 was a big part of life for many of us during the 80's. This book is a visual flashback to a magical time. There was still a lot of experimentation and testing going on in computer game development. The programmers of those days compensated for the poor graphics and CPU performance of the home computers of the time with creativity and craftsmanship. The selection of the games is of course very subjective and depends on the experiences of the authors in the years 1982-1989. 'We apologize for any great programs that the reader may miss here and hope we can bring back memories of one or two.'
When the C64 moved into our home, this machine seemed as if she had come to us directly from the Enterprise from the endless expanses of the universe. The children's room became the command center. Letting space gliders hover over planet surfaces, shooting down enemy capsules, picking up people from the ground was our dearest wish. Asteroids had to be smashed, the sister rescued from a nightmare, enemy tanks shot down in the terrain. We fought our way through MULE, Elite and Bard's Tale. We tinkered and gambled without instructions, without the original and without help, until the head and joystick smoked in a duet. We were leather-neck gamers, joystick athletes, proud never givers and always-the-credits-watchers.
Mission 64 is a journey through time through 113 C64 games from 1982 to 1989, accompanied by texts by Mathias Mertens.