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kynrek
13-11-11, 07:59
I can't believe how much I've been finding lately. So about a month ago I saw a c64 at a store for 100 and I decided to wait and someone else picked it up. Today I walk in and find a boxed vic20 for $15! The manager seemed pretty unhappy that someone marked for 15 but I snagged it right away! I figured if captan Kirk calls it the wonder computer of the 1980s it must be good enough for me!

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tcv
13-11-11, 08:13
The (presumed) original KMart tag is a great touch!

indieseoul
13-11-11, 09:21
Awesome find! Looks like its brand new. Have you taken it for a spin yet?

kynrek
13-11-11, 10:10
Not yet, I can't wait! We're having a birthday party for my wife (just about the only thing that possibly delay me from trying it) will my 1541-ii drive work with it? I am trying to learn how to load my saved basic programs and edit them.

DragoonMog
17-01-12, 02:59
There is a Vic 20 with box at a local thrift store for $25. Been there for months. I have been looking at it everytime I go. Never owned one back in the day so it does not really hold any nostalgia for me. I have been wanting to add a C64 to my collection, but I sorta hate to leave that Vic 20 sitting there. It's pretty rare that I find vintage computer stuff in my area. Think I should get it guys or should I hold out for a C64 when I find a decent priced one? Does not have any software with it. Is getting the good games for this computer pricey?

GameGavel
17-01-12, 03:05
Nice score. There have been tons of pretty cheap games for the Vic on eBay. Go get'em :)

BydoEmpire73
17-01-12, 04:34
That's fantastic, congrats. I've been keeping my eyes open for a Vic-20 for months now. I want to play Shamus!

miner2049er
17-01-12, 07:58
You could do that on a C64.

Just sayin'

PFL
12-04-12, 09:13
Necro-bump @ Kynrek:

Have you managed to try out your Vic yet? Got any good games?

I love the model you have. That sexy gold badge was never on any of the models over here in Blighty. I had to buy a NTSC one from the States and swap the guts over with my PAL one!

Great computer, great games. I actually prefer it to the C64 for gaming. The games are simple but they load so much quicker on the Datasette than the C64's 'sophisticated' games. I don't need none of your fancy new C64 hardwares to enjoy me some mighty fun games!

As an aside, I highly recommend Omega Race, Gridrunner, Demon Attack and Cosmic Cruncher. They're all available on carts easily and cheaply. :)

Oh, and some of the newer homebrew stuff is great too. Blue Star and Omega Fury spring to mind...

DragoonMog
12-04-12, 11:32
The only game I have picked up for my Vic-20 is Omega Race, and I really like it. The way the score box is in the center and you zoom around in circles is really fun and different.

I am having sound problems, but I think I just need a proper cable. The rf box that came with it looks homemade. All I get is distortion noises. I am using an old magnavox tube tv as a monitor. The video is fine. Any suggestions?

GameGavel
13-04-12, 12:21
And you can play this on the Game Boy Color, too :)


That's fantastic, congrats. I've been keeping my eyes open for a Vic-20 for months now. I want to play Shamus!

kynrek
13-04-12, 01:53
I actually have 2 VIC-20s now but only one of them works. The second one I picked up came with a stack of games I'll have to take a picture and post it when I get home. I haven't had time to play with it yet though.

retroshaun
13-04-12, 06:17
Omega Race is a great game and the Vic had a very good version IIRC. I fired up my OR arcade cab the other day for the first time in ages and its pretty awesome, and very tough!

PFL
13-04-12, 08:23
The only game I have picked up for my Vic-20 is Omega Race, and I really like it. The way the score box is in the center and you zoom around in circles is really fun and different.

I am having sound problems, but I think I just need a proper cable. The rf box that came with it looks homemade. All I get is distortion noises. I am using an old magnavox tube tv as a monitor. The video is fine. Any suggestions?

Personally, I'd ditch the RF box and buy a composite cable. The picture is ten times better than the Vic's RF output and you can have the choice of hooking the audio up to a hifi.

Vic RF boxes are pernickity beasts but the composite cable just plugs straight into the post no hassles. They're pretty cheap and common eBay and you can even use a C64 one but make sure it's not the RGB one as the Vic can't output in RGB. If I remember it's a 5 pin DIN connector you're looking for. :)

PFL
13-04-12, 08:25
Omega Race is a great game and the Vic had a very good version IIRC. I fired up my OR arcade cab the other day for the first time in ages and its pretty awesome, and very tough!


The Vic version is the best IMHO. There are a few games like that. Shamus, OR and Gridrunner are just 3 that play better and faster on the Vic over the C64. The lower resolution but same clock speed is a big factor there. :)

I've never play OR on a real arcade machine. In fact, I've never even seen the real thing! I'm sure it's gorgeous though - gotta love those vector graphics!

DragoonMog
15-05-12, 04:41
Personally, I'd ditch the RF box and buy a composite cable. The picture is ten times better than the Vic's RF output and you can have the choice of hooking the audio up to a hifi.

Vic RF boxes are pernickity beasts but the composite cable just plugs straight into the post no hassles. They're pretty cheap and common eBay and you can even use a C64 one but make sure it's not the RGB one as the Vic can't output in RGB. If I remember it's a 5 pin DIN connector you're looking for. :)

I got a new cable, and at first I got nothing. After reading posts on some other forums and deciphering their technical explanations, I finally got it to work. A 5pin to RCA (Yellow, White, Red) works, but Yellow will not always be the Video. On mine Red was Video and Yellow was audio. Now I have a clear picture and the sound is nice and clear.

DragoonMog
05-07-13, 10:24
Local place just got a bunch of Vic-20 stuff in and I picked up a few things:

Cassette Drive ( Now I can play more than cartridge games!)

Cassette with V-Trap, Sub Hunt, and Bounce Out

Cassette with Blue Meanies

Shamus Cart

Cosmic Cruncher Cart

Planet of Zoom Cart

The Count (Scott Adams text adventure!) on Cart

There are a few more cart games I may go back for.

Had to learn how to load programs from tape. Did not own these computers back in the day, so that was a new thing for me. The first computer we owned had windows 95 on it.

retroshaun
06-07-13, 02:26
I have the arcade cab of Omega Race! Great game and a great version on the Vic too. Vic20 was my first computer so it still holds a lot of great gaming memories for me. I have mine back in the UK but have been looking for a decent priced one here for ages to no avail. I picked up the Mega Cart for it ages ago and still not had a chance to try it out :(