The Commodore 64 Loading Screens That Made Us Players

By Matt Hill on at

With Elite Dangerous currently grabbing VR headset-engorged eyeballs the world over, we've gone all technologically contrary and are nabbing some retro time with the C64 original. So this new, crowd-funded Commodore 64: a visual Commpendium (see what they did?) has thudded on to our coffee table with spectacular timing.

Kickstarted to the tune of $35,000 back in March, this nostalgic tome reminds us of the days when waiting patiently staring at a loading screen was a joy rather than a chore, and is littered with comment from such development luminaries as Ron "Monkey Island" Gilbert and Archer "Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker" MacLean (Yes, we know he did IK+, but back then we were all about the chalk.)

Most importantly, it has more pixelated but perfect loading screens than you can throw a cassette at…


Commodore 64: a visual Commpendium is out October 3rd from Bitmap Books at Funstock for a not too shabby 25 quid. What do you mean you had a Spectrum?