What is C64-Longplays.de all about?

To put it briefly you can download videos of completely played C64 games. All games haven been recorded without trainer or modifications of the original program. There are very few exceptions for games that cannot be completed due to buggy design like Fairlight or Asterix. Despite having collected the necessary items one was unable to finish the game.

Wouldn't you consider your use of save states as cheating?

Our project isn't about competition but about preserving an impression of those old games both in picture and sound. Above all it's aimed at being entertainment and documenting computer games history. As such the use of technical means is in order as long as they don't fudge the game (trainers).

What is the C64 Gamevideo Archive about?

In the early 1980s the C64 was the first affordable home computer to enable virtually anybody to write their own programs and join the market from their own garages. It thus marks the beginning of the computer games era as we know it today. And despite the computer games industry being not as important as the movie industry yet, I still think it's important to record the history of those games to offer outsiders a convenient way to inform themselves about it's roots.

Why is the popular Longplay series being replaced with the Gamevideo Archive?

It simply offers more options. The only reason I was able to continue the Longplay series for that long was Bartman offering lots of free webspace and traffic over the years. Of course, his offer has certain limitations as well so I had to settle for lesser video quality to keep the file sizes down. At Archive.org I can offer videos of much higher quality which would be a shame not to do.

Where can I download those videos?

We'll keep hosting the Longplays. Thanks to Renata Ewing we're able to host the videos on our subdomain at Archive.org. The left part of the page has links to several formats the videos are available in. For your convenience we also have a complete list.

How come some videos aren't linked?

That's because they are still "blacklisted" in Germany. While I consider them to be a document of computer games history rather than advertisment for the games, the german law for the protection of the youth (Jugendschutzgesetz) leaves room for interpretation.

How can I open those rar files?

The rar compression format is superior to Zip, you can get a free tool to unpack them for almost any OS at Rarlabs.

The videos won't play back. What do I do?

Download the free DivX Codec at Divx.com.

I've seen some people sell your videos!

This is a completely non-commercial project so if you've paid for any of our videos you've been ripped off! Please send a link so it can be verified. Some people already brought the videogames magazine "Maniac", the company Magnussoft and Don Chaos' Internetshop to my attention who offered some of our videos. They had contacted me in advance and do so with my consent as long as they do it at cost price.

I find those player flashes during the videos rather annoying!

So do I! However, there've been various occasions of portals recycling our videos - even with commercial intent - while trying to cloud the issue of where they got them from. Of course I do like to see our videos getting spread and watched since that's their whole point. It should be also clear however that I do not want anyone to make money of our hard work nor to deny credit where it is due.

How come we still haven't got an english forum?

Frankly, because my english sucks! That would make me a very bad mod on the forum and if it weren't for Moon's translations we wouldn't even have an english version of these pages.

I'm pretty good at a game so I'd like to submit a video. What do I do?

Thanks to the WinVice history feature that's pretty simple. Our tutorial will tell you how to do it; once you've recorded it, please send me the file and I'll do the video. However, check out our guide first. Let me stress this again: there's no point in just rushing through a game! It has to look good and this can be a lot of work. Like I said before, I like to think of the Gamevideo Archive as some kind of documentary on computer games history. And if any documentary does not convey it's message in an interesting way I'm getting bored and turn off the telly.