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Download the Commodore 64 Christmas Demo from 1982

Are you waxing nostalgic for the good old Commodore 64 days? Then you will definitely want to have a look at this bit of classic holiday Commodore 64 goodness from 1982.

The CSixty4 blog has uploaded a copy of the original test/demo disk that was shipped to dealers with the Commodore SX-64s for use as an introduction to the computers for customers. Now you can have a copy of your own to enjoy during the holidays!

You can see what it looks like in the screenshot above when we ran it in an emulator on one of our Windows test systems… Very nice.

Want to enjoy the goodness without downloading the disk and an emulator? Then kick back and relax with this terrific video of the demo.

Note: The blog post provides links to different emulators (external websites), but the link for the Pocket 64 one appears to be inactive at this time.

Watch the Video and Download the Demo [via @infmom]

The Commodore SX-64 Christmas demo [YouTube]

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 12/8/11

Comments (8)

  1. 306_kent

    I want it as a screen saver!

  2. Grant

    I had to grab the disk image, but not the emulator. I already have them!. Even better, tonight, I need to go home, put it on a real disk and run it on real original hardware!

  3. sragan5

    The music from the Commodore 64 reminds me of a simplified version of the electronically midi-fied music from Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” from A Clockwork Orange. Who would have thought that the synthesis of classical and computerized music would have brought forth such a beautiful sound. Actually, that’s when my love for computers really started. The possibilities of creating such beauty from a mere machine were mind-blowing. So, to look back again at the machine where those simple notes came from…well all I can say is thank you.

  4. phillip

    This brings me back to my origins of being in the business. I had just started a retail computer store in the early 80s, and we ran this demo constantly during the holiday season(s) back in the 80s. The Commodore 64 was one of our best sellers. We were amazed at the C64 graphics and sound capabilities.

    Thanks for allowing me to reminisce back to a simpler time in my life. It also ages me a bit as well.

    Wonderful memories.

  5. Robert

    The Commodore64 Was My First Computer And I remember This Demo Very Well I Gotta Have it

  6. hugo Shepherd

    OMG! Was it really that bad? :-( Sixteen colours – damn! I also had an Atari and a Sinclair ZX80. Then the Consoles stated coming out which I’ve still got like the SNES, Playstation, Playstation 2 – (with fitted 250gig hard drive) my Playstation 3 with its very large hard drive is the best – and its a Bue-ray drive!. The there was the Gamecube which wore out and I got the Wii which now plays all my gamecube and Wii Games! I have every Zelda Game Incuding the limited Editions – including the latest one for the Wii (Skyward Sword) previously Twilight Princess (with large Book) and of course the Final Fantasy Series from the first one through to FF XIII – really excellent stuff! Cheers!

  7. hugo Shepherd

    Just to add – I’m now a healthy 70 years old, and remeber the days when I got my first fragment of code (Unix) from Plessey (who I worked for) when we were building stuff for NASA’s Gemini Project. Whe the home computer came out we had Gopher, Archie, Arch and the command line with Microsoft DOS 1.1! When Mozilla first started it was with Mosaic – so long ago now… Cheers!

  8. Alex

    In a way, it was much more meaningful and special than to sit at a computer a million times more powerful today. It was those innocent carefree days of the early days of home computing when anything was possible, now gig’s of RAM gigaflops of processing power is passe’ to most.

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