What is The GB64 Collection?
The GB64 Collection is a collaboration of efforts from a group of like-minded
C64 enthusiasts. In its simplest term, it is a database of C64 games,
but dig under the cover and you will find the most complete and accurate
archive of C64 game information that has ever been compiled. Currently
the collection has more than 15000 individual game entries, but still
it is growing as rare games are being found and added to it all the time.
The GB64 Team is constantly working on the database,
adding new games and gathering more information on existing games.
The GB64 Collection is presented in both offline and online
formats. The offline version is available
for download to use with the GameBase Frontend,
while the online version is right here on GB64.com,
and comes with a versatile search engine. You are able to easily search
the whole collection by Game Name, Publisher, Programmer, Genre, Musician,
Cracking Group and much more! Multiple screenshots per game are also online
to help your memory.
The GB64 Team are aware that there are numerous versions of many of the
C64 games available on the web and in individuals' collections, and since
the project began we have made every effort to catalogue only the *best*
found versions of these games, i.e. versions with multiple trainers, highscore-savers,
loading/title-pics, included docs etc. Where possible, and where necessary,
we have merged different game-versions into one new version for the collection.
At this point it would help to explain what we mean when
we say 'we check' a game: -
a) We load it up and scan it for the information that
needs to be added to Gamebase's database fields (that is programmer's
name, mucisian's name etc.)
b) We play it a little bit in order to check if it looks
OK, doen't crash etc.
This along with checking the game's files for bad sectors
etc when copying them to fresh D64 or T64 images, is our only possible
quality-check. With this we want to point out that when we say 'checked'
we don't mean checking it in every possible way. We wouldn’t have been
able to release GB64 if we had to make every check possible to each game
we included, especially if you consider that some games, for example RPGs,
need months in order to be checked properly.
Now that the collection is released, however, we rely
on you, the GB64 user, to report any bug/defection you notice in the games
you play. We will then check the information you submit and, if found
to be valid, will add it to the relevant field of the game concerned.
This way everyone will be aware of a faulty game version and will be able
to help us with locating an okay copy for our next update.
The GB64 CD
When important bugs/changes have been made to the
database and frontend, we plan to release an "Official Gamebase CD". This
will have the updated GameBase frontend, GB64 database, screenshots, extras
and a few special surprises not available from the web. As for the actual
games, well, although the C64 computer and all its games have been commercially
dead for over a decade, the GB64 Team has no plans to distribute any “games”
CD due to copyright reasons. It has fallen to our attention that the games
have become available on some C64 FTP sites in the filename format under
which they are stored in gamebase -- (and many other sites offer them
in a different filename format). If persons wish to make a CD for the
games and distribute it, as has been done numerous times with the various
collections that float around, it's up to them -- the GB64 team will not
be encouraging nor distributing such a CD.
- The Gamebase Team