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New Keys for your Commodore
19.05.2015
Written by JTR

We play games with a joystick – or the keyboard!
For the latter there could be a neat new enhancement sooon:
newly produced keyboard caps for your C64 – and the best thing is, you may chose the colour!
That would then fit well with the newly produced computer cases we already reported on.
The project still needs more supporters and there are only 9 days left – so if you want to support it, click here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brand-new-colored-keycaps-for-your-commodore-c64–2


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Jobs at Protovision
17.05.2015
Written by JTR

Protovision needs you!

intro3Protovision is not really a company. We’re a bunch of enthusiasts and everything we do is without pay and we we do it just because we love the Commodore 64 computer.
WHAT? We don’t earn money!? We must be totally crazy! True, true… and we would be delighted if YOU would be just as crazy and join us!!

What do we need?

Social Media Master
A social media master carries the black belt for social media communication. Whenever there is something to say, he kicks the news out hard against all kinds of social platforms.

Your profile:

  • you like to post to facebook and twitter, and maybe more (depends on you)
  • you like to communicate on the net

Your tasks:

  • We throw news at you and you publish them to at least FB, but in the best case also twitter or any blogs or forums you like. If we write the news in a lame way, you may polish them up, and you will compile the news until we have a big enough pile for a newsletter. You always know what will be in the next newsletter, because you own it.
  • You hunt down other cool sites/users with a quest to LIKE them or to ask them to crosslink with us.
  • In case we have smashing news, i.e. a new cool game is out, you contact review sites or mags and inform them about the game and its features.

Translator
A translator does, well, translate!

Your profile:

  • you are fluent in English and German
  • you keep your promises

Your tasks:

  • any kind of German-English or English-German translations. We have small tasks like translating emails or news, but we also have bigger tasks like translating an entire game or manual.

Layouter/Graphician
A layouter puts together manuals, adverts or cover designs.

Your profile:

  • you can handle desktop publishing programs, preferably InDesign
  • you keep your promises
  • you know how to provide documents that a printer can use for, well, printing them!

Your tasks:

  • you do the layout for our game manuals and you handle the design of the game boxes. Any graphics needed for the game boxes may be provided either by you or by others, and you need to put them together.
  • from time to time, you also put together an advert that we’d either print somewhere or it might appear at a big screen on a party or whatever.
  • you handle the communication with printing houses and deliver in a format they can easily use (i.e. PDF with CMYK colours in a reasonable resolution)

C64 Graphician
A C64 graphician is a pixel artist and loves to play around with bitmaps, chars and sprites.

Your profile:

  • You know what a pixel is and you are not afraid to use it

Your tasks:

  • you make our games looks wonderful: ingame graphics are usually in charset mode, title pictures usually multicolour bitmap, and we also neeeeeeed sprites.

C64 Coder
Our coders are all busy bees working on their own projects. However, we a) want more projects and b) we have some unfinished games from people who gave them to us in the hope we might finish them up one day, but nobody has has the time to care about these fine games. Apart from game projects, we sometimes also do demos or collections or so. All this needs to be coded. By C64 coders. In case you want to distribute your game via Protovision (and in case we want that, too), we will finance all production costs and you will earn money from every copy sold. You’ll receive whatever is left when we deduct taxes, PayPal fees, production costs and 3 Euros that we take for general other costs. It’s up to you if and how you will further distribute the money within your dev team.

Your profile:

  • You know what an opcode is any you are not afraid to use it in cycles.

Your tasks:

  • game coding
  • any kind of coding

Website developer
A website devver helps us overhaul our web page, i.e. set up a CMS, help with designing the pages. We would also like to launch a new page but we lack the resources.

Your profile:

  • you know html, preferable also php
  • you’re not afraid to design a page

Your tasks:

  • keep the shop system up to date
  • design web sites and pages
  • modernize our main page from time to time

Hunter
A hunter hunts heads or tails. Heads: a hunter helps us to find people who could fulfill any of the above roles. Tails: We are of course always in search for cool new C64 soft- & hardware, so you may want to help us find new C64 products that would fit in with our online store. However, quality trumps quantity. We are not interested in SEUCKs or low quality games in general, we only want to offer what we think it worth the money.

Your profile:

  • you are a hunter

Your tasks:

  • you hunt

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…as you can see, there are plenty of very different tasks that are impatiently waiting for you to fulfill them! So if you WANT to help us, you can. Yes you can.


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Scene news: Reset Magazine #6 released with Blocks&Monsters download
05.04.2015
Written by Poison

The new issue of Reset Magazine, the free of charge magazine, offers again a bunch of interesting articles around the C64 and games.

As an example, there is an in-depth look behind the scenes of Donkey Kong Junior and Robert Caporetto takes a look at the 2014 edition of the RGCD 16kb cartridge game competition.

Once you’re through with reading the magazine, go to your C64 and grab the Reset magazine’s “Mix-i-disk“, because J&F Publishing and Protovision have released Blocks&Monsters now as freeware!

Blocks is a typical puzzle game in the style of Joshua (a little similar to Sokoban) with great design and a brilliant soundtrack and monsters is a nice pac man clone.

The download is all free and for now available only and exclusively through the Reset Magazine homepage. Have fun! 😉

Reset Magazine Issue 6


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Scene news: Protovision supports Back in Time Live 2015 as corporate sponsor
29.03.2015
Written by Poison

Back in Time Live Brighton 2015

Following the success of the kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, a real Commodore C64 oriented live concert will be held on June 20, 2015. At this time the city of Brighton will turn into a mekka for all audiophile C64 friends.

Prior to the concert itself you might come to meet a few musical C64 legends like Ben Daglish, Chris Hülsbeck or Matt Gray in one of the surrounding pubs for a cold beer. :-)

And yes, there are still tickets available at c64audio.com


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Scene news: Honey Bee – Enhanced Version – progress update by TND
28.03.2015
Written by Poison

After the 16KB cartridge version of Honey Bee Redux was released (ranked #15 at RGCD Cartridge Competition 2014), Richard/TND is now working on a enhanced version of Honey Bee. This enhanced version will consist of a loading picture, high score table, a better new front end presentation, intro sequence, outro sequence, a bonus stage and maybe more.

By the way: Protovision’s musical maestro Joachim Wijnhoven (Yogibear) composed the thumping soundtrack and Protovision’s pixel artist Johan Janssen (JSL) created a stylish logo and a wonderful picture for the enhanced version of Honey Bee.

Keep watching TND’s blog to find out what happens next. :-)

honey bee


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Scene news: new reading matter for dirty weather
05.03.2015
Written by Poison

It’s still uncomfortable, windy and cold outside – the ideal wheather to take a short walk to a kiosk around the corner, get a hot coffee to go along with the current issue #33 of Retro magazine, and, back at home, sip the hot brew and enjoy a well-written review of Leisure Suit Leo 2.

retro magazin 33

When you’re done sipping and reading Retro magazine from front to back, it’s time to turn on your 64 and load Scene World #24. The current issue of the popular English disk magazine offers some comprehensive articles including an interview with none other than Volker Rust, who writes about his beginnings on the C64 and the upcoming blockbusters from Out of Order Softworks (spoilers ahead! :-) ).

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For more reading matter, visit our press section.


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Scene news: Karibik (C64 Music Remix by Eco)
07.01.2015
Written by Poison

C64 Adventure Leisure Suit Leo

Eco (Raik Picheta) is one of the musicians for the game Leisure Suit Leo 2.
One of this tunes is called ‘Karibik’ and he has released an remix of this tune in October 2014. Listen and rate it here: http://www.remix64.com/track/eco/karibik/

Don’t forget to listen to the original either: http://remix.kwed.org/sid.php/5301/Karibik%20(subtune%201).sid

Beach


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