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Harry Potter goes Ivy

If you haven’t read the Harry Potter series yet, don’t bother until you can get “credit” for it (as in college credit). 

 Check it out – Harry Potter novels make the Yale curriculum.


Jen, Sheraden

Geek Teen Alert: Guitar Hero on the Commodore 64

Hey teens! Have you caught the 8-bit retro madness of the chiptune craze?   The people at SyntheticDreams have managed to make your dreams come true: Guitar Hero on the Commodore 64.

The FREE Shredz64 project lets you hook up your guitar controller and play along with a huge user repository of .sid files, which are music files designed to be played on the Commodore 64 system. These range anywhere from NES games to cheesy 80s hits.

If your parents still have one of these dinosaurs lying around the office (and I know some of you do), then you and some adventurous friends can breathe new life into the old system. If you don’t, here’s your chance to delve into the wonderful world of emulation. Here’s what you need:

  • A downloaded copy of Shredz64.
  • Commodore 64 emulator. Your computer can simulate the C64 environment, opening up your computers to a whole host of fun, independently-designed games. PC users can check out CCS64, while Macs have Power64. For Shredz64, what matters is that your emulator can emulate paddles. Commodore 64 emulation can occasionally be tricky, so make sure you read the documentation.
  • Playstation to USB adapter. This will let you hook up your Guitar Hero controller to the computer. The Stepmania site currently has a great guide to finding the one that will work for you.

After a couple of mouse clicks and text commands, you’ll be all set. Have fun, and be sure to check out the demo on Youtube!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main – Teen

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