Learn all about your new Commodore 64 computer

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A two hour celebration of the C64, from its birth year of 1982. (Thanks, UPSO!)

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Play this video at your next party. Don't ask questions.

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I want the playlist for this weird video.

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1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic revisited

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"Satanic Panic over Dungeons & Dragons" is one of my favorite genres of journalism, and Eric Grundhauser's article about it is a goodun, with all the right YouTube clips.

By 1984, fantasy roleplaying had evolved from thretening the innocent minds of America’s youth to threatening their eternal salvation. Religious mini-comic author Jack Chick published one of his “Chick Tracts”—those extreme religious comic book pamphlets you find on the bus—about the issue, tying fantasy roleplaying directly to the occult. Called Dark Dungeons, the thin pamphlet tells the story of Debbie, a young woman who gets seduced by a witchy dungeon master who teaches her to embrace evil through the game. Through the course of the story, Debbie uses a “mind bondage” spell on her father to get spending money and finds the body of a friend who committed suicide after losing her game character.

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The Simpsons vs. Miami Vice and 1980s glitzy TV

From Sunday night's upcoming episode "Teenage Mutant Milk-Caused Hurdles." Last week, our sister site "Doing Doing" was mentioned on the show, so you just know The Simpsons are still relevant!

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Watch the ultimate 5-minute 1980s nostalgia video

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A video remix of Flock of Seagulls's I Ran and a whole bunch of NTSC-haloed TV ads, uploaded to youtube by g1MisterBo, The 80s.mp4 features much that is good and very little that is bad about that decade. [via r/videos]

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Interview with creator of the Internet K Hole, a fantastic blog of found 1980s photos

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Ritual interviewed Bronwyn, the woman behind the [NSFW] Internet K Hole, a "deep and vast collection of found and collected photographs from the late '70s, '80s and early '90s."

Where abouts do you collect these images from? Garage sales? Second hand shops? Or do you scour the internet for them?

I’d say 75% of the photos I find on the internet and then 25% are from flea markets/my own family/submissions. I haven’t had much luck with flea markets lately, all of the photos seem to be from the 40s-70s and I much more prefer photos from the 80s and 90s.

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What Reddit could have looked like in the 1980s

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Remember back in the day, when you could dial in to Reddit on your 2400 baud modem and read AMAs by President Reagan and Madonna?

WATCH: How to be a totally awesome 80s model

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The Found Footage Festival has unearthed a 1980s-era modeling instructional video so tubular "you'll probably watch it several times over before you understand it all completely." Read the rest

Supercut of 80s movies' computer hacking

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A phone slams into an acoustic coupler on the desk. Screeching beeping sounds. Two people sitting side-by-side in front of a computer. One is a socially awkward nerd. The other is cooler, but dumber.

The nerd types something really fast on the keyboard. A rotating Necker cube appears on the green monochrome monitor. SECTOR-INFILTRATE SEQUENCE INITIATED. We see rapidly scrolling strings of hexadecimals reflected in the nerd's wireframe glasses.

“YES! We're in.”

They stop scrolling, and begin to disintegrate, and are replaced by a jolly roger. "HA HA HA!" it says, lower jaw cycling.

"We're in," says the nerd, grinning. "How did you do that!?" interrobangs the cool person. Enjoy this supercut of computer hacking scenes from the 1980s.

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Trump to the Future: “Back to the Future” + Donald Trump parody video

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“Contrary to popular belief, the 2015 Donald Trump presidential campaign actually extends all the way back to 1985.” Read the rest

Jumping Jacks for Jesus: a most excellent '80s TV workout program

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A Christian exercise program from the 1980s in which a Southern lady promises to exercise your soul, as well as your behind. Read the rest

Stop-motion music video makes terrible 80's media formats wonderful again

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The video for DJ Opiuo's Quack Fat was animated by Jonathan Chong. It involved dozens of floppies, hundreds of cassettes, and thousands of feet of tape. [Vimeo] Read the rest

WATCH: Tacky 1980s sci-fi and fantasy opening credits

YouTuber RwDt09, aficionado of all things tasteless, curated this remarkable collection of tacky opening credits for 1980s sci-fi and fantasy TV series. Included on the list: Read the rest

Molly Ringwald and her 10-year-old watch The Breakfast Club

Molly Ringwald's ten-year-old daughter wanted to watch The Breakfast Club (1985) with her mom; This American Life sent them a tape recorder and the resulting story is funny, nostalgic, and quite touching. Read the rest

Fake CGI always looked cooler than the real thing

Neil Emmett writes about fake computer graphics, as so often found in 1980s sci-fi movies and TV productions that were as inexpensive as they were ahead of their time.
Primitive digital imagery has had something of a resurgence across the past decade or so, to the point where pastiches of 8-bit pixel graphics have found their way into mainstream productions such as Wreck-It Ralph. Perhaps it is time that the animators and digital artists of today rediscovered the lesser-known cousin of this aesthetic: the strange world of pseudo-CGI.
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Power Glove's Tumblr of 1980s vidgame/tech/action movies/etc.

Musical group Power Glove have a fun Tumblr of ads and images that would be right at home decorating a teenage boy's school locker in 1984 or so. Power Glove Tumblr Read the rest

Behold the grim future of a 1980s boombox ad

The city of the future is imprisoned by feathered mullets, dry ice, and the synthesized orchestral hits that result when anyone opens their eyes. [↚ @joeljohnson] Read the rest

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