The 5 Best Online Places To Find Commodore 64 ROM’s

The Commodore 64 is remembered for beloved titles like Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders and Pirates! Released in 1982, the Commodore 64 is the highest-selling single computer model of all time. 

Many people have fond memories of spending Saturday afternoons playing the Commodore 64. Whether you’re someone revisiting their favorite childhood form of entertainment or a younger person exploring retro titles for the first time, it’s hard to find a Commodore 64 in the wild—but you can find ROMs.

These are the best online places to find Commodore 64 ROMs.

A Note About ROMS

Before you begin exploring and downloading Commodore 64 ROMS, double check the laws regarding emulation in your country. Using ROMs is illegal in many places. Even where ROMs are not illegal, they tend to be a gray area where the law is not completely clear. 

We at Online Tech Tips are not a legal firm and we cannot offer legal recommendation on the use of ROMs. As a result, we are not responsible for any legal trouble that comes about as a result of using ROMs.

The Best Places To Find Commodore 64 ROMs

Finding ROMs can be tough, especially after the ROM purge of 2018. Many of the biggest ROM sites shut down or removed the vast majority of their titles. Unless you already had a ROM library (or know someone that does), tracking down reliable ROMs can be difficult. 

Luckily, we found a few sites that have a lot of Commodore 64 ROMs to pick from.

C64.com

C64.com is one of, if not the biggest, fansites anywhere on the web. You can find huge amounts of content related to the Commodore 64 on a site that channels mid-90s web design in a way that is both nostalgic and charming. 

There are articles about the system, interviews with developers, and much more. There are also hundreds of ROMs to choose from, as well as a list of the top 50 downloads if you aren’t sure which game to try out first.

CoolRom.com

CoolRom.com is a well-known outlet for finding Commodore 64 ROMs, and anyone with experience in the emulation scene has likely heard of the site. CoolRoms.com doesn’t have resources and articles like C64.com does; instead, it’s a much more straightforward ROM site. You can search by the first letter of the title, by the name of the game, or peruse the top 50 most downloaded games for the Commodore 64. 

There are also tutorials on downloading and launching ROMs to help users figure out the technical aspects of emulation.  

EmuParadise

Despite what its name may suggest, EmuParadise is not a site for breeding large birds. It is, however, a fantastic resource for Commodore 64 ROMs. You can sort ROMs by the first letter of their title, by genre, or by user rating and downloads. 

There are a total of 1,683 titles available for download. You can also find magazines, comics, guides, and much more. If you’re interested, you can also find video game music for download.

EmuRom.net

EmuRom.net is another site that’s all about the ROMs with little to no other resources. However, it’s a great place for finding Commodore 64 ROMs. It has literally thousands of different ROMs available—according to the site, 24,970. 

Some of those ROMs might be duplicates or in other languages, however, so be wary of that. You can search by ROM name, region, and sort by date, size of file, popularity, or name.

Romsmania

Romsmania is yet another outlet for finding Commodore 64 ROMs, but it has one feature that sets it apart: you can immediately see the number of times a title has been downloaded, as well as its rating. 

You can sort the list of titles by rating and by download number. You can also sort by role playing and action and search by the title of the game.

Best Commodore 64 Emulators

Finding the best-quality ROM is important, but you also need a reliable platform to play it on. There are multiple options for Commodore 64 emulators, but the most popular and widely-regarded option is VICE, or the Versatile Commodore Emulator. VICE runs on Unix, Windows, and macOS systems and allows you to replay your favorite games from the Commodore 64 era with ease. The latest release is from December 24, 2019.

Remember, using an emulator and/or downloading ROMs may not be legal—but if you are looking for the easiest way to experience your favorite titles from the Commodore 64 without finding a working machine, then emulation is the best way to go.

What are your favorite games for the Commodore 64? Do you prefer emulation or the real thing? Let us know in the comments below.

The 5 Top Nintendo Switch Games

The Nintendo Switch console just had its third birthday at the time of writing and is still going strong. With nearly 50 million units sold, it is already more popular than the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, widely considered to be one of Nintendo’s best consoles ever made. 

This massive success and incredibly large install base means that the Switch has also become a hot platform for game developers. Featuring both last-generation ports, current generation multi-platform games and a healthy number of exclusives, the Switch has so many worthwhile games that culling some sort of list highlighting the best ones is essentially impossible. 

Yet, that’s exactly what we have to do, because as a (presumably) new Switch owner looking to start your library out strong it can be hard to know which titles are absolutely worthy of your money.

Here we’ve tried to include a good mix of game genres and have not excluded games from consideration because they also exist on other platforms. If a game is on the Switch and is (in our opinion) one of the best games on the platform, it’s eligible to feature here. So here are the 5 top Nintendo Switch games.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is both a major departure from Zelda games before and also somewhat of a return to the roots of the series when it comes to the sense of adventure and wonder. Just about everyone seems to agree that BotW is a must-play game for every Switch owner.

Not only is it utterly beautiful, not only does it provide hundreds of hours in an open world, it also tells an epic story of a broken world in need of a hero and offers some truly unique emergent gameplay. 

The BotW world feels alive and unpredictable. You really can play it your way, with many puzzles using the physics rules in ways the developers never imagined. Here’s the bottom line: if you love open worlds, fantasy adventure and incredibly fun gameplay and exploration, you should already be playing this.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

The Fire Emblem series of turn-based strategy role playing games has always had a hardcore, dedicated fanbase. These games were especially known for having permanent character death. If one of your unique characters dies in a battle – that’s it.

Fire Emblem exploded into the mainstream with the release of the 3DS title Fire Emblem Awakening, which introduced a casual option and added a deep romance mechanic, where players could pair characters and then recruit their children into the fight as well.

Three Houses is the first FE title for the Switch and represents yet another major overhaul of the series’ formula. Gone are the matchmaking mechanics, although your own character can still romance one other character. Instead, Three Houses offers a complex and deep SRPG (Strategy Role-Playing Game) experience and hundreds of hours of play.

You play a mysterious prodigy who becomes a professor at a Hogwarts-esque military academy. You need to choose which one of three houses you will join, which also means swearing allegiance to that house leader and the kingdom, empire or duchy they represent. It’s important not to spoil the game’s plot, but what you do in the first main phase of the game’s story has deep repercussions for the latter phase.

Three Houses is a game you need to play at least four times in order to see every major storyline. Recently, a story expansion has been released that adds a “fourth” house as a side story. If you enjoy SRPGs, there’s no better value for money than Three Houses. This writer has sunk just over 100 hours into the game so far and there’s at least another 50 hours to go.

DOOM (2016)

DOOM 2016 is one of the so-called “Impossible ports” to hit the Switch. Despite a 30 frames-per-second cap, blurrier visuals and less-detailed textures, this is very much the entire DOOM 2016 experience. As a pure shooter, there’s nothing better on the Switch and this is of course the only way to play this game handheld and on the go. 

DOOM 2016 is a ripping, tearing, demon-slaying slice of pure fun. If any of that sounds good to you (like the award-winning metal soundtrack) then buy this game today. Also, incidentally, Dooms 1,2 & 3 are also on the Switch, along with DOOM 64 and DOOM Eternal.

Super Mario Odyssey

You can’t have a list of top Nintendo Switch games without having at least one Mario title. There are plenty of excellent titles featuring the famous Italian plumber, but only Mario Odyssey stands out as the one title to own.

Building on the revolutionary 3D Mario 64 game and the 3D Mario titles that followed, Odyssey shows Mario as you’ve never seen him before. He’s thrust into varied worlds, given incredible powers through a sentient hat that lets you possess enemies and objects.

The level designs are inspired, Mario controls like a dream and the game provides a substantial amount of gameplay. Especially if you’re a completionist collector. This is the pinnacle of 3D Mario game design and if you liked any 3D Marios, this one should be on your list too.

Cuphead

Cuphead is notable for a few reasons. First of all, it used to be a Microsoft exclusive, but is now on the Switch thanks to the weird friendship Nintendo and Microsoft seem to have developed. At least for now. The other reason this game is special is its unparalleled classic animation. If you’re a fan of classic “bendy” animation then Cuphead is going to appeal to you. 

Finally, this game is known to be one of the most challenging titles out there,with a focus on boss battles and an excellent two-player mode. The story is essentially a “pay the devil his dues” yarn, where you have to defeat these bosses to save your own soul. Cuphead has plenty of old-school challenges and heaps of polished charms. If you’re not afraid of a little repeated death, Cuphead is an essential title.

Which Nintendo Switch games would you consider to be the essential ones for any Switch owner? Let us know in the comments.

The 4 Best PC Gaming Headsets

The best PC gaming headsets are able to give you more clarity during gaming, so that you can pick up sounds and determine exactly where they are coming from. Good headsets also come with high quality microphones so that you can talk to your friends and teammates clearly, and most importantly, a good headset should be comfortable so that it can withstand long gaming sessions without getting too uncomfortable.

We’re about to go in-depth by sharing details on the best gaming headsets. All of these options are great choices, but you’ll notice each option may win in a specific category.

Razer Kraken X – Affordable Comfort ($30-$40)

The hardest challenge for gaming peripheral manufacturers has to be building a good budget gaming headset range. Usually, manufacturers have to pick out cheaper components for the headset speakers, microphone, and overall build quality to hit a lower price tag. 

For this reason, we will be cutting out the very cheap choices ($15-$25) because we believe the overall experience isn’t worth the investment. Instead, you should try to invest an extra $10 to $15 to reach the $30-$40 range. At this price, you can get the affordable, yet reliable Razer Kraken X.

The Razer Kraken X was designed to be lightweight and comfortable. In fact, it’s so comfortable that we would rank the Razer Kraken X amongst one of the most comfortable gaming headsets in the world. 

It’s Razer’s lightest headset, weighing in at 250 grams. In comparison, one of the world’s most popular headsets, the HyperX Cloud II, weighs 320 grams. The ear cups are very soft and padded and even fit snugly around glasses, which is something you may struggle to find.

There are of course some compromises at this price point. The audio quality is actually quite good for gaming, but the music experience is very poor. The Razer Kraken X has a focus on treble, and very little bass, which is great for sounds like footsteps and small actions in-game you may otherwise miss, but that sound design is uncomfortable for most songs. Bass-heavy songs feel lifeless, and vocal heavy songs irritate the ears. In summary, perfectly usable for gaming, but not so much for music.

Razer’s design choice here is clear – they want a headset that can play gaming sound well without your ears getting tired. Sure, you miss out on that oomph during bassy moments in gaming, but it’s designed for the marathon gamer and perhaps not those looking for more immersive, shorter gaming sessions.

The microphone quality is okay, but not perfect. It picks up a lot of background noise despite advertising saying otherwise. Thankfully, there’s little static and your voice does get picked up clearly. You cannot remove the microphone, so it’s definitely going to be a push-to-talk affair with the Razer Kraken X.

HyperX Cloud II – The Most Popular PC Gaming Headset ($75-$100)

The HyperX Cloud II is undeniably one of the best PC gaming headset in the world just based on popularity. It makes sense, the Cloud II is the perfect balance between quality and price. The retail price is $100, but you’ll rarely find it above $80 new on Amazon.

So what makes the HyperX Cloud II so widely loved? Perhaps the first thing to mention is the comfort and design. The standard memory foam ear pads cup around your ears with a warm embrace, but you can also switch out to the included plush ear pads.

The microphone can be adjusted to your convenience – it has a large, bendable cable inside and you can detach it completely if necessary. Of course, comfort isn’t everything, and that’s why it’s often picked up instead of the equally comfier, but lighter Razer Kraken X.

A sound design you’ll find familiar across many gaming headsets can be heard in the HyperX Cloud II’s. You get an emphasis on trebles, reasonable mids, and a lack of bass. Perfect for competitive gaming where noticing every sound counts, but a little less impressive for impactful explosions, violence, or vrooms. 

There’s also a detachable sound card that plugs into the Cloud HyperX II’s 3.5mm jack on one side and a USB slot on the other side. It features 7.1 digital surround sound and separate volume controls for both the microphone and speakers. 

The treble isn’t overbearing like some cheaper choices, so listening to vocals in music is pleasant, but not perfect. That lack of bass certainly seals the deal as the HyperX Cloud II being a gaming-focused headset though.

The microphone quality on the HyperX Cloud II is great, it’s able to minimize background noise and focus solely on your voice. If your squadmates complain, you have the freedom to adjust both the volume and the distance of the microphone to your mouth easily.

Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless – The Current Best Wireless PC Gaming Headset ($300-$330)

If you want the best experience possible in a wireless gaming headset, we would recommend the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless.

Wireless’ biggest concern is battery life, especially for headsets. It turns out big drivers take a lot of juice. Thankfully the Steelseries Arctis Pro Wireless has two batteries. You can charge one battery in the base station whilst you are gaming so that you can swap out when the other battery is getting low. Yes, you’re forced to use the base station to charge, but you’ll understand later why you wouldn’t want to go anywhere without it.

The average battery life for a full charge is 10 hours. If you somehow run out of power on both batteries, you can use a standard 3.5mm jack and that requires no power, at a cost to your audio experience. 

The 2.4GHz wireless connection between the headset and the base station is strong and you shouldn’t hit any drops in connection within reasonable ranges. If you want that extra security you can even connect the Arctis Pro Wireless via Bluetooth. This also opens it up to usage on your typical Bluetooth-enabled devices such as smartphones.

Once again, this is a gaming headset, so there’s a higher focus on treble, reasonable mids, and less emphasis on bass. That’s great for gaming, and if you switch on the digital 7.1 surround sound, you’re going to have no problem picking up directional sounds. The available EQ settings, which can be adjusted with the base station, can somewhat remedy any cravings for bass. It’s better than a software EQ, but it still doesn’t always hit the mark. 

The Arctis Pro Wireless is reasonably sized at 357 grams and it uses a unique design, relying on a stretched strap to fit snugly on your head. The rest of the weight is held by a curved steel aluminum alloy frame that floats above the strap. Overall, it’s comfortable, but takes a little getting used to.

Like most headsets, the Arctis Pro Wireless microphone can extend out or hide in the frame of the left driver. The audio quality is excellent, capturing voice clearly but cutting out most background noise effectively and an included foam filter helps to reduce harsh pops in your voice.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro  – The Best Audio Quality PC Gaming Headset ($128)

The Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro is absolutely the best choice for getting high quality audio during gaming and music  at a great price. The trouble is, it’s actually a pair of studio headphones, which means going this route requires you to buy a standalone microphone and it’s also recommended to purchase a DAC/Amp for your PC to give the DT 990 Pro more power. 

The $75 Fiio E10K for is an affordable choice that has just enough power for the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. When choosing a mic, make sure to read about the best microphones here.

However, it’s well worth the investment both in time and money to get the DT 990 Pro and required accessories. To put it into perspective, some of the biggest names in gaming purposely chose to go for the DT 990. 

These gamers have the option to buy any headset with price being no concern, and they’ve shooed away potential lucrative peripheral sponsors to instead use the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro. You’ll see Ninja using the DT 990 and YouTube star Lazarbeam using the upgraded DT 1990 Pro.

The DT 990 Pro has an open back design, which means that the sound stage feels much larger. Not only does this add to immersion, but it helps you to pinpoint directional sound far easier without the need for any digital surround sound software. The sound design on the DT 990 Pro is surprisingly perfect for gaming, despite being a studio headset. 

You’ll strangely find that signature emphasis on treble, often only seen in gaming headsets. Thankfully, the bass and mids are elevated far higher than a standard gaming headset, making them a great choice for listening to music.

With all of this investment, you’re looking at $200-$300 and a lot of messing around during setup. The comfort is great but the ear pads wear down after extended use and lose some of that cushioning. Not quite Cloud 2 or Kraken X level comfort, but decent enough.

Summary

That wraps up our look at the best PC gaming headsets in 2020. We’ve focused on four main categories and hope that these choices hit the mark for you. If you have any suggestions yourself, why not leave them in the comments section?

How To Make a Minecraft Server

Minecraft is one of the globe’s most popular video games where you’re free to design entire worlds in pixelated voxel form. Not just a game but also a tool for mod developers to expand upon as well as a way to teach kids how to code. Those interested in the full experience are provided a platform to make a Minecraft server of their own.

For those new to Minecraft, it may be better to start your journey by purchasing the game and jumping in. This would help you get better acquainted with what the game has to offer. However, if you live a bold life and want it all without training wheels, this article will provide a tutorial on how to make a Minecraft server using the Windows 10 operating system.

How To Make a Minecraft Server

To properly configure a Minecraft server will require a bit of technical know-how on your part. A basic understanding of computer and network concepts will go a long way in server management.

Take the time to familiarize yourself with using a command line, the configurations of your system, network, and router, as well as some basic networking. You’ll also want to determine if you plan to run a Minecraft server from home or prefer to have it hosted. Keep in mind that hosting your own server runs the risk of exposing your home network to the world.

For a home-based Minecraft server, look to using a middling to high-tier desktop system. If you plan to play Minecraft on the same computer that you have planned for the server, it’s ill-advised. However, it can be done so long as your system is packing some serious power. It will also require an ethernet setup for reliability purposes.

Having your server hosted will normally only require a monthly fee from the service provider. This frees you from having to deal with the hassle of managing the server hardware yourself. Virtual Private Servers are ideal for smaller communities that won’t need much in the way of resources. For a more populated community, there’s always dedicated server options.

Make a Minecraft Server On Windows 10

Begin by ensuring that you have the latest version of Java installed.

  • From Windows Search (Taskbar), type in Java. If Java is installed you’ll see Configure Java in the search results. You can then select it to have the Java Control Panel appear which will provide the version number. If Configure Java does not appear, you’ll need to download and install the latest version.
  • Once this task is complete, you’ll want to decide where all Minecraft files will be stored. Create a folder on your PC in which all Minecraft files will go. The location is up to you just remember where it was placed. When the server is first run, configuration files are created. It’s best to keep them all together within this folder.
  • The server software from the Minecraft website will come as a Java.jar file. Save it to the folder you just created.
  • Right-click the file and select Run as administrator… to start the server and have it create the server configuration files. These files will need to be modified before the server is ready to use.
  • Locate the text file called eula.txt inside the folder and open the file in a text editor.
  • Change eula=false to eula=true. This is to accept the EULA. Failing to do so will prevent you from starting the Minecraft server.

Hosting a server for a few players on a local network will not require port forwarding. However, to make your server accessible to the world, port forwarding will have to be enabled on your router.

To configure port forwarding on your router will require specific instructions provided in your router’s documentation. If unfamiliar, you can learn more about port forwarding at PortForward.com. Minecraft, will require that you forward TCP port 25565.

  • For the Output IP (or Server IP) you’ll need to enter your server’s local IP address. You can find out your server’s local IP address by opening Command Prompt and entering in the /ipconfig command. Keep the Command Prompt window open as we’ll need to start the Minecraft server from there.
  • Navigate to the Minecraft server file path using the DIR command. The file will appear similar to minecraft_server.1.15.2.jar.
  • Start the server with the following command:

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar {server file name} nogui

Replace {server file name} with the actual server file name. You can exclude the “nogui” parameter if you’d rather use the server’s UI.

  • After the server is up and running, you can begin inviting others to your server.

Other Resources On How To Make A Minecraft Server

Here are a few links to additional resources on how best to manage, set up, and promote your own private Minecraft server(s). Some of these links will even help you set up a Minecraft server using the MacOS and Linux operating systems.

Minecraft Wiki

MSMHQ

Official Minecraft Forums

DS4 Windows: Using Your PS4 DualShock 4 Controller on Your PC

The PS4 DualShock (DS4) Controller is the premier gamepad for PC gamers. The added weight over the DualShock 3 provides a heftier, more powerful grip. It also touts improved analog sticks and triggers to its predecessor.

Some consumers and gamers out there don’t even know that playing PC games with a PS4 controller is even possible. So, the ability to set things up will likely seem a bit foreign in concept. Especially, seeing as we will need to use a third-party program like DS4 Windows.

Thankfully, the connection between DualShock 4 and PC is made easy due to concept compatibility, the right portable program, and a USB connector. So, if you’re one of those that has been in the dark about PC gaming with a PS4 DualShock 4 Controller, this article about DS4 Windows will layout all of the details.

DS4 Windows: Using Your PS4 DualShock 4 Controller On Your PC

The button layout on a PS4 DualShock 4 Controller makes it a fantastic choice for a PC gamepad as most controller-based PC games require a similar setup. One of the analog sticks can even double as a mouse input if necessary.

A PS4 isn’t even required to pull this off. All you really need is a separately purchased PS4 DualShock 4 Controller, the Windows PC with your games on it, and the connecting USB cable that comes along with the DS4 for Windows.

Bluetooth is also available with the DS4 so long as either your PC has built-in Bluetooth technology or with the purchase of a separateYou can also use the PS4 controller wirelessly with your PC via Bluetooth. You’ll either need a PC that has Bluetooth built in (as many modern laptops do), or you can buy a separate Bluetooth Dongle for your PC.

How To Use The PS4 Controller On PC

We mentioned earlier that we’ll be using third-party software to enable use of our DS4 for Windows. For this article specifically, we’ve chosen DS4 Windows. This particular software fools your PC into believing you’ve connected a Windows supported Xbox 360 Controller.

  • Next, you’ll want to Install DS4 for Windows onto your PC. Locate the recently downloaded Zip file, where you had it downloaded to, right-click it, and choose to Extract All…
    • This will require an extraction program such as 7zip or WinZip.
  • Extract all contents to either the same folder or a new one. So long as you know where it is, you can save it where you’d like.
  • Once the extraction is complete you should see two files: DS4Updater.exe and DS4Windows.exe.
  • DS4Updater.exe is to keep the program updated to ensure it works with the latest drivers.
    • DS4Windows.exe is the program you’ll be using to enable a DS4 on Windows 10.
  • Double-click the DS4Windows.exe to launch the program and begin the setup procedure.
    • You’ll need to choose where you want DS4 Windows settings and profiles saved on your PC. General rule of thumb is to go with the default option of Appdata.
  • The next window will have you install the drivers necessary for DS4 on Windows use.
  • Click Step 1: Install the DS4 Driver.
    • Windows 8+ will be fine with just a DS4 Driver installation. For Windows 7 users, you’ll need to also click Step 2: Install 360 Driver.
  • You can now connect your PS4 DualShock 4 Controller to the PC either via USB cable or Bluetooth.
    • We recommend starting with the USB cable as wireless in almost every situation can be finnicky.
    • In Windows 10 you’ll see a pop-up box letting you know that it’s setting up “wireless controller”.
    • A microUSB cable should have come with the PS4 DualShock 4 Controller. If you are missing it, any microUSB cable will do. Chances are that if you have a modern smartphone, it too uses a microUSB charging cable that you can swap in, in a pinch.
  • After making the connection, Windows should detect the new device. Press the PS button on your PS4 DualShock 4 Controller to use it.

Bluetooth Connection

  • To enable the Bluetooth connection, make sure you have the Bluetooth Dongle already inserted into one of the USB ports of your PC or laptop. It’s also recommended to do this step after setting up DS4 Windows on your PC.
    • Most newer laptops already have Bluetooth 2+ capabilities built-in so a dongle may not be necessary.
  • To pair the PS4 Controller with Bluetooth, press and hold the PS button and Share button for approximately three seconds. This should be enough time to have the lightbar at the top of the controller to begin flashing.
  • Open up the Bluetooth settings on your PC.
    • You can do this either via the Action Center or Settings.
  • Look for Wireless Controller and click it.
    • If asked to enter a pair code, type in 0000 as one doesn’t actually exist.
  • You can begin your wireless adventure with a PS4 DualShock 4 Controller on your PC.