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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.

Our Philosophy
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

 
 
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