Pieces Of 8-Bit: A Glorious History Of Console Piracy

Commodore 64 (1982)

The next time you see some harmless-looking 50-year-old guy at the supermarket, just remember that once upon a time he could have been an old-school video game pirate. The early '80s saw the advent of the C64—and with it, the advent of portable media piracy. The C64’s thousands of games were stored on floppies and cassettes, which were easily hacked and copied. Imagine a bunch of weasely Mike-Damone-from-Fast-Times-At-Ridgemont-High types running around the halls at school, passing around “mixtapes” crammed with Bumper Jumper and Radar Rat Race. And yes, we just named those games from memory. We are OLD.

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