1985's C64 "Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit" from Activision
Who needs real fireworks when you have a Commodore 64?
Back in 1985, Activision released “The Complete Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit” for the Commodore 64.
The software allows you to set the scene (from a number of options like a battleship in a harbor or a cityscape), add a personal message, and choose some music. Then you can launch fireworks to be displayed on your monitor / TV… it even allows you to launch the fireworks with your joystick. Which is a nice touch.
Fun tidbits: The C64 “sid” music was arranged by Stephen Gaboury, who would later tour with Cindy Lauper. And the software was programmed by John van Ryzin, who created a number of games for Activision (including H.E.R.O. and X-15 Alpha Mission).
And now, without further ado, a video showcasing all of the demos within the Computer Fireworks Celebration Kit.
Older computers and older software have this ability to leave an indelible mark on the heart and soul of man that modern software systems and modern hardware do not possess. I am not too sure what it is exactly, but perhaps it's just that these older systems with limited graphics and audio capabilities had an inherent "fun" aspect in that one still required imagination. The mind, especially of a child, wanted to explore and imagine more and more from the bits of sound and graphics delivered. I could be totally off base, but that's what this 4th celebration C64 demo made me think.