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Ancient C64/Amiga Pirate Materials

Thanks to a generous donation by an anonymous veteran, we are happy to present you the oldest scene materials that have been displayed on “Got Papers?” up to now. They stem from a time when the Amiga home computer was new and exciting, when the boundaries between “legal” and “illegal” were virtually non-existing, when it was perfectly okay to sell cracked games and still be a respected scene member, and when some of the nowadays legendary cracking groups were still in their infancy. These artifacts are so ephemeral that it’s only by chance that they survived until now. These ten stickers and paper cuttings are just one portion of the materials donated. Watch this space for more.

• 1001 and the Cracking Crew sticker, between 1985 and 1988 [metadata]
• “Commodore Amiga – Computer des Jahres 1986” sticker, 1986 [metadata]
• Antitrax 2010 sticker, around 1987-1988 [metadata]
• Bamiga Sector One sticker, around 1987-1988 [metadata]
• “Die ganz persönliche Zulassung” – sticker by the Chaos Computer Club, 1980s [metadata]
• Fairlight sticker, 1987 [metadata]
• Future Projects 20550 flyer, between 1985 and 1988 [metadata]
• Mc. Crack sticker, between 1986 and 1987 [metadata]
• Radwar Enterprises 1941 sticker, between 1985 and 1990 [metadata]
• Police cartoon of unknown origin, 1980s [metadata]

C64 Anti-Freezer Comic

The cracking scene was highly competetive, and “flame wars” were a common phonomenon. While most of them were fought digitally – through intros and scrollers, some of them were carried out on paper as well. Groepaz/Hitmen provided us with a hand-drawn, photocopied comic strip that was presumably spread at one of the legendary Venlo meetings in 1989. It poked fun at German C64 cracker Spitfire/Action, who was accused of “freezing”, i.e. using a special cartridge module to help him doing his cracks. “Freezing” was against the ethics of the scene, which expected of crackers to be skilled enough to do their cracks “by hand”.

Download the scan >>>here<<<.

As a bonus, Groepaz also provided a scan of the June 1999 members’ newsletter of the German C64 group The Stock International, which can be downloaded here.