Wednesday, March 7th, 2007...2:24 am
Can you remember the Commodore 64?
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My first experience with computers was when my parents bought me a Commodore 64. I loved the thing. Looking back I’m not sure why.
- When I got mine disk drives weren’t available yet, so programs had to be loaded from cassette tapes, which often took hours.
- Games were simplistic.
- The pinnacle of its graphics were stick figures and monotone blobs that vaguely resembled worldly objects.
- Its biggest competitor was the abacus.
Kids these days throw a fit if their XBox 360 doesn’t load a level in 5 seconds flat. Boohoo for you and your ritalin popping friends. Try waiting an hour for a game to load only to find out it won’t actually run and you have to start over.
If you want to reach enlightenment you don’t need to meditate, just find a Commodore 64 and try to load Frogger. There’s some Zen shit going on there.
What got me thinking about all this was the news that Commodore wants to release their own line of branded gaming PCs.
I wish them the best of luck. It’ll be nice seeing the Commodore brand in the wild again. Let’s just hope they have more success than AmigaOS.
I just remembered that a bunch of guys over at 1UP who do a podcast called Retronauts, recorded an episode on the Commodore 64 a few weeks ago. Look for Episode 12.