Feature: 'A History of Gaming Platforms - The Commodore 64'

The Commodore 64 (C64) is perhaps the best known 8-bit computing platform ever designed, rivaled only by the Apple II in terms of popularity and longevity.

Within a few short years after its introduction in 1982, the Commodore 64 dominated the low-end computer market, and in the first of a new monthly series on Gamasutra, game historians Matt Barton and Bill Loguidice take a thorough look at the history and development of gaming and creativity on the C64.

The C64 wasn't Commodore's first venture into home personal computing, as Barton and Loguidice explain:

"In 1977, Commodore had earned some recognition with its ground-breaking PET, which went through several iterations over the years and was quite popular in schools. The PET was followed by the VIC 20 in 1981, the direct ancestor of the C64. The VIC 20 was a smashing success, eventually selling millions of units and establishing Commodore's reputation for making highly capable computers at prices that rivaled the era's videogame consoles. 'Why buy a videogame when you can have a computer?,' asked Star Trek's William Shatner in a famous series of print and television advertisements."

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Cartesian3D3562d ago

I had one... waiting 30-40 minutes for every game..
lol I cant imagine How they could put a game on a Cassete ?!!!

wicked3562d ago

I've still got one, a BBC and an Amstrad 6128

Capt CHAOS3562d ago

Hey, why skip over the zx81 and the defender you could get on there???

sak5003562d ago (Edited 3562d ago )

AHHHH...My first computer, loved it to bits. BUt hated it till i got the 1541 floppy drive for it. THe tape deck used to load up a game in 10mins and you had to hold your breath during that time lest it goes bad during the 9th minute and you had to rewind and load again. Havn't read the article yet but i hope they mention the tapedeck attrocious load times.

Edit: I lost mine after i fell in love with Amiga500.

-_-_-_-_-_-_-3562d ago

My first computer...I was was great but Amiga was my first true love, haha.

InMyOpinion3562d ago

I also had a c64 but my best years in gaming was definately with the Amiga. Moonstone, Battle Squadron, The Chaos Engine, Flashback, Turrican, It came from the desert, Apidya, Syndicate, Body Blows, Shadow of the beast, Last Samurai, Alien Breed and not to forget Swedish programmers Digital Illusions awesome Pinball Dreams/Fantasies/Illusions. That was one hell of a good gaming platform. My favourite game was Hunter 3D, the first ever 3d sandbox game. It resembled GTA in more ways than one.