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Commodore 64 Computer System
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  •   Commodore 64 Computer System      

    Description

    The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time.  Released in August 1982 by Commodore Business Machines, the Commodore 64 is commonly referred to as the C64 (sometimes written C= 64 to mimic the Commodore company logo) and occasionally known as CBM 64 (its model designation), C-64 or VIC-64 (a label used by some users, magazine writers, third party advertisements and also by Commodore in Sweden. The original Commodore 64 casing has affectionately been nicknamed the "breadbox" and "bullnose" due to its shape. Introduced by Commodore Business Machines in August 1982 at a price of US$595, it offered 64 kibibytes of RAM with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. During the Commodore 64's lifetime (between 1982 and 1994), sales totaled around 17 million units.

    Approximately 10,000 commercial software titles were made for the Commodore 64 including development tools, office applications, and games. The machine is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene. The Commodore 64 is still used today by many computer hobbyists, and emulators (see here for a list) allow anyone with a modern computer (or even smartphones) to run these programs on their desktop (with varying degrees of success and functionality).

    The Commodore 64 is commonly seen as an icon of the 1980s. An example is the introductory movie of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which features a Commodore 64 screen which later reveals the Rockstar North logo.



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    C64 is still a beautiful machine
    by Kattywampus 23 Jul 2009

    Hehe, I've got a working C64 and a TI 99/4A sitting behind me, right now.. But hey, the C64 is still a beautiful machine. Awesome in its day. Its 1541 5 1/2" floppy drive is about 6 times HEAVIER than the machine itself. If you know how, you can still use the C64(but especially the AMIGA)as a useful tool for General MIDI. And here's a useless trivia for ya: Toward the end of C64's reign, a couple of programmers got the **** sued out of 'em for ripping Super Mario Bros. for the NES, and *barely* changing the graphics..(I think it had 'Sisters' in the title) And they sold that game... Look for it.

    Playing back in the Day
    by Shawn 23 Jul 2009

    I remember playing the Commodore 64 back in the day. I specifically remember 3 games I used to play constantly. Madness and the Minotaur, which was a cassette game, Bedlam, a cassette game as well, and Dungeons of Daggorith, which was a cartridge. Does anyone have any info on where I can get these?

    first video games I ever played
    by Tyson 23 Jul 2009

    The first video games I ever played were on the C64, I can't even remember the names of most of them. They had a lot of Atari games and such. (Pac Man, Donkey Kong, Pole Position, etc.) I've still got it
    around here somewhere.

    Others
    by Jt august 23 Jul 2009

    You have entries for the C=64 and Atari 800 (8-bit) series of computers, but you omit the TI-99/4 and 99/4a series, as well as the TRS-80 and TRS-80 Colour Computer (CoCo) series. I feel that these two should be included.

    C 64 was my first computer
    by raja babu 01 May 2007

    C 64 was my first computer... since i was packed it away in 1988, it remained in an excellent condition. I still have the original cardboard piece that goes into the 1541 floppy drive. Does anyone know where I can get games for c 64?