This month is the 30th anniversary of the Commodore 64 – which was unveiled at the 1982 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in the January of that year. Approximately 17-20 million machines sold in its commercial life time which was between 1982 and 1994, and was a remarkable amount for the budget 8-bit machine.
Although the Vic 20 was my first personal brush with the Commodore range, it was the C64 which inspired me the most. With its characteristic features such as the SID chip, the machine holds many fond memories for me – of which I continue to relive today via retro gaming (and following those who continue to develop for the machine today).
Saving up pocket money for the likes of Zzap 64 and Commodore Format magazines, awaiting the likes of the new Dizzy games and Codemaster releases back in the early 90’s was a big highlight. I was lucky enough to just about catch the machine before it commercially declined to a point of a comic strip-like magazine and no games to review – being able to visit the likes of John Menzies, Boots and various second hand shops to purchase my games.
It was a sad day when it’s last commercial presence (in the form of Commodore Format magazine) disappeared from shelves at the end of 1995 – but the machine continues to live on today with a healthy amount of game and demo releases each year – an example of which can be found here: http://www.rgcd.co.uk/2011/05/c64-16kb-cartridge-game-development.html
Here is to another 30 years – and hoping that the hardware continues to survive 🙂