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Desc:Commodore's Christmas demo for the Commodore 64, from 1982.
Category:Video Games, Arts
Tags:christmas, 1982, computers, Commodore 64
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Hegemony Cricket - 2017-12-25
$595 = $1525 today
Old_Zircon - 2017-12-26
So still a better deal than a new Macbook.

betamaxed - 2017-12-26
And better games than what you can play on a macbook

Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2017-12-25
I guess this was made by the devs using the systems features as intended. So comically shit compared to what the games devs/demo scene were able to get out of it later.
Mr. Purple Cat Esq. - 2017-12-25
Also they probably made this really fast and easily with c64s built in tools and basic. which is awesome.

boner - 2017-12-25
Commodore is so confusing to me, they put great audio/video hardware in these things and then cheap out on tiny ROM chips so they can’t have BASIC commands to actually use these features. I had another 8-bit computer with a large ROM chip, you could program all kinds of great stuff (sprite graphics, music and sound effects, even interrupts on vertical blank) Probably saved Cpmmodore 10 cents.

boner - 2017-12-25
Plus I suspect they were trying to rip off Microsoft by using a 1970’s version of BASIC instead of licensing a new one.

Old_Zircon - 2017-12-26
They were really cheap compared to the competition, that helped. A TI-99/4A was the equivalent of around $3000 in 2017 dollars for a basic, entry level system and wasn't nearly as impressive if you were interested in anything other than business applications. An Apple IIe was the equivalent of almost $5000 in 2017 money, plus another inflation-adjusted $1000-$1500 if you needed a second floppy drive. And the IIe was already a generation out of date when it came out, since the Apple III had been around a couple years.

So yeah, the c64 won on price.


Old_Zircon - 2017-12-26
I mean, the IIe was only technically a generation out of date because the III doesn't really count.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2017-12-26
A C64 got me through college from 1986 to 1990. I used it 95 per cent for word processing. I wrote a short story that was never published, but got an encouraging note from the one editor I submitted it to. I wrote a terrible novel about a lonely 63 year old man who worked as a protectionist in a porno theater. I thought I was Earnest Hemingway Motherfucker.

The word processing software I used was a machine language program called Speedscript. It taught me an important lesson about computing, that sometimes hard to learn is easy to use once you've learned it. Later I'd apply that lesson to the Linux Command Line.
Binro the Heretic - 2017-12-27
Lots of memories, here.

My parents bought me a secondhand C64 that came with a 1541 5.25" floppy drive, 1530 datasette and a few games for only $200. One of the owners of the HVAC company my dad worked for at the time had bought his family the new Commodore 128 and got tired of seeing the old 64 gathering dust so he sold it to my dad. We would never have been able to lay out money for a new system at the time.

This program was on one of the floppy disks we got with it. I remember mom had me temporarily move the 64 & the little portable TV I had it hooked to into the living room so this could run on it during the Christmas party that year. I also ran "Swinth" to show it off.
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