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Desc:Merry Christmas 1982
Category:Science & Technology, Video Games
Tags:christmas, 80s, computers, Commodore, vic-20
Submitted:boner
Date:01/10/09
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Comment count is 33
baleen
I see myself in the eyes of that little boy.
Robin Kestrel
Awesome present. Dad probably paid $300 for it. Wonder if he got the external floppy drive, too?
Cap'n Profan!ty
ha, when i had one, we had a cassette drive.

Stopheles
When we first got one, we didn't have a cassette drive, so I spent a few Saturday mornings typing in the coding for maze-type games, then playing them in the afternoon. It was a BIG deal when we could start saving programs onto tape.

And then, several years later when we had moved on to the Amiga (via the 64), I used old Vic-20 tapes as the basis for obnoxious industrial-noise experimentation and phone pranking.

badideasinaction
Ah, memories of games that took 15 minutes to load. And the chess game that had a setting that took 8 hours to make a move - it even said so in the instruction manual.

badideasinaction
Forgot my stars for historical contrast

gSSEhh
I feel embarrassed to point out that I rarely, if ever, beat that stupid chess game, even when it was set to make a move near-instantaneously.

Spastic Avenger
My VIC-20 came with a copy of Space Invaders. When I say 'came with a copy', I mean it came with a book containing the entire program in typed form to input into the machine EVERY TIME YOU WANTED TO PLAY IT.
It was only later i realised i could have loaded it onto a tape.

Udderdude
Awesome.
boba.
why does the mom look exactly like her boys
wtf japan
Don't want to think about the implications of THAT one.

OxygenThief
Genetics mostly.

jerrysp702
5 stars for boba.

FeeFiFoFoTheFifeFifeBrown
Contrasting this with the Nintendo 64 Christmas kid says disturbing things about the evolution of our culture.
fluffy
Also the recent NINTENDO WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII banshees

Mike Tyson?!
I still have the picture of me when I got my NES at Christmas, I should scan it one day. I was the happiest kid.

Hooper_X
This kid sounds almost hilariously sarcastic by comparison.

Oh WOW. A VIC-20. GEE WHIZ. That's GRRRRREAT, Dad.

Billy the Poet
I'm pretty sure that we got our Appple IIc in 1983. Which means that this kid pretty well got screwed.

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
White people christmas.
Chibisuke
Bowl Cut.
Daymage
Total family bowl cut.

The family that bowl cuts together, stays together.

nidan
I had that haircut at that time. I'm still a bit scarred

Cube
Aaaww. I just took photos of my collection of C64 cassette games yesterday. There were a couple of VIC-20 games, too. Never had a VIC myself, just C64s and a C128.
Desidiosus
I had a VIC before I got the C64. I can think of one game, Shamus, that I actually preferred on the VIC.

zatojones
I went VIC-20 to C64 to Amiga 500 and didn't get a PC until I was 19.

allcaps
His first guess is paintbrushes, his second is books, and he gets an awesome VIC-20. So what amazing things is this child doing today?
Stopheles
My thought exactly - nowadays, it would be a game console, a portable game console, or a portable music player. Virtually nothing else would do for most adolescents.

Chet
I dreamed of a vic-20 with my tandy color computer... i am old.

I am guessing their mom got an early gift of a flowbee.
boba.
i had a tandy color computer ii, which had 16k memory i think, i think the color computer i had only 12k

Scrotum H. Vainglorious
Yup that's how I remember it. 12k standard but could be upgraded to 16k.

My dad (who I haven't seen in 17 years) was a huge RadioShack/Tandy fanboi. He bought me and my cousin computers for Christmas. I got the Color Computer I while my cousin got a C64. Pops was thinking his boy got the better 'puter.

simon666
Fuck the computer, how about stripes and bowl cuts!?!
Charles
eh? EH? *nudge*

Testicles of Doom
They look like a cult.

I bet the Dad is Emo Phillips.
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