Chapter 1.7

Commodore 64 (1982)

History

There are few vintage home computers as beloved and recognizable as the Commodore 64 (C-64), the best-selling personal computer of all time according to The Guinness Book of World Records.1 Debuting in 1982, the C-64 soon dominated the low-end computer market, enjoying robust support from third-party software and hardware developers into the 1990s. Although the C-64 was no programmer’s dream, its low cost and functionality made it a fantastic bargain for consumers. Even at its introductory price of $595, it was still cheaper than the equivalent Apple IIe ($1400) or Atari 1200XL ($599). Furthermore, the C-64’s availability at major retail outlets such as Kmart and Sears gave it broad exposure to its target ...

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