Happy Birthday C64! Introduced 30 years ago this month at the 1982 Consumer Electronics Show! From HLNTV:
Would you pay $1,400 for a computer with less than one megabyte of memory?
Oh yes, you would.
In fact, in 1982 more than 300,000 people did just that, dropping $595 (or, $1,400 in 2012 dollars) to snap up the awesome, brand new, super-powerful Commdore 64 — and all of its 36 useable kilobytes of memory.
The classic machine is celebrating its 30th birthday this week. It was first introduced at the 1982 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
And while those quaint specs seem flimsy now — those 36 kb are the equivalent of 1/10th of a typical MP3, so basically the whole machine could store the first 40 seconds of the 1982 Survivor smash hit “Eye of the Tiger” — they were revolutionary and a relative bargain back in ’82. And the Commodore 64 even displayed color graphics!
During its mid-1980s peak, the PC sold 2.5 million units a year and generated a lifetime of passion and loyalty from many of its users, many of whom are now dropping nostalgic tweets.
Awesome on-board hardware like the VIC-II graphics chip and the SID audio synthesis chip ensured that the C64 would remain a popular platform in the demoscene. The list of C64 demos is enormous, and it grows regularly.
If you ever meet somebody who worked at Commodore (or MOS Technology) in the 1970’s-80’s, give them a hug or a high-five! 🙂