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The Commodore 64 was a home computer originally released in 1982 by Commodore International and is the successor to the Commodore VIC-20. It was discontinued in 1994 due to Commodore International declaring bankruptcy due to bad decisions.
Why It Rocks
- Revolutionized home video gaming with the use of computers over consoles.
- An extremely huge library of games consisting of over 2,000+ games, even after being discontinued. In addition, people can make their own games for the system.
- Similarly to VIC-20 or any other game console of the time, it has a cartridge slot, which was mostly used for games, or memory expansion.
- Remains as the best selling computer in the world and due to the rapid evolution of computers today, the Commodore's status as the best selling home computer is likely never going to be surpassed.
- It was sold in retail stores than just electronic stores, part of the system's huge success.
- Its SID chip retained a huge following due to its distinctive sound.
- It was really popular in post-communist countries, especially in Hungary.
- The disk drive takes a long time to load software from floppy disks, but there were cartridges such as the Epyx Fast Load, which reduced loading times.
- The reason why the disk drives took so long to load is because Commodore originally, planned to use a shift register, but they couldn't implement it in time so they had to put the entire computer in there, which was way slower. This was also the reason why the disk drives were expensive.
- The cassette drive was even slower than the floppy disk drive when using the default routines; however, most commercial software on cassette used "turbo tape" routines to not only improve loading times, but to also increase storage capacity since data was stored more densely.
- Because it was very popular in Europe, most of the games were optimized for PAL machines.
- The power supply isn't reliable.
- Commodore butchered the C64 by shoving it in a keyboard-less box and called it the Commodore 64 Games System, which ended up being a huge market failure.