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Commodore re-enters the market as a purpose built gaming PC

The Commodore is ready to make a splash back into the computer world with a new gaming computer that will be shown later this month during CeBIT in Germany.  Specifics of the computer remain scarce, but Commodore CEO Bala Keilman promises that the new Commodore PC is going to bring the Commodore brand back into the gaming industry.

"25 years ago, Commodore launched the best selling personal computer of the late 20th century, the C64, and defined the early computer games experience for millions of people worldwide," Keilman said in a statement. On the Commodore Gaming website, only a graphical teaser is posted for what will come.

The Commodore gaming PCs will be shown on March 15th, and will be live demo machines which will be playable. "We are privileged and excited to bring the commodore brand back to the gaming community and mark a new chapter in its history with this exceptional machine. We're sure that it will deliver what gamers need and want," said Keilman.

It appears that the PCs will be available for the European market on release, but the company did not rule out a launch in North America and Asia.  Commodore expects to make more more announcements soon.

The problem with a Commodore comeback is that the gaming market today is nothing like the one that the C64 entered 25 years ago -- Alienware and VoodooPC are two of the top tier companies already producing gaming PCs.  Also, the Microsoft Xbox360, Sony PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are all strong competitors of PC gaming, with 41% of U.S. households reportedly now having video game consoles

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Press Play On Tape
By BubbaJoe TBoneMalone on 3/7/2007 8:32:36 AM , Rating: 3
I watched a show on PBS showing the history of video games, the consoles, and arcade games. It's pretty fascinating.

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My brother and I were so happy to get PONG then later on an ATARI. My first computer was the Commodore VIC-20. Zork series was the best adventure games back then.

RE: Press Play On Tape
By Spivonious on 3/7/2007 9:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
Zork is the best adventure game series :-P

RE: Press Play On Tape
By frobizzle on 3/7/2007 6:36:06 PM , Rating: 2

Zork is the best adventure game series :-P

Yup! I remember working for weeks on end on it! Figured everything out in Zork 1 except how to get into the white house! LOL!

RE: Press Play On Tape
By dever on 3/10/2007 3:14:39 PM , Rating: 2
I bet if I looked hard enough I could find the detailed maps my little brother and I would make while playing Zork. Probably still in the closet along with the C64... yes, I still have it. Does it work? I don't know.

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