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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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RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By rushfan2006 on 3/7/2007 10:50:51 AM , Rating: 3
I love this like strolling down memory lane with all these posts referring to the glory days of the C-64.

Yep guys I remember all that stuff...the 1541 drives, the cassette drives (remember those damn games that came on cassette, load "*",4,1 anyone? LOL).... I remember sitting for hours punching in code from Computer Gazette and COMPUTE! magazine to run the "hot game" of that issue....I remember one was just a graphical scene for about times changing, back then it was "fun" for me to type in all this code and see what it does. Today's generation that grew up on consoles would think watching paint dry is more exciting and they just wouldn't get it.

I remember Miner 2049, Wasteland was one of my favs -- if re-done in today's graphics and with today's god that game would rock. Mail order Monsters, Racing Destruction's Tale (when an RPG was REALLY an RPG!!)...Ultima, Phantasy, Wizardy, Might and Magic -- all of them is what RPGs were meant to be... ;)

Zork, Suspended...all the Infocom think today's crowd of gamers would enjoy them? LOL....I had a blast figuring those games out.

That's when you had to THINK to conquer a game.

Oh well I could go on...

Thanks for bringing the memories

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2007 11:35:18 AM , Rating: 2
I even typed in the Pitfall Harry flyer Activision sent out.

Back then at one point I thought when you cleared the screen you lost your program until I learned LIST. LOL. Thats where I initially learned to program in Basic.

By jbrave on 3/8/2007 5:09:37 PM , Rating: 3
Wow, your post really triggered a flashback! When I was a kid, I started out programming on an Apple II, then an Atari 400 (I spent most of my teenage years writing games for that machine). At school, we had the Apple II and some Commodore PET / CBM machines. When the C64 came out, I talked my computer teacher into getting a whole stack of them for the computer lab. Your post literally flashed me back to doing exactly what you said: cls,(or was it clear?) list! I wrote some astro-dodger games for the PET's, our one IBM PC, and and the C64, but the C64 wouldn't scroll the screen downward like the PET's would, I had to write it backwards, with the stars (asterisks) scrolling up the screen instead of down... I got a B in computers because I spent all my time writing games instead of doing the "official lessons"!

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By GoatMonkey on 3/7/2007 11:43:58 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, MULE was great. I never see anybody else list that one.

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By SpaceRanger on 3/7/2007 12:25:43 PM , Rating: 2
Mail Order Monsters FTW!

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By Gatt on 3/7/2007 1:25:11 PM , Rating: 2
God I loved that game,

Wish game developers would spend some time thinking along those lines again. Racing Destruction Set rocked too!

By dever on 3/10/2007 3:03:31 PM , Rating: 1
I had forgotten about Racing Destruction Set. I don't know if I've enjoyed many games as much as that one since.

By frobizzle on 3/7/2007 6:22:48 PM , Rating: 3
M.U.L.E. was and still is the best game ever. It was great as a single player and it was even better as multiplayer. I run a C64 emulator on my PC and have an image of M.U.L.E. It is still better than anything I have come across for the PC! Too bad Electronic Arts refuses to port it to the PC! :-(

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By catavalon21 on 3/7/2007 9:12:34 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, yes, M.U.L.E. - compliments of the Bunten Brothers from high in the hills of the Ozarks. I'm still on the lookout for Chrystite.

Also, Microsoft (yes, they wrote programs for the C64) Flight Simulator for the C64 actually required 2 joysticks - one for the throttle and one for pitch/yaw. Took getting used to, but worked quite well. Yeah, those were the days!

By Laughing all the way 2220 on 3/8/2007 1:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
Who remembers Beach Head and Silent Service? Yeah EA's collection of Summer and Winter games was a blast. Who remembers the Basement Boys and Fast Hack 'em? I must have had like 50 games and what was the best was you could play them again and again and again and it would still be fun. There haven't been any games out like that since. Games today you play once and that's it.

And who remembers having to replace the power supply- lol!

By Misty Dingos on 3/7/2007 11:50:49 AM , Rating: 2
Wasteland Rocked! Elite was the bomb! And Wasteland did come back as Fallout 1 & 2. I may just have to drag my old 128D out of the attic and see if it still works.

By Mitch101 on 3/7/2007 11:59:38 AM , Rating: 2
My Buddy had a 128D and never ran it as one. Only ran it in Commodore 64 mode.

Plus 4 or C16 anyone. :)

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By Souka on 3/7/2007 3:55:45 PM , Rating: 2
Heh... I had an Apple ][+ (thats Apple 2+ for you noobs) back in 79'

One day my friend down the street called me and said he had a "real computer". I went and saw were better (COLOR!) but I just laughed at that poor pathetic cassette god, how slow.

My first Apple games were Castle Wolfenstein and Ultima (the original).

By MobileZone on 3/8/2007 3:22:42 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes, I had the same problem with a school buddy... I had an Apple 2e and he had the Commodore. It was an eternal discussion about which was better. I had to agree that the sounds and graphics of the Commodore 64 were a bit better, but I loved my Apple like anything else.

Now I hate Apple(mac).

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