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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 JonB on 3/7/2007 10:55:29 AM , Rating: 2
those aren't too hard

Load ,8 ,1 was to load a program from device 8, unit 1 (usually the only 1541 drive you had)

Poke and Peek were used to read a memory area, then put a new value into that area

Disk Nibbler - single sided floppies were a pain, but with the nibbler, you could use both sides. Make Flippies, not Floppies

Didn't have Miner, but played Summer Olympics a lot. The Skeet Shooting was great if you had a track ball.

but I never owned a Vic 20. :(

How about Easy Script and Superbase64? Essentially equivalent to old WordPerfect and dBaseIII+ only it remained floppy based.

Or the thermal color printer from Okidata, the Okimate!!

or did you have that funky plotter from Commodore. That was a demon possessed.


RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2007 11:32:28 AM , Rating: 3
We have a Winner. Yes they were easy. Not so easy firing up those old brain cells any more. Heck I used to calibrate 1541 hard drives using an osciliscope and a test disc. Look for the cats eyes.

YES the Okimate with its tri color ribbon. LOL.

No on the plotter but I did have a thermal printer from someone that I dont recall the name of.

Remember Line Numbers when programming: 10 GOSUB 40

Bring back the Joystick and Wico Trackball!!

I have the Commodore 64 emulator running on my X-box. I think the last game I played was Ghostbusters on it a long long time ago. I even bought the Commodore 64 on a Joystick that was out not long ago but I still havent removed it from the box. If only I had time to tinker with all the things I wanted to.


RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By ted61 on 3/7/2007 12:06:56 PM , Rating: 2
Do you still remember how to sync one of those old oscopes? I don't think fluke made the automatic portable 1ghz color models in those days.


RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By Mitch101 on 3/7/2007 12:09:56 PM , Rating: 2
Yup. I had to connect the probe to the special ground connection and zero it out.

I bought mine from a newspaper. Remeber printed ads.

Thing was huge but worked great and was Dual trace.


RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By ted61 on 3/7/2007 12:15:07 PM , Rating: 2
I am forgetting what a cathode ray tube is. How do you expect me to remember a newspaper?

Give speed, automation and dynamic links.

They still need us old guys around to explain harmonics.


By Mitch101 on 3/7/2007 12:21:11 PM , Rating: 2
There was a time between Dinosaurs and E-Bay/Craigs List when Newspapers existed.

Im sure there is something on Discovery about this ancient technology thought to have been created by Aliens or Al Gore.


By blppt on 3/7/2007 5:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
Holy crap, you just reminded me of that POS Okimate printer...I remember the day we replaced that pile of useless, slow circuits with a cheap 9-pin black dot matrix printer was like the greatest invention ever.

Lord, that was an absolutely awful, slow printer. It didnt do anything well. Those were the days when I had to print something like 10 times before all the pages came out legible enough. Bleh.


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