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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 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!

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