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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 Rollomite on 3/7/2007 12:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly, I was more a fan of Winter Games. And out of all of these posts, I can't believe that Hardball! wasn't mentioned once. In my opinion, the greatest baseball game of it's time. Anyone remember the screwball? How about Barbarians? I'll never forget the amazement when I lopped off my opponent's head, and the little green imp would come out and kick it across the screen. Oh, those were the days....


RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By cubby1223 on 3/7/2007 2:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
Hardball and the "Fat Pitch"

The original summer games wasn't that great, the pole vault was good, but the rest not so much. Summer games II was where it was at. Triple jump, javelin, swimming, cycling, equestrian. Especially when we bought these games second hand (had the original disks) and didn't have any manuals to tell us how to play these games, we just had to figure out the proper joystick movements by trial and error. We never could figure out the high jump.

RE: The question is will it come with Windows?
By blppt on 3/7/2007 5:36:34 PM , Rating: 2
"Hardball and the "Fat Pitch"

Nope, that would be:



My personal favorite C64 game was Gunship by Microprose.

Too bad they dont exist anymore. Their games always pushed the C64 graphically.

By dever on 3/10/2007 3:09:14 PM , Rating: 1
Has anyone mentioned Jumpman? I remember tweaking files on the floppy to allow me to directly access any of the leves (there were about 50)... until I overwrote something important (oops).

By blppt on 3/7/2007 5:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
Also, 4th & Inches (also by Accolade) was one hell of a football game for its time. No real players (same as Hardball!), but it was really fun to play.

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