Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Feb 2015 23:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

In 1989, Commodore began an endeavor which was way overdue. The creation of a near Amiga-quality computer that is 8-bit in spirit, compatible with the popular Commodore 64 (through an emulation mode), and containing a built in disk drive. Assuming that the price range could have been set below $499, and assuming that this project had been done back in 1985 instead of 1989-1991, I believe this would have been an big seller for Commodore, and would have breathed life into them which would have extended CBM beyond 1994.

I never knew they tried to create the Commodore 65. Fascinating. There's even an emulator for it.

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"the Amiga line always was a kind of an "elite" machine for creative people

I don't know where you live but at least in Sweden the Amiga was primarily a gaming rig and not in any way elite in the way a Mac was.
"I don't see how the Amiga was less elite just because it was much cheaper than a mac.

Wouldn't be surprised if the number of programmers/creative people of the Amiga was higher too ..

I don't agree with the first arguments though. I don't see how this was all that relevant in 1985 either. Even less so in 1989. The Amiga 1000 & 500 was already beyond this and was released four years earlier.

But yeah. Most people played games on their Amigas in Sweden. And people still play games on PCs today.

Whatever the Amiga was "more serious" I don't know.

I guess it make 100% sense to advertise the Amiga 1000 as more serious than a C64 when it was released =P

And it was seriously used in video production if nothing else.

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