Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Thu 2nd Aug 2012 16:09 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
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Well I suppose you have more than one ~C64 machine now, so several carts aren't that much of a problem any more ;p

And yes, it was so bad, just look at it: (and also visible in that Dutch newsreel I linked in late PS just above) - so VIC/C64 did represent a process of improvement. While remaining (VIC->C64) inexpensive - that's largely how it took over; it's a bit unfair to compare it to one of most expensive machines, and from a manufacturer which had the best keyboards. As far as home computers go, it was already quite decent.

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