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Commodore 64

The Commodore 64, produced by the Commodore company and introduced in 1982, was a staple of many homes and offices for well over a decade. It was the very standard of computing and continued to be so for a surprisingly long time. The C64 is admirably versatile and could be adapted to any number of purposes.

Top view of the Commodore 64 Model II

I own a model I C64, though it is not the one I use regularly. Above you see my trusty Model II, outwardly styled more modernly than the original. The insides are precisely the same.

top/side view of the C64

The power adapter and cable of the C64

It is powered by a solid brick of an adapter, as was the custom at the time.

the C64 tape deck

Internal storage space like a hard disk was something that companies and governments could afford. The common nerd stored data on tapes, and this is the Commodore tapedeck. Insert tape, press shift+run, and...

animation of the loading screen, coloured bars flickering on a television screen

A familiar sight to any C64-user. This is the vision of data being loaded off a tape. Go make a cup of tea, read a magazine, take out the rubbish and return to find your game loaded and ready to go.

interactive fiction game 'The hobbit' on compact cassette, in its box

I recommend The Hobbit. One of the finest text adventures ever made, even topping, in my opinion, the mighty Zork.

front view of the C64 floppy disk drive top view of the C64 floppy disk drive

More affluent users could also opt for a floppy drive. This beast, weighing more than the computer itself, took 5.25 inch floppy disks...

photograph of a stack of 5.25 inch floppy disks, one labeled 'double sided - double density'

...like these, which took more data and loaded a lot quicker than tapes. Especially as years went on, disks such as these became more common and tapes outdated. They themselves were eventually supplanted by 3.5 inch diskettes, also known as floppies - though they are not floppy at all.

photograph of the Final Cartridge III

A recommended upgrade for your C64 is the Ultimate Cartridge (above you'll see the third version). This expansion provided great luxury, such as a windowed interface, the possibility to use a mouse, and a menu.

photograph of a C64 compatible two button ball mouse

A mouse such as this, also usable in some graphical programmes.

C64 connected to a television with a tape deck, disk drive and box of disks, running The Hobbit

The Commodore 64, set up and rocking The Hobbit, which was played with great intensity after this photo was taken.

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