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.
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.
It is powered by a solid brick of an adapter, as was the custom at the time.
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...
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.
I recommend The Hobbit. One of the finest text adventures ever made, even topping, in my opinion, the mighty Zork.
More affluent users could also opt for a floppy drive. This beast, weighing more than the computer itself, took 5.25 inch floppy disks...
...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 Especially as years went on, disks such as these became more common and tapes outdated.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.
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.
A mouse such as this, also usable in some graphical programmes.
The Commodore 64, set up and rocking The Hobbit, which was played with great intensity after this photo was taken.