Commodore 64

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A Commodore 64 with peripherals.

The Commodore 64 is an 8-bit personal computer developed by Commodore International and first sold in 1982. It was the premier gaming computer of the early 1980s having good audio and graphic capabilities built into the base model. The overall shape and layout of the keyboard comes from the earlier Commodore VIC-20. The CPU is a MOS 6520 CPU, a modified MOS 6502, and audio is generated on the MOS SID chip.


I never owned a Commodore 64 when they were popular, but I first used one in 1987 in second grade. Each room in my elementary school had either a Commodore 64 or Apple II, and there was a computer lab with dozens of Commodore 64s daisy-chained together. I really liked the way the computers looked with their brown and tan keyboards and cryptic symbols on each key. Aside from the rare educational games I played in elementary school, I didn't get into Commodore 64 gaming until the 2000s when access to emulators and disk images became more popular. As such, I don't have any fond memories of playing the games when they were the height of technology. This makes me a bit sad because I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of games because it's now very difficult for me to get past their technical limitations, but at the same time, I'm happy that my opinion isn't rose-tinted.

There are several games I remember from elementary school. For some, I remember what they looked like, but don't remember the titles:

  • Expeditions, Lemonade Stand, and The Pond.
  • A version of Logo.
  • A dragster game which required solving math problems (May have been a Apple II game).
  • A monochromatic artillery game, perhaps Artillery.
  • A game with several math-related mini games, one included counting beans, in another you played a frog who raced against other animals like a flying or walking bird, and you had to solve math problems to hop.
  • A reading game where you read a short story and were quizzed on your comprehension. If you got the quiz correct, you were allowed to discover an item from the attic to add to your list. Then, the game would ask you to recall three of the items at random, but my class never played the game enough to ever win, though some kids collected a pretty complete list.

I now own a Commodore 64 complete in box, and a 5.25" disk drive complete in box, and another loose drive.


See all Commodore 64 Games.

Here are some of the C64 games I'm most impressed with:


The blocky font used by in the original Commodore logo is Microgramma D Bold Extended. When the logo was updated, they switched to Futura SB Bold.


Fan Art


8-Bit Guy - Commodore Mini review.
Modern Vintage Gamer - How samples were played on the SID chip.


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