Commodore VIC-20

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VIC-20 with peripherals.

The Commodore VIC-20 is a personal computer developed by Jack Tramiel and sold by Commodore Business Machines in 1980. The VIC-20 was designed to be a more cost-effective computer than Commodore's earlier release, the PET. It uses a MOS 6502 CPU, a custom video chip, and 5K of static RAM. It became the first home computer to sell over 1,000,000 units. Much of the keyboard layout and shape of the computer was reused for the even more popular Commodore 64.

I never owned a VIC-20 when they were popular, and I don't think I ever used one until I first dabbled with them in emulators. When my friend Jon was selling off his video game collection, I bought his from him on 2017-12-30.


I own a Commodore VIC-20 complete in box, a cassette reader, two 3K Super RAM Expanders, HES Writer, and a couple dozen games.


None of the games I've played for the VIC-20 have impressed me enough to write about them.