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VIC-20 (1981)

Commodore-64 (c.1983)


Macintosh 128K (1984)

Macintosh 512Ke (1987)

Commodore 64 (c.1983)

Gift of Glenn Dockery.

The Commodore 64 was Commodore's more capable and more powerful follow-up to the VIC-20, released in 1982. Not only did it ship with a lot more RAM (64K vs, 5K), it was faster and had better graphics. The C64 was very successful, the highest-selling single computer model of all time over its 12 year lifespan. At $595, it was twice as expensive as the VIC-20, which Commodore also continued to sell until 1985.

Like the VIC-20, the C-64 had an expansion slot, and game cartridges were manufactured for it by several companies. Owing to the C-64's improved specs over the VIC-20, these games could be much more sophisticated. [We played Donkey Kong on our Dad's C-64 - Ed.]

Commodore also produced a floppy drive that could be used with the C-64, a welcome improvement.

We have not yet tested our C-64 or the floppy drive to see if they still function - we will update this story in that event.