Jack Tramiel died on Sunday, and though his name isn't as ubiquitous as Steve Jobs, you should take a minute to thank him. He's the man who created Commodore, and was behind the Commodore 64--the most popular personal computer of all time. My first computer was a Commodore 64. I played games on it for hours, and made greeting cards, posters, and banners (all in black and white on my dot matrix printer) at home! That was big stuff! (Coincidentally, one of the cards just surfaced a couple of days ago while packing, and wow, how embarrassing.) In honor of Jack, who lived a productive 83 years, here are the top 5 games I played on my first home computer system.
sing along (skip to 0:34). Next thing you know, you’re sitting in the fire house, the alarm goes off, you slide down the pole, get into the car, and listen to an electronic version of the theme until you got to your hunting destination. You were equipped with Proton packs to catch the flying ‘Slimers’ and it was just too cool…all in its 8-bit glory!
online. The difficult thing about playing it online is getting used to using the keyboard keys again, instead of a mouse, to control the player. I’m sure you gamers out there are used to control pads, but why not try it the old way?
Share your favorite Commodore games or memories below. Never played a Commodore game? There are many emulators online that you can use to play these and many other games like Pitfall, Super Mario, and more! Happy Retro-Gaming to You! And don't forget to share us with a fellow gamer (or old person who will reminisce fondly of the Commodore 64), like us on Facebook, and pour a little liquor out in honor of Jack Tramiel.