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         HISTORY OF THE COMMODORE 64
The Commodore 64 was released in the year 1982 as a home entertainment computer. During its time, it out sold IBM models. The total number of Commodore 64 units sold world wide totalled some 60 million units. At the time, the main rival to the system was the ZX Spectrum, however the graphics on the Spectrum did not compare to that of the Commodore 64. It was quite a fight between the C64 and the Spectrum though, as the Spectrum was half the price of the C64.

The Commodore 64's media was mostly tape format, and there were around 10,000 various games and software released for the C64. The one problem with the tape format was that it took a while for games to load, sometimes twenty minutes or so. There were later versions of Commodore models that used floppy discs, for quicker loading times.

The key benefits of the Commodore 64 was its graphics engine, and its sound chip (the SID chip). The SID chip provided crisp and clear audio for gaming etc.

The C64 held out of many years, it was officially destined for discontinuation in 1995, however, 1994 saw the collapse of Commodore, the company.










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