Wow. I’m freakin’ old, man. I owned a C64, complete with GEOS (the Graphical Environment Operating System, but don’t you dare call it Windows!), a 2400 baud-rate modem to connect to Quantum Link and a flip-file filled to capacity with bootlegged games like Miner 2049’r, Jeopardy, Trolls and Tribulations and the oh-so realistic thrill ride that was Strip Poker.
Wired.com is taking a look back at the single most popular gaming console of it’s day and possibly of all time. I look back at the most powerful 8-bit system ever produced, one which has only just recently ceased to be a viable option to surf the Internet with. I really wish I still had a working model, it would be quite a show piece, even if mine wasn’t the original bubble machine, but rather the sleeker second version meant to emulate the look of the C128.
On the Commodore 64’s 25th anniversary, we cast a nostalgic look back into gaming’s past. Join us on a journey back to 1982 — when men were men, headbands were fashionable, and programs could take half an hour just to load.