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Computer Chronicles - Computer Games (1984)!)  
User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1131 times:

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What a flashback!!! My dad bought the Commodore 64, it was the family computer and it did nothing.. LOL and it cost him somewhere around $5000 (please adjust for inflation)... Looking back at this, with the same fighter jets still being front line.... Really reflects how important software is. It almost boggles the mind that computer tech moves forward more in a month now, that it did between 1984 and 1996 or so....

And, how computer nerds turned into metro chic......Lets not forget that there is no more such term as 'nerd' Now they are called the 'future rich'.....

.....how times have changed....  



Another must watch....!!!!

[Edited 2008-10-02 21:21:10]

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User currently offlineKevinL1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 49
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1114 times:



Quoting HapppyLandings (Thread starter):
there is no more such term as 'nerd'

Poppycock!.
It's in the dictionary and therefore acceptable in a game of Scrabble. It's board value can range anywhere from 5 to 18 points depending on how you play it.

Dude,
I fought in the Commodore, Atari, Amiga wars as a Tandy infantryman. I also served during the HP vs. Casio calculator conflict back when it was illegal to use anything but a slide rule! Ultimately it was the square root function which determined the HP54 as superior.

The bloodiest battles however were fought during the BetaMax - VHS war. The losses at Sony were tremendous. Worse than the Columbia Music catalog purchase. If it weren't for the Trinitron and the Beatles, there would be no Sony today.

 old  So......
wadda ya need to know sonny?  Wink



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User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1103 times:



Quoting HapppyLandings (Thread starter):
Commodore 64, it was the family computer and it did nothing

you can't be serious!

the c64 was an amazing game machine with a absolutely huge library of games. There were the olympic games series, gianna sisters, all the classics, mission impossible, etc. I can't count the endless days my sister and i bickered and fought over the games we were playing against each other on the c64. This was before any of my friends had nintendos or anything.

And to say it did nothing is absurd. My father actually wrote a program for it that was featured in a magazine that used the computer's advanced sound system to play music as entered by the user. He never sold the program, but got royalties for every magazine sold in north america .


User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1102 times:

Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 1):
Poppycock!.
It's in the dictionary and therefore acceptable in a game of Scrabble. It's board value can range anywhere from 5 to 18 points depending on how you play it.

Dude,
I fought in the Commodore, Atari, Amiga wars as a Tandy infantryman. I also served during the HP vs. Casio calculator conflict back when it was illegal to use anything but a slide rule! Ultimately it was the square root function which determined the HP54 as superior.

The bloodiest battles however were fought during the BetaMax - VHS war. The losses at Sony were tremendous. Worse than the Columbia Music catalog purchase. If it weren't for the Trinitron and the Beatles, there would be no Sony today.

LOL.... I was 4 or maybe even younger when my dad purchased the MIGHTY Commodore 64....I remember one game, but I cannot remember the name......


On a side note.... Hail THE NERDS!!!! They figured out all of the things that made my life easier when I was figuring out how else to get more off road capability from my Jeep CJ-7 while selling the pot in my high school years to finance it...... It is quite funny where entrepreneurial skills stem from.... (dont tell my current clients) lol

And all of the nerds in my high school smoked my pot, and recieved a signifiacant discount for doing my science homework  Smile.....The good ole days....

[Edited 2008-10-02 22:19:20]

User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1096 times:



Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 2):
you can't be serious!

The first enjoyable computer experience I can remember is the Pentium 100 and 'Need For Speed' was able to run off of it.....

Although I was never a big gamer, I can only say that the first gen of warcraft, Ultima Online and every new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator were ever in my repertoire.


User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1065 times:
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Quoting HapppyLandings (Thread starter):
My dad bought the Commodore 64

My parents bought me one for Christmas in 1984. My favorite game was Nomad the Space Pirate.

In 1987 they got me a IBM XT. My favorite games were Test Drive, Winter Games, Mean 18, Zaxon, and NFL Challenge. I still have my XT.

I have not played a computer game in at least 12 years.



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User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9483 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1055 times:



Quoting ScrubbsYWG (Reply 2):
My father actually wrote a program for it that was featured in a magazine that used the computer's advanced sound system to play music as entered by the user

You could certainly do quite a bit with it if you weren't afraid of a PEEK and a POKE.  Smile


User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8494 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1041 times:



Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 4):
Although I was never a big gamer, I can only say that the first gen of warcraft, Ultima Online and every new version of Microsoft Flight Simulator were ever in my repertoire.

Warcraft II was the bomb. So was Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri.


User currently offlineAAORY From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1024 times:

I really liked playing Wizardy, Castle Wolfenstein, and North Atlantic 86 on my old Apple II+. I payed $1200 for it and it had a whopping 48K of RAM. Smoking!


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1022 times:
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Quoting HapppyLandings (Thread starter):
LOL and it cost him somewhere around $5000 (please adjust for inflation)

Back in 1982 when the C64 came out the MSRP was $595. In 2007 dollars that would be $1262.67. That was just for the computer part that included the keyboard. The monitor, disk drive(s), tape drive, and printer were extra. The computer would work without that stuff. you could plug it into a TV and a lot of the programs were cartridges you stuck in the back of the machine. I had the disk drive, monitor, and printer. I would imagine that was some where around $600 for all that stuff making the machine around $1200. Which in 2007 dollars would be $2546.56. However the longer the C64 was on the market the price went down. By the later half of the 80s the price was down to $200 for the CPU.



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User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 1009 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 9):
Back in 1982 when the C64 came out the MSRP was $595. In 2007 dollars that would be $1262.67.

Then maybe it was not the Commodore that he paid that much for. One of our early computers cost that much, I cant remember which one it was then... Thanks for that info!! Next time I have this discussion with someone I wont look like an idiot!


User currently offlineVonRichtofen From Canada, joined Nov 2000, 4626 posts, RR: 37
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1009 times:

Hahaha Space Ace, I remember that game.


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User currently offlineFalstaff From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 5961 posts, RR: 27
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 998 times:
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Quoting HapppyLandings (Reply 10):
Thanks for that info!! Next time I have this discussion with someone I wont look like an idiot!

What was the exchange rate between US and Canadian dollar back then? The dollar amount I gave was USD. The price may have been very different in Canada.



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User currently offlineHapppyLandings From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 995 times:



Quoting Falstaff (Reply 12):
What was the exchange rate between US and Canadian dollar back then? The dollar amount I gave was USD

According to http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf it averaged $1.29 to the US dollar through 1984.... Not enough to constitute such a difference  Smile


User currently offlineUmfolozi From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 984 times:

Can anybody still remember the Sinclair ZX81 and ZX Spectrum? I owned both and had endless hours of fun with both of them. I got my ZX81 in 1982 and still remember how excited I was when my dad bought me the "advanced" Spectrum in early 1983.





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