RIP, the Man who Helped Get me Into Video Games
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All i can say is i am a great fan of the C= 64 and the following architecture it led to with custom chips and a great community the days of BBS's and 2400Baud modems my first was actually a 300bps modem which was suffice for the C= 64.
Such a pioneer won't be easily emulated i think that generation of giving the user what the user / masses need or want is over and we are in a different era now sadly.
I for one still hammer away at C= 64 games on my emulators CCS64 http://www.ccs64.com/ and VICE http://www.viceteam.org/ and i no doubt will for years to come as do my children and they adore the games on it and the C= amiga emulator WIN UAE.
Salute to the great Jack Tramiel and peace to the fellow C= generation
Here's what Jack always had to say when it came to Commodore.
One man who actually considered the masses and not the classes!
RIP Jack Tramiel.
The author must be some kinds of prodigy to remember a shopping trip at four years of age. Who else remembers anything from that age? Are you trying to sound clever? I was nine years old when I was given a Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1983.
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My first computer was a Commodore 128*
* Runs in C=64 mode.
I ran a C-NET 128 BBS, learned BASIC programming, played games, had a Commodore repair business. The Commodore really launch my IT carreer. Thanks to Jack and all the folks at Commodore for many years of fun.
I, too, got where I am today because of my Commmodore 64. I can't say enough. Thank you.
I wish I could have shaken this man's hand and said thank you for all that has developed from his humble beginnings. My life would be very different if not for what he did.
I have such fond memories of Commodore... My introduction into coding on a C=64. Scrounging every penny for what seemed like ages (as a teen) to buy an Amiga, and all of the gaming fun I had with that platform. Working with some friends in college who did video editing and commercials as a sideline, playing with the Video Toaster and LightWave.
I often wonder how different my love of computers and gaming would be now if Commodore had not been an early influence for me.
I had C-64 too and it was my computer where I learn computer programming. At that time the college I was attending to learn programming was using a IBM mainframe and I had to use cards and punch out with computer commands to run my program. Then hand over the deck of cards to person who would feed them to the mainframe and then I had wait an hour for a print out to see if the program would run or not.
On the C64 I could get Pascal computer language install on it. Run my programs and more importantly experiment, try new ideas because I had the time. Instead of wasting a hour waiting on results I could try various ideas on my C64 with that same hour.
The C64 computer has a special place in my heart. Rest in peace Jack Tramiel.
I still have my C64 sitting in a box in my closet. Complete with giant 5" floppy drive. There are many days when I will think back to what got me into gaming. 2 systems come to mind. The C64 was my first one. The second was a Tandy computer. I miss both. The C64 had games on it that you could make yourself. Provided ofcourse that you had the basic "reciepe" out of a published programmer magazine.
This gentleman goes right on up there with Stan Lee in my box. Someone who through their actions changed and defined the world we now live in.