Commodore VIC-20

Commodore VIC-20

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First Computer with 1 million+ Sales. Aimed primarily at the games and educational markets, it was the original low-cost computer with colour graphics as standard. Unlike its contemporaries, it was sold in supermarkets and toy shops rather than in authorised computer dealers thereby contributing to its mass market success. Games were available on ‘plug-in & play’ cartridges rather than just the slow-to-upload cassettes. Marketing included a series of catchy adverts featuring William Shatner (‘Captain Kirk’ of Star Trek) with the message “Why Buy Just A Computer Game?” aimed at encouraging parents to recognise its non-games applications of programming languages, practical applications software such as word-processing and a pioneering modem that allowed users to communicate externally using the telephone line to access external computers hosting online newspapers, electronic mail services and special interest groups Period: 1980-1985

  • Type: personal computer
  • Year: 1980
  • Company: Commodore
  • CPU Type: MOS 6502
  • CPU Speed: 1.02 MHz
  • Memory: 5KB