National Game Registry: Commodore 64

United States Library of Congress

Commodore

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Commodore 64
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Commodore SX64
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C64 Game System
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This article features the best games released for the Commodore 64 as selected by the National Game Preservation Board and recommended for permanent preservation by the United States Library of Congress National Game Registry.

System: Commodore 64
Manufacturer: Commodore
Debut: 1982
Nation of origin: United States

As one of the pioneers of the home computer market, Commodore Business Machines was in a fairly good position in 1982. Its first system, the PET (1977), had been a success, and the follow-up Vic-20 (1982) was the first computer model to sell over a million units. Commodore decided to take control of the market with their next system, the Commodore 64. The new computer benefited from a very low price point and complete saturation of the market, even turning up in toy stores. While the system never completely dominated the market, it did go on to become the highest-selling single computer model ever, at 30 million units, and drove competitors like Texas Instruments out of the market. Commodore produced a couple of alternate models, starting with the SX64, a portable version of the C64 that could be carried like a briefcase. Much less successful was the C64 Games System model, released long after the 64’s peak. This model removed the keyboard and compatibility with floppy disks and cassette tapes, leaving only cartridge games. Software developers, especially those based in Europe, flocked to the C64 and supported it for many years, resulting in a huge, high-quality library. Inducted Commodore 64 games include:

Pitfall!
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns

REFERENCES AND ADDITIONAL INFO

Emulation: National Game Registry recommends CCS64 for Commodore 64 emulation on home computers.

Manuals: Many Commodore 64 games are less than self-explanatory. A collection of manuals may be viewed at Project64.

Visit the National Game Registry to view more inductees.

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