If you were a young person back in the early '80s, you may have fond memories of the clunky, yet oddly seductive Commodore 64 computer. A delectable combination of brown and darker brown, the Commodore debuted in 1982 and went on to become the best-selling personal computer of all time.
I myself can only guess what that bygone era of antiquated electronics, neon, Esprit bags, and jelly bracelets must have been like, for I am a dewy ingénue with nary a wrinkle to my face, who back in the '80s was but the beginning of a twinkle in my parents'—okay FINE I'm damn near 40 and I totally had a Commodore ARE YOU HAPPY.
Anyway, if you're into all things retro, or you'd just like to spend some time typing on something other than the newest, sleekest toy, rejoice! The Commodore 64 is back, and better than ever.
The outside looks the same: a big keyboard with a full computer beneath it, and those fat-ass clickety-clack keys. The keyboard description is such a loving homage to that vintage typing sensation, it sounds downright pornographic: "...the new Commodore 64 features genuine Cherry brand key switches, which provide a feel much better than the original, with a lovely IBM classic mechanism and click sound."
Inside is where things get modern, because the whole system's had a major overhaul. The new C64 comes with a 1.8GHz Intel processor, up to 4GB RAM, runs Windows 7, and plays back Blu-ray discs. There’s a built-in C64 emulator so you can fire up some of your old favorite games.
Even the price is retro, since the basic model is $595—the same as it was for a similar base unit in 1982.
I guess I don't have $600 burning a hole in my pocket for an updated Commodore 64, but it's kind of neat that it's available. I bet some people have been missing that keyboard for decades.
A word of warning, though. If you plan to buy one, just remember one critical thing: the only world-saving answer to the question of "Shall we play a game?" is "OH HELL NO."
Image via Commodore USA