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Commodore 64 celebrates its 30th birthday
The C64 may have been ugly and bulky in appearance, but it offered superior graphics and sound to rivals machines such as the Apple II, and came with a cheaper price tag and larger software library.
Gallery - Commodore 64 and its greatest games:
More than 10,000 commercial software titles were released for the C64 during its life cycle, including office applications, programming tools, and of course, games. Virtually every video game studio of the 8-bit era supported the platform, so it played host to its fair share of classics.
With a library so unfathomably vast, it's difficult to draw up a definitive list of the home computer's greatest games, but the likes of Elite, Chuckie Egg, Boulder Dash, Bruce Lee and International Karate + are a handful that spring to mind.
A great rivalry developed between the C64 camp and the ZX Spectrum fraternity as the years rolled by, and the debate over which was the superior machine dominated every playground. The Commodore machine was capable of handling more colours, and its SID chip gave it the edge sonically, but the argument was never cut and dry.
In actual fact, C64 developers were often guilty of sacrificing detail and clarity for colourful visuals, plus the ZX Spectrum had a faster processor under the hood - not that we're trying to dig up this age-old debate.
> ZX Spectrum vs Commodore 64: Gaming's Greatest Rivalry
The C64's sold between 12.5 and 17 million units during its life cycle, making it the bestselling single home computer model of all time. Its legacy endures today thanks to the efforts of hobbyist programmers and the volume of emulators in circulation, so there's no excuse not to revisit it during its milestone year.
> Retro Corner: 'Elite'
> Retro Corner: 'International Karate +'
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