The father of one of the best selling computer systems has passed away
. Jack Tramiel was the one behind the Commodre 64
. That little computer was such an inspriation and one that had a great influence in my life.
At 30 million+ units, it's been argued that it is the top selling home computer when you factor in that this single configuration sold that many and not just variations with different internals like computers are today.
I remember spending a ton of time before and after school on this little all in one computer. It plugged into my little 13" TV in my bedroom and opened a whole new world of gaming and communications for me. It was the first computer I used to dial to BBS's, the predecessor to the websites we have today.
Some of my favorite games on the Commodore 64 include Mail Order Monster, M.U.L.E., Questron, Racing Destruction Set, and Forbidden Forest. You just couldn't fathom the amount of games that were available to the Commodore 64 and how much fun they were at the time.
The Commodore family also brought forth the great Amiga system, which took the computer line to another level. While it didn't gain the popularity of the Commodore 64, it also was an influental system for me and many others.
Mr Tramiel left behind one of the best computers ever and one that I will never forget. To this day, I still fire up the ole emulator to play a few games here and there. We'll miss you, Mr. Tramiel and thank you for all you've done in the home computer industry.