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ScuzzBlog: Diaries December 2018

Entry 7th December 2018: Post 01: Commodore C64GS


Commodore C64GS

When reflecting on the Commodore C64GS or Games System I am reminded
of that poem by Ogden Nash that goes ' God in his wisdom made the fly.
And then forgot to tell us why.

I mean why would any company release a cut down version of a computer
in 1990 using almost obsolete technology from 1982. And into a market
saturated with fourth generation consoles that had oodles of games.

Further, the machine had to be modified to play games so that the ROM
advises the player to insert a cartridge, and then is greeted with
many of the cartridge games asking the user to press a keyboard key.
Sadly there was no keyboard.

There was a dreadful lack of confidence from games developers for this
machine with only 28 games released in its very short shelf life. The
unit was only shipped in Europe and was kinda doomed from the get-go.

For me it is worse than useless. I have a simple rule about machines
and that relates to saving and loading data. There is no input beyond
the joystick which was also hampered with its button controls. Why
would anyone buy one of these when the C64 was available and totally
affordable.

Anyway as a novelty I managed to score two of these. As I have stated
a few times here in the early days of Ebay stuff was so prolific I
would often make multiple bids on items that were going through the
auctions whilst I was at work, and quite often I would get home and
find I had won more than one of something. What also may be a bit of
a shocker in today's market is that I was picking stuff up for 10.
I have mentioned before that I never put bids on A500s higher than
25 and Amiga 1200s were sometimes won for as low as 10. There is
a page on the site about an auction I won for an A1200 plus a big
box of goodies for 11. Same with the A600s. How things have changed.

Some pictures for you. I call all these machines top loaders. They
are of little interest to me in truth. I have taken photographs
today of five top loaders that I will feature later this month.

Both of the C64GS' work by the way .... One little tip when you have
older computers... Take the wires out and heavy power units. They
both melt the polystyrene and also being heavy cause the box to
be heavy one end and can bend the box and even shoot the packaging
out the one end under the weight of the PSU. Just a thought.

Commodore C64GS

The boot up screen on the big Toshiba

And state of the art gaming... or not.

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

The C64GS Manual

There were two games manuals with this machine
and one referred to being also the C64C

And inside was this leaflet

The content is warning users about the
danger of removing cartridges

In simple terms don't remove with the
computer power switched on

Final Thought

If you could live without the 'S' in the title
you could have actually bought one of these.


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