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8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars (2016)

When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting ... See full summary »

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When Jack Tramiel invented Commodore in the 1970's, he envisioned computing for the masses and not just the upper classes. Spearheading the personal technology revolution and combatting giants like Apple and IBM, Commodore became a household name by changing the way in which we interact, create and play with computers. From the advent of the groundbreaking Atari and Tetris games to the evolution of contemporary technological design, 8 Bit Generation dives into the home computer explosion and explores Commodore's key role in shaping the future in which we now live. Written by BOND/360

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Pure Historic Brilliance!
9 November 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is just wonderful, although it is geared towards the 1970's and early 1980's generation I think it could be one of the best films about early computers out there.

Let me tell you, I grew up using a VIC-20 and also a C-64 and I can't believe the information I didn't know about this company until I watched this film. I type this review on a PC using Linux, which was created by Linus Torvalds. Mr. Torvalds grew up just like me, using a VIC-20. I imagined to myself what if he had not of been introduced to a VIC-20? I would not be sitting here today writing this review.

With all this being said, I have a lot of fond memories using my Commodore PC and I remember programming bouncing balls, and flashing hearts on the screen as a child in the early 80's. Commodore brought so much joy into my life, and I still remember some of the code. The term Poke seems to come to mind.

Regardless this film informs the viewer of what Commodore was and wasn't, while still giving fond memories of the people that actually used these beautiful machines. I owe all my computing experience and interest about computers to the Commodore team. Thank you for all the great memories. Also hat's off to the directors of this fantastic film.


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