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80's General => 80's Computers => Topic started by: Harri on March 31, 2004, 15:13:52 PM

Title: Vic 20
Post by: Harri on March 31, 2004, 15:13:52 PM
Did anyone else have one of these?
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: JASON on March 31, 2004, 19:33:51 PM
NO..............WHAT DID VIC STAND FOR?

ANYBODY KNOW?
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: Shytot on March 31, 2004, 19:38:13 PM
Video Interface Chip

http://oldcomputers.net/vic20.html (http://oldcomputers.net/vic20.html)
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: JASON on March 31, 2004, 20:03:17 PM
CHEERS MATE.....................NEVER KNEW THAT!!

YOU LEARN SOMETHING EVERYDAY!
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: AndyR on March 31, 2004, 21:36:17 PM
I personally think the VIC-20 is a terrible machine. No question about it being ground-breaking (colour computers of the time were expensive but this was comparatively cheap) but I just think everything from it's display to it's keyboard is badly designed. The VIC chip was improved beyond belief and the VIC II became the base of the C64 just a year later (VIC 20=1981 - C64=1982)

Interestingly, the C64 used to cost Commodore(US) $25 to make when they were selling for $200! That's a 700% return!!!

Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: Harri on April 01, 2004, 15:45:15 PM
The VIC 20 was an awful machine but at the time we didn't know any better.  I still spent hours typing code out of magazines into a program that once ran, never worked!! Those were the days
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: lovefist on September 14, 2004, 12:10:09 PM
I agree Harri, many hours of my frre time were wasted typing code in that promised a great game, but all you got at the end was "SYNTAX ERROR" or chasing a "GOTO" command that went nowhere. God it was frustrating ???
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: pdub on October 29, 2004, 07:28:00 AM
I remember playing 'Gorf' on it round a friends house - think it was cartridge based ?  The bonus was the multi channel sound and sprite graphics, still beefier than the Spectrum on the video/audio front
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: Andi on October 29, 2004, 08:53:38 AM
Erm - Cough cough - yes I admit, we had a Vic 20 in our house.
oh the hours spent waiting for the tapes to load to play games such as Blitz and Wacky Waiter - what a god send when we started buying the cartridges !!  

I was a bit shocked to see it sat in the science museum in London about 3 years ago though - LOL  :)
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: Harri on December 02, 2004, 17:21:05 PM
It was probably my one! :grin:
Title: Re:Vic 20
Post by: Emil J. on December 13, 2004, 06:27:19 AM
Never had one of those, but a had a C64 for many many years. One of my friends had a Vic-20 with the extra RAM thingie. :)

B.R

Emil J
Title: Re: Vic 20
Post by: Troubadour on July 30, 2006, 20:38:04 PM
Funny what silly things you find on the internet. Here's a Swedish song from 1982 about the Vic-20:

1982 Vic-20 Song in Swedish (http://user.tninet.se/~hlw771b/s/1982.html)

hmmm, groovy.
Title: Re: Vic 20
Post by: Troubadour on August 12, 2006, 22:36:01 PM
How could anyone resist!!!!

Commodore Vic20 Commercial - William Shatner (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVX5cyMOGAk&mode=related&search=)
Title: Re: Vic 20
Post by: Lord Villa on December 04, 2006, 13:59:41 PM
Remember a game on it called "Radder Rat Race", came out about 1984.
Title: Re: Vic 20
Post by: Sal Collaziano on June 13, 2007, 05:23:11 AM
I owned a Commodore Vic 20. .  However, not for very long.  My Father brought it back and exchanged it for a Commodore 64 - which I learned a lot from.  I actually ran a BBS (bulletin board system) back in the mid 80s. . .  The movie "War Games" with, ahh - damn. .  Who played Ferris Bueller again? Heh! That guy. .  That movie is what got me wanting a computer. . .
Title: Re: Vic 20
Post by: RM! RMR on August 07, 2007, 19:18:12 PM
The VIC-20 was the first video game system I ever owned.  I still have it, and all the original games I had, but one of the components is broken :(