OLDER COMPUTING FANS REJOICE. A handheld version of the Commodore 64 is being made available for you to purchase, play with, reminisce over and maybe finish playing Zork.
The reborn and much reduced C64 is currently sitting at Indiegogo awaiting your support and backing.
It has a financial goal of £150,000 and offers two models: one that looks like your old friend, and one that looks a bit like a Nintendo Gameboy. Actually, they both look ace so perhaps both would be the best option.
The whole kit and caboodle, essentially both main bits of hardware and a range of other glories including two joysticks, will cost you $650 plus shipping.
There are lower and higher entry points, and you could choose to be a scrolling name on a page for $20, or come up with a whole $1,000 to get a shiny chrome version.
The handheld version by itself is $170 and the Keyboard model is $150, although for an extra £25 you can cop a joystick.
Pretty much all sponsors will get a credit in a hall of fame, but $2,800 will get you a unique model, or as the Indiegogo promo has it: "The one and only scale model of the 64 computer console version modelled by artist Wayne Malton and signed by the 64 team. This is the only one in the world."
Pretty cool, if you like that sort of thing. Many people do, and we have seen similar campaigns for other computers of the time, including the Spectrum.
"The 64 is here and has brought it's handheld cousin along for the ride. The world's best selling single computer model has been reimagined in computer and handheld console versions," said the outfit behind the machine.
"The 64 is an exciting and respectful re-imagining of the original home computer, the Commodore C64. Developed using the latest (old) technology, the highly passionate team behind the 64 is excited to bring you not only a classic desktop version of the 64 but a brand new handheld version meaning classic gaming on the go."
If you like it, you know what to do. µ
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