Show Today's Kids a 1980s Computer and, Well, Yeah

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The Commodore 64 turned 30 this week. As the firs video game platform my family ever owned, it will always have a very special place in my heart.

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But I was born in 1980. What do kids born in the 21st century think of the machine?

The BBC and C64 fan Mat Allen went to find out. They're...curious. And, bless them, not as dismissive as I'd have thought. One girl's suggestion of adding dancing music to the system's agonisingly long load times is even a damn fine idea.

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They then went to a high school. Things were a little sadder there. Partly because the kids looked so bored it was if they were being held against their will. But mostly because seeing their bemused faces just makes me feel old.

You can see the kids reactions in the video below. The best part is probably the extensive Last Ninja exposure. The worst is that the BBC's video player takes longer to load than a C64 game did, so you'll have to be patient.

Commodore 64 turns 30: What do today's kids make of it? [BBC]


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Stefnighthawk
Stef Nighthawk

Why didn't he also show that a C64 also had a floppy drive?

Or why not even try to find out what their reaction would have been to a cartridge?

I remember that near the end of its life Commodore released a console version of the C64 with only a cartridge slot and joystick ports, so there should be some game cartridges around.