Commodore Vic-20

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PLATFORM: Commodore VIC-20
MEDIA: Cassette Tape, Cartridge, 5.25" Floppy
PRODUCED BY: Commodore
YEAR INTRODUCED: 1981

See which games were on this platform. Scroll down to see William Shatner's connection.

To learn more about the Commodore VIC-20, visit the following links:

http://www.old-computers.com/museum/computer.asp?st=1&c=252
http://www.classicgaming.com/museum/vic20/index.shtml
http://www.myoldcomputers.com/museum/comp/vic20.htm
http://www.oldcomputers.net/vic20.html
http://www.vintage-computer.com/vic20.shtml
http://www.vidgame.net/COMMODOR/CVIC20.html
http://www.cedmagic.com/history/commodore-vic20.html
http://www.obsoletecomputermuseum.org/vic20/
http://www.sothius.com/hypertxt/vc20.html
http://www.cyberstreet.com/hcs/museum/vic20.htm

If any of these links are dead, please let us know!

"THE WONDER COMPUTER OF THE 1980s"

In 1982, William Shatner (Captain Kirk) was employed as a spokesman for the Commodore VIC-20. His ad campaign, both in print and on television, was designed to promote the VIC-20 as the perfect balance between the more expensive home computers of the time and video game-only consoles like the Atari 2600/VCS. Obvious links were made to Mr. Shatner's Star Trek/sci-fi past, however, and from what I've read, the ad campaign was discontinued due to the public's perception of the VIC-20 as being a "sci-fi toy".

Below are three scans of print ads archived from the 'net along with a vidcap of an actual 30-second TV commercial (MPEG, 3.85MB):

   

Video courtesy of Retro Junk. A WMV version of the above commercial can be found on their page HERE.