Chronology of the Commodore 64 Computer

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1986

January
  • At the Winter CES, Berkeley Softworks introduces the GEOS graphical operating system for the Commodore 64. [814.38] (spring [804.19]) (April [817.43] [1999.43]) (1984 [909.236])
(month unknown)
  • Simon & Shuster introduces the Star Trek: The Kobayashi Alternative game for the Commodore 64. [814.38] [351.14]
April
  • Epyx releases the World Karate Championship game for the Commodore 64 in the USA. Epyx obtained a licence from System III of the UK to use their International Karate game. [2636.368]
June
  • At the Summer CES, Commodore announces the Commodore 64C, bundled with GEOS. [804.19] [805]
  • At the Summer CES, Commodore displays the 1541C DiskDrive. [804.19]
(month unknown)
  • Access Software releases the Leader Board golf game for the Amiga, Atari ST, Commodore 64, and Atari 800. Price is US$39.95. [154.66]
  • Progressive Peripherals & Software introduces the Device 9 - "The Vault" 10 MB hard drive for the Commodore 64/128. The external unit plugs into the serial port. Price is US$899.95. [154.96]
  • Star Micronics introduces the NX-10C dot-matrix printer for the Commodore 64/128. Performance is 120 cps draft, 30 cps near letter quality. Price is US$13. [154.97]
  • Activision releases the Shanghai card game. Price is US$34.95 for Commodore 64. [222.32]
  • Activision releases the Titanic: The Recovery Mission game for the Commodore 64/128. Price is US$29.95. [222.84]
  • Activision releases the Greeting Card Maker software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [222.84]
  • Broderbund Software releases the Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? game for the the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [2000.60]
  • Avalon Hill Game Company releases the Macbeth adventure game for the the Commodore 64. Price is US$25. The game was written by Oxford Digital Enterprises. [2000.62]
  • Batteries Included releases the PaperClip II word processor for the the Commodore 64. Price is US$79.95. It includes spell checker and telecommunications capabilities. [2000.65]
  • Accolade Software releases the Ace of Aces combat/flight simulator game for the the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [2000.66]
  • Activision releases the Transformers: Battle to Save the Earth game for the the Commodore 64. [2000.66]
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  • Software Investments Plus releases the Destiny graphics adventure role-playing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1117.18]
  • Avalon Hill Game Company releases the Super Sunday football game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$35. [1117.20]
  • Professional Software releases the Fleet Filer database program for the Commodore 64 and Commodore 128. Price is US$39.95. [1117.24]
  • Mastertronic International releases the Speed King motorcycle racing game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1117.26]
  • Touchstone releases the Cyber Video graphics/music/animation program for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95 [1117.26]
  • Epyx releases the World Games game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95 [1117.27]
  • Electronic Arts releases the Marble Madness game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. It is based on the arcade game. [241.110] [1117.27]
  • Cherry Image introduces the Diablo game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1117.102]
  • Spinnaker Software introduces the Z-Pilot game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1116.24] [1117.102]
  • Spinnaker Software introduces the Strike Force: Cobra game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1117.102]
  • SubLogic releases the Stadium Disk for its PureStat Baseball program for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1117.102]
  • MicroProse Software releases the Gunship game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1117.104]

1987

January
  • At the Winter CES, Commodore introduces the 1581 Disk Drive, which uses 3.5-inch double-sided disks with 808 KB formatted capacity, for US$399. [804.19] [814.23] [1117.8] [2001.20] [2002]
  • At the Winter CES, Xetec shows the Lt. Kernal 20-Meg Hard Disk Drive for Commodore computers. Retail price is US$899 for use with the Commodore 64, or US$949 for with the Commodore 128. [814.24]
  • At the Winter CES, Accolade introduces the Accolade's Comics software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [814.35]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the Portal: A Computer Novel text/graphics adventure game for the Commodore 64/128. Price is US$39.95. [814.35] [222.84]
  • At the Winter CES, Activision introduces the game Aliens: The Computer Game, for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. It is based on the movie Aliens. [814.35] [222.84] [1117.102]
  • At the Winter CES, Electronic Arts introduces the PHM Pegasus game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. The game was written by Lucasfilm Games. [814.35] [241.112]
  • At the Winter CES, Electronic Arts introduces Bard's Tale II for the Commodore 64. Price is US$39.95. [814.36] (1986 [1175.56])
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces the Sub Battle Simulator game for the Commodore 64. [814.36]
  • At the Winter CES, Epyx introduces Street Sports Basketball game for the Commodore 64. [814.36]
  • At the Winter CES, Firebird introduces Guild of Thieves for the Commodore 64 to the American market. The game is a sequel to The Pawn. [814.36]
  • At the Winter CES, Firebird introduces Tracker for the Commodore 64 to the American market. Price is US$39.95. [814.36]
  • At the Winter CES, Firebird introduces Starglider for the Commodore 64 to the American market. Price is US$39.95. [814.36]
  • At the Winter CES, Berkeley Softworks introduces Writer's Workshop for GEOS for the Commodore 64, for US$49.95. [814.38]
  • At the Winter CES, Berkeley Softworks introduces geoCalc spreadsheet for GEOS for the Commodore 64. [814.38]
  • At the Winter CES, Berkeley Softworks introduces geoFile database management system for GEOS for the Commodore 64, for US$49.95 [814.40]
  • At the Winter CES, Berkeley Softworks introduces geoDex cardfile for GEOS for the Commodore 64. [814.40]
  • At the Winter CES, Commodore introduces the 1764 RAM Expansion Module for the Commodore 64. Price is US$129. It provides 256 KB RAM for use as a RAM disk. [804.19] [814.23] [1117.8]
(month unknown)
  • US Gold releases the OutRun game for the Commodore 64 in the United Kingdom. [2583.36]
  • Broderbund Software introduces the Superbike Challenge motorcycle race game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.16]
  • Free Spirit Software introduces the Outpost space game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.17]
  • Free Spirit Software introduces the Gospel Greats religious music player for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1116.17]
  • Free Spirit Software introduces the English & Scottish Songs II music player for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1116.17]
  • Activision releases the Postcards graphics software for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [705.22] [1116.17]
  • Datasoft introduces the Saracen game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.24]
  • Electronic Arts introduces the Delta Patrol game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.26]
  • Cosmi introduces the Def Con 5 game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.28]
  • Thunder Mountain introduces the Top Gun game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$9.95. [1116.30]
  • Bear Graphics Software introduces the Bucks! game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.32]
  • Electronic Arts introduces the Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$19.95. [1116.32]
  • Avantage introduces the Desert Fox game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$14.95. [1116.34]
  • Computer Mart introduces the Super Snapshot cartridge for the Commodore 64. Price is US$54.95. [1116.106]
  • Raritan Computer introduces the Raritan D540 Disk Drive for the Commodore 64, compatible with the 1541 disk drive. Price is US$199. [1116.108]
  • Mindscape releases Superstar Ice Hockey for the Commodore 64. [809.22]
  • Strategic Simulations, Inc. releases the War Game Construction Set for the Commodore 64. [809.22]
  • Activision releases The Last Ninja game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [241.32] [1115.24]
  • Accolade releases the Test Drive game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1115.26]
  • Epyx releases the Road Warrior game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1115.28]
  • Epyx releases the Spy vs. Spy III - Arctic Antics game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1115.28]
  • Epyx releases the Boulder Dash Construction Kit for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1115.28]
  • Infocom releases the Nord and Bert Couldn't Make Head or Tail of It text adventure game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$34.95. [1115.28]
  • Activision releases the Gee Bee Air Rally flight simulation game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$29.95. [1115.32]
  • Activision releases the Road Warrior game for the Commodore 64. Price is US$24.95. [1115.28]
December 31
  • Shipments of Commodore 64C computers to date: 267,000. [307.219]

End of 1986-1987. Next: 1988.
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