Commodore and TV & theatre shows

Back in the 80s, when computers were becoming more and more popular, a TV show called “It’s all in the game” in the Netherlands (run by the NCRV broadcasting corporation) used the Commodore Amiga 500 in the lead role.
The show was an instant hit and ran from 1985 till 1988 with a simple, yet addictive format: two teams of high school students, each with a celebrity as captain, had to compete against each other in a series of computer games, showing of their skills and wit.

The games ranged from shuffling mixed-up logo’s back together to “tempo type”.  The latter got ported to several other platforms (amongst others the C64) and became a popular game that was even used in schools to learn how to use the keyboard.

A textbook example of “learn & play”, it consisted of nothing more than words flying in from the right, which you had to type in before they reached a laser-beam on the left.  The further you got in the game, the faster the words would appear and the closer the laser would get to right.

Commodore also recognized the power of the entertainment industry and sponsored a theatre show which toured all over the BeNeLux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg).  The show, called “Pulp” was aimed at 12 year olds, who back in the 80s were getting more and more exposed to a fast moving society, where information was coming in from all directions and computers were taking a more and more prominent role in business and everyday lives.

These are some of the shows I remember seeing as a kid back in the early 80s but I’m sure there were many more.  So if you remember a show that featured a Commodore in the lead role, let me know!

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  2. What I like about your blog, Robby, is that it combines two of my passions: Commodore and the Flemish region of Belgium.

    The photography and topics are of the highest quality, and the inclusion of the “flops” outside the mainstream (like the 264, electrically the most elegant design) makes it a worthwhile read each time.

  3. Robby "The C= guy"

    Hi David,
    Many thanks for your kind words. It’s always nice to read that the blog is well received in the community.
    Expect many more interesting articles on the great Commodore machines and less known facts.
    I’ll be running a series shortly on the 264 series (inside the machines, the peripherals etc.)

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