In 1982, Commodore released the most popular home computer ever made: The Commodore 64.
Sales are estimated around 22 million units worldwide, during a production lifespan that lasted for 10 years.
The Commodore 64 had 64K of memory, a superior video chip capable of producing images at 320 X 200 from a pallette of 16 colors (which was way beyond what the competition had to offer), a text mode that displayed 40 characters and 25 rows in upper/lowercase as well as Commodore’s PETSCII graphics set (the special characters found on the keyboard), a fully programmable parallel IO port, and a high quality 3-voice, 8-octive additive synthesizer sound chip (the infamous SID).
The computer came in its famous “breadbox” design (which made it a bit tough on the wrists though) and sported over its lifespan a huge collection of business and leisure programs. Everyone probably had a C64 for at home and played the hours away with classics such as Jumpman Junion, Outrun and Blue Max.
More than any other system, the Commodore 64 is the quintessential home computer, and it became the system for which Commodore is still famous for up to this date.