The Commodore Legacy – Part III

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Considering the Herald Express is a local newspaper I’m often surprised by some of the letters I receive from across the UK.After my Commodore legacy article last week I received this letter from a PR company based in London.

I read your article in the Herald Express this morning, and I thought you’d like to know that the Commodore brand was recently resurrected in the PC industry.While the original owners of the brand led it to bankruptcy, the new owners of the brand aim to restore the Commodore brand to it’s former glory.You can see what they are up to at www.commodoregaming.com

If you’d like any further information or images, please visit our press site at www.zen128487.zen.co.uk/Commodore_Press_Site/

Jools Moore, Naked Ape PR

I will be honest in saying that I did know about the new Commodore Gaming PC but choose not to mention it last week; I was unsure what relevance this new brand of gaming machine had to the old computers which won me over all those years ago.After having a look through the Commodore Gaming website I can unfortunately confirm that the new gaming PC’s have no real connection with the old Commodore brand, other than by name.

I mentioned this to Jools Moore who confirmed ‘The new Commodore Gaming PCs are Windows Vista based, the thought behind that being that a whole new Commodore OS would not fit into the way the world has progressed.The guys at Commodore Gaming did consider it though.

The components are hand picked, and the quality of build is foremost in the design of the machines – all wires inside are trimmed and tidied, and the cases themselves are uniquely decorated using a vacuum to burn images into the case itself without bubbles or similar – they are not just vinyl decals…Also, there’s no extra cost for the designs to be added, unlike the high cost of airbrushing or decals.

I am a little disappointed but somewhat unsurprised that the only salvageable thing left of Commodore is the name; these new machines really are essentially custom, high spec PC’s running Windows Vista and have no real connection to the machines of yesteryear.Let us remember that the PC was one of the primary reasons for the demise of Commodore so I don’t know what Jack Tramiel and the original Commodore engineers would think of this unholy alliance.

Whilst I believe there is a market for something other than the ultra competitive, no frills PC’s that Dell and the ilk seem to be producing of late, I still wish something more could be done with the branding.Personally I would have like to have seen a Linux distribution customised to make it look a little more like the more recent Amiga OS operating systems and used in place of Windows Vista.Unfortunately I am getting carried away with myself here because, due to compatibility issues, Linux is considered unsuitable for gaming and so I do understand why the Microsoft offering was chosen.

The Commodore Gaming PC looks to be a fine, bloody powerful machine albeit costly, with the Commodore XX starting at £2,899. This seems to fly away from the original Commodore philosophy of bringing technology down to a price where it was accessible to all.

Having said all of the above I do still wish the company the best of luck; the Commodore name seems to be cursed and changes hands regularly; it’s about time someone had some luck with it.

 

 

About the Author – Chris Holgate works for Refresh Cartridges who supply a wide range of printer cartridges at the UK’s lowest prices.

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