[click for bigger image] Yep, that's me on Christmas morning with my Vic 20 personal computer. Specs:ROM 16Kb. RAM 5Kb (3.5Kb user memory) expandable to 32Kb. Screen: 22 columns by 23 rows. Screen dot matrix: 176 by 184 with up to 16 colours. Sound: 3 voices plus white noise. Media Tape drive (controlled by VIC), Disk Drive, Printer.
Yet I felt like I had all the power in the world at my fingertips. 16 colors! I played Clowns and Pac-Man to my heart's content until I discovered the world of adventure games.
Pirate's Cove. The Count. Adventureland. Voodoo Castle.
Hours, days, weeks passed where I would do nothing but go on adventures.
I learned to program BASIC and set to work making my own very simple adventure games, word processing programs and arcade games. None of them were very well done, but the thrill of being able to make programs myself was unbeatable.
Eventually, I stuck the Vic20 in the closet when it's sexier, sleeker update, the Commodore 64, came out.
And here I am, all these years later with a computer to die for and what do I do with it? I play text adventure games all day.