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Commodore Founder Jack Tramiel Passes Away

Video games have plenty of reasons to thank this industry pioneer.

Video games owe quite a bit to Jack Tramiel.
Video games owe quite a bit to Jack Tramiel.

Commodore International founder Jack Tramiel, 83-years-old, is no longer with us, reports Forbes.

The Commodore 64 was before my time, a whole three years before my own existence, but it’s impossible to understate its importance in bringing video games to the masses. There’s a reason the machine is often compared to the Ford Model T.

The original Commodore 64 went on sale in 1982 for $595, which, adjusted for inflation, would be $1,403, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The machine continued to be hugely popular for years after.

There’s still plenty of love for the Commodore 64, too, with scores of websites dedicated to the platform. You can even play emulated Commodore 64 games on your iPhone with an app from late last year.

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