Wednesday, March 28, 2007

The Commodore is Back!

Once, twice, three times a PC... oh wait, wrong Commodores. No, Lionel Richie didn't rejoin the band that made him a household name. Although I wish he would! That old school funk R&B like "Brick House," "To Hot Ta Trot," "Sail On" and "Wonderland"... smokin'!

But after 25 long years the company that introduced me to computing, and thus computer gaming, is back... with a vengeance. Commodore, the makers of the VIC-20, the Commodore 64, 128 and eventually the Amiga line of computers is back in business.

As I've prattled on about in past blogs, it was this particular company, and their particular line of computers that sent me down the long and winding road that I still travel to this very day. To some degree they made me who I am.

Scary thought, eh Commodore?

Seriously though, when they unveiled their new line of goodies at the CeBIT electronics show in Germany (hmmm, beeeeer) a few weeks ago a wave of nostalgia surely must have swept over other middle-aged "Gamer Geezers" who cut their teeth on what at the time was cutting edge technology. The new line of incredibly gorgeous Commodore gaming PCs are a far cry from the clunky aesthetically unappealing boulders from yesteryear. Take a gander at the sleek, black standard case...

Now look at it adorned with what Commodore is calling their C-Kin technology...

Uh, can you say sweeter then a bowl of Maggy Moo's ice cream on a hot summer day? There are currently a plethora of skins that can be applied, with more on the way. For the full run down check out the Commodore Gaming website.

Even though America is obsessed with how things look from the outside ("Only Skin Deep" should replace "In God We Trust" as our motto), these babies pack more horsepower than a Brokeback Mountain ranch. Seriously, these rigs might very well make Dellienware sob in their alien goo and make Voodoo PC cast a hex on Commodore! Take a gander at what's included with their top-o-the line rig, the Cxx:
  • Intel® Core™2 Extreme Quad-Core processor QX6700: 2.66GHz 8MB Cache
  • ASUS® P5N32-E nForce 680i SLI motherboard
  • 2x 150GB 10000 RPM SATA Raid 0 and 1x 500GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drives
  • 4GB Corsair® Dominator 2xTwin2x2048-8500C5D memory: 1066MHz
  • Philips® DVDRW optical drive
  • 1000W ICE Cube power supply
  • Creative® SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer
  • 2x NVIDIA® 8800 GTX 768MB graphics cards
Are you frakkin' kiddin me?! The cache for one of the hard drives has more memory then the entire Amiga did back in the day! From 64K to 64 Bit indeed! The Mad Man wants one o' these bad boys for his birthday (now only a mere 11 days away)! Oh yes... my preeeeeecious.

Until next time... keep the beer frosty, the carpel tunnel under control and since spring has sprung, time to crack out the Hawaiian shirts baby! I'm out.

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