Jason and the Argos Gnomes (Part Sixteen): The Commodore 64 computer

The world’s best selling single computer format

The Argos Catalogue started selling home computers in 1983. In its Autumn/Winter 1983 edition, the VIC20 and the Mattel Aquarius featured, next to the video games consoles. There was a higher page count for the Atari VCS 2600, Colecovision and the Mattel Intellivision, plus their cartridges.

Then came the Great Video Games Crash of 1983 which saw a number of Pac Man and ET cartridge buried in a desert. Whereas Atari imploded, the British home computer scene flourished. There was Sir Clive Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum (the UK’s biggest selling home computer); the BBC Micro, Models A and B becoming a feature of many 1980s classrooms; last but not least, the Dragon 32. In the Spring/Summer 1984, Argos sold what would become the world’s biggest selling home computer ever, for the first time.

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