The Commodore-64 is a lot of computer for the money. For only $595, it comes with 64K of RAM memory, excellent graphics, a three-voice shound synthesizer, Microsoft Basic, a 6510 microprocessor, a built-in RF modulator to connect with a television, and a typewriter-style keyboard ... After spending quite a bit of time using a sound editor that makes it easy to build new sounds and then experiment with changing them, I am very impressed woth what the SID can do ... Many 64s will be purchased solely because of the SID synthesizer.
Most Hoopla Behind a Game Award - This award goes to Fox Video Games for their introduction of M*A*S*H. The press conference introducing the game was held in an Army mess tent set up in the parking lot of the convention center. It was regulation issue throughout from the balky jeep to the huge juice vats to the 4077th caps given to all the attendees. We were surprised, however, that when Jamie Farr (Sgt. Maxwell Klinger) showed up, he was in civies and not in uniform. After a few jokes, we learned that the M*A*S*H game will be available not only for the VCS, but the Atari computers, Vic 20, TI 99/4A, Intellivision and Coleco Vision. Inside the convention center, the Fox "booth' was a replica of "The Swamp.'
Other innovations include the one-button mouse. Mice previously have had two to four buttons. It was quite a stroke of genius to come out with a mouse with only one button. The one button makes things much easier to use since, when in doubt people will simply pass the one button and see what happens. With two or more buttons the user might hesitate to press a button for fear of pressing the wrong one. Lisa cheats a little on the elegance of the one button design by allowing shortcuts like clicking the button twice in rapid succession for "advanced" commands.
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