As I stated recently on social media, most vintage video game and computer platforms – even the ones that weren’t particularly successful – have thriving homebrew communities. These communities include the talented developers making new software (mostly games), as well as the enthusiastic users of such software. Yes, 40-year-old (and older) platforms are still receiving support, with no end in sight.
With that in mind, the Commodore 64 (C-64), first released in 1982, and one of the best selling computer platforms of all time, is easily near the top of new homebrew creations and overall support. So much so that there was recently a Top 20 best homebrews of 2020 ranking, which could probably have easily been expanded to double that. You can check out the video here:
As you can see, not a one would have looked out of place as a major commercial release in the 1980s.
As mentioned, there are other amazing titles continuously in development. One that was just posted yesterday caught my eye:
Holy cow, right? Even though the gameplay is no more sophisticated than those ubiquitous freebie mobile games, the audio-visuals are truly something to experience, especially for a platform of this vintage.
No matter what your platform preference, or, if you’re like me and love everything, 2021 is the greatest time to be a gamer and I expect each year thereafter to continue the trend.