From: Anders Carlsson (anders.carlsson_at_mds.mdh.se)
Date: 2004-06-18 15:19:10
On Fri, 18 Jun 2004, Groepaz wrote: > look at what datel is doing with their products for various consoles. > none of these is licenced by sony/nintendo/sega/whatnot. I remember in the 80ties, when Nintendo through their agent were *very* hostile and threatened to sue the pants of other importer who sold non-licensed NES games, just to make one example. I don't know if it ever went to a case, but if the hardware policy (which some people probably rightfully have dismissed as inappropriate) stays, why shouldn't there be a software policy? When it comes to Commodore software, I immediately realized that they mean the titles produced by C=, not the third party software running on C= computers. It may have been crap, but there was a wide range of cartridge and to some extent tape and disk software out there. In particular the VIC-20 had a huge catelog of Commodore and related partner's cartridge software. Something I often wonder is how large the user base is outside the few of us really interested in Commodore computers, i.e. people who read these mailing lists, use Usenet, visit various forums, develop hard- or software etc. I remember in the first press release that Tulip estimated some ridiculous amount of remaining users. Even if all the collectors, who generally don't give a damn about new stuff, are included, I strongly believe that the market share is peanuts. At least before new devices like the joystick, mobile and PDA based emulators etc are available, but even then, the market is flooded with similar or better units. The C64 games may have a touch of nostalgic, but how many of those who grew tired of it in 1989 are possible to "wake up" again and will pay reasonable amounts of money to play old or new but inferior games? Darren on Ironstone seems to have a good idea about the real user base, but I realize that there are more people than him (in higher positions even) who make decisions on whether to invest time and money into a product which has been commercially dead for more than 10 years. It must be a difficult way to go - both being nice enough to the known possible customers and at the same time acting professional and not tolerate than someone else is gaining (money) on what is yours. You can also not go public too early to investigate how to do. I'm not likely to buy any of the offered products (as I almost never buy something like that anyway), but I fear that if everything else fails, the whole Commodore brand and community may RIP before it's 30th birthday (counting from the PET), only keeping laywers at work. -- Anders Carlsson Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list
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