A 1980s Home Computer Family Celebration

November 24th, 2009 by Benj Edwards

A 1980s Home Computer Family Celebration on Technologizer

If you liked the NES Action Set Family, then you'll probably enjoy my latest Technologizer slideshow. It examines ten early-1980s computer magazine advertisements, all of which focus on a happy family gathered around the 'ole family PC.

Happy Thanksgiving!



7 Responses to “A 1980s Home Computer Family Celebration”

  1. Geoff V. Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Ben.

  2. arlandi Says:

    It's quite interesting to see that the 'ole family PC experience has now evolved into a really individualistic one. At the very least, each family member has his/her own private storage. You do have better multiplayer games than the 80s, but you no longer play while sitting next to the other player. The other guy sometimes sitting half way around the world, and you never seen his face! Don't know if that's good or bad, though.

  3. Moondog Says:

    I had a friend in high school whose parents were into playing with their C-64 as much as my friend and his brother and sister were. Their C-64 was set up in the family room and was switched from the big TV to the little TV depending on the activity.

  4. Flip Says:

    it's like cheering on someone doing algebra

  5. Mattel Aquarius Says:

    Loved it!

    Mix up at end. Two links for "More Tech Nostalgia" on the last slide, point to the same article:

    The Golden Age of Electronic Games

    15 Classic PC Design Mistakes

  6. the-topdog Says:

    LOL! I loved seeing these old advertisements. Having lived through the hype, it gives us a chance to roll our eyes at ourselves.

    I'm surprised an ad for the ill-fated Mattel Aquarius home computer didn't make it into the slide-show. Now THAT was a lot of hype about nothing.

    I don't ever remember the whole family gathering around our computers back then. It was mostly just my brother and I… up until the modern PC age where it is definitely a singular, personalized experience rather than a family event.

  7. card player Says:

    Great slide show brings me back to when i was a kid looking for all the advertising about the games.

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