What Is This?

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Q: What classic computer and Apple II competitor opened its steel case up like a car hood? And was named after a domestic rock toy popular at the time?

A: The Commodore Pet

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Gizmodo '79 is a week-long celebration of gadgets and geekdom 30 years ago, as the analog age gave way to the digital, and most of our favorite toys were just being born.

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My brother wrote a game on one and brought the whole thing to my mom's house to show it off.

You had to "fly" a targeting reticule onto a tie fighter (easy one in asciii) and hit the space bar to shot at it.

It wasn't perfect at first, so my little sister and I ended up being beta testers (long before it was hip) to help him out.

Loving the flashbacks, Gizmodo old kid.