Maximum PC's list of the 25 most important PC's in history.

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Meant to post this a while ago but forgot.. anyway, Maximum PC recently did another list.. and these things are always flame-bait, perhaps that's why I like them. This time it's their take on the 25 Most Important PC's in History.

Commodore Pet comes in at number 10 and the Commodore 64 just squeaks in at number 19... sacrilege! And why is the Exidy Sorcerer even on this list?! Why did the Atari 400 beat out the C-64?! Also.. Euro PC's got totally shafted.. Clive gets no love!

Check the article here... the full top 25 list is below in stylish hexadecimal..

Sound off :-)

00h: Kenbak-1 (1971)
01h: Xerox Alto (1973)
02h: SCELBI-8 (1974)
03h: Mark 8 (1974)
04h: MITS Altair 8800 (1975)
05h: KIM-1 - (1975)
06h: IMSAI 8080 (1976)
07h: Apple I (1976)
08h: Sol-20 (1976)
09h: Commodore Pet 2001 (1977)
0Ah: TRS 80 Model I (1977)
0Bh: Apple II (1977)
0Ch: Exidy Sorcerer (1978)
0Dh: Atari 400 (1979)
0Eh: Apple III (1980)
0Fh: Osborne 1 (1981)
10h: Epson HX-20 (1981)
11h: IBM PC (1981)
12h: Commodore 64 (1982)
13h: Franklin Ace 100 (1982)
14h: Compaq Portable (1982)
15h: IBM PCjr (1983)
16h: IBM PC XT (1983)
17h: Apple Macintosh (1984)
18h: IBM PC/AT (1984)

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Rowdy Rob wrote:

I don't know for certain, but it appears that the "Maximum PC" list is an abridged version of "Computers: A Chronological Timeline," found at the website "testking.com." How I came across this page, I have no idea, but here's a direct link to the timeline page:

http://www.testking.com/techking/infographics/a-comprehensive-history-of...

I'm still trying to figure out why the Atari 400 made the list. Perhaps it's because it was the first (maybe?) personal computer designed with gaming in mind? Sprites, joystick and cartridge ports, 4-channel sound... etc.

Again, the VideoBrain from 1977. Cartridge port, four joystick ports, color, sound, etc.

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Matt Barton wrote:

I suppose it does have a number of important originals, such as Myst, Dark Castle, and of course the ICOM Simulations games. There are probably many more, but I sadly had only very limited Mac exposure during its prime.

It has a few awesome RPGs like Quarterstaff, and a few quirky originals like Chipwits as well...

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Xerox Alto
Matt Barton wrote:

I put the Mac mainly because of its GUI, which of course led to so many great control schemes still in use in modern PC games.

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In 1979, Apple Computer's co-founder Steve Jobs visited Xerox PARC, where he was shown the Smalltalk-80 programming environment, networking, and most importantly the WYSIWYG, mouse-driven graphical user interface provided by the Alto. He reportedly was not impressed by the first two, but was excited by the last one, and promptly integrated it, first into the Lisa and then in the Macintosh, attracting several key researchers to work in his company.

All of the mac's "innovations" come from this beast. Too bad it's often overlooked.

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Fuller "Important PC's" List in Timeline Format

I don't know for certain, but it appears that the "Maximum PC" list is an abridged version of "Computers: A Chronological Timeline," found at the website "testking.com." How I came across this page, I have no idea, but here's a direct link to the timeline page:

http://www.testking.com/techking/infographics/a-comprehensive-history-of...

I'm still trying to figure out why the Atari 400 made the list. Perhaps it's because it was the first (maybe?) personal computer designed with gaming in mind? Sprites, joystick and cartridge ports, 4-channel sound... etc.

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I put the Mac mainly because

I put the Mac mainly because of its GUI, which of course led to so many great control schemes still in use in modern PC games.

I suppose it does have a number of important originals, such as Myst, Dark Castle, and of course the ICOM Simulations games. There are probably many more, but I sadly had only very limited Mac exposure during its prime.

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Maybe we should have weekly

Maybe we should have weekly lists as a theme on Armchair Arcade, with each editor (six of us) creating say a top 10 something, then everyone else critiquing it in the comments or offering up their own lists, then the editor of the original blog post would be able to follow it up with a "perfected" list based on feedback. It might be fun, and we could invite guest bloggers, like some of the guys who commented here to provide future lists or two of their own to get promoted to the front page.

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Important games computers
Matt Barton wrote:

As far as games go, I'd go with these:

Apple II
Commodore 64
IBM PC/Tandy
Apple Macintosh
ZX Spectrum
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Atari 8 bits
Trs-80
TI-99 4/A

The only quibbles I'd have would be the Apple Macintosh - it has some legendary games on it - but I wouldn't consider it a driving force ever. I'd also strike the TI-99/4a. So I'd put the list at:

Apple II (this is indisputable)
C-64 (again, impossible to argue)
IBM PC/Tandy
ZX Spectrum
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST (I'd be willing to lose this solely for the Amiga)
Atari 8-bit
TRS-80 (I was debating this one, but it was an important early games machine)

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As far as games go, I'd go with these:

Apple II
Commodore 64
IBM PC/Tandy
Apple Macintosh
ZX Spectrum
Commodore Amiga
Atari ST
Atari 8 bits
Trs-80
TI-99 4/A

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A worthy blog post
Chip Hageman wrote:

If you guys were to pick your top 10 most influential computers, what would they be?

I think it's worthy of its own topic, but I'd like to see some constraints, be it by era, by form factor, whatever. Certainly if we just go by the specific PERSONAL computers that touched the most people, top of my head I'd have to go Altair 8800, IMSAI 8080, Apple II, Commodore PET, TRS-80, Atari 400/800, TI-99/4a, ZX-81/TS-1000, Osborne, Kaypro, VIC-20, ZX Spectrum, C-64, IBM PC, Compaq, Tandy 1000, Apple Macintosh, Atari ST, Commodore Amiga, Palm Pilot, iPhone, and iPad. Each was critically important in some way and quite popular. I'm sure I could refine and add/subtract if I put more thought into it.

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Mark Vergeer wrote:

Chronological which I can understand but a tad geographically challenged. LOL

Well, again, it's a list of "firsts", so I can't really think of any firsts that it missed in Europe or Asia... I'd really prefer total accuracy over exhaustiveness anyway.

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