3,583 BYTES FREE! – Home computer culture
The reign of the Commodore 64 started in the spring of 1983. Even before then, home computers had attracted a subculture of BASIC programming enthusiasts.
Tips were shared through word of mouth, tapes filled with data were passed from one friend to another and user manuals were studied for guidance in programming. User associations were born around the different home computer brands.
In Tampere, Reima Mäkinen and Petri Tuomola started publishing a magazine called Micropost in January 1983. The editors had Sinclair and Commodore machines on their desks. The association Suomen Mikromaakarit ry was later founded to act as the magazine’s publisher.
The exhibition uses game demos, drawings, printouts and other documents to look back at a time when writing your own games was easier than buying them in a store.
The exhibition was curated by Reima Mäkinen. Petri Tuomola, Tuukka Kalliokoski and Henri Roth also participated in building the exhibition and loaned material for it. Tommy Huynh helped with restoring the games presented in the magazine and creating demo versions of them.