The C-64 was the first computer I interacted with on a regular basis.
My elementary school had one at the back of the Grade Six classroom (along with a homeroom teacher who was a pretty big nerd when that wasn’t as cool as it is today!) and we would spend hours (or at least it felt like hours) playing the games that he created by typing the long lines of machine code contained in the back of Compute! magazine or other educational games that the school purchased.
There was one simulator based on US politics where you picked Democrat or Republican then decided whether you wanted your candidate to fundraise, travel to another state, give a speech or rest along with many other options that made it a pretty advanced simulator for the times.
Still one of the most fun, addictive video games I’ve ever played! (And holy shit – the game on the cover of the Wikipedia page for Compute! is Laser Chess – another awesome game!)
Anyhow, in yet another marker that I am no longer a young man, the C-64 has recently turned 30. A hobbyist in the UK demoed his vintage C-64 to a group of schoolkids to see what they thought of it.