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(Pocket-lint) - Remember the Commodore 64? Those classic gaming moments playing Speedball, or knackering your hands running the 1500 metres in Summer Games? Following Commodore's sale last month the new owners have released a console that plugs directly into your television so you can relive all those moments again.

Sounds great doesn't it, and with a list of over 30 games to choose from including Speedball, Winter Games, Summer Games, Impossible Mission, World Karate Championship A, Zynaps and Sumo-wrestling to name but a few, there is bound to a be at least one game that excites you. The trouble is, like every other retro gaming console that has been released in the last year, it's likely to amount to a five-minute wonder and then a life of eternity in the cupboard under the stairs.

The formula is a bit staid now. The unit is designed around an old C64 Competition Pro 5000 joystick and after loading it with four AA batteries (not included) you can plug it directly into the television and away you go.

The games themselves are the original versions rather than emulations, with graphics that look like they've come from the dark ages. And it's here that you see the C64 Direct-to-Television's strengths and weaknesses in one foul swoop.

On the one side the memories and nostalgia come flooding back, on the other you realise, as I am sure we will in twenty years' time with today's latest games, that the quality of graphics back then was appalling.

To recap

Like the slew of retro gaming consoles all offering you memories of gaming yesteryear this is another five-minute wonder

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Writing by Stuart Miles.