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Other Names:
Tandy Corporation, Radio Shack
Worked on:
Donut Dilemma (Publisher)

Tandy Corporation’s Radio Shack division was responsible for the development of the TRS-80 (Tandy Radio Shack- 80) home computer. The TRS-80 is remembered fondly as an underpowered but affordable home computer.  Whilst Tandy’s computer may not have been as sophisticated as its competitors, such as the Apple, the TRS-80 had advantages beyond its low cost.  Tandy’s Radio Shack stores offered a readymade distribution network for software.  Its popularity with home coders meant that there was plenty of software available for the TRS-80.

Tandy liked to ensure that Radio Shack was dominated by Tandy products to ensure profitability and published a suite of software for the TRS-80.

References: Dobson, D (2012), “Games from the Trash: The History for the TRS-80” Gamasutra http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/182224/games_from_the_trash_the_history_.php?print=1:

Welch, D &T (2007).Priming the Pump: How TRS-80 Enthusiasts Helped Spark the PC Revolution.  Ferndale, Michigan: The Seeker Books.

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