Actually the Tomy Tutor used the TMS 9995 CPU instead of the Z80.Tomy Tutor (early Z80-based machine, took game carts too, like a TI99/4a), had an AWFUL chicklet keyboard. Spent several days writing my own Pac-Man clone for it, it was fun.
Too bad I didn't have the tape drive accessory, or even a printer. I had to hand-copy the BASIC program onto sheets of lined paper. Egads!
The Jackintosh would’ve been DOA had Commodore released something like the Amiga 500 rather than the Amiga 1000 initially. I mean, the ST was an OK computer and had the Amiga not been released, it might have survived longer. After jumping out to a sales lead from 1985 to 1987, Atari was in huge trouble once the Amiga 500 and Amiga 2000 were released in 1987. The STe, Mega, and Falcon were desperate attempts to save the company and all failed. Commodore wasn’t far behind though - the ST died in 91 IIRC while Commodore went under in 94.Meanwhile, I highly desired the Atari ST past '85.
This guy is my hero (https://www.bytecellar.com):First PC was a BBC Micro complete with green screen probably around 1987/8, gaming was poor but classic games (Asteroid, Arkanoid etc) worked just fine. In 1986 I was on a Commodore 64, Atari 2600 & Atari ST followed a few years later by the ZX Spectrum 48K and learning to code. In the early 90's shareware was all the rage, my friends & I used to buy all the magazines and share the games, unlocking them to play longer etc.
I do miss the bumble bee cursor on the Atari ST though as @IndyColtsFan says, the systems back then were full of character and little foibles. My sister thought that the couloured lightshow from loading tapes was a disco and used to dance during it.
This was my path as well, except instead of Silent Service it was Ultima III (hours and hours of Ultima...). I bought my C64 at Sears in 1984 as a bundle that included the computer, a 14" green screen monitor, and a floppy disk drive for $800. I later bought a 300 baud modem and got hooked on the BBS scene. First Amiga was the A500 with a 80MB "laptop" hard drive. I was completely blown away by the Amiga. I used to drag it in to work and show everyone how it could do real multitasking (yeah, I was THAT guy).C-64 and Silent Service. Then Amiga. Then x86.