REPORTS

This page will feature various reports, reviews, and thoughts relating to the Amiga, from shows I visited, to hardware reviews to software reviews, and general information that doesn't quite fit any where else on the site.


Report 1. Me and AmigaNG

So I thought I start my first report with a general write up of how I ended up here. Way back in 1988 I believe my parents got my brother and our household our first computer. It was a ZX Spectrum over the years my brother got literally hundreds of games for it but I never really got that hooked on the games, the thing that interested me was creating stuff on it, from making it make a simple beep noise to making full little games I loved programming and seeing the result, so my brother ended up getting a game console (mega drive) after the spectrum but I still wanted a computer and a computer that was known to be a good game programming computer, this pretty much lead me to the Amiga, I had heard about how easy it was to make games on with programs like Amos and Blitz Basic so I wanted one, this was around about 1993, so I managed to save up some of my birthday money and much nagging to my parents I got an Amiga A1200 for xmas 93. Most likely the best present I ever had. I had so much fun just playing around in Personal Paint etc this was a big leap for me from the spectrum, I had used a PC with windows 3.1 I believe before I got an Amiga at a friends house but wasn't all that impressive, even less so after I got my Amiga. So I got it for building and creating games but it also opened me up to new gaming experiences that I hadn't really seen on a game console, games like Theme Park I remember was one of the games I got really into, with me into creating things I really loved that game being able to make your own god dam theme park it was great fun. Point and Click Adventure games like Simon the Scourer and Space Quest where again games you didn't normally see on a game console. But I think I also just generally enjoyed a mouse controlled game over joy pad one more, games like Cannon Fodder, Lemmings, Worms, Syndicate etc because I just felt it gave you more control. Another new game play that I got introduce to with my Amiga was real time strategy game from Dune 2, this was another big favourite of mine, again the building/creating part was fun to me but it added the extra bounce of blowing things up! This was one the few game plays I would really be jealous of PC owners getting with the likes of Command & Conquer etc. So anyway after all this I didn't really ever get down to programming on the Amiga, I did get AMOS with a mag and blitz basic but found it little harder than the ZX spectrum basic GOTO 10 commands, I think this was also due to the fact that with the speccy we got a load of programming books but I had nothing but the bare basic hello world guides for these programs, so i got more into just the creative side rather than the programming one, I got SEUCK (shoot em up construction kit) and I remember making a few mini games on that, later I got Reality, which again offered you the ability to make games without programming knowledge and I remember even getting the first person shooter Fear over Gloom and Alien Breed because it came with a 3d maze editor which I must admit had a lot more fun with than the game. So time was flying by and while the world was switching to PC in 97 and 98 I was more than happy with my Amiga, exploring new type of programs I had so much fun with such a vast array of programs when ever I got on a PC all I ever found to do was to mess around in word, or ms paint or play mindsweep none of my friends seem to have any thing like my amiga programs on there PC, I remember being slightly impressed by a few games Doom and Magic Carpet but the software side just seem so dull. But I realised that my Amiga was getting pretty dated by the end of 98 and there was this thing called the internet I got introduce to at college so I started saving up for either a PC, Mac or a new Amiga, when I read the news that Gateway had plans for a new state of the art new amiga multimedia internet machine I was so looking forward to it, at this time I was at college doing a computer course so spent a lot of my time looking all over the internet for information on the new Amiga, but was surprise to find barley any coverage of it on Amiga sites so I took it on myself to build my own web site to cover just the new Amiga, it also would help me with the assignment I got which was build a web site. So early 1999 AmigaNG got launched, when the AmigaMCC got cancelled I was pretty upset, more with the fact that in order to do homework at home I needed a better computer and so bit the bullet and bought a .......Power Tower Amiga!! Yep I just couldn't leave the Amiga scene just yet specially when I was really looking forward to the RTS game Napalm, I now had a 68040-40Mhz, CD-rom drive, 32mb Fast ram, 12Gb Hard drive, this was a great machine. As it happened I got the system second hand pretty cheaply and so the following year ended up getting a cheap refurbished PC for just that homework that had to be done with Microsoft software. During this time I kept AmigaNG up and running in the hope that something would be announced because even with my Power Tower Amiga I could see just how quickly things where advancing else where in the computer world, games where all pretty much in full 3d now, I started seeing more and more programs and features on both the Mac and PC that I just couldn't do on my beloved Amiga, but there was hope Amiga had been sold again and Amiga Anywhere idea sounded pretty cool as well as news Hyperion and Eyetech where working on a new PPC version of the OS and new hardware. But development on these front where very slow and things I herd from the community didn't sound that good, Hardware buggy and failed, software buggy and failed. Amiga Anywhere didn't really get anywhere and when the last big major Amiga mag on the newstands left, Amiga Active I decided maybe it was time to stop dreaming. So 2003 I got a new PC, put away my Amiga and I kind of slowly drifted away, AmigaNG pretty much all but ended I kept following the Amiga progress but it was a great shame to hear of all the problems that where going on with Eyetech pulling out of the Amiga market leaving no hardware for the AmigaOS that was slowly becoming a full modern OS, then the legal battle between Hyperion vs Amiga Inc casted an even darker cloud over the Amiga world. During this time other Amiga like OS where developing MorphOS and Aros but neither of them really got my attention back then, I think Aros was just too basic and MorphOS kind of passed me by, the thing that made me still interested in an Amiga come back was largely Amiga Forever/UAE yep it sad to say it but my PC could emulate a faster Amiga than my real Amiga and even emulate things like graphics cards which I never had on the Amiga, this kind of felt like the new Amiga with the stuff I could now do on it, in late 2009 I finally heard about the legal battle being over, new reliable hardware was out and the OS was reportedly a lot less buggy and more complete with a modern browser and other much needed software either already out in the market or being worked on. In 2010 I re-entered the Amiga world, started following the news a lot more and the new momentum that AmigaOne x1000 brought so again I search all over the net on this new machine for news and again came to the conclusion that AmigaNG needed to be brought back so hear I am, I hope you enjoyed my little story on my personal Amiga ride I have had, most likely missed out on loads of stuff that happened but I'm just glad to be back even if it just as a hobby I cant wait to be using a modern Amiga again. So I hope you enjoy the site