Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Feb 2011 00:09 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Oh. My. God. When I read this, and browsed the website, my face went like this. Do you remember the Amiga? That fun little computer that was miles ahead of its competition, but in recent years has been dragged through the mud by one shady figure after the next? Here's a new one: Amiga, Inc., the one 'run' by Bill McEwen, has partnered with a company called IContain to slap the Amiga logo on a bunch of low-end, incredibly sad products. Whether this is another shady deal I don't know, but worthy of the Amiga? I don't think so. I'm not putting this in the Amiga category, by the way. I refuse to. Forget it. It's going into our generic category. Fitting. Update: As was pointed out over at AmigaWorld.net, not only are these nothing more than brandless OEM products with Photoshopped logos, the website itself is just a standard, unmodified WordPress theme. Oi. Doesn't instil a lot of confidence, now, does it?
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Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by Dr.Mabuse on Fri 25th Feb 2011 05:06 UTC
Dr.Mabuse
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2009-05-19

Wow, so another hopeless attempt to capitalise on the Amiga name. Is the "Amiga" jinxed or what?

I have such fond memories of the Amiga. I learnt programming on it, from BASIC to 68k assembler. Did a fair bit of hardware "banging" myself (AsmOne/Trash'em One was my home.) The demo scene, BBS's, games, OS ... it was all Awesome.

One of the comments above drew reference to the smoothness of Amiga graphics.

I had a little giggle about this very topic the other day when I was watching GT5 load a circuit on my PS3.

On the load screen, there is scrolling text (listing the competitor names) which was stuttering very badly, resembling the scrolling abilities of a ZX Spectrum. It looked hopelessly amateurish. Eight cell processors guys! Eight! I know the programmer's priorities lie elsewhere, but still...

Anyway, back to the topic on hand. I wish they'd just give up. The fondness I have for the Amiga lives on via emulators and magazine scans.

As far as an Amiga branded Android pad is concerned, I suspect most enthusiasts of the original could care less - unless it were something really spectacular. What are the chances of that? Terrific business plan guys. "Good luck" milking it for all it's worth...

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RE: Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by Neolander on Fri 25th Feb 2011 07:25 in reply to "Comment by Dr.Mabuse"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

I think the main problem with GT5 and other console games with bad performance is that some devs can't admit that the "next-gen" consoles are starting to get old, and that they can't sell games based on "improved graphics" anymore because they have simply reached the limits of what they can do with this hardware.

If they would just focus on things like gameplay and scenario to the point where the user concentrates on these instead of graphics (like they do, say, on the DS, where the original DS can still run great games like Phoenix Wright and Ghost Trick), consoles would never display poor performance for their entire lifetime.

Edited 2011-02-25 07:28 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by lucas_maximus on Fri 25th Feb 2011 21:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Dr.Mabuse"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

What you have highlighted is what most console gamers have known since eternity ... Console is on par with PC with power until PC catches up and is loads better near the end of the console's lifetime.

At that point dev's try to push it to the limit. For example Ridge Racer 4, Gran Turismo 2 and Metal Gear solid on the original playstation ... don't look that bad today considering their age (1999) and the power of the PS1.

I play Playstation games because I like the games on the platform and the platform.

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RE: Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by MORB on Fri 25th Feb 2011 09:07 in reply to "Comment by Dr.Mabuse"
MORB Member since:
2005-07-06

Aren't you the guy who made an intro called "D.O.C demo" back in the days? I had it on a compilation of old amiga intros, I liked it a lot back then.

Anyway, regarding the amiga, it was amazing back then. I learnt assembly and C programming on it, etc.

But frankly, the amiga brand has been turned into a joke only a few years after commodore's demise, not just today.

It never really evolved after that, and neither did the people remaining in the amiga community (which included me for some years back then). Nowadays every single thing that was cool about the amiga has been done or superseded by something even cooler elsewhere.

Be wary of nostalgia and its ability to distort past things into looking better than they actually were.

Edited 2011-02-25 09:09 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Dr.Mabuse
by Dr.Mabuse on Fri 25th Feb 2011 11:03 in reply to "RE: Comment by Dr.Mabuse"
Dr.Mabuse Member since:
2009-05-19

I wish I could say it was me - but sadly, no it wasn't. I only ever coded some lame 10kb BBS intros and some half-finished raytracer experiments (chunky2copper technique.) All good fun though.

The demo you have in mind is called "Demons are forever." It was producted by a German demo group called Dr.Mabuse's Orgasm Crackings (D.O.C.) It's still an enjoyable view today IMHO. You have a good memory BTW. :-)

(Sidenote: Dr.Mabuse is a character from a couple of Fritz Lang movies.)

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