30 Years Commodore Amiga – The impact of the first multimedia computer




It was thirty years ago this month that the first Amiga came out: the Commodore Amiga 1000. The launch was spectacular and was graced by artist Andy Warhol and singer Debby Harry. Although the Amiga was never as popular as the Commodore 64, many users still cherish fond memories of the home computer. The Amiga 1000 caused a significant technical step forward, in both graphical and audio flat area and in terms of multitasking.

At an event in Amsterdam to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Amiga, we surveyed some veterans what the Amiga so special. The fall of Commodore is generally attributed to mismanagement and poor marketing, but the former employees indicate that there are other factors as are to be designated for software and hardware field.

Among other RJ Mical has a say, at that time led the software branch of Commodore. Also Dave Haynie recalls. He was in the twilight of Commodore technical guidance and wild with advanced technology maintain Amiga’s lead over the PC. Not only in terms of multitasking, photo and video editing Amiga played an important role, but also in games. We talk to the creator of one of the most popular games on the Amiga, Lemmings, who also conceived the basis of GTA. About the music for the games Allister Brimble gives his opinion, he composed among other Alien Breed and Project X.

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