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Monday, July 12, 2010

WinUAE Amiga Emulator + What is the Amiga?

For those of you that don't know what an Amiga is, I will try in the next few paragraphs to educate you some.

Commodore introduced the Amiga as a 16 bit home computer to combat the Tandys and TRS80's of the world. Initially they did very well, eventually adapting to the market, releasing better OS updates, Introducing Video Toaster and forcing Apple to upgrade their computers to keep up with the ever inter-changing and transforming home computer. Most Amigas had slots to upgrade or add processors, ports, ram, even bios chips. Your old Amiga could blow away the competetion that same day if you knew where to get the parts and how to install them.

The only problem was the market was not ready for Amiga. Sure, the buisness world had adopted it for news casts, video and sound editing and had accepted it as the standard of the late 80's and early 90's but the average consumer did not want the Amiga. Software for the Amiga was hard to come by. Some programs that worked for Macintosh worked with the Amiga because the hardware was often times similar and sometimes better so.. it just worked. Games on the Amiga were pretty good and often times were ported to other system. Alot of fine games and especially the soundtracks for the game were way ahead of its time. Sound hardware was far above the norm, and some developers took advantage of this.

To this day there are people that use the computer as their daily machine. Hardware upgrades and OS updates are still being released. Companies in Britain still sell processor upgrades (Dual Core!) so you keep up with just about anyone. Patches allow you to play recent games and current software. (firefox, microsoft office blah blah blah)

I have never owned an Amiga, but i have a fond interest, so for now i will download this awesome new emulator and mess around with it on my PC. Read te Amiga wiki, its extensive.


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