Remembering the Amiga's glory days


When Zool ruled and keyboards were whole computers
— 12:17 AM on September 8, 2000

Time to bust out some nostalgia!

Eight years ago, PC's were boring beige business boxes, and many computing enthusiasts got their kicks out of funny little "home computers", generally one-piece systems hooked up to televisions or cheap monitors, from companies like Atari and Acorn. The king of 'em all was a colorful little computer from Commodore called the Amiga. With a custom chipset at its core and a Unix-like multitasking OS, the Amiga delivered stereo sound, smooth animation, and high-color displays.

It was, we Amiga faithful were convinced, poised to take over the world.

In the fall of 1992, I was studying abroad in Oxford, England, and I had the chance to attend London's big Amiga trade show. Commodore was finally set to unveil the first major revision to the Amiga's custom chips. By then, Macs and PCs were catching up to the Amiga's graphics, and game consoles threatened to eat away at sales. Nevertheless, enthusiasm was high.

Read my time-capsule report from the show floor to get a glimpse of the way things were.

   
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