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[News] Eyetech launched it's Eye-Play Amiga games divisionANN.lu
Posted on 27-Jun-2000 08:50 GMT by Alan Redhouse16 comments
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Eyetech launches Eye-Play - a division dedicated to the publishing and distribution of high end games for the Classic and NG Amiga platforms. Eyetech - recently chosen by Amiga as their partner for the manufacture and distribution of the new DevBox in the UK and Ireland - have launched Eye-Play, a division dedicated to the publication, promotion and distribution of top-end games for the Classic Amiga architecture and, more significantly, for those currently in development which are designed to run under the new Amiga OE.

In launching Eye-Play Group Managing Director, Alan Redhouse, said: "We are very excited about the opportunities that the new Amiga OE offers both to the existing Amiga Community and to the converts it will quickly make from the wider leisure computing world. As with every significant leisure computing platform to date - the Sinclair spectrum of the early 80's, the Classic Amiga of the late 80's/mid 90's and the multimedia PC of the late 90's - great gaming software is what will drive the growth and general acceptance of the Amiga OE as the defacto standard in this market. We therefore strongly believe that good gaming software is going to be essential to the success of the Amiga OE in the end-user market We therefore decided to launch Eye-Play now, well in advance of the end user version of the Amiga OE becoming available."

"As well as teaming up with the best of todays Amiga games developers, we are also keen to help any new games writers make their fortune by using the new Amiga SDK to write for the platform-independant Amiga OE. .

"However no matter how keen we all are to see new Amiga titles, we will apply the same rigourous standards of selection and quality assurance to the Eye-Play titles that has been our hallmark in hardware and serious software distribution. We only intend to distribute software which is both upmarket and, in our opinion, worth the money in terms of delivered quality and gameplay. As this is an area of quality assurance that can really only be evaluated by a dedicated gamer we have taken on a seasoned PC (NVidea2-DDR etc) games player who also has very good Amiga knowledge to run the Eye-Play division"

As well as publishing their works Eyetech have also commited to help out individual developers who are new to the platform by making their Amiga-endorsed EZDev-Plus and EZDev-Tower developer systems available on concessionary terms.

Eyetech are also catering for the lower-spec'd Classic Amiga by making a number of 68x00 classic Amiga games titles and compilations available - mostly for purchase via download only. There will also be also be some freely downloadable Classic games, and download demos of new and 'work-in-progress' titles for both Classic and Amiga OE titles. The Eye-Play websites (eye-play.com, .co.uk, .eu.com) will be open for business from the Eye-Play launch date - 1st July 2000.

Gary Peake who heads up Amigas own Amigatainment support team said "We are delighted that Eyetech - one of Amiga Inc's first partners from the Classic Amiga Community - has decided to endorse the Amiga OE with such enthusiasm. The new Amiga OE will bring tremendous benefits to games developers - both new and established - by delivering truly amazing levels of multimedia performance and binary compatiblity across a wide range of hardware and operating systems. We know Eyetech will bring a great deal of integrity and professionalism to the serious gaming market and their dedicated Eye-Play division will, I know, help spread the word about the Amiga OE and its talented developers to dedicated gamers everywhere and take us a significantly nearer our ultimate goal of the implementation of the total Amiverse vision."

ENDS

For further details please contact:
Randall P Hughes
VP Sales and Strategic Business Development
AMIGA INC. randy@amiga.com

Alan M Redhouse
Chairman, Eyetech Group Ltd
The Old Bank
12 West Green
Stokesley
North Yorks
TS9 5BB, UK
Phone: +44 164 271 3185
Fax: +44 164 271 3634
Email: info@eyetech.co.uk

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Posted by Darrin on 26-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
A nice idea from very well respected Amiga Company. I can't wait to see what golden oldies they are going to have available for free download :)
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Posted by Kay Are Ulvestad on 26-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
This sure is good news! Great website design, a good product range, and reasonable prizes from one of the UK's most respected Amiga dealers. Nice job, Eyetech!
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Posted by Troels Ersking on 26-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Thats good news, with Alive now beeing dead! the game market needed someone to take it's place (but do it better).
Good luck to Eyetech.
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Posted by Anonymous on 27-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (redrumloa):
Or Half-Life for the Dreamcast which isn't even out yet.
Or StarCraft.
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Posted by redrumloa on 27-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 6 (XDelusion):
You are kidding right? These games are NEW to the Amiga. Nobody complained when the had to pay $70 for Quake on the N64. By the time it hit N64 it was $10 on the PC.
It's NEW to the Platform. You going to buy a PC just to play SIN? I take it you already own the PC, so why not dump the miggy if you think there are no advantages to having Amiga versions available? I don't understand your logic. This is not a flame, I really don't understand your logic!
Jim
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Posted by Cartman on 27-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Good news! Eyetech are righteous dudes... :)
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Posted by PaulT on 27-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Darrin):
Surely it's a nice IDEA from EyeTech. However, putting up a glitzy site and not having half of the "features" enabled strikes me that the marketroids were in charge of the launch. Slap a bunch of desirable sounding features on there, we'll get around to some of them within the year, I say.
Or maybe they could just say that they are planning to add some actual functionality besides "buy it here, NOW!!". Yes, I understand that they're in business, that is why I expected such an idea to be actually IMPLEMENTED before it was put up on the Web and no doubt press-released around the world.
(mode: flame OFF) PaulT reply here, it's more interesting that way
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Posted by XDelusion on 27-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Well when they refer to viewing the quality of PeeSea games I hope they are not refering
to the old outdated library such as Sin, Heretic 2, and the like. :O)
WooHoo, I can pay $40+ to play Sin on my Amiga, or $10 to play in under Winblows.
I never understood the logic in that.
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Posted by Anonymous on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (Zap):
Unless I'm mistaken the Amiga version of Wipeout had more "advanced" features
than it's predecessors on other platforms - horizon fogging and wot-not.
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Posted by Larry McGahey on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
I do not understand why people that are not interested in Amiga hang around
Amiga related groups. Get a life.
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Posted by Zap on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
It was the games on offer that finally made me give up my Miggy and move to a PC. I hate Windows, but the games are great. Unless the new Amigas have something new to offer in the games market, I`m not interested.
If were gonna get games for the new Amigas, hopefully they will be orginal games, written just for the AmigaNT, rather than ancient ports scrapped together from other formats.
I remember a while ago when the Wipeout games was finally released to the Amiga, the company that ported it said something like "now we`ll show the world what a PPC Amiga can really do."
So basically a PPC Amiga can do what most other platforms have been doing for the past several years when the game was first released.
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Posted by Anonymous on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (redrumloa):
He's just plain stupid. Don't give a damn to such ridiculous comments.
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Posted by michael jantzen on 28-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 7 (redrumloa):
No, if you want to play any of these games on a network you'll need a PC for now. Not to mention a lot of the hottest online games around at the moment (CounterStrike and UnrealTournament) only run in Windows. Well UT runs in Linux - somewhat.
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Posted by Zap on 29-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Its not that I have have no interest in the Amiga, just I`ve "moth-balled" my Amiga activities until the new Amiga comes out.
I`m very interested in the new Amiga. If Amiga Inc can pull it off, it will mean the AmigaNG will have access to a massive software library from many other platforms, 11 platforms I think. This`ll mean that when or if the Amiga hits the market you`ll actully have something to run on it. Its the "why take two bottles into the shower" idea. Why buy a PC for the games, and a iMac for the art packages, when you can have the Amiga running software from either platform. The point I`m trying to make when I say I`m not interested in the Amiga unless it has something unique to the Amiga platform is, what if you`ve already bought the two bottles for your shower. Its great if the Amiga can run software from the other platforms, but if you already own the platforms, its not much point buying the new Amiga to run the same software.
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Posted by George Bray on 30-Jun-2000 22:00 GMT
Hmm... I'm not sure if this is a good move for EyeTech - The games they are promoting are for "power" Amiga's BUT unfortunatly most Amiga users with "power" don't actually BUY software.
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Posted by Cartman on 03-Jul-2000 22:00 GMT
I think very few Amigans here don't have a PC as well. I held out until 1997, but then I just had to get one, because all my friends had one at that time, I was beginning to be literally abandoned. They were all getting together for weekend-long network game sessions, while I was sitting at home, playing Slam Tilt and Alien Breed 3D II, and feeling damn sorry for myself as nobody ever called me. :) Not a very fun situation. So I managed to scrape toghether around 1400 (which I originally had intended to spend on my Miggy) and bought a decent PC. Nothing I really regret, but I wish I had some more money to spend on my Amiga. I don't know when I'll be able to upgrade my 603e/240 to a G3/G4 and a decent graphics card. (The BVisionPPC is just showing to be too lame). Nowadays my salary just seems to go out the window on phone bills, other bills, taxes, food , clothes, booze, etc....
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