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[News] Amiga goes "Retro"ANN.lu
Posted on 01-Jan-2004 16:03 GMT by Alan LM Buxey9 comments
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This month, Future Publishings' EDGE Magazine brings you its next RETRO special edition. This time, an all-new Amiga section has been added. EDGE magazine is a high quality print magazine from Future Publishing (they gave us Amiga Format in years gone by). The magazine always devotes a few pages to retro gaming..and classic games (recent articles have covered Populous, Monkey Island, Powerdrome etc etc) They have special editions printed every now and again...this month is the return of the RETRO edition, which features a definitive guide to the retro player/collector. Now, this edition features the Amiga. they do state in the article that the Amiga is still [barely] alive... and in some ways i do agree that the Amiga should be here. the old games are classics and collectible...they are also a major cornerstone of many modern games coder..and introduced many new game genres should we define a timeline when the Amigas of the past are seperated from the Amigas of the present? Could we pinpoint an event horizon? Perhaps we could tie the time down to when the first game that required a non-standard Amiga was required... for example the first game to require a 3rd party graphics card, 060 (PPC?) and > 16Mb RAM? Could it be when Quake arrived? Or, as a commercially published game...perhaps WipeOut 2097? both were definitive moments (and also very very important to the 2 other platforms that overtook the Amiga - PC and Playstation - and took its userbase away)that could be the distinctive border of the Classic Amigas that could play the classic games, and the modern systems that cant play the classic games (because the sound/gfx/IO cant be used witht he hardware hitting game) ? thoughts anyone? Alan
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 1 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Matt Parsons on 01-Jan-2004 17:00 GMT
In the music industry, artists know when to call it a day, when they recieve the "Lifetime achievement Award". It's the industries way of saying well done, now go away...

I feel this has similar sentiment.
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 2 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 01-Jan-2004 18:16 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Matt Parsons):
You should read the editorial then.
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 3 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Gareth Knight on 02-Jan-2004 00:57 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Matt Parsons):
I agree with Matt. Three years ago I thought EDGE was amazing but they die hard abstract tone has become tediously monotonous over the last few years. Perhaps it is their desire to remove nostalgia from the equation, yet I find their retrospectives to be dull and lifeless, capturing little of the desire that these computers and consoles inspired. Games (TM) is much better in this respect (they had an Amiga retrospective a few months ago in their Retro section).

If anyone is interested, the Amiga article was written by Mark Ramshaw, former editor of Amiga Power.
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 4 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Etta on 02-Jan-2004 04:24 GMT
Dull and lifeless? Are you kidding? I thought the article was fantastic? It didn't tell you much about the new Amiga, but it did give you great insight into the classic machine that inspired us all.

Well done I say.
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 5 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Brad on 02-Jan-2004 04:30 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Matt Parsons):
I fail to see how they are saying go away. Please elaborate. If anything, they when saying great things are afoot for this great Retro machine! Mentioning projects such as CAPS - the Amiga at last gets preserved the way it should be!
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 6 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by erkan on 02-Jan-2004 12:41 GMT
In reply to Comment 5 (Brad):
I have decided not to read computer magazines (and other magazines) since 1998 because everything is on the net, but the Retro magazines (all three of them) really is great work and very interesting to read. Edge magazine also look very cool. The design of the mags are very good.

Did you know the artist of the cover of the first Retro mag (the pixelated living room) did the image in Adobe Imageready. How crazy! I thought you where insane if you tried to do pixel stuff in Adobe software (or any other PC art package for that matter).
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 7 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Matt Parsons on 02-Jan-2004 14:52 GMT
I feel I should appologise for some of the comments I have made over the last few days, I have been running a temperature and some of my comments didn't turn out the way they sounded in my head :-)

I was not ranting about this in particular, but these sort of things in general.
Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 8 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Neko on 03-Jan-2004 18:48 GMT
In reply to Comment 1 (Matt Parsons):
On behalf of the Amiga and MorphOS communities, I hereby present Alan L M Buxey
with a Lifetime Acheivement Award.

Okay, now go away :)

Actually a LAA is a face-saving measure. It's always better to give them the
award while they're still alive, than posthumously. The same with this EDGE
article. I only wish I was at home to receive my subscriber copy and read it :)

Amiga goes "Retro" : Comment 9 of 9ANN.lu
Posted by Anonymous on 03-Jan-2004 21:51 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Neko):
do you get these specials on your subscription? I dont. I didnt get the
'Equip' issues on my sub either. this Retro edition is a special edition
(if you already bought the first one, this ones very much the same apart
from the 2 new systems covered) still not sure WHICH PC Engine system to get! ;-)
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