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Amiga Days (Remasters) by Frederic “Elmobo” Motte, the artist formerly known as Moby

Hi guys,

A few days ago I received an e-mail from the legendary Amiga musician Moby of Sanity. I was, as you can understand, very happy that contacted me. :) I probably heard my first module by Moby back in the early 90’s, which is decades ago. :D

Moby told me that he has now released several remastered versions of his best Amiga Demoscene music for free. You can find it on Bandcamp:

https://elmobo.bandcamp.com/album/amiga-days-remasters

I’m listening to his music right now and the songs are simply great, so please have listen yourself. :)

For those you aren’t familiar with Moby, you can check out this old interview done by Magic of Nah-Kolor ages ago:

Interview with Moby/Sanity

Now, enjoy the music!!

Moby's music on bandcamp (picture by Old School Game Blog)

Moby’s music on bandcamp (picture by Old School Game Blog)

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How to get LOTR: Battle for Middle Earth working on Windows 8

Wallpaper - Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

Wallpaper – Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth

Hi there,

Recently I decided to fire up the classic RTS-game Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth from EA Games. I use Windows 8 on my PC (with a patch so that I get the “normal” Windows desktop), but did not give it much thought. The installation process went well, but the game refused to run properly afterwards.

The game crashed with the following message: “EXCEPTION_ACCESS_VIOLATION”

If you experience the same problem, here is a solution which worked for me:

1) Open Notepad or a similar text editor and insert the following lines:

AllHealthBars = yes
AlternateMouseSetup = no
AmbientVolume = 50
AudioLOD = High
Brightness = 50
FixedStaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
FlashTutorial = 0
HasSeenLogoMovies = yes
HeatEffects = yes
IdealStaticGameLOD = VeryLow
IsThreadedLoad = yes
MovieVolume = 70
MusicVolume = 70
Resolution = 1600 1200
SFXVolume = 70
ScrollFactor = 56
StaticGameLOD = UltraHigh
TimesInGame = 6
UnitDecals = no
UseEAX3 = no
VoiceVolume = 70

2) Save the file to the directory “AppData\Roaming\My Battle for Middle-earth Files\”. The name of the file must be “options.ini”.

3) You can adjust the resolution (where it says UltraHigh) to fit your own screen, for example Low.

4) Run the game and enjoy!!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks. :)

A-EON Technology and AmigaKit Buys Amigaworld.net

The official logo of A-EON Technology

Greetings,

Some of you may know that AmiWest (an Amiga event) is currently being held in Sacramento, California.

I have not followed the event as closely as usual this year, but will catch up on the news today. I did, however, read that A-EON Technology and AmigaKit bought another Amiga orientated discussion forum, namely Amigaworld.net.

Back in June I wrote this post about these guys buying Amiga.org.

Am I the only one skeptical about this move from two of the “movers and shakers” in the Amiga community? I don’t think so..

To own one discussion forum I can understand, but why do they need two of them? Are they seeking to control the Online Amiga community? Will they buy up what is left of independent forums to use for marketing? What is their agenda? Will they silence their competitors (MorphOS, AROS) in favor of AmigaOS 4.X? Time will show.

I’m a bit worried about what is currently happening, seeing two of the largest Amiga discussion forums under the control of the same company. We’ve seen more strict moderation on Amiga.org and complaints concerning this.. will Amigaworld.net now follow?

I’m sure there will be reactions on this move by A-EON and AmigaKit, so time will (as usual) show what happens.

Thanks for reading and have a nice Sunday. :)

Amiga CD Bonanza

Some of my Aminet CD-s (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Some of my Aminet CD-s (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Hi guys,

Having a CD-ROM drive for the Amiga is a great. Having a huge stack of CD-s to sort through is nothing sort of blessing. So much cool stuff to check out, sort and organize! Here is a picture from my collection..

Huge stack of CD-s - it is truly party time! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Huge stack of CD-s – it is truly party time! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

I probably haven’t told you this yet, but I started fresh with my HD a few days ago. Made a backup of DH0: (the System partition where the OS is), as well as various games and tools, and re-partitioned the whole thing. I’m pretty sure this new setup will last for months, if not years, since I’ve carefully determined the size of the partitions for future needs. As an example,  I’ve increased my music partition since I’m going to get quite a few MP3’s when AmigaKit launches their Prisma sound-card for the Amiga. ;)

Because of this I’m now looking through various CD-s I have for stuff. It is quite fun and I tend to find something new to check out. It’s strange, but even sound-samples are fun on the Amiga – especially with speech. On the PC I’d never play them, but for one reason or the other, some lines from an Arnold flick on the Amiga is fun. Maybe some of you feel the same? I don’t know of any other platform having so much good stuff in terms of Public Domain (PD) and Shareware as the Amiga.. there are tons upon tons of really cool things, games, tools, you name it.

Now, here’s a few pics of my Amiga CD-collection:

This is Aminet 8. It contains hundreds of MB's of Amiga stuff. This was actually my first Amiga CD ever!! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

This is Aminet 8. It contains hundreds of MB’s of Amiga stuff. This was actually my first Amiga CD ever!! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

This is indeed an EPIC collection. Contains tons of cool PD/Shareware to wade through. Nicely setup with MagicWB and stuff ready to run - including the game Klondike AGA with many additional card-sets!

This is indeed an EPIC collection. Contains tons of cool PD/Shareware to wade through. Nicely setup with MagicWB and stuff ready to run – including the game Klondike AGA with many additional card-sets!

15.000 clip-arts. Do I need to say more? Useful for DTP, as well as various programming projects one lacks graphics for. ;)

15.000 clip-arts. Do I need to say more? Useful for DTP, as well as various programming projects one lacks graphics for. ;)

I've had this CD for 14 years. I got it in the mail from a Polish Amiga-friend back then. His nickname was Amifan. Such a great gift, filled with cool demos! :)

I’ve had this CD for 14 years. I got it in the mail from a Polish Amiga-friend back then. His nickname was Amifan. Such a great gift, filled with cool demos! :)

If you’ve got an Amiga and think you are set since you’ve got a network card and Internet access, then I say you are missing out on the CD-ROM thing. ;) Sometimes it is good to plug out of the Internet, forget about e-mails, daily news and the Internet bank not working again for the tenth time that day.. it is like meditation to fire up an old computer and sit in peace without worrying or paying attention to that kind of stuff.. just browsing files, checking out some fun games, customizing Workbench just like it was 1995 again will bring you some need joy and relaxation. ;) At least, that is what I feel. :D Anyone else feeling the same with your retro computing/gaming hobby?

Thanks for visiting my blog and have a good one – with or without Internet on your retro computer/console of choice.

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