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Amiga Format: Christmas 1993 – Issue 54

Hi all,

We are approaching December and I thought we could celebrate that by having a quick peek at an old computer magazine I have in my collection. It is the Christmas edition of Amiga Format from 1993. The item is over 20 years old, but it doesn’t feel like it when I’m reading it. Perhaps I’m stuck in an Amiga time bubble or something. :D

As some of you might know, Amiga Format was at the time of print (1993) the worlds best selling Amiga magazine. This would change later on as CU Amiga grew in strength, but that’s another story.

I have taken a few pics of the mag for you to look at, so here goes:

The cover of Amiga Format issue 53 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

The cover of Amiga Format issue 53. I get in Christmas mood just looking at it. ;) (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Contents (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Contents – Lot’s of interesting articles, reviews and texts to read. (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Close-up of contents (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Close-up of contents (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Close-up of contents (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Close-up of contents (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Review of Alien Breed 2 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Review of Alien Breed 2.. This issue had tons of cool games reviewed, like Cannon Fodder and Elite 2: Fronter. (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Staff of Amiga Format tells us about their year (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Staff of Amiga Format tells us about their year (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Great ideas for Christmas gifts, both for the gamer and the power user! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Great ideas for Christmas gifts, both for the gamer and the power user! (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Mr. David Pleasance gives his thoughts on 1993 and what is head in 1994. As you know Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. :( (photo by Old School Game Blog)

Mr. David Pleasance gives his thoughts on 1993 and what is head in 1994. As you know Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. :( (photo by Old School Game Blog)

The magazine totals 259 (!) pages, which is quite a lot. There are many adverts to see, but tons of cool articles as well. I really miss being able to go to the kiosk and purchase Amiga Format, CU Amiga or The One. The only option these days are Amiga Future, but it is only available through mail-order.

Now I’m off to read a bit more in the magazine – catch you later in another post. :) Thanks for reading!

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Mac: iBook G4 running MorphOS

MorphOS running on my iBook G4 (photo by Old School Game Blog

MorphOS running on my iBook G4 (photo by Old School Game Blog

Good evening,

Observant readers of my blog and followers on Twitter might have noticed I got myself an old iBook G4 Mac to run MorphOS on. It is up and running and working fine. The computer feels fast and everything is quick and responsive. I’ve got lots and lots of software to try, which is cool. For those of you who are unfamiliar with MorphOS, please have a look here for more information.

My iBook G4 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

My iBook G4 (photo by Old School Game Blog)

I must say I’m positively surprised with MorphOS. Why? I will give you a quick explanation.

First of all, I must say the installation went incredibly smooth and easy. I downloaded an .ISO of the OS from here, burnt it onto a CD and inserted it into the iBook. I then booted the computer and followed the instructions. Everything took less than 30 minutes. Best of all, everything worked right out of the box, even Internet with the built-in WiFi (had to type my password of course). Excellent!

It is safe to say that MorphOS have the old Mac a new life and a promising future. If you have an old Mac gathering dust, why not bring it back from the shadows and install MorphOS on it? ;)

I will write more about my new computer/OS in the future, so stay tuned for more MorphOS info.

Thanks for reading and have a good night!

Gloom on the Amiga: Modding

Hello again,

Two days ago I wrote about Czeslaw Mnich and his compilation of maps and characters for Gloom on the Amiga.

Today I read a post on Amiga.org by Som99 who wrote that there actually is a resource-site for Gloom on the World Wide Web.

On that website you can download many mods for Gloom, as well as read reviews of them.

You can visit the website by following the link below:

Gloom MODs

Here is a screenshot of the site.

Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

Screenshot by Old School Game Blog

I’ve never heard about this before, so it was news to me. It’s pretty cool that there is a community working on all kinds of mods for Gloom, just like with Doom on many other platforms.

And I did find that CD to burn MorphOS on two days ago. OS is installed and working great on my iBook G4. :)

Have a good evening and thanks for reading.

New Maps and Characters for Gloom Deluxe (Amiga)

Good evening,

Just a heads-up this evening, as I discovered that a pack with brand new maps and characters had been released for the Doom-clone Gloom Deluxe! Very cool! Looking forward to try it out on my A1200.

If you aren’t familiar with Gloom Deluxe, please have a look at a review I did of Gloom back in 2011: http://oldschoolgameblog.com/2011/05/15/204/

This pack has been made by Czeslaw Mnich and it was uploaded to Aminet.net yesterday.

You can download it here.

Here is some more information from the author:

This archive contains many new levels and examples made by me with 
the easy-to-use editor (MAPED). You can also find here new weapons and 
characters from Star Wars and DOOM. As a bonus I added great programs 
written by Robert Szacki to import pics/objs into Gloom.

Playable maps with enemies:
===========================

* deathmask
* labyrinth
* labyrinth2
* labyrinth3
* portal
* predator
* pyramid
* pyramid2
* x8bitkiller (new objs, sfxs)

I added to this archive IFF-ILBM pictures of each level.

You can see also the video on YouTube: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3a6bnRkvsk

Article about Maped in Polish is available here: 
http://www.exec.pl/artykul.jsp?nid=12&Maped

Article how to create objs, guns, sfxs and more you can find also on
www.exec.pl:
http://www.exec.pl/artykul.jsp?nid=66&Gloom_-_tworzenie_postaci_i_nie_tylko

It is worth mentioning that the maps and characters will also work on the first version of Gloom.

Now I’m off to find a CD to burn MorphOS on. Have a good weekend!!

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