October 11, 2011
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Revista PUSHSTART cover (snapshot by Old School Game Blog)
It so happens that I’ve been interviewed by Tiago Lobos Dias for the Portuguese retro games magazine Revista PUSHSTART. The interview was published in the October issue (number 13), which is available for download at the official website.
Revista PUSHSTART covers a vast range of platforms, like Amiga, Atari, Sega, Nintendo, Intellivision and Magnavox.
The interview does mostly involve questions concerning the Amiga demo scene, but there are of course game related stuff as well.
You can download the issue by clicking on this link. The interview can be found on pages 36 to 38.
The magazine is in Portuguese I’m afraid, so no English, but it can be worth checking out nonetheless.
Thanks must go out to Tiago for the nice interview.
July 16, 2011
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While browsing the Lemon Amiga Forum, I stumbled upon a fantastic picture by Toni Bratincevic. It’s called 16-bit Memories and it takes me back to the good, old days.
Mr. Bratincevic writes the following about his picture on his website:
Childhood, Christmas time, friends, family, joy, happiness … and, a new toy on my desk. Toy that will define my life, responsible for such a beautiful experiences from my childhood. Kids imaginary world, lost over time, a glimpse of it left in my head, a glimpse of priceless memory. But, it wouldn’t be such a great experience if it wasn’t for my friends… do you guys remember how we spent hours playing games, competing and exploring these new digital frontiers?
I must admit I had Atari ST not Amiga , but my friend had Amiga and it had way better graphics and sound than my ST. So that’s the reason why I decided to model Amiga for this illustration, out of respect.
First version of image was made as a cover for Immortal 4 compilation of music remixes from
A picture says more than a thousand words. Without further ado, here’s the masterpiece from Mr. Bratincevic. Enjoy!
16-bit Memories by Toni Bratincevic
Isn’t that great? Look at that neat Amiga 500, the Back to the Future poster, the small characters from Cannon Fodder (excellent game by the way!).. The weather outside, a bit snowy and dark.. Perfect atmosphere for computing. There’s so much cool stuff in this picture, that it has quickly become one my favourites.
Now, who is going to use this picture as a wallpaper?
July 10, 2011
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While browsing Amibay about a week ago, I discovered that a guy named Rolux was selling off his collection of Amiga magazines. Having a lot of holes to fill in my own collection, I quickly went through his list. I found many magazines that I didn’t have. I contacted him to make a deal and a short while later a big (and heavy!) package (which was filled to the brink with golden oldies) arrived.
The box contained 14 issues of a Norwegian Amiga magazine called Amiga Forum. These issues are from early 1992 to the latter half of 1994. All issues contains everything from reviews of games to AMOS tutorials.
A big bunch of Amiga Forum magazines! Look it's Super Frog!
I did also receive several English magazines like Amiga Format, CU Amiga and Amiga World. I’m particularly pleased with the Christmas issue of Amiga Format from 1993, as it contains a ton of cool game reviews.
Check out the Christmas issue of Amiga Format on the right hand side of the picture.. awesome!
It’s great reading old magazines. I often find interesting information in them. Sometimes I discover an old game for the first time thanks to a review! Other times it happens that I learn something new about ageing hardware or find some programming tips concerning AMOS. All great stuff.
Speaking of reviews. I took a quick and dirty snapshot of a review of The Settlers from one of my new magazines. Have a look!
An old review of The Settlers for the Amiga. It scored 94%!
It’s safe to say that my collection has increased in size and quality after this purchase. A big thanks must go to Rolux on Amibay for quick dispatch and friendly communication.
June 5, 2011
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While browsing the Internet recently, I found some old game and computer commercials. They were quite fun to watch and in case you haven’t seen them yourself, please have a look below. Should be some real gems there. Enjoy!
This is the commercial for an old Atari game called Pole Position. Can you make out the difference between the video footage and actual in-game graphics?
The commercial above was aired in 1985 on Australian Television. Are you keeping up with the Commodore? Catchy music!
Amiga commercial. We’re talking the Pointer Sisters and astronauts!
It’s the commercial for Ms. Pacman. Good stuff!
There are plenty of similar movies available on YouTube. I also stumbled across Commodore Billboard on one of my adventures on the Internet. Check it out via this link:
Hope you enjoyed the movies! They clearly show how much things have changed during the last decades.