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The title says it all. I’m back on a stock Amiga 1200 again. Currently I’m considering various upgrades, but have not decided what to do yet. There is so much to choose from these days like the Vampire 1200 accelerator, the ACA cards and many, many more. I also have a next-gen Amiga setup with a PowerBook G4 running MorphOS, as well as a decent WinUAE setup for development. So, do I really need to upgrade?
There is a certain charm to a stock Amiga 1200 without any extra add-ons. The insert disk screen, the clicking of the floppy drive, a worn box of disks beside the computer with my favourite programs, games and demos ready for action. Not least waiting for the stuff to load, which is much slower than with WHD-Load, or having to use Relokick 1.3 to get some old Amiga 500 classics working properly. 😉
In a way this gives me a good nostalgia trip and is truly something very different from using Amiga in emulation with lots of RAM (or a souped up classic Amiga), hundreds of games available to run instantly with two clicks of the mouse. Sure, it is incredibly convenient, but sometimes I feel that everything does not need to be so fast or instant. Having so much software available can make the different games seem less special too. At least that is my experience.
In todays world we are just a click away from a lot of things, like on Netflix with hundreds of movies and TV-shows available right when you want it, YouTube with all kinds of videos, fast-food chains bringing food right away, bank applications taking seconds to get through, thousands of games ready to go on Steam and other gaming services. The list is long. Please don’t misunderstand, I’m not complaining about these things. It is just that sometimes it is nice having to wait for a game to load for example. It is a bit hard to explain, but when I do this, I feel a bit more unconnected to the hustling and bustling world out there. 😉 Besides, when I want to enjoy gaming on the Amiga, I’m not dependent on the games loading up right there and then to be able to enjoy it. A part of the nostalgic experience is in a way to sit there with anticipation, hearing the floppy drive chugging along, and getting ready for some adventuring, platforming or something else depending on the game.
Thinking about it, I guess I don’t really need to upgrade for now. I think I will enjoy “slow computing” on the Amiga 1200 for while. 🙂 Time will show, but for now I will relax and enjoy what I have.
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Have a great weekend!