am 31. Mai 2012
"The Future was here - the Commodore Amiga" is neither a dry reference manual, nor a nostalgic fanboy's review of his beloved computer platform at the time of his adolescence. In nine chapters the author covers all important aspects of the history of the Commodore Amiga home computer: The first prototype showcasing the famous Boing! demo on the 1984 WCES and the people behind it, over its rise to success as a supreme gaming machine (especially in Europe) and a video art tool in the late eighties, to its fall after the bankruptcy of Commodore.
It includes a technical account of the custom chips that made the Amiga platform so unique (meet Paula, Agnus, Denise and its friends) with a focus on its graphics subsystem guided by a review of DeluxePaint and a tutorial about the making of the popular shooter game "Menace". Other chapters are devoted to the sound capabilities of the Amiga and for its time revolutionary multitasking operating system.
Written in a rather technical tone that becomes a little comical when the author describes the juvenile subculture that was the Amiga cracker and demoscene, the book provides nevertheless a compelling read for anybody seriously interested in the origins of our modern multimedia computer world.
am 24. Februar 2014
Anders als viele Retro-Computing-Bücher, die hauptsächlich in Nostalgie schwelgen, ist dieses Buch angenehm technisch. Es geht auf die grundlegende Architektur des Amiga ein und betrachtet verschiedene Aspekte der Maschine anhand bestimmter, wichtiger Anwendungen. Grundlegendes Computerwissen reicht aber allemal aus, um an dem Buch seine Freude zu haben.