It’s been 23 years since I got my first Commodore Amiga 1200. I lived in the UK at the time and my brother and I got the Desktop Dynamite box set for Christmas.
The machine itself was amazing as we had a Commodore 64 for a good few years and moving to floppy disks was so modern! I even programmed a few games in AROS but never kept any of the source code and made a good few tunes on ProTracker which I am going to look to see if I kept those.
The games were the best and most enjoyable I ever played (rose tinted glasses are definitely on here) and the Amiga had plenty of games to keep us occupied. SWOS (all/any version), Cannon Fodder, Worms, Syndicate, Elite 2 are just highlights that I still fondly remember.
As teenagers we never had any real budget to upgrade this machine and like the C64 before it we only replaced the media drive (floppy drive on the Amiga and the external cassette deck on the C64). I also was going to setup my first company selling PD disks via the good Amiga magazines of the time. I never fully went ahead with this plan as I felt it had a limited timeframe. This turned out to be true.
Years later when I got my first real job I started to buy Amigas and old computers off eBay and fix and sell them on. I still have a few of these around and even upgraded the Amiga 1200 with a HDD 6GB IDE from and old laptop and installed Workbench on it and thought I was brilliant. Hooking up a few Amigas over a null modem cable also brought a few mutiplayer games to the foray. Again I was just in my first job 15 years ago and wish I bought up all the Amigas I could find. That wasn’t possible considering I wanted the Blizzard 68060 and couldn’t afford it. Looking back now I wished I bought all of those Blizzards when I saw them as they are now selling for 500+ now. Hindsight is a great thing eh but truthfully I wasn’t in this game for the money but instead for the love of the machine.
Returning to the present day now. I know I have a box of Amigas (500, 600, and a few 1200s), other classic computers (C64 & Spectrums), classic consoles (Megadrive, N64, SNES (I think)) and prob a few other things in the loft of my house. I will get them all down and leave them out to acclimatise to the normal air but I have a bad feeling on the A500 and will remove its battery right away if it still has one (hope it is not a corroded mess).
My classic computer journey has just been relit for the 2nd time and I can’t wait to power on the devices and then look to upgrade my Amigas. Not sure if I will ever tower a 1200 but who knows. It’s the start of this new chapter and who knows where it leads.
Insert cassette/disk, go make a cup of tea and sit back and watch those games load!!!