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The Commodore Amiga 500

The Commodore Amiga 500

My next computer was a commodore Amiga 500. This computer was disc based instead of the cassettes like the C64 & C128. Like the commodore 64 this computer was amazing but was a definite improvement on the C64.

The images below are sadly not my own Amiga, that has long been sold.


The Commodore Amiga 500

Many hours were spent playing some of the best games to ever grace our gaming world’s including, turrican, lemmings, wings and various football manager games like championship manager, sensible soccer and player manager, great games.


The Amiga 500, also known as the A500, is the first low-end version of the Amiga home computer. It contains the same Motorola 68000 as the Amiga 1000, as well as the same graphics and sound coprocessors, but is in a smaller case similar to that of the Commodore 128,

Commodore announced the Amiga 500 at the January 1987 winter Consumer Electronics Show – at the same time as the high-end Amiga 2000. It was initially available in the Netherlands in April 1987, then the rest of Europe in May.[2] In North America and the UK it was released in October 1987 with a US$699/£499 list price. It competed directly against models in the Atari ST line.

The Amiga 500 was sold in the same retail outlets as the Commodore 64, as opposed to the computer store-only Amiga 1000. It proved to be Commodore’s best-selling model, particularly in Europe.[3] Although popular with hobbyists, arguably its most widespread use was as a gaming machine, where its graphics and sound were of significant benefit.


The Commodore Amiga 500

The Commodore Amiga 500

Amiga format a link to one Amiga magazine that was on on sale back in the day, magazines have decreased in popularity these days but in the 80’s and 90’s magazines were very popular. A lot of magazines had free games,demos and software.


The Commodore Amiga 500

A very good website and retro mag is Retro Gamer it has many reviews on Amiga games and other consoles.

Conclusion

I think out of all the computers and consoles I owned/have the Amiga reigns supreme. It had amazing games and and crossed the bridge well on solo play and team play, waggling the joysticks and hitting the red buttons. I remember when I moved to gamepads they felt so alien compared to the humble joystick.

The Amiga was and still is the best gaming computer, in my eyes.


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