Viva Amiga

Back in 2011, there was a Kickstarter campaign to produce a "a film about the legendary Amiga system". Today I was able to purchase this film on Vimeo.

Unfortunately I have to say that I am happy that I did not support this film's campaign back then (because I heard about it too late). It's not only that this film was delayed again and again. From what I was able to observe as an outsider (as someone who did not back the film) it appears that the communication by the project creator was lacking. As far as I can see, no physical copies of the film are available at this point in time. Backers of the Kickstarter campagin were promised a DVD of the film. And while DVD might have been fine back in 2011 it's not acceptable to not offer a BluRay in 2017.

The film itself turned out rather short: 62.5 minutes including opening titles and closing titles. The content is not bad but if you have seen "From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years", for instance, then there is not much in this film that you have not seen before. I have to say, though, that I enjoyed the focus on artistic usage of the Amiga.

From Bedrooms to Billions:
The Amiga Years

From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years

Today I received the physical rewards from the "From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years" Kickstarter that I mentioned in my previous post.

I watched the Special Edition, which I had not seen before, and have to say that I like it even more than the Standard Edition. Especially the extended section of the demoscene was a welcome addition.

ReShoot

ReShoot

Today I received my physical copies of ReShoot, a new bullet hell shooter for the Amiga 1200, Amiga 4000 and CD32.

Defender of the Crown

Defender of the Crown

Today I received my physical copy of "Defender of the Crown: Extended Collector’s Edition".

Here's hoping that there will be a Collector's Edition of "It Came From The Desert", too.

From Bedrooms to Billions:
The Amiga Years

A little over a year ago, in February 2015, I pledged my support to a Kickstarter campaign that had the production of a documentary film as its goal to tell the story of "how the Commodore Amiga helped influence a generation of developers to take video gaming to a whole new level".

The digital version of that documentary film's standard edition has been released today. In case you are not a backer of the Kickstarter campaign you can buy (or even just rent) it on Vimeo.

I am so happy that I backed this campaign because the result is worth it. Nicola and Anthony Caulfield did an amazing job telling the history of the Amiga computer starting with the inception of the platform, the design of the hardware, and the development of the operating system. All this is put into perspective by contrasting the abilities that made the Amiga unique with the capabilities of the machines that came immediately before it. The film uses an ensemble approach to tell these stories around the Amiga through a series of interviews with the designers of the hardware as well as the developers of iconic games.

Now I am waiting for Nicola and Anthony to complete their work on this documentary film's special edition, which, I am sure, will be even more amazing.