Commodore Amiga : A visual Commpendium

Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium

About a week ago, I received my copy of Commodore Amiga: A visual Commpendium by Bitmap Books.

This is the second book to be released by Sam Dyer, the first of course being Commodore 64: A visual Commpendium. Like the C64 book, this book also celebrates the visual side of the Commodore Amiga, from the in-game pixel art, to the game maps and box artwork.

Each page focuses on a different game along with short reviews, developer quotes, or behind-the-scenes trivia. Several industry legends have contributed to the book including Paul Cuisset (Flashback), Ron Gilbert (Monkey Island), Dino Dini (Kick Off), Martin Edmondson (Shadow of the Beast), Dan Malone (The Chaos Engine), Jim Sachs (Defender of The Crown) and Gary Penn (The One Magazine).

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Pixel Art recovered (phew!)

My God, It's Full Of Stars

In November of last year, I mentioned in this post that the hard drive in my Amiga 1200 had given up the ghost and I had to replace it.

My concern was that I had pixel art on the drive which I had spent hours creating as a teenager using Deluxe Paint, and I obviously did not want to lose this work.

Well, I’m happy to announce that I managed to recover the files from my Amiga and I have decided to post some of my pixel artwork on here. The artwork was created on various platforms, using various art packages. My collection is quite small at the moment, with most of it being created on the Amiga, but I’m hoping to add more over time.

You can check it out on my Pixel Art page.

How to set up a C64 Emulator on the JXD 7800b

JXD 7800b Running A C64 Emulator

A couple of weeks ago, I posted on Twitter that I had successfully got a Commodore 64 emulator up and running on my JXD 7800b Android tablet gaming device.

This happened to generate a lot of interest from retro gamers and fellow JXD 7800 owners asking me how I achieved this, so I thought I would make this step by step guide on what I did to get a Commodore 64 emulator up and running on my JXD 7800b.

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Breaking Bad Remix

If your a Breaking Bad fan then the chances are you will love this little remix by Chris Lohr (placeboing).

Using clips from seasons three to five, Chris has very cleverly remixed them all together to make a very catchy song (Christmas number one anyone?).

Enjoy!

Amiga Phase V blizzard 1220/4

Today was a good day! I managed to score myself a PhaseV blizzard 1220/4 Amiga A1200 RAM Module on eBay. It’s a 68020 (same chip that comes in the Amiga a1200) but it runs at 28Mhz and includes 4Mb of FastRAM which frees up the blitter wait states, thus, speeds up the amiga.

I must admit, after installing the card, there is a noticeable difference in load speed. Of course, this is largely helped along by the fact I also installed a 8GB CF solid state hard drive into my Amiga as well. The boot up speed into Workbench is impressive … Really impressive.

The other thing I really like about the CF hard drive is there is absolutely zero noise. It’s even been programmed to stop the disc drive from ‘clicking’ when the drive is sitting idle. If you ever owned a Amiga, you know the noise I’m talking about.

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