Nostalgia Nerd's documentary on the Commodore Amiga, "Amiga Story", fully released
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Retro-computing and technology enthusiast channel Nostalgia Nerd has just uploaded the second and final part of its documentary on the Amiga family of personal computers and their eventual parent company, Commodore. Totaling over 110 minutes of run-time, the documentary spans decades as it traces the trajectory of the beloved computer. It is highly recommended viewing both for those who grew up using computers during the 80s-90s and for younger enthusiasts who missed the embryonic years of the personal computer.
Released officially in 1985, the Commodore Amiga was not the first personal computer—it was not even the first successful one, as the Apple II had been released in 1977. It was, however, the a personal computer with media capabilities years ahead of its time. The Amiga's contemporaries mostly had monochrome (or sometimes with 4 or 16-color) palettes, basic processors, and limited sound capabilities (if at all). In contrast, the Amiga featured a stunning 4096-color palette, graphics acceleration, and stereo-sampled sound, which allowed it to showcase games and other media that were far beyond the capabilities of its competitors at the time. Though it was later marketed as a media workstation with limited success, the Amiga first won over its fans primarily as a gaming system. Now, over 30 years later, it still commands a large following for largely the same reason.
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