Retrogaming: How to on the Amiga | Pctuning


The Commodore Amiga represents one of the ultimate platforms for nostalgic gaming of old games. It is also one of the few platforms where those decades-old game gems have at least some chance of attracting the younger generation.

Those of us who remember the old days, when these machines were the pinnacle of technology, have to admit that the phenomenon of retrogaming is unfortunately quite limited to us, the old timers. It gives us a pleasant feeling of returning to our youth, when the grass was greener, the world was simpler, the games were better, just… Well, let’s face it, it’s mostly just an idealization. Now let’s put aside the bitter question of what is the point of retrogaming and try to think about how to run it on the Amiga.

The first question associated with trying and playing Amiga games is simple. Does it even make sense to run something like this on real hardware, when it is possible to use emulation on current machines (that is, especially WinUAE and its variants for OSX or Linux)? Alternatively, you can purchase an Amiga 500 mini.

Emulation is also handled by console hardware emulators, such as the Anbernic RG351P and certainly many others.

The answer in this regard is not easy. My experience and my impression is that while it’s nice to run the emulator, it just doesn’t have the look&feel. The problem is also with the use of joysticks – the original ones were not analog, but microswitches, which for some arcades plays a rather important role. Of course, you can get around this by using gamepads, etc., but again, you won’t get the feeling of period gaming. Back then, thirty years ago, you simply played with QuickShot joysticks and the like, and today you can use something else, but it’s not the same.

Another problem with emulation can be the keyboard – the Amiga naturally had a different keyboard than modern computers. It’s not that much of a problem since the missing Amiga keys are mapped to other current ones, but we’re back to the look&feel. I don’t want to discourage interested parties, you can certainly play games in emulation or on the Amiga 500 mini (forget about the Ambernic and similar toys, it really doesn’t work very well there), but in my opinion it’s not that. It is still possible to find period machines and modify or decorate them so that they can be used even today. This is what this article is about.


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