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I truly sympathize with your Amiga vs PC story, Matt. I was the same kind of diehard zealot. Would laugh at the bad Atari jokes in Amiga Magazines (specially the british ones). Would parade around on IRC on internet bragging that I was using Amiga IRC, sending ppl screenshots of how much BETTER it looked compared to mIRC. Constantly blagging on about the power of aRexx script language, repeat all the lame Windows 95 jokes.
But the software scene eventually died out completely. No new games, no new software, and anything that came out was immediately pirated and mass distributed via IRC channels.
Think I left the Amiga 1200 behind in 1997-98, when a friend had a PC, and showed me the splendor of Daggerfall and Heroes of Might & Magic.
Those two games were my sole reason to get a PC. And the poor A1200 got shelved, I moved away from my old house to go to schools etc.
Also, there were only PC's at school, and no matter how much I wanted to RESIST using them, I had to learn it eventually so I wouldn't fall behind.
I remember even bringing my trusty Amiga2000 to school to show my classmates the cool demos and graphics that their crappy PC's couldn't display, and the awesome music! But eventually the PC's caught up soundwise and graphics-wise too.
Don't remember when I got my first real PC, I kinda just hung at school in the afternoons using their PC's. Probably bought it from the friend that had Daggerfall.
Also, Might & Magic 6 was amazing, IT HAS 3D! Amiga games could do 3D but it would jerk around at 5 FPS. MM6 had actual 3d and no slowdown!
I also remember loving Ultima 9, even though it was supposed to suck ass. I still liked it and finished it. MM7 and 8 and 9 were just bad, more like expansions to MM6 since they used the same engine in all the games.
Heroes of MM3 was my fave game..and by that time I'd forgotten about the Amigas. Course I wish I'd kept them now, but all the hassle of connecting a vintage computer to a HDTV, nahh..
I still get my rose-tinted glasses out when I think of Eye of the Beholder 2 on the Amiga500, or Elvira-Mistress of the Dark.
And of course, there are great emulators for both the Amiga and C64 out nowadays, but it's just not the same as the real thing.
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