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Amiga & C64 Forever is on offer


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posted by Iain Metcalf
from Durham United Kingdom
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on November 13, 2016



There is currently an offer on for digital versions of C64 & Amiga Forever.

Emulation for purists is occasionally considered a dirty word, however if you have limited space or are wanting to check out the 80s & 90s big hitters in computing needs are a must.

So the offer itself is pretty darned good, it is priced £16 ($19.95 USD), normally you would pay just over double for these 2 combined.

The beauty of these 2 packages is that they are pre configured and come with a decent selection of games, you can also get files from the various places on the net and add them to the emulator to play and build up a large library within a few hours!!

Literally you just scroll down the list of games and double click on one to start it up and away you go. The Amiga is even better as it has the various kickstarts which are still held under copywrite but are legally available with Amiga Forever.

Not forgetting you can use either your keyboard to play the games but if you have a controller hooked up to your PC then you can use that which is much better for the games of the era.

I don't know how long this offer will last but if you want to see an alternative side of 80s & 90s computing and gaming then these are definitely worth purchasing.

The video is Dan (kookytech) and his insights into Commodore etc and the whole British computing scene is well worth watching.

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Jody Robz
Melbourne Victoria Australia
November 28, 2016

sweet man, thanks for your time/info..

I'll update u when i arrives. very excited.
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 28, 2016

If you lived here I could have done discs for you as I have the special adapter that plugs into the side of the Amiga which has a compact flash card that you can put the files onto and write them back with the program from AmigaKit.

Picking up an old PC or you may still have one with floppy drive is great as Omniflop will write the files back and away you go.

Little thing with this also, DO NOT use SEGA Megadrive / Genesis pads on the machine as the can damage them. You need an Atari compatible joystick, something like what you had for your spectrum, but this time you will use the black end instead of the grrey end!

Don't over read though mate, there is a lot to take in, I hope it comes with mouse and workbench discs at least as they are essential once you get into it
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Jody Robz
Melbourne Victoria Australia
November 28, 2016

oh man - this is a rabbit hole of future purchases ahahaha
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 28, 2016

Games you will need to buy them from eBay, garage sales and so on, you can get the adf (Amiga Disc File / Format) files but you will either need an Amiga 600 or 1200 to be able to write them back or you will need an old Windows XP machine with floppy drive (internal floppy drive not external USB) and a program called Omniflop. This will allow you to grab game files (adf) from Planet Emulation and then use the interrnal floppy to write them and use on your Amiga.

Big thing with buying from eBay is make sure the listing says tested, I have quite a few Atari ST & Amiga games that I bought cheap but they don't work.

I would also look for people around your locale that may be able to help you writing the discs that you could give them a pack of 10 blanks and they could fill them up.

An old XP machine though is ideal thing to have
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Jody Robz
Melbourne Victoria Australia
November 28, 2016

Holy moly - thanks man. Lots to take in. I've never owned an Amiga of any kind, it was 2 of my mates that had them growing up... I'll do some reading to prep myself for when it arrives!! yikes
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 28, 2016

Kickstart is what can best be described as the rom file, when you turn the machine on it will say either 1.2 or 1.3, that will be a hand holding a disk and white background. Now if it turns out to be an Amiga 500 the screen will be purple and it will show an animated disk going into a drive, this is on Kickstart 2 & 3 (3 used on an Amiga 1200), it tells you what version it is bottom left.

Remember when you turned your Spectrum 3 on back in the day and it had the small block on the screen for load etc, essentially the Kickstart is the same as that.

The workbench is what you load for productivity, it is basically a graphic environment with clock and you can run the old word processors from it (Kind of looks like Windows 3.0 but with Amiga fonts etc). Another thing is that you will need the workbench for a few games, things like the Monkey Island games, you have to load them from within workbench, put the disc in it, double click on it to open files in a windows and then double click the icon to start.
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Jody Robz
Melbourne Victoria Australia
November 28, 2016

mate. i've scored myself an amiga 500, hasnt arrived yet tho..

is kickstart an emulation program for the Amiga?.. Do you have a go to resource for info/programs/files/games please mate???
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 14, 2016

Yeah, for just diving into around 90% of the games you can't go wrong with the value edition. The Amiga 1200 is a great machine but there are only a handful of AGA only games and it suffers compatibility issues with a lot of the earlier games even with ReloKick.

Amiga 500 with Kickstart 1.3 and 1Mb of Ram is where you will have the most fun which is what is covered with the value edition.

Not forgetting you can still get your own files (Amiga adf images (Amiga Disc File)) from Planet Emulation and use those also in the emulator which works in a similar way to mounting images in Daemon Tools etc :

https://www.amigaforever.com/kb/13-112
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ToastyFresh
Burnley Lancashire United Kingdom
November 14, 2016

is a good deal I ment lol
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ToastyFresh
Burnley Lancashire United Kingdom
November 14, 2016

I was going to say I think the offer has ended. Still the value edition at 9.99 isn't a good deal. I've tried Win UAE and Winfelllow and can't get them to work fully so this will probably be the option for me.
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Iain Metcalf
Durham United Kingdom
November 14, 2016

The offer has ended already by the look of it, however you can still get the value edition for 7.86 ($9.99) which emulates the Amiga 500 with Kickstart 1.3 which is by far the most compatible Amiga before hitting the 1200 with AGA chipset etc :

http://www.amigaforever.com/value/

C64 forever Plus Edition is now sitting at 11.81 ($14.95) for the download version :

https://www.c64forever.com/editions/

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Corey Buckner
Chicago IL United States
November 13, 2016

Nice! Here's my chance to learn more about the C64
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ToastyFresh
Burnley Lancashire United Kingdom
November 13, 2016

Cool! I've been trying to get a couple of emulators working and not had any look so far.
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Jody Robz
Melbourne Victoria Australia
November 13, 2016

tempting !!
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