The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga

The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga

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ISBN-13: 9780262017206
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 04/13/2012
Series: Platform Studies
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jimmy Maher is an independent scholar and writer living in Norway.

Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities; the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10; and the coeditor of The New Media Reader (all published by the MIT Press).

Ian Bogost is Ivan Allen College Distinguished Chair in Media Studies and Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a Founding Partner at Persuasive Games LLC, and the coauthor of Newsgames: Journalism at Play (MIT Press, 2010).

Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 "The Future Is Here" 1

2 Boing 11

3 Deluxe Paint 43

4 SSG and Sculpt-Animate 83

5 NewTek 111

6 AmigaOS and ARexx 143

7 The Scene 171

8 Cinemaware and Psygnosis 207

9 The Way the Future Was 249

Glossary 271

Notes 287

Bibliography 303

Index 315

What People are Saying About This

Doug Reside

The Future Was Here is proof of just how exhilarating Platform Studies can be. Jimmy Maher has the rare talent of writing technical descriptions that are both challenging and accessible so that, at the conclusion of each chapter, one experiences the rewarding pleasure of having learned and understood something new and difficult.

Noah Wardrip-Fruin

Jimmy Maher shows us how 'the Amiga' was a phenomenon not just of hardware and software, but of community and creativity. He digs past easy nostalgia and into the telling specifics, revealing what enabled the Amiga to define so much of the playful, media-rich personal computing world in which we live today.

From the Publisher

The Future Was Here is proof of just how exhilarating Platform Studies can be. Jimmy Maher has the rare talent of writing technical descriptions that are both challenging and accessible so that, at the conclusion of each chapter, one experiences the rewarding pleasure of having learned and understood something new and difficult.

Doug Reside, Digital Curator for the Performing Arts, New York Public Library

The Future was Here is by far the best document on the history, technology, and significance of the Commodore Amiga. An emotional read for those of us who were there, while explaining to everyone else just what made the Amiga such a seminal machine.

Jesper Juul, New York University Game Center; author of Half-Real

Jimmy Maher shows us how 'the Amiga' was a phenomenon not just of hardware and software, but of community and creativity. He digs past easy nostalgia and into the telling specifics, revealing what enabled the Amiga to define so much of the playful, media-rich personal computing world in which we live today.

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Cruz; author of Expressive Processing

Endorsement

Jimmy Maher shows us how 'the Amiga' was a phenomenon not just of hardware and software, but of community and creativity. He digs past easy nostalgia and into the telling specifics, revealing what enabled the Amiga to define so much of the playful, media-rich personal computing world in which we live today.

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Computer Science Department, University of California, Santa Cruz; author of Expressive Processing

Jesper Juul

The Future was Here is by far the best document on the history, technology, and significance of the Commodore Amiga. An emotional read for those of us who were there, while explaining to everyone else just what made the Amiga such a seminal machine.

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