From both a content and design point of view I prefer “The story of the Commodore Amiga in Pixels_” but “Commodore Amiga: a visual Commpendium” will be the book to read when I want to focus on Amiga games.
I have the “Commodore Amiga: a visual Commpendium” as well and was a bit dissapointed. It is beautiful but I would have loved for it to have a bit more text to each game. Also, since it was a visual commpendium I understand that the visuals have front stage, I was just puzzled about the choice of most of the pictures - found a lot of them odd since they didn’t reflect my own memories of the particular game.
That´s funny for me it´s the complete opposite, I first played the C64 at my cousins place. He then gave it to my dad because he switched to a PC and my dad had it in his room where we would all play together. That´s why I have the coziest of memories for the C64.
My thoughts exactly. Though on the plus side, of all the Kickstarter projects I’ve backed so far, that one was probably best both in terms of schedule and communication. All things considered, I’m glad to have it.
Speaking of Amiga Kickstarters, the one that I backed reluctantly, but now am glad I did was From Bedrooms to Billions: The Amiga Years. I’m more of a books person, but I think for a fairly short film, it pretty much captures the essence of the Amiga and the masterminds behind it. Also features a short interview with Ron Gilbert (but don’t ask if it’s part of the standard or the special edition).
Now, eagerly waiting for Commodore: The Amiga Years for the ultimate fix. That one is long overdue, but finally nearing completion.
To me the Amiga book is a revival of those days and that cultural phenomenon that I witnessed and lived within. I don’t buy the book mainly because of the (good) art, I buy it mainly because of the memories.
For example, on page 116 (Pinball Dreams) there are some small issues.
Two screenshots shows completely wrongs colors. The background of the table Ignition is black and gray but it should be blue and red. Some parts of the table Steel Wheel are black instead of the appropriate colors. Probably the screenshots are NOT from the Amiga version.
The score panel on the top is not a dot-matrix display it is a sixteen-segment display. The dot-matrix display was first introduced with Pinball Fantasies.
21st Century Entertainment was the publisher and Digital Illusions the developer not the publisher. In general all pages always display only the label ‘Publisher’ but shows publisher AND developer.
The picture with the Pinball Dreams front cover is very dark (especially the 21st Century Entertainment logo) probably because of the high contrast.
But I can highly recommend the book for all Amiga fans.
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