Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by yakmag » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:15 am

Another tough one,

For me the miggy was the loss of the individual coder and the start of 'developer' teams. I guess thats why initial replies were software houses and not individuals as it became harder (IMHO) to identify an individual from within a dev team who were becoming more and more 'faceless' as time went on.

I mean how many devs can you name on teams today?

If I had to pull a name it would be Mr Molyneux only for Populous mind.

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Bluce_Ree » Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:25 am

Probably Bitmap Brothers. I'm not a huge fan of their games but their stuff just feels completely Amiga-y to me.
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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Greyfox » Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:08 am

Pete Lyon and Steve Bak both did astonishing work I also loved the work Steven Cain achieved. there are so many to list here, it could go on all day. David Whittaker and Tim Follin and Tim Wright for their contribution to 16 bit music back on the Amiga or the guys from DICE a.k.a. 21st Century a.k.a the Silents. Torben B. Larsen of Cope-Com for his contribution to the Amiga platform or anybody from Innerprise Software, I don't think they actually did any bad games, Sword of Sodan is an exception, but at the time this was mind blowing stuff.
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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Treguard » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:23 am

I'd actually pick Shaun Southern, of Magnetic Fields. Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 is on of the game I instantly think of when I think about the Amiga, its a combination of 16 bit graphics, the old 'scrolling road to create the illusion the cars moving', fantastic sampled sound effects and music that's quintessentially Amiga.

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by gman72 » Tue Dec 15, 2015 7:47 am

Commodore.
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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:59 am

It's interesting how many people mentioned here just aren't known nowadays unless you're actively following their projects. How sad :(
Out of everyone mentioned Molyneux is easily the most recognisable figure.
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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by The Laird » Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:51 pm

Bluce_Ree wrote:Probably Bitmap Brothers. I'm not a huge fan of their games but their stuff just feels completely Amiga-y to me.
Which is quite funny considering they wrote their games for the ST first :mrgreen:

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by The Laird » Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:54 pm

Hiro wrote: Great! I had missed it :D very nice comparison. His music his good and stays good on the ST, but on the Amiga it has a lot more oomph, when you're used to the Amiga the ST version sounds somehow primitive. I liked the Pokey version though! And the SID, needless to say :mrgreen:
I personally think the ST version is better, especially as it utalises the STE's DMA chip too.

Jochen is a great guy, I spoke to him a bit when I did the Thalion article for the mag 8)

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by RodimusPrime » Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:57 pm

Collyer Bros

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by PostieDoc » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:13 pm

The Laird wrote:
Bluce_Ree wrote:Probably Bitmap Brothers. I'm not a huge fan of their games but their stuff just feels completely Amiga-y to me.
Which is quite funny considering they wrote their games for the ST first :mrgreen:
They wrote their games for the ST first and then used the Amigas superior hardware to improve them. That's why they feel like an Amiga developer to a lot of us, I wish more devs had done that.

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by NorthWay » Tue Dec 15, 2015 3:40 pm

S0DAN (Søren Grønbæk)
Martin Pedersen / Cope-Com (You can't exclude their shared pixel wizard in Torben Larsen)
Digital Illusions as a team highlighting the demo-crew-gone-commercial bedroom dream.

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Katzkatz » Sat Dec 19, 2015 4:17 am

Molyneux. He gave us Populous I and II - and Powermonger. Plus, Syndicate and Theme Park. Quite a pedigree.

That's not to take away from someone like Jon Hare as well - with Megalomania, Wizkid, Sensible Soccer and Cannon Fodder. But, the only games that I was ever really into of his - was Cannon Fodder.

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by RichL » Sun Dec 20, 2015 9:51 am

Yep, I think I would have to go with Bullfrog too, all of the previous games mentioned plus Flood :D

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Re: Which single developer sums up the Amiga for you?

Post by Hiro » Thu Dec 31, 2015 5:43 am

The Laird wrote:
Hiro wrote: Great! I had missed it :D very nice comparison. His music his good and stays good on the ST, but on the Amiga it has a lot more oomph, when you're used to the Amiga the ST version sounds somehow primitive. I liked the Pokey version though! And the SID, needless to say :mrgreen:
Jochen is a great guy, I spoke to him a bit when I did the Thalion article for the mag 8)
He's my friend on Facebook but I can't say we've interacted much :lol: it's a shame he's stopped being a videogames musician, though.

Good shout on Shaun Southern, with Andrew Morris he did stellar games with Magnetic Fields! The Lotus and Supercars series surely, and It's a shame Kid Chaos was released so late in the Amiga life, it's a great platformer.
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