The 1980s saw the coming and going of a staggering number of home computer platforms, many now long since forgotten. I should know, we owned a fair few of them. But if you ask a European of around my age what their favourite system from this era was, chances are they’ll say it was the Amiga. It’s a machine that still enjoys a cult status and thriving community to this day, and is the subject of the second documentary from Anthony and Nicola Caulfield (aka Gracious Films), From Bedroom to Billions: The Amiga Years.
You may wonder what all the fuss is about. Simply put, the Amiga was revolutionary. It was the first true multimedia machine and arguably the first modern computer. It had a proper OS with a colour GUI, multitasking and a two-button mouse. Non-experts could draw and animate on it, create amazing music, and even edit video, while the availability of high-level languages like C and Pascal lowered the threshold for programming. Oh, and you could even do your homework on it.