Occasional ramblings on games, generally retro related

​When my parents brought home a ZX81 one day (complete with wobbly 16K RAM pack, of course) I discovered the joy of programming. But it wasn't until I got my hands on a ZX Spectrum that my obsession with games really began, which continued with the C64, Amiga, right through to this day. The 80s and early 90s were an amazing time for games, not just for the games themselves but for the fascinating people behind them - it was truly a time of pioneers and creativity.

I myself have spent the last (almost) 20 years working in the games industry on all manner of platforms, most recently iOS. Ziggurat Development Ltd is my company here in NZ that provides contract programming services.

Amiga 3000+ Board on eBay

Well, this is rather fascinating: an Amiga 3000+ prototype board was sold on eBay by none other than Dave Haynie. It fetched a decent $2,155 USD and included a couple of his notebooks from the period when he was working on it.

As if the fact that such a board still exists isn't interesting enough, he penned a long description of the board and what was going on at Commodore at the time. Unsurprisingly it is yet another exampe of Mehdi Ali and his crew destroying what chance Commodore had of actually making a success of the Amiga line.

Sadly the photos seem to be gone (not sure if that's how eBay works once an auction has ended), especially since it sounds like one of the notebook covers was rather amusing.