MEGA is fulfilling its mission of preserving mankind’s digital heritage at its best: The very last Amiga 1200 has been added to the MEGA collection! No other than Petro T. Tyschtschenko – former Commodore and Amiga International manager – handed over the “Magic Pack” to Dr. André Kudra – specialized in vintage Commodore and Amiga machines, and proud member of MEGA e. V. The historic and highly emotional handover event took place on April 2nd, 2016 at the Mannheim Retro-Fair, the 3rd edition of this extremely popular meeting point for retro enthusiasts. All was captured in video by retro scene blogger “VisioRetron” and kindly published on his YouTube channel. So all what’s left to say is: AAAMIGAAAAAAAAA!
Word is spread about the MEGA65 project on all channels! A brand new podcast was recently published by Scene World Magazine, the most eclectic and the world’s only C64 NTSC & PAL diskmag. It features almost 90 minutes of MEGA65 insights, discussed between Scene World interviewers Arthur J. “AJ” Heller and Joerg Droege as well as MEGA65 team members Detlef Hastik, Dr. Paul Gardner-Stephen and Dr. André Kudra. The interview, starting at 19:03 in the podcast, not only dives into technical details on the MEGA65 but also reveals the reasons why some retro enthusiasts embarked on possibly the greatest 8-bit journey ever in 2015.
Our mega project the MEGA65 open 8-bit computer reached the next milestone! Please take a look at the photos straight from the lab. C64 compatibility of the MEGA65 already surpasses the C65, the speed of the machine has once again increased and there will be even more ports than initially planned. We are working hard to deliver the best 8-bit computer ever!
Programming basics: Now that the winter lessons have ended, and all participants were rewarded, not only with the knowledge of how to program a computer, but also with a certificate from MEGA and the first fully playable game that they have created themselves — they did everything from painting the graphics to writing the code that they needed themselves. Please find their epic space battles in the gallery.
After receiving a generous donation from a Swiss fellow named “Louis” which -among other machines- included a boxed early Macintosh Plus we decided to play a bit with this Mac. Spotting an original game in the shelves we did not test yet it turned out to be a lot of fun: Dark Castle by Silcon Beach Software 1986. A truly great action adventure for a wonderful classic machine. Thank you Louis!
At the AMIGA30 years event in Neuss, Germany, we showed the first MEGA65 prototype. The machine could be touched and fully tried out, all modes were usable and visitors played games using classic joysticks attached to the machine or coded some BASIC programs. The MEGA65 received a lot of attention by the audience and former Commodore employees – we learned to know a lot of interesting people and found new friends. You can find the talk about MEGA65 by clicking this link.