As there are a number of old school geeks present over here at Blender Artists, I figured it’d be nice to start a thread about sweet retro computing memories. Think Apple, Atari, CBS, Commodore, MSX, Nintendo, Sega, Sinclair and Vectrex in the 1980s and 1990s.
I’ll start off with my personal memories:
I grew up with 8-bit game consoles and ‘home computers’ as they were called back then. The Atari 2600, CBS ColecoVision, Commodore 64 (C128 to be precise), multiple Commodore Amiga models, Sega Megadrive / Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega DreamCast and more.
I remember the 1980s as a very exciting time. The digital revolution had just begun, and software was mainly produced by individuals and small teams, usually working in dimly lit attics, while the majority of people still called you a “computer nerd”, not yet realizing that one day they would need you to fix their computer problems.
When the 16-bit revolution had begun in the second half of the 1980s, I became one of the first (and youngest) game developers in the Netherlands, years before the public internet.
Our main system of choice for game development was the Commodore Amiga, but later MS-DOS, Windows and other operating systems followed. Our productions were published worldwide on 3.5 inch diskettes, and later on CD-ROM.
Here’s a YouTube playlist with a range of videos of our games and Demo Scene productions.
One of our Amiga games was a platform game called Hoi:
Hoi was reviewed in several game magazines around the world. The renowned British magazine The One gave it an overall score of 90%
Our games are available for free:
If you’re in for a trip down digital memory lane: I’ve built a large collection of retro computing nostalgia images in the shape of a multi-section Pinterest pinboard.
I’m looking forward to reading about your memories.
What computers did you use?
What was your favorite software / which were your favorite games?