My name is Vicky Lamburn. I live in the UK on the south coast and I’m a photographer and web developer in my day jobs, and I guess I’m sort of an atypical retro gamer / retro computing geek, as I have interests outside of it which I arguably like more, such as photography, drawing, movies including anime, manga as well as learning French and Japanese
How long have you been using the Amiga? What is your current configuration?
I think 1991, we got the Amiga 500 Plus Cartoon Classics pack. I left using the Amiga in 2000, but in 2018 I have renewed interest!
My childhood A600 is still with me 25 years after I bought it in 1993, and I have just acquired a mint condition A1200, and a very good condition but temperamental A500. It’s nice to have an unadulterated A1200 again, I really regret butchering my A1200 into a tower back in the 90s.
My main Amiga is an A600 as its the most compact system and perfect for my needs. Current configuration is very simple: base A600 with compact flash hard disk, 2MB Chip RAM and 2MB Fast RAM on PCMCIA. I still use floppy disks as well as the PCMCIA compact flash adapter.
What are your favorite activities on Amiga?
Gaming, Deluxe Paint and Blitz BASIC and occasionally ProVector (structured drawing package)
Vicky as a designer, do you think that the Amiga with Vampire will remains a competitive machine in the field of graphics?
I’d say the Vampire is the upgrade that could have made one heck of a difference in the mid 90s for the Amiga, and it still does in 2018 but only for retro computing enthusiasts. I see it as something that makes using an Amiga a bit easier in 2018, but the reality is most graphics are done using Photoshop, Illustrator, Autodesk Sketchbook which is now free or perhaps Corel Painter — and I don’t see that changing.
The reality is that good design, graphics, illustration etc. really comes from someone having the time, patience, vision and talent, the je ne sais pas quoi to create. The Vampire will make it a nice experience with fast graphics and processor speed but just the hardware alone won’t make for great graphic design. And of course I think there is a lot of room for pixel art, I’m very interested where the likes of Sonic Mania and Octopath Traveller take us in terms of graphic design, it’s good to see some 2D pixel art love come back.
What is your opinion on AmigaOne X5000?
Finally, do you have something to say to our readers?
Remember, only Amiga makes it possible! 🙂
Source: Amitopia Own Experience