Gunstar Posted September 19, 2016 Share Posted September 19, 2016 (edited) In Jeremy Reimer's article titled "A History of the Amiga," he wrote the following: Chronologically, this was evidently before Bushnell sold Atari to Warner Communications, and the decision by the pre-Warner Atari led Jay Miner to Hi-Toro, where the 68000-based computer was born. And you're right that the new computer was supposed to land at Atari, but Commodore paid off Atari's investment and snapped up the Amiga for themselves. At least if memory serves from having read the accounts. Would Atari have fared better, had they let Jay Miner go forward with the 68000-based computer? Wasn't Atari here just being cheap, preferring to stick with older technology, even in the face of the changing marketplace for home gaming units and 8bits in general? And what about the stories of Atari being cheap when it came to their developers of software, long before Jack Tramiel's shadow ever darkened the doors of Atari? --Tim So you are saying that Jay Miner wanted to do a 68000 based machine instead of the "Sweet 16" 8-bit project, and before the Atari/Amiga debacle? That I did not know. I thought the Amiga was the first time anyone involved with Atari wanted a 68000 computer. Originally the Amiga was gong to be a console, right? But Atari, when they first made the deal with Amiga company had already decided to use it as a computer, right? Or maybe both, before the crash? My guess is Atari wouldn't have fared better, since the video game crash would have happened either way, sending Atari into a tail-spin, but maybe if Jack had still bought Atari he might have picked up the Jay Miner pre-Amiga 68000 design (which would probably have been very much like the Amiga) and ran with it instead of designing the ST, and neither the Amiga as we know it or the ST would have existed, and we would have had two entirely different 68000 based machines from Commodore and Atari. Edited September 19, 2016 by Gunstar Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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