I have already made some posts about games on the Amiga, hopefully reviving the memories of that great era. But in the heat of the moment, I almost forgot to tell you about emulators: a wonderful and easy way to "virtualize" a whole Amiga setup on your PC.
There are two popular freeware emulators around, UAE (available for MS Windows, Linux, Mac-OS) and Fellow. Both have been out for many years now and I tested both of them. I ended up using WinUAE though, since it ran stable and gave the majority of tweakable parameters.
It offers you default setups for standard A500, A600, A1200, A2000 and so on! Speed them up by adding RAM, pick another processor, choose Input devices, add hard-drives - no problem, just a few clicks! WinUAE can even emulate the god-like chattering sound of the floppy-disk, while it is loading into memory.
So for those of you who want to play around with an Amiga, but do not own one anymore - try an emulator, it is close to the real thing!
Along with the emulator, you might also need:
- Kickstart 1.3 and 2.0 ... that is the firmware, stored on the ROM chip of the Amiga
- Amiga Workbench ... the OS, you might need it in order to run some games or text-to-speech in "Say" ;)
The problem here might be the copyright. Nevertheless all of the software can easily be found on the internet^^
Have fun and happy guru meditation!