One of my earliest gaming memories involves trading illegal goods, hunting down pirates, mining asteroids and generally gallivanting around the galaxy as the intrepid Commander Jameson in the Amiga version of Elite. Unfortunately, the Amiga was killed off soon afterwards -- or so we thought. It turns out that the Amiga brand, kind of like Cthulu, was just biding its time. Commodore USA just announced it's releasing a new small form factor PC sporting the Amiga name, but packing a much, much bigger punch than its predecessor.
It's been a long, long time since we had to type Load"*",8,1 to fire up a game or any other program, a command that will instantly and always be familiar to anyone who grew up in the Commodore 64 era. Commodore USA LLC is hoping to cash in on that nostalgia with a line of modern day nettops shoved into replica C64 keyboard cases, and if you've been anxiously awaiting for these replica machines to ship, we have good news for you.
Commodore USA, the same company who recently announced plans to start shipping an Atom-powered replica of the original C64, claims to have just acquired the rights to the Amiga name and will also be launching a full line of new Amiga branded all-in-one keyboard computers.
"We are ecstatic to be partnering with Amiga Inc. in this new, exciting product launch," Barry Altman, President and CEO of Commodore USA, said in a statement. "The legacy of the Commodore and Amiga trademark brand, reunited once again after so many years, and our reintroduction of the legendary All-In-One computer keyboard form factor, combined with the twenty-five year anniversary of the introduction of the first Amiga computer by Commodore International, is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Commodore USA has now taken a major role in not just supporting the future Amiga market with our many new products, but also in providing a new beginning for the enormous existing Amiga community."
Decidedly less excited about the announcement is Hyperion, the Belgium company behind the AmigaOS, who also holds rights to the Amiga brand.
"Our American lawyers will take action against this," Hyperion said in a forum post. "This is [a] blatant violation of the rights Hyperion Entertainment secured in the settlement agreement with Amiga Inc., Itec, and Amino."