My past as a Sega fan-boy is well known here at Red Parsley and this was never more prevalent than during the early years of the Mega Drive's release. Sega's powerhouse was certainly not the first popular 16-bit system though of course - Atari's ST and Commodore's Amiga had already been available for several years and it was when I started college in the early 90's that I met someone who was and remains the biggest Amiga fan-boy I've ever known.
Many discussions, comparisons, light-hearted mocking, and of course arguments filled many of our days which probably would've been put to better use actually studying, but after a while the inevitable happened and my new friend's enthusiasm for his favourite gaming system got to me. Games that were featured on both systems were superior on the MD, naturally, but there were a few really decent-looking titles on the Amiga that I had no access to. There could only be one answer to that dilemma, but could I bring myself to actually do it?
When you think about it, the Amiga was a quite remarkable machine really. I think we often forget that it was launched all the way back in 1985 when most of the systems on the market were still fairly young themselves and yet were immensely inferior to the Amiga, technically. It cost a huge sum back then admittedly, but it was impressive all the same - it wasn't bested until the end of the decade, and even then Amiga fanboys will argue until they're blue in the face that their mighty micro was still the best machine available. They were right for a long time, too.
I used to look enviously at Amiga screenshots in magazines during the late 80's but, by the time I actually owned one, I'm sorry to say that I never fully embraced as much as I should've, and now of course wish I had. I suppose you could say that the first batch of games I had for it weren't exactly 'killer apps', aside from Lemmings, obviously, but I bought few titles for it and didn't really use it too often either.
I suppose I became an owner too late really - not only were the Mega Drive and SNES well established by then (and both were in my bedroom too!) but the 3DO and Jaguar were about to launch and the Saturn and PlayStation weren't far behind them. As Commodore's last successful system the Amiga was already guaranteed a place in the hall of fame anyway, but it was clearly a fantastic bit of kit too, with tonnes of classic titles. I just wish I'd gotten one earlier. Still, if there's one thing Red Parsley is for, it's rectifying past gaming wrongs...