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This. Is the atari falcon, one of the greatest computers, ever made but. Sent, for you people have heard of it it's almost like atari we're trying to keep it a secret. What. Happened and why, is that it's. 1989. The. Atari st range, has been in production for four years, but. Its traction into homes has, been limited, until. Now, with. New tempting, game bundles, appearing, in shops the, st FM has become an appealing, and cost-effective. Choice for bringing a true computer into. The home the. 16-bit, st, was far more powerful than these spectrums, and commodore, 64's, found, in most households, of the time and bundled. With a whopping 20 games the, sub 400-pound. Price tag was, a tantalizing. Temptation. However. Its hardware, capabilities. Still, lagged behind that, of the amiga 500 and, atari, knew, they'd need to do something, to keep up. The. First attempt to bounds for scales came, in B form of the Atari ST II an. Enhanced. ST which had been in development since, at least. 1987. Original. Specifications. Had detailed, a 640, by 240. Screen, resolution. With. 256. On-screen, colors a significant. Improvement. Over VST. However. On launch, of Obst had, an expanded, color palette from 512. To. 4096. It was, still restricted, to, Amiga 16. On screen, without, programming tricks. Really. The point has been missed it's, all very well having extra, colors but what's the use of you can't display more on screen on. The plus side additional, genlock support, for video editing was, added along with a blitter, coprocessor. Which put the machine more, on par with the amigas, graphical, capabilities a. New, PCM. Oh chip was also added to play back 8-bit samples, and somewhat, make up for the limited a wise sound chip found, in earlier models, although. The ste, was a moderate, improvement over, existing hardware. It's high compatibility, with. The original system was, if anything its, downfall, given. BST was far more abundant. Software, developers, stuck to making games for the original, machine rather. Than releasing titles, for the handful, of ste. Owners, some. Games did come with enhancements, for the ste but, most of these were half-hearted. And couldn't, tempt amiga owners and future. Amiga owners away, from their enhanced chipset. Capabilities. What's, more they mostly, arrived too, late to make an impact on ste, sales. Asmin, nineties began people were starting to focus their energy, and indeed. Money, on either, the amiga or a japanese, console, for gaming. But. In typical Atari, fashion, alongside, the ste, they, had also been developing, a number of other machines including. The TT and a, machine known as the Atari, transputer. The, transputer was a high-end workstation. Released, in 1989. With minimal, sales it ran on Helius, OS and was incompatible, with the ST range whilst. BTT although, intended, as a UNIX, workstation, would end up really as just a beefier, ST, with, TT standing, for 32 32, rather. Than B 16 32 obvious. T this. Is a naming convention because. Of the TT, also, has a 32-bit. Data bus paired, with a Motorola 6800. 30 CPU. Offering significant. Performance, improvements. Over previous machines. Both. Of these machines weren't, bad at all but they were expensive. And therefore pretty. Unsuccessful. Failing. To find a suitable market, niche mostly. They just weren't taken seriously, as professional. Machines and the TT was, too expensive to, be viewed as a suitable, ST upgrade. Luckily, Atari, were also sticking true to their brands origins, and a, number of game systems, were in the pipeline the. Atari handheld, Lynx had already launched, in September. 1989. And sales, were thankfully, ahead of their new desktop machines at the least the. Lynx was also a generation. Ahead of contemporary. Rival, handhelds. In terms, of technical specifications. Atari. Had also been developing, the Panther and with a nudge from ex Sinclair, research employees.

Martin, Brennan and John Matheson a more, 3d. Capable, console, called, the, Jaguar, the Panther. Was jeepers release first, in 1991. And lined, up to challenge console. Was like four Sega Megadrive in the, meantime it was down to the st and links, to carry the brand but. Times, were changing, and if Atari weren't careful, they'd, lose the home computer market entirely. In. Early. 1991. The atari lynx 2 was, launched, to try and boost sales whilst. Me panther console, was, dropped, so atari could focus on the jaguar, the, jaguars divert meant was moving faster, than anticipated, but. Atari, not being a company to have too few, pies on the table, they began another two projects, known, as sparrow, and falcon. Unfazed. By the lack of success of previous machines, Jack, Trammell the CEO, of Atari, corporation knew, that a new machine was required, to, compete with the Amiga and more, importantly, to Jack the, rising, dominance, of the IBM pc compatibl. 1991. Attempt, to break this market was to repackage, the ste, in a desktop case crammed, in some TT features, and sell, it as a business machine known, as the mega ste. Following. Suit with the mega st and mega st, 2 which, came some years previous, it, was cheaper, than VT t less. Capable. Member TT and somewhat. Of a backwards, step in, this area, of the market but. Like the TT it was still pretty. Unsuccessful, Atari, even, needed something better all they needed to change tact. The. Original Falcon specification. Was therefore intended, to blow other computers, clear, out of the water a powerful. Motorola, 6800, 40, CPU, was suspect, to be at its core a CPU. Which could easily compete. With, the abundance, of Intel, 386 processors. The. TTS, fast, RAM was also a consideration. For inclusion, along, with a fast expansion, bus and extensive. Upgrade, paths developed. By Atari in Texas, and are led by John Horton this, was a computer designed, to enter the PC, market alongside. This, Sparrow, was, more of an upgrade card, for VST, using, an as yet undecided. Motorola, processor, and lacking, the faster, bus and expansion. Options of the Falcon, this was being developed by Ataris Israel. Operation, led, by Marsha, gal and air da VL if we, step outside of, Ataris walls at this point knowledge. Of an upcoming Jaguar. Console, was, already public, but. There was also speculation of, a Jaguar, based computer. Floating. About sources. From Atari also, suggest there were plans to make the Falcon and the Jaguar, semi compatible, or develop, a Jaguar, card for a falcon at least but, Jack Tramel was against, the notion and pushed, for them to be unique systems, in. Late, 1991. Would-be Jaguar, computer, rumors quashed Atari. Seemed, to reluctantly, confirm, they were working, on a super, TT, machine called, the foul Caen incorporating. A motorola, 68000, 40, CPU, and a, possible built-in, cd-rom. This, was a machine of the average, Atari, users, dreams, but. This was, a short-lived. Dream, as only a few months after their admission, this, Falcon, was, pushed aside and, instead. The sparrow project, was stepped up to take its place and the, B divert the name of F x1 one.

Could Speculate, that this decision, was down to B dwindling, finances of, Atari, corporation, the. Sparrow used many existing, components. Making, it cheap and quick, whilst. For super TT Falcon, needed, further investment. And resources. Tricky. Especially when, the Jaguars development, was well underway. It's. Clear, from B sparrows, December, 1991. Revision. 10 design, specs, that this was the Machine destined, to be the Falcon we, would soon all know and love all, the, specifications, are present, as is the intention, to be a compatible. High-performance. Extension, of B Atari ST II, architecture. So. Aside, from the St book which would arrive in the UK early, in 1992. The new year had a seemingly, cleaner, plan, for Atari to, launch the, sparrow as their next computer and the, Jaguar, as a brand-new advanced. Console, it was. Around this point but companies, such as a magitek, who were working on Raiden. Dino. Dudes and. Road. Riot, for me now counselled atari, panther console were, asked, instead, to begin porting, code to, the sparrow, richard. Miller, was currently Ataris, president, of research, and development and was responsible, for leading the new projects, and was, apparently keen to make the sparrow into a system his mother could use stating. You can never underestimate, the, consumer, so, the computer, should, be just as good as the consumer CD player or television. The, specifications. Were been hammered out to, make it affordable. But capable. Sporting. A motorola, 6800. 30 16. Megahertz cpu. A, blitter. Graphics, coprocessor, at 16, megahertz offering 64, million pixels, per second, a DMA. Engine. Offering fast memory access to and from scuzzy, audio. Peripherals, etc. A Motorola. 5600. 132. Megahertz. Digital, signal, processor, unit and, an. Optional, Motorola 6, to. Floating-point. Mathematic. Coprocessor. Unit, of course, let's not forget the powerful. VY del video, controller, offering. 260. Mm. 144. Colors chunky. 16-bit, true color and various. Bit plane modes now. This all sounds reasonable enough that pretty awesome, in fact but, there is a small caveat, although. The video bus was, 32, bits wide the, main processor, bus is still only 16 bits, somewhat. Limiting for Falcons performance, but, from Ataris perspective, saving. Money at the same time still heavily rooted in the, esti specifications. Back. In reality Atari, might have been soldiering, on oblivious. To the nightmare, they were facing. But owners of VST were becoming rightly, concerned, about the dwindling supply, of games for their beloved systems, the, lack of content, aimed at their machine on TV, and the media and even for shrinking, size of their favorite, magazines, this, is from Jenny Smith who lives the King Edward Avenue Hastings, in East Sussex hi Jen she, says dear Andy and violet I'm getting fed up for watching computer shows that don't even mention my computer, I know you've got an Atari ST well we, do have one here in the studio and if you're an ST owner look out for some software reviews for you in later program companies. Like Special Reserve we're reporting, for ST game sales now, only accounted, for, 13%.

Of Their, orders, 20%. Down on the previous year and amiga. Games were out selling st iterations, by five to one in shops, like WH, Smith in, fact Commodore 64, game sales were, actually faring, better thanks. In part to be terminated, to bundle, but. Reassurance. Was provided. In the form of this new almighty. Machine, just. Around the corner. Throughout. 1992. News, on this new machine was, few and far between the. Other mention, tantalizing. Glimpses, of hope and numerous. Mentions, of the multimedia, future, provided, sustenance for, existing esti, owners, at, the height of summer the details were more forthcoming in, late July the first images of a new machine leaked, through to us courtesy, of ST user magazine, the. Sparrow prototype. Had now taken on the full falcon, persona, or at least adopted, its name as we, falcon --zero 30 and was, about to receive judgment, it, wasn't yet in the new colors Frankenstein. With a white keyboard, and Sparrow, card case with, the production coloring, still, undetermined. In fact the Eternals were still different, at this point sporting, only toss, 2.07. Ataris, operating, system and an, array of incomplete. Components. But, the question was had the cost-saving. Measures of atari produced. A machine good enough to satisfy the hungry, desires of st. Owners, was. This per machine we needed to carry the atari brand into. The late 90s with. Phrases, like better, sound capability. Than compact, discs true, color 16-bit, mode and the multitasking. Toss operating, system being thrown about the, signs seemed promising, in other, magazines there was talk of a high-density, floppy, drive, and that digital. Signal processor, which made the average atari fan moist, to, the touch game. Developers, even started, to air bare views I'll be, very interested in developing stuff for it I've, prayed, for this kind of move for a long time the. Only qualms, I have is the price of PCs is falling, all of the time us, gold would love to produce software, for such a sophisticated machine. However. We're going to wait and see what kind of price the machine has released at and which, other houses support it every. Other sound like a user stream but, Etheria have to be very clever to gain substantial support, the Falcon could be a monster. If marketed, correctly it. Must be pushed by Atari as a serious. Machine, Atari. Must not promote it as a games platform that, would be the kiss of death, for the machine. This. Mixed, but excited, bag of feelings was shared throughout Atari itself, and this, led to a war raging, between Atari, UK, and Atari Germany, over who would control development of the machine Atari. Germany, wanted befall Caen to be viewed as a serious, computer, at feelings, very much shared, by Jack and his son Sam, Trammell, however. Atari UK, wanted the Falcon to be poised for gaming, as well following, the st in its most successful domain. And providing. An upgrade path for gamers he might have always jumped, ship to the amiga or PC. Initially. Commodore was concerned, by, this new machine david. Pleasants, head of Commodore UK stated. When, we first heard about the Falcon, we were really worried as it was more powerful than amigas, up and coming machine the a 1200. Appearing. They were trying to go head-to-head with the PC, we, knew we had already won. In. The October. Issue of Atari ST user, Sam, Trammell even confirms that a falcon o 30 has, no interest, in going up against, the Amiga Atari seemed. To be going directly, for the throat of the PC, market, which was. A bold move to save at least, in. Any case Atari, Germany, had won the battle fears. But the falcon might detract from the Jaguar, had helped seal the deal and so, this is where we'd witness the initial launch at, the SiC düsseldorf, Atari, fair on the 21st, of August 1992. As. Well as a spinning, falcon display there was a lengthy, presentation, demonstrating. For graphics new, multitask, operating system and the, various, features enough. To make atari aficionados. Drool, from, here to kingdom come. If chancel hitted on anything if on two girls 606. And guys teach me, the, machines, exterior, was itself very modest looking mostly like a discolored. St, but, sporting, a multi-coloured, falcon. Badge. It. Seems atari were planning a completely, new case from, her following year but wanted to test the wind before committing, some. Felt it wasn't enough to stand out as a new machine and this lack of commitment in itself felt, a bit half-hearted.

And Concerning. Frankly. Very from a personal, perspective it, didn't, bother me there was something about that original, st case bathed in these new alien, colors which, made me just lust after this machine, and that, lust didn't, diminish so, i was over for damn moon to receive one myself, earlier. This year oh. Yes. Falcon. Hmm. Anyway. The. Machine was launched in France and the UK shortly, after Germany at the September, European, computer, trade show with, an entry price of $4.99 for. One megabyte model up to 999. Pounds, for the fully kitted version. Proving. Atari Germany, had won the battle and the Falcon was poised and ready to, be pitched as a serious, computer, to, rival, the PC. Now. That's not to say he couldn't but, for most part it was well ahead of PC. Hardware at the time but. The PC market was so strong, at this point it was nearly impossible to. Take it on in general, terms, coupled. With the Falcons hefty price tag there was a confusing, mixture, of raised eyebrows, sunken. Stomachs, and extreme, excitement of, a falcon o30 in. A situation. Strange, for, us Europeans. At the time the, USA, launch actually, followed, our own with, an unveiling at the Southern California, computer, fair on B 12 of September, and even. A fully kitted Falcon, was given away to, lucky entrant jason, spoor. The American, rollout would be a somewhat more subdued, affair, though indicative. Of be less than favorable success. Previous. Models had attained, in their, home country, regardless. With news and previews, spilling out left right and center anticipation. Was rife even. TV programs, such as bad influence, started, talking, about Atari, again why. Well, this might be one of the reasons why it's Ataris new baby the polkan it might have been waiting for this well, for. A couple of minutes including. A live demonstration, of this miraculous, machine it's. A brand new revolutionary piece, of equipment, so what's the new about it well inside. It's got something called the DSP. A digital, signal, processor. Andy, crane may have given a rather brief demonstration, but thankfully, we can go one better let's, take a look at my own model. Look. At this wondrous, machine, so many options and, so much potential. First. Up connectivity. The. Back looks familiar but offers a number of new options over the ST, over. Here is the DSP, port allowing direct access, to the DSP chip a 3.5. Millimeter stereo, out, 3.5. Millimeter, microphone, in a scuzzy. 2 port for CD, hard, drives and burr like a video, port allowing connection, to both standard, and VGA. Monitors, the, RF, TV, output also, still remains, a, 25. Pin parallel, port an rs-232. 9, pin serial connection, a local. Area network port. Power, socket, and of course the reset, switch on. The left side we've got the usual MIDI port cartridge. Port and enhanced, joystick, connections, the same you'll find on the Atari Jaguar then. On the right we have a high-density disk drive as standard. For all you sadists. Out there don't worry the standard, 9 pin mouse and joystick, ports still, remain tucked away underneath, the. You'll, note the fan, cutaway, next to it something. You of course won't see on an ST now. My particular Falcon also has a screen, I card, installed, allowing. For video capture but of course this, isn't standard, equipment, okay. To, start with I'll be connecting, up to an LCD VGA, monitor, for the best picture, quality. We. Get the usual Atari boot screen and this, one has a pre-installed, IDE, hard drive. Drivers. Are loaded and then we boot straight into the new multi toss operating, system. The. Gem desktop, has really taken an upgrade, this time around, and you. Can actually choose whether the machine runs toss or multi, toss, early. Machines didn't, actually have multi toss built into ROM so, they needed to load it from the hard drive assuming. You had a hard, drive model, you, also really need a reasonable, amount of RAM for multitasking. Thankfully. This machine has a whopping 14, megabytes which, is actually the factory, limit, rather. Interesting, levy multitasking. Features, of the new OS are actually derived from an ST operating. System extension, called mint, developed. By Eric R Smith, mint, originally, stood for mint, is not, toss, but.

Atari Simply, licensed, the software, told, the world that it now stands for mint is now toss and, provided. It as an alternative, kernel, to work alongside the new desktop, like. Vats where new OS was multitasking ready. We. Could spend all day exploring. But let's just cover some essentials. Ever, moment, we're running in 80-column. 256. Color mode which, gives us a resolution of 640, by 480, but. We can slip into a true color 40, column mode or, even use standard. Esti resolutions, for compatibility, the. Falcon can clearly Drive all of these through, the VGA monitor, without issue however. If we load up a program which dynamically, switches, to a resolution, outside. Of your monitors, range then, you might get an issue however. If, I plug into a standard TV through, RF, things. May be a tad more fuzzy, but, switching resolutions. Is no longer an issue the. TV isn't a great pairing with the Falcon and a, decent multi sync monitor would be far superior, but, it suffices for this example at least. You. Can't drive, a monitor, at the same time as TV, mode you should note as it runs slightly different resolutions, to compensate, but. I feel it's worth pointing out but we now have overscan, meaning, the entire picture can, fit in the screen doing, away with the huge borders, of the esti the. Falcon also has a built-in speaker so. You can hear sound, when hooked up to a VGA, monitor, even, without external speakers, or where it is quite, tinny. Using. The esti compatible, resolutions, of 320, by 240, in, colours 640. By 200, with 4 colors and 640. By 400. With 2 colors you can see most esti software, will work absolutely fine, on, this beast. We. Can use the original music maker for example, or even an, array of games found, with the esti power pack but, this, feels like a massive. Waste of. Power so. Instead let's try using some features of the DSP, that bad, influence, episode we were just watching the featured this clip of an D recording, and a, distorting, his voice using, the Falcon, you. Can do it from the CD or if you've got a microphone like this you, can do it from microphone, so I saw it just record something in Mary. Cruz, Mars, it. Play that back to make sure it's there and the thing Merry. Christmas. Now how can we improve that well it can do effects you can harmonize, if you also have to be reasonably fluent in German because this software so new but, the English program hasn't been written yet and I move, this.

Bit Save down a bit there and that. Much of my voice off, a bit like that play, it back and then, see if that improves my singing. Yeah. Well possibly, I remember it clear as day so. I thought, I'd try my own version using. Exactly, the same software, it's even in German, which is understandable. Given, this is a German, machine. So. First I'll need to record the, line. Seems. About, right, then. I'll apply some distortions. That's. One lifelong, dream, fulfilled. So, happy, days, of. Course the Falcon is capable, of even, more amazing. Feats, check. Out how fast it can run frontier, elite - for example. Compared. To it running on an ST you, can see this is how the game was always meant, to be played. Sometimes. His folk have also made some highly impressive demos, for. The hardware. Anyway. Let's. Get back to, the Falcon story. Impressively. Despite, reeling, back on their original design both. Technically, and aesthetically. Atari. Had created, something of magnitude. Offering. Audio video, and digital, processing. Capabilities, which, knocked a most competition, for six areas. The Falcon excelled in were also four kind of niches where, we saw ears really prick up with. Eager anticipation unit, started, appearing on shelves, in late, 1992. Alongside. The, predicted, price tag starting, from 499. Pounds, over, way to $12.99. For a fully kitted out harddrive, model however, due, to what Atari, called. Insurmountable. Quality, control, issues, it, wouldn't be until early 1993. That. Falcons, would ship in reasonable, numbers and, with, reasonable, quality, in the, US models, were on sale for under a thousand dollars but, dealers had to be signed up with a new agreement, meaning, of availability. Was painfully, restricted. But. Even as these machines, appeared Atari. Were yet again talking, about the launch of our old friend, a falcon. 0:40. The. Leftover, threads from the original Falcon project still, seemed to be crawling, along complete. Of a shiny case called. Via micro, box it was very likely a refinement, of a case they had hoped the, first machine, would have it. Looks incredibly, like a PlayStation. 2 and indeed. Is a source of Sony's inspiration. Even, being mentioned in Sony's, patent, application. There. Was even still talk of a cd-rom, kited, version making an appearance an idea. Which had been floating around for some years Atari. Had been trying to get in on the multimedia, experience. Since, the late 80s, would be doomed Atari, CD, AR 504, system designed, to plug into VST, with. Better timing Atari, could have led the pack in this area but like many of their projects, may seem to be best at just, talking, about them whilst pouring, money down the well in, essence, this was much like what they were doing, by announcing, a new Falcon immediately. After their current model went, on sale I'm. Sure they expected, it to be encouraging. For Atari, owners, but in reality it, just discouraged. Even the few people who could afford the Falcon from shelling out in the first place instead, they chose to hold off for a few months for this even better machine. By. This point, the Amiga 1200, had, also, landed, and was, kicking up a much bigger fuss, especially. With its established, amiga gaming, base eager. For those shiny, aga, graphics. But, this new machine is being sold on it's fantastic, graphics and colors apparently, it has up to 17.

Million Different, colors available, whatever. That means. Of. Course. It pushed the Falcon, was a more competent, machine than. The 1200, even, for gaming and despite, the squabbles, and the. 1200. Can disabilities. Thousand, on-screen colors from a palette of 16.7. Million yeah, maybe but. As in static ham mode the Falcon uses eight bits to store data for each pixel, giving. 65536. Animated, on-screen, colors, yeah. So the. 1200, has real multitasking. So, does the Falcon, Maruti, OS is a fully pre-emptive, operating, system with adaptive, prioritization. And inter-process, communication. But, all we need to do is look back at the ste, and CB, issue demand. If there's no demand, no games welcome. And aside. From Ataris. Miserable. Marketing, tactics, failing. To ignite the imaginations, of gamers, and their, core audience another. Reason for their lack of demand was, for price, people. Didn't, want to and indeed, couldn't, stump, up Neo Geo comparable. Dosh for such a high investment, risk, the. Amiga 1200 on, the other hand was, a hundred pounds cheaper and already, had a much wider game, library, you. Gave the Amiga and PC, inferno. That's. Not to say games didn't, come I remember opening up ST format, and seeing Robinson's. Requiem, from her first time and being, staggered. Here, was an open-world simulation. Game with a first-person view, running. On an Atari not. An Atari I could ever afford but. Of course I could dream whined. On 25 years vote, and that dream is reality, to. Go with my machine here in fact is a brand, new copy of Robinson's. Requiem, but, I'm going to open right, now and play. Oh, it's. On CD, I've. Only got a disk drive and, there we have yet another expense. Which, was just unobtainable. Of a typical gamer of the, early to mid 90s. But. Let's not forget Atari, Germany. Especially, weren't. Even pushing this machine for the gaming market this, was a serious, computer, and although, it was already carving, out a niche it, wasn't a very large one and much of it was still occupied by its older sister VST. In. The UK both Atari and its supporters, were, doing their best Atari. UK's, marketing, manager, devil still had managed, to encourage, games master to, feature her Falcon first of all why the new machines Atari, Falcon is famed at the home user as a revolutionary, new home computer, all-singing. All-dancing and. There was even the possibility of it being the games world phoning, computer, for, the new sky one series, small. Fish maybe but in fact Atari, UK, seemed, keen on still, trying to push the Falcon for, its gaming merits, there, was even news popping up of a new gaming control, pad especially former, machine similar. To the Lynx in layout that with 16, additional.

Programmable. Buttons of, course we all know what came to be of bet but, it's interesting to note that accessories. For now at least were. Being designed with both the Falcon and the upcoming Jaguar. In mind as. 1993. Pressed, on Falcon, news started. To die off and for. Most publications, it was business as usual, the, ST models were still on sale at the time and by, April the s TFM, had been slashed from, 249. Pounds to, 159. Really. As a last-ditch, attempt, to keep a format alive the, STA followed, shortly after, despite, price slash and denials, Atari. Had hoped ST models would sell some 150,000. Units by, the end of the year when. Quizzed about at Commodore UK's, manager, Kelly Sumner, didn't, show concern, and interpreted. The move as like. Where they didn't stock with a view, the thing altogether it. Wouldn't be long before Sumner, was proved right. The. Falcon continued, on sadly, no, 0:40, model came no, new case arrived in fact a very little really happened, by, the end of 1993, magazines. Were still trying to tell us the virtues, of this wondrous, computer, with, more advertising, actually, coming from third-party producers. Van, Atari itself. Replacement. Cases were popping up along, with CD, drives and other accessories, trying, to help the system limp, on it, was clear that many of these companies either depended. On Atari survival. Or were just diehard. Fans themselves. By. The end of the year bob guido general. Manager of Atari Europe claimed. Some, 14,000. Falcons had been sold with, around 4,000. Still in stock this. Slow rate of sale did, nothing to change prices, however and base, Falcom models were still priced at, 499. Pounds. Appearing, so what defiant, alongside, their, price slashed elders but. That new kid on the block was, starting to make some serious noise, Atari. Themselves. Were expecting, the Jaguar, to make some serious waves and were pouring all their time effort and indeed, money into, the 64 bit wonder console. Optimism. Was so high or more likely hope, but, Sam Trammell who had taken over the atari range from his father jack confirmed. They were planning, a check your computer. Proving. Yet again that, just when Atari corporation were looking focused, they, were still pouring ideas, and cash out quicker, than a shell suit on a slide. One. Promising, aspect, was Viteri had now jumped, on the marketing, bandwagon. Having, neglected this crucial, element of business for years even. During the Falcons launch. But. Jankura was now witnessing, big launch events and an, even bigger marketing, campaign, but, marketing, costs, money and unless, it came flooding back pretty, quick, the, business was in serious, trouble, it's. With this in mind but production a war machines above am a jaguar was massively, stepped, down this wasn't only worrying for atari computer, owners it was also a kick in the face for those who had just forked out for, a falcon. In. Early. 1994. Sam's words were we, couldn't spend enough money to give a falcon a significant, market share and pair to the PC we're. Continuing, to make computers, and we will provide the nest market set we're in, it.

Was A very important, decision for us to downsize, the company lower our risk in the computer business and, put ourselves behind, the jaguar by, the middle of 1994. The news was in Ataris. Net sales for 1993. Were twenty eight point eight million dollars compared, to one hundred and twenty seven point three million, for, nineteen ninety two to. Help keep the company going Time Warner increased, their interest in the firm and twenty, five percent to, twenty seven percent with, Sam remarking. As a result, of increased, spending for marketing, activities, and until, such times as shipments, of the Jaguar product Armada. Substantial. Volume we, do not expect to achieve profitability. Support. For the Falcon had now officially. Been, pulled and, everything. Was on the Jaguars, success. Users. Of the Falcon were left teetering, a new version of toss had, been in development but. Hadn't made it to official, release however. Toss, 4.04. Had, fixed numerous, bugs in the audio system and improved. Of running generally, the, problem was if you hadn't upgraded, to the new version already Atari. Weren't, going to help you meaning, third parties, were again picking up four pieces as we. Falcon lights began to dim surplus. Stock of systems would, gradually, fall in price suggesting. The end of the road. Then. In 1995. Something, happened something, promising. The. Music companies cielab decided, to buy up existing Falcon, stock and start, shipping model, as themselves, an optimistic, move which I clearly remember reading, about at the time. These. Designs, came in a number of variations, starting. With B mark one which was essentially, a standard, Falcon, followed, by the mark two offering. Some improvements. For audio professionals such. As accepting, line in audio, without the need of a preamp, and finally. The system ended with the Falcon, Mark X mounted. In a you rack case with plenty of space for mounting. And expansion. Options, cielab. Weren't the only German company getting in on existing atari technology, either. Jisub's. Had snapped up the TT specifications. To, create an upgraded, desktop, called the eagle, offering. Compatibility. With existing machines. But, providing, workstation. Quality graphics and audio, capabilities. However. These machines were, never going to revive a brand, and send, them belting, into houses across the country, instead. It just offered a small glimmer, of hope for atari, owners, pushing. Sales of a falcon hub buy another few thousand, curiously. At around the same time, the, amiga 1200 was itself being revived by Amiga, technologies, following. Commodores, own problems, one. Can only think that if Commodore, and Atari had, knitted together at the end there, still might be something, here today. Games. And applications would, still filter through to the Falcon even, tantalizing. Glimpses, of a future that could have been with, games such as substation. A doom clone finally. Arriving for ste, and falcon, machines but. For most Atari fans the once heralded computer. Was now a stranded. Ship becoming. Increasingly small. In a vast sea of other more, generic, machines, which, embraced, the multimedia age. That. Odd island, of dedicated, audio and video professionals, carried, on blissfully, still more, than content with what their falcons offered and they would do for some years but really, 1995. Marked, the end of the line it. Also meant that unique developments, never, published, their Falcon enhanced, version of the brilliant, obsession, pinball, game just, one of the many losses in this story games, like space junk, - were also dropped, from the Falcon and moved, to the Jaguar. It's, a sad fate, for, a machine which offered so much and had, so much potential, but as with all these commercial, failures there were groups of people who realized, how good it was and really, began to put it through its paces as, usual. It would be up to fans and hobbyists, to pick up the slack and trust. Me there's, a video there it is oh right, the. Falcon may not have a big cat name like the Jaguar but, it's at least has, the, same number of lives if not, more. Thank. You for watching my video on the glorious, a tiny Falcon I hope you, enjoyed, it I wish, to say thanks, to my patrons. Who contributed, voiceovers, for this video you guys were absolutely fantastic.

I, Also, wish to thank my other, patrons, you, guys for watching the, internet for being such an amazing resource, and, of. Course these, people over, on the left who helped out with this video in, other ways. So. I've got to say really, thanks. For watching have, a great evening.

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I thought I'd try out this new PREMIERE feature. I think the general gist of it is, we all get to watch it together, with chat. Isn't that cosy?

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It wouldn't rewind during the premiere showing! :) Watched it late last night though when it had become properly published - fantastic!

I think this video is going to have good longevity as there are hardly any videos about Falcon on Youtube. This video is going to gather views long after the initial release. On that note, please do more videos about Falcon software and hardware. They don't need to be as high production value as this history video obviously was. I'd just like to see the bugger in action! Thank you for the great video!

I guess the biggest impact was that now 50% of comments are totally off topic. :)

+Lassi Kinnunen We'll end up with YouTube listings eventually.

i hate it. for live streams, okay, put them up for a while before, but this just looks like spam on my feed. if everyone starts doing it, it will make it difficult to see whats viewable..

+Spiraling Downward I will be too, can't be doing with this stuff.

I thought the premier feature was a huge success. Please ignore the entitlement and feel free to do this again :D

Great video as usual. I’ve yet to find the true benefit of the Premiere ... I guess for a multi-tasking youngster the chat with the creator while the video plays might be a plus but I doubt this channel demographics point in this direction. I (an old got) found it distracting and soon switched off the chat.

The PREMIERE feature is okay I suppose. Personally, I'm too easily distracted by the chat so I end up missing parts of the video. About 1/3 of the way into watching I just gave up and waited until it was available as a standalone video. I figure, especially for a video of this length, that a lot a research and effort went in to its production so I want to give it the attention that it deserves. This video is actually the perfect example! It was an amazing in-depth history of a computer that I knew almost nothing about that I thoroughly enjoyed watching and I didn't want to miss ANYTHING while trying to keep up with chat. Thank you NN for the awesome content!

Oh, I'd have really liked to have been part of this. Maybe not during office hours on a rainy Tuesday though.

Its shite. Good video though.

Ah balls, I wish I clicked it when I seen the pop-up. Next time!

Nostalgia Nerd if you do it again I’m gonna unsub. You’ve been warned

+rickyleeufc but then you're behind the chat. What's the point then? It's shit tbh

+Paul Galinsky just rewind it

STAWP!

Nostalgia Nerd - Can’t wait for this to be on YouTube like a normal video (sadly turning up to the premiere half way through just feels annoying!) HUGE THANKS for covering the Falcon!

Don’t mind the ‘it’ll be on at 9’ premier feature. Works for me.

Just don't ...

"we all get to watch it together, with chat. " Why would I want to chat with people while I'm watching a video? I'll just end up missing most of the video while chatting, or most of the chat while watching the video. I've had enough of this forced social crap. I'll watch the video later, and disable the chat, thanks :-)

Isn't that cosy ? The answer is no, as far as I'm concerned. And for several reasons: 1) This is similar to streaming. Streaming is restricted to people who share your time slot. I could view the video at any time, but I can't because it's not up yet! That's frustrating. 2) I'm using a RSS feed aggregator (Feedly) to keep up to date with my favorite channels and websites. Again, your video appears in my feed yet I need to keep it there for 5 hours until the video can actually be watched. Conclusion: I'm really not a fan. Just my humble opinion.

It's stupid. Don't do it again.

+Laurens de Bruijn Nailed it.

FIR- aw fuck it, never mind

personally i find this new feature annoying mainly the same reasons as others has said it is frustrating to have a new video pop up only to find out you have to wait for it

I think it can be a useful feature, but: 1) 3 hours is just too much (for a complete and finished video just like the majority of others on this channel) 2) so, it should be more suited for live streams.

Not a fan of this premier thing. Other than live streams, YouTube shines on "on demand". Plus, I will be at work when it premiers. :-(

I wont downvote as it is unfair to your channel - but my feedback is: PREMIERE is annoying. When I click on something in YouTube I expect it to play... imagine if half the vids you want to watch are PREMIERE... NN: please dont use the PREMIERE function in the future - release it when it is done.

Would be great if YouTube add a way to a put a trailer for the premiere when the video is still not available, I think that would make premieres more interesting.

This is like picking up a refreshing cold can of Cherry Coke, only to discover it's that zero sugar monstrosity. Never ever do this again, especially to a ex-Falcon owner which strangely enough was destroyed by a full can of Sugary Cherry Coke in late 1994...

Nostalgia Nerd LOL

+Nostalgia Nerd From my experience of YouTube livechats, someone will still try and say "first".

I think so far, what I have at least determined is this feature eradicates people who comment "First" on a video

kind of a tease I know but at least we know its coming and we can look forward to something.....who's bringing the beers?

Really annoying to have something show up in my watch list only to say come back later.

3:37 Is anybody commenting about the rainbow colored ribbon on the Transputer? I'm really triggered now EDIT: 26:37 Z and Y are switched on the keyboard?

100 Amiga fans disliked this :(

This is all starting to sound a lot like apple computers. It's funny how history repeats itself.

33:27 is that Bob Mills? (not the kid)

Spectacular. I really enjoyed this. Thank you.

Wow, 4:12, the magazine ad shows a Atari Portfolio and they call it Stacy (the STacy was a laptop style ST)

By the time the Atari Jaguar was released in Australia, the Pentium was already available at 100mhz and Doom was out, with a discrete graphics card, PC computers had already left Atari in the dust.

I live for these videos about older computer models. I love that developers are giving some love for these older systems =D

I love that micro pc desing

I got one of the early models of this baby for my 18th, with the broken scsi port fuck show, and wasted $2k on an external 200meg drive, that never worked properly and kept corrupting because of atari's fuckup and there was nothing I could do about it. they never released a fix and everyone who has one of the early ones got shafted. arseholes.

even had the 68882 math coprocessor for some stupid reason, early days of wank factor that I never used and paid a fortune for.

Mandela effect ? > I remember having Atari 1024 ST

i never saw an Falcon 030 anywhere in australia.

Why does this guy, at first glance, look like a soy faced NPC? I'll watch the vid and see if I detect weak SJW... after being overwhelmed with info, good vid man!

It really is a problem with someone being purely a hardware manufacturer. They need to keep making new products, which doesn't work for game platforms unless they are massive enough. Nintendo just needed to make a new bit of hardware every so oftenen to put their games on. They knew that if you release the snes it's not a good idea to say 'Next year we are releasing the snes 2 which will be loads better' That kind of thing looks good to shareholders, but looks awful to the people you expect to invest in one of your systems. Companies want to sell a new full price system every year, but no-one wants to upgrade every year. And people making games won't want to make games that somehow work with all these different specs. The PC only gets away with it because it's such a massive market.

This is your winning season in Jesus Christ name!

Great Job on the Video! Keep up the great work!

YES! This is EXACTLY what I come to Nostalgia Nerd for. I know these documentary pieces must take a phenomenal amount of work but they truly are the shining jewels of the channel. I enjoyed this video with English Muffins, Strawberry Conserve and a nice cup of tea.

Goddammit, why did I have to find this at 3:30am :/

The TT is gorgeous.

Great video—thanks! I think I’ll have to watch it again to really appreciate all the details and the work you put in. ☺️

I was an Amiga fan but I must say, I lament the loss of ATARI. They were the genesis of everything we know as home gaming. I jumped on at the end of their journey with the Jaguar. If they do pull off their latest retro modern console, I MUST buy it. Just because.

18:58 “Us Europeans” ... hey Brexit, are you still here? ;)

14:18 16 bits per pixel was referred to as “high colour”, with “true colour” reserved for 24 bits per pixel.

I am not the one who changed the meaning. You were the one who tried to claim (incorrectly) that 16 bits per pixel was true colour “back in the 90s”.

It is no matter if it is a "dead technology", what is matter is that you are changing meaning of the words and phrases.... it is utterly stupid thing to do.

Language is a live thing, but 16 bits per pixel is dead technology.

Thanks, I fix it! Btw Microsoft today call "High color" anything that is more than 8bit per RGB :D :D Language is live thing, but they could choose something new...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_color

Well... No. Back in 90s true color meant that there is no CLUT (color look up table or pallete) but rather every word (16 bit) represent directly color. Only two years later, when Microsoft made Windows 95, he started to call 24bit colors True colors and 16bit "high color". Before them, Apple call 24bit "millions of colors" in their Mac OS.

6:47 “Tack”, not “tact”. It’s a sailing term.

3:24 “TT” ... titter.

Does anyone have any idea why Jack Tramiel was against the idea of having a gaming console share most of the hardware design with a personal computer? I like the idea of designing a early 1990's games console with joystick connections and then design an expansion box that gives it mouse/keyboard/serial/parallel/MIDI/whatever. And if the marketing people say it's a good idea, put all that in a single computer box, if that's what it takes to get businesses to accept the product. What do you guys think?

27:12 Regarding Quake: The falcon is using the FPU there fo pre-calculations but does not suffer chunky to planar conversion slowdown like an amiga. Mind you, the falcon, in that example, is not using the sound processing for graphics (and it would not really work out in that example). It shares similarities with the amiga quake ideas. Really though, new amiga accelerators often have an FPGA on them even just to help the real processor along. The akiko is a gate-array and could be shoe-horned into some of the existing Amiga acclerators (which have a small FPGA on them already helping the real CPU). Elite2Frontier could be coded more efficiently on the amiga so as to avoid blitter-choking on upgraded CPU machines. The usage of FPU could precalculate Z-Buffer in software. Normally Quake on the amiga (even though it can have slow framerate) needs at least a 68040 (the FPU for which does not natively calculate transcendentals). I do however think that, even with a 68030 overclocked using a heatsink (possibly beyond 50MHz), as long as you had a fast FPU (say about 50MHz), you could run the quake engine (say to make simple low graphics mods in car racing games) as long as you had the akiko in the FPGA. Basically you might be able to get a 68030 beyond 60MHz. Mind you, a 68040 with (albeit stunted) FPU could work with the akiko. Really, an FPGA could also have a "better" akiko "pop into existence" as and when it needed it, on the fly. I think it would be plausible to "cheat" and have more than on akiko, or a different akiko appear in the FPGA. When FPGA chips (which are array architecture) are used to entirely mimic a CPU (which is a multiplier tree architecture), it is ineffiecient. I'm not referring to those. Mind you, it is good to know they exist. They can be useful. Shoehorning an akiko gate array into an existing FPGA which is merely on an amiga accelerator (containing a "real" CPU and FPU) should not be inefficient to do. It is _"an array"_ in an _"array architecture"._ It really should be doable. A problem for some boards though (like with a backport of that) could be the PCB printed itself. So getting a new one printed (like say from dirty PCBs or wherever else) would likely be worth the few quid, and some desoldering of all the parts. The RAM is a lot faster these days too on amiga accelerators.

Great video. Never had much exposure to the Atari machines. Also, what was that computer @ 34:10? Found it, said it ont he screen: FM Towns

Being primarily a console gamer, I love seeing this flip side to what was happening at the Atari computer division. Really fantastic TV length docu.

I've got an Atari Falcon still with original box. It's pretty rare.

14:45 fake Peter Molyneux quote. He didn't claim it would have wings, piss rainbows or shoot candyfloss out of the floppy drive.

wait this was live?

I have one of these. Are they worth anything? I heard they were rare.

I love my C-Lab Falcon. What a machine.

Next time, could you show something more on Falcon030? Maybe MP3 playback on 16MHz with multitasking...? :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycHGQQYoWZQ

why was there a german prompt whilst booting, but the OS runned in English???

Almost became a next Amiga didn´t it. But the amigahype was just too big, and A4000 was supposedly something there, however this probably more was it.

I used to shop at Special Reserve, stopping in on my way home on the train :)

04:45 Is that Toby Maguire?

*Diagonal* raster lines??

Was there a version with real wood?

Half-Life was actually based on the Quake 1-engine, not Quake 2

Fantastic essay! I remember first hearing about the falcon when I was doing my GCSEs, and being so excited that perhaps finally we could lord it over the Amiga pricks. I would go into my local independent computer shop and hastle them with questions about it. There indifference spoke volumes, and after many, many launch dates coming and going I finally gave up, and even became an Amiga prick too. But I'll always be an Atari boy, and seeing your face grin with glee at finally living your Falcon dream was pure magic

Up here in Glasgow at the time the Falcon alone could be had for 799 quid from Dixons, the Amiga 500 bundle was 349 quid with a pile of games, can you guess what one i bought to replace my Atari St. Lol

Great video but at 6:48, it’s “change tack”, not “change tact”...

I never understood what’s the big deal about Atari machines. No Atari machine ever stood out from the competition or made the history, boring, uncreative as if they were designed by insecure business granpas to entertain an user base made of gamers/creatives/developers/office employees whose needs they didn’t fully understand. When I was a teen very few aquaintances owned an Atari and we were all curling up our noses when it was mentioned. We all owned Commodore 64 and Amiga.

Music. MIDI. Studio.

Holy shit, that stand-up case looks like a PS2 haha.

The falcon is my holy grail. This video is superb by the way- the best falcon video on yt

**raises a glass from over yonder in the Commodore camp** A toast to the Atari Falcon, Atari ST, the Atari 8-bit micros, and all of their devoted owners of yesterday and today. Boy howdy, did our companies get run into the ground or what. But it was a wild ride while it lasted! Cheers!

An 040 based computer probably would have flattened anything 386. The 040 is more comparable to the 486 feature set wise, and by more comparable I mean the 040 blew anything Intel had at the time out of the water. I think it just came too late and didn't gain enough traction, and companies like Atari and Commodore- who would have shipped its flagship consumer CPUs into a wider market- falling apart the way they did is a good part of why. I really wish we lived in the timeline where the Motorola 68k line did better, stayed competitive and kept evolving along side Intel to this day.

It's a FALCON Richard

I bought my Falcon used in 1994 but stopped using it a couple of years later when the harddrive died. Found it in storage a few years ago and upgraded to CF-card storage and a 68882 math co-processor. Next upgrade will be a 14Mb memory module I think. I have very good childhood memories with my 1040STE and then the Falcon.

I remember lookung at the Falcon with envy when i bought my Atari 520STFM, i have always been an Atari fan having VCS then 800XL followed by an ST, i had mine for nearly 10 years before finally giving in and getting a PC in 2002. I miss those days of actually programming and recently bought an Atari 800XL with disk drive to relive myteenage years. Its such a shame the Falcon never caught on.

At 7:25 it looks like a prototype PS2.

I remember my guitar teacher had a Falcon in his studio, running Cubase. He ran his studio equipment with it through MIDI, which was like total and utter magic to me at the time.

Not at all the face I thought would be behind that voice. I now acknowledge my voice->face brain software is flawed fundamentally.

"for the best picture quality" and I have an image of a chimp with a crayon drawing frames go through my head and wonder if this isn't somehow overkill. :p

Great video like always. Just one question I would like to ask - What is that awesome piece of music you used at the very end?

I had an ST for years and wanted a Falcon so bad.

I fell in love with Falcon when it was announced. Alas, half a year later I got my first PC, as it dawned on me that the era of Atari & Amiga was gone, and Falcon just came too late.

for some reason your video won't play on my linux computer. I've tried firefox and vivaldi - mp4 and flash. the ghost of the falcon is trying to stop me i think.

A kickass historical review! You are the YouTube impresario of this particular genre.

Sequel video please.

Don't like the way you blur the focus on some shots. Makes it annoying to watch. Good otherwise

I should point out that the HAM8 mode of AGA is capable of animation, given enough processor power.

I remember reading about the Falcon after having had an Amiga 500 for at least a year, and I was ENRAGED and JEALOUS. But luckily, the AGA chipset outsold it and it disappeared without a trace. I never saw one in real-life.

What's the point of sticking to a system that has a tiny user base?

Just watched Jan Beta restore a MEGA ST. Love these machines, shame they didn't do well

I don't get this obsession with brand loyalty. I was loyal to Atari for years when I had my 600XL and 800XL, and when my parents offered to buy me a new computer, I foolishly went for the Atari ST without knowing the full specs of either it or the proper successor to the Atari 8-Bits, the Amiga. Brand loyalty cost my father £300 that day, and I swore that if a machine was crap, I would say so and not put up with it. I remember I had to do a lot of explaining why an Amiga was for me, but I got it in the end.

Seeing the Lynx again, it's almost the size of a Switch but with such a small screen. Yet, it had some pretty good software for its time, even if the handheld could barely put a dent on the Game Boy's success.

Peter Zetterberg of UDS (at 40:40) now works for Microsoft and was responsible for buying up Mojang from Markus "Notch" Persson.

A bitter sweet video, highlighting the plight of the 8 and 16bit brigade in the early 90's... but when it comes down to it, I look at it this way. Commodore and Atari were tired brands. When I came in to a bit of money back in 1993, I didn't even consider an Amiga or ST, I went straight to PC.

This was absolutely fantastic. I subscribed because of your system stories and missed them allot. Thanks Pete

so informative, such great machine from the past, thank you for making this documentary!!!

Awesome work! Was a pleasure to watch. But I'm still crying...

Awesome video!! Thanks for putting that together!! I would have done so many things different back then! I wouldn't have bothered with the Jag. Look how late Microsoft arrived to the console market with its XBOX! They should have just focused on the Falcon if money was limited. They needed to have completed the Falcon 040 with it's full 32bit architecture in its new case. Together good marketing I think most people would have then it considered more of a serious competitor against the IBM compatibles. What a shame!

This was really great! Doing these videos must give you a nice escape from having to play for José Mourinho

Awesome Video - thanks!

A very interesting video about the Falcon. I know Danielle Woodyatt and Richard Eddy (from my CRASH magazine days), and I was trying to decide if that was them (I haven't seen either of them for years) :D

Peter, I might be blind but I don't see information about this incredible ending track? Great (and lengthy) video, thanks a lot for your effort!

This is your most amazing retro-documentary! Well done! I love my two 1040STEs and my 520STF...

I'm pretty sure "17 million different colours available" means it has 17 million different colours available, past Andy.

Before I watch, the first thing that comes to mind hearing this name is DSP... I think it was the first home computer to feature one as standard. Now to watch the video. Yay!! Memory sound. (moist) ;) It was the Andy Crane clip I remembered!

Quick question on the Atari Ste and others from the early to mid 90's, are the games on these basically just Dos games? Like which stand out as only on the Falcon etc as games? Sorry if this is not the right video to ask this, also sorry if already covered and I am dumb and did not hear you state this. Thanks!

Really well made documentary, fun to watch from start to finish. Thanks for the video and the hard work.

I don't know if that planned newer case could look more like a PS2. Maybe Sony got the molds for it when the dentist tool company got the molds for the Jag.

Never owned an Atari (was Amiga fanboy), but it was interesting to watch nevertheless. **thumbs up**

Very interesting video! Well done. I gotta ask though.. the outro music.. What is it? It's a pretty smashing tune! :)

I had to double check that I wasn't watching Ahoy sans graphics... Great ... nay fabulous video mate. Thank you !

Wow you are truly clueless

what's with the very low volume music/noise whatever that's mixed in with your speech bits. very distracting

Interesting to see the schematics of the Atari Panther Shifter from my website as background imagery in the segment of the video talking about the (original) Sparrow...

It's such a shame that both Commodore and Atari were so damn disorganized back in those days. They were developing so many cool and profound devices, but shot themselves down. Great video!

Really, REALLY well researched and well made. Well done! :-)

"Bald Eagle Moly talking about Atari"

I always thought the ST line was complete ass, but the Falcon 030 caught my attention; there was a computer store in my neighborhood that was primarily an Atari shop (here in the US! Amazing, eh?). I thought it was at least as nice as my 030 powered A1200...but by then I was already thinking about jumping to the PC with this new "DOOM" game having been released...

I was gutted you kept skipping over the pictures of the Atari Stacy.. There's pictures at 3:20 and 4:13!! both times, no mention.. As an Amiga man, that was the machine to drool over.. Commodore never had a portable (since the SX64 anyway)

Oh hey, Ishar! I was just showing those games to an artist friend a few days ago, to give them an idea of what I'm going for, with my own dungeon crawler RPG! I'm developing my RPG for both Windows, and classic MS-DOS. It's a Mode12h game, so it'll have a 640x480 resolution, but only 16 colors. More than enough, for what I'm doing! I have no experience with any of the Atari computers, myself. I was a Commodore kid. (I started learning to program in Commodore BASIC, and eventually moved over to working in Pascal and Assembly, on an IBM machine.)

Love this... Thank you.. I bought my falcon030, ex demo, with (has) a broken lid 200 quid in 1992 or 3. Drove to London, from devon, to collect 16mb ram at a very low price of 100 quid, which it still has in it. Bought 65mb hard drive from an auction. Added a clock doubler to 32mhz... It's in need of some TLC, but I'm moving soon so I will have space to have my STFM, STE, Falcon030 and my BBC Master out and running.. great video.. made my day..

Nice :D Always wanted to know more about this, and can see why it fetches such a high price even today! I have a bad influence question though - there are televisions in the background at 34:01 you see the black ones with the sort of "accordion" look to the back of them, anyone know what these tvs were? I think I need one of these more than a falcon 030!

by 1995, PCs were soooo much more powerful graphics, CPU, and user interface wise, windows95 and the internet becoming really popular, full motion video games like myst, return to zork(the CD version), rebel assault 2, fps games like doom, etc.. the amigas and atari machines were like toys... it's like if you've seen ghostbusters 2, at the beginning when they'er doing the birthday party, the commodore/atari are like the ghostbusters, and the PC is like he-man...

Atari should have just developed an affordable PC compatible system for the home market that had good graphics and sound, then they should have sold expansion cards for the PC market that had the same graphics and sound capability so it would attract developers to make games and software compatible with their computers specs. a lot of people were just hanging on to their cheap C64s here in the US during that time and getting game counsels like the Genesis/MegaDrive, SNES for gaming. Atari STs/Falcons and Amigas were pretty rare, PCs were king.

damn, did that thing boot up fast.

21:36 - please retrobrite this splendid machine! On that topic, I used some kind of Atari system in the early/mid 90s at my dad's friend's house (they shooed me away with it so that they can indulge in wine, presumably) and I really want one again. I ended up being a PC guy, getting my start with a Deskpro 386/e (or /n?) but these alternative computers always tickled my fancy. Great job, I like these extended features!

At 5:42, how many of those stores are still around?

The sad fact that the writing was on the wall for both Atari and Commodore in the early 90s. The OEM PC market took off like a bandit and with good reason.

Not a secret to me. I used a falcon030 all thru the mid 90s

I was at the Glendale show, thinking about buying the Falcon (I had an ST and MegaST 4 at that point). But honestly, it was a very disappointing show. It so paled compared to the PC sales at the fairgrounds, that you knew the end was near. There was just no real excitement as in the years past, and you could tell Atari was struggling money wise. Keeping the Falcon in the all-in-one case compared to the booming PC design was a tragic mistake IMHO. PCs pretty much stunk feature wise, but you could keep upgrading them over time - something nearly impossible with the Ataris. Cheers to anyone who still remembers Fideonet and Fidodoor which I wrote for the ST/TT BBS community.

Nice video. Falcon just seemed very expensive for a machine with 16 bit bus and a maximum res of 640. Only the Motorola DSP is interesting.

I had a 1040ST and a TT... great machines.

What's the guy from SNL doing on a 90's TV show?

What a waste of time

Epic episode...excellent

*Changing 'tack', not 'tact'.. Like tacking in a boat is changing direction..

I was an Atari ST user. Bought a used Atari 520ST 1988. I was 12 and it was the first purchase i ever made. It took all my savings. And i used ST and then STE until 1995 when it was clear to me that Atari was dying. Bought a PC and was very disappointed in the "hackability" of the system. And this was in core the problem of the ST. From the start it was designed as a "static" and "final" system. The hardware was reduced down to the essentials. One standard chip used for multiple purposes and an OS bridging the gaps of the missing hardware. No expand-ability was planed in. No standard library for programming and no documentation of "best usage". This produced very hardware near programs. Programs optimized for the ST and the ST only. This was a problem later on. Old software couldn't be upgraded to use the better hardware and so newer hardware had to be compatible with the ST. Some small standard Libs and best usage guidance at the start of the ST could have made Atari survive. As i said i started off with an 520ST and nearly no "real" software and so i started to write my own. And i "peeked" and "poked" in the hardware until i got the results i wanted. This code was in no means portable. A floppy "expander" i wrote only worked on one machine. And there where thousands of hackers like me all over the world writing code specifically for their STs, with no consideration of portability. And this broke Ataris neck in the end. I learned first time of libraries and hardware drivers when i started to use Linux (late 1995). Man was that a change of paradigm for me.

blurry DoF and out-of-focus transitions really hurt this video. Difficult and painful to watch.

This is the content that got me into the channel, painfully well-researched mini-docs with a dash of irreverence in the presentation. Shine on you crazy diamond.

@12:10 I think I just heard a thousand Amiga owners chuckle.

That Demo looks like a posher version of 9 Fingers on the Amiga.

The Panther?? Wow never knew that was nearly a thing :) great video :)

Andy Crane and Bad Influence, and the snide remarks he used to make about the Amiga! Grrrrrr! Git!

25:13 - I was told that game was 'Bomboozle'? Was I wrong or is that a German version on the screen. Also that Image Works logo brings back some strained memories.

Commodore and Atari were directionless and both wasted money on bad projects and they both were to busy fighting each other as to see the Danger the of PC and Consoles

Amiga was much better than lame ST, STE SUCKED

Given all the chips at 11:52 it sounds like you're saying 'soldering on'

I remember seeing this in Sears catalogs around Christmas back then and thinking it looked amazing! Never knew anyone who owned one however.

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