New Amiga Documentary Highlights the History of the Retro Computer

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The Amiga may have failed to catch up with competitors like Apple in the personal computer race, but the retro platform still maintains a devoted fanbase. In 2011, director Zach Weddington turned to the Amiga cult to crowdfund his documentary about the computer through Kickstarter, and as Ars Technica reports, that film is available to watch today.

Viva Amiga, which recently premiered at the 2017 Music and Gaming Festival, traces the Amiga timeline from its inception to its demise. The documentary then jumps forward to present day to examine some of the users who’ve refused to let go of this relic from recent history. One scene takes place at the 2010 AmiWest Expo, an annual show that provides “a haven for like-minded individuals to come and celebrate all things Amiga.” Of the Amiga fans interviewed in the film, many said they still use the system today.

Purchasing an old Amiga isn’t the only way to recapture memories of buying your first computer in the 1980s. There are thousands of old-school Amiga titles available through the Internet Archive, and you can even play them on your Mac. If that still isn’t enough to satisfy your nostalgia craving, you can find Viva Amiga on Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play. Check out the trailer below.

[h/t Ars Technica]