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Internet News   Internet News : Commodore Returns to the Gaming world.
   posted by Wraith2021 on 20-Jun-2006 0:06:06 (4182 reads)
Commodore return nears

The return of a gaming icon seems to be approaching rapidly now, with further word on Commodore's return to the gaming scene after an extended absence.

An 18 million USD deal with The Content Factory will see Commodore Gaming forged from the furnaces of Commodore International Corporation, who have been dabbling in other areas ever since the gaming scene became mainstream.

Whilst the specifics of exactly what Commodore are plotting remain under-wraps, we do know that new games for mobile platforms will be among the offerings released by the new company.

Perhaps also a spot of online distribution?

If we're really tapping into the zeitgeist "Gaming is one of Commodore's key historic competences, and the conclusion of this agreement emphasises Commodore's strategy to build on the strengths of the rich Commodore heritage," beamed big cheese Ben van Wijhe. "Now that the license agreement is concluded, Commodore Gaming will continue to create new types of game experiences and interactions."


link to article

Also, I emailed Commodore and asked them if they were interested in the Amiga with OS4, as a returning platform.

Here is the reply I got.

Quote:
Dear Philip,

We are speaking to Amiga but I can’t tell what the future will be!

If something happens, this will be big news so please follow our movements!

Thanks!

Jeroen

    

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Re: Commodore Returns to the Gaming world.
Posted on 20-Jun-2006 1:13:25
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I guess they are speaking with Amiga to use those Amiga Somewhere little games.


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@Pentrite

Possibly, especially since there is mention of mobile gaming in their return to the gaming market. That is not entirely a bad thing either. It equals sales that will help to promote the name Amiga and refresh those who thought that it was long gone.

Imagine, if you will, Amiga being able to ride back into the mainstream on the coat tails of Commodore. It's one possible senario since the two were always seen as one entity. People see "Commodore returns" and instantly think "Will there be new Amiga's?"

Hey, not trying to put a Helgy spin on it, but it's one possible outcome, I guess. Then again, they could just be patronizing the end user to give them what they want to hear. Anyway, watching them for any news item of interest doesn't cost us anymore than waiting and watching the current players in the market.

Btw, here are some more direct links:

http://www.commodoregaming.com/uk-en/Homepage.aspx

http://www.commodoregaming.com/uk-en/News%20overview/News%20articles/Commodore%20Gaming%20Partners%20with%20Gamefederation.aspx

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lol.... after looking at that gaming lineup it sort of makes Amiga's attempts look.... well... simple, to say the least.

I guess these are just repackaged content with the Commodore logo?

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Meh, looks like just a bunch of cellphone games. I suspect the only thing we'll get out of this (assuming we get anything at all) will be some name recognition. Desktop systems and cellphone games are two completely disjoint markets.

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Could I have their email address, there are couple of questions I would like to ask them please?

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I sent an e-mail to commodore and got a similar reply.

Commodore and Amiga together again in the near future?


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Yes, they will develop a CELL PCI-card which will be released around Christmas 2006 and announce a Dual G5-card based on the fast ISA standard for Q1 2007. Next, they will probably invent square wheels. Amiga - back for the future!


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The circle would be complete two trademarks reunited, but i fear thats about as much it would have in common as the original Amiga.

What would be nice if the new C= do have all this capital and are keen on growth there could be scope for partnership with Hyperion and Amiga for a new C= Amiga.

Maybe C= should just buy a cash strapped Amiga ........ again

Spooky that would be history repeating its self.


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Will be interesting to see if any link does happen between C= and Amiga, it would spark a lot of interest outside our circle I would have thought.

What a nice website they have to, certainly see who are making the effort here.

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Yep. The Commodore site is slick. Very professional looking. It would be something if they could make Amiga's in A1200 style cases running OS4, fully packaged and ready to purchase. Then there's the possibility of a small footprint box similiar to Mac Mini. I think Commodore could pull it off and sell them mainstream.

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Yes, the commodore site looks miles better than the Amiga site, and it looks like they've got lotsa more partners than ainc ever had. Dunno what good a publisher would do to a inc though. Sell their slot games?

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This is cruel!

I am not going to let the potential wonderfulness of new CBM teaming up with Hyperion get me all excited.

I would be prepared to forget about the awfulness of AInc. if this actually happened.


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Yep. The Commodore site is slick. Very professional looking. It would be something if they could make Amiga's in A1200 style cases running OS4, fully packaged and ready to purchase. Then there's the possibility of a small footprint box similiar to Mac Mini. I think Commodore could pull it off and sell them mainstream.


Don't tease. If this actually happened...

Where did the new CBM get all of their cash from? They seem quite powerful.

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Yes, they will develop a CELL PCI-card


hehe

There is no need to develop a Cell card.




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@ -Sam-

From what I remember a holding company (made up of several venture capitlists) purchased the Commodore brand from Tulip computer. I believe the deal allowed them to pay Tulip over so many years - they are to pay Tulip X amount each year for X years - a bit like an interest free credit agreement for a 3 piece suit, or big screen TV.

It means they can grow the brand and do something with it - Tulip sit back and make cash from this as they were in no state to do anything with the brand. But the brand the Commodore brand is still owned by Commodore. One thing is certain, after fishing for info - they do have cash.

They also appear to be thinking bigger... Big thinking and Big Money are powerful when mixed

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Let's hope they see the potential in the Amiga returning to the shelves.

Looking at their site I noticed the Lotus Challenge game. Very Amigan.


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Just been onto their site - the amount of content they have already is astounding! When you look at what Amiga inc have and compare it to what they have - they look like they really can push mobile gaming to the next level.. Sadly for Amiga inc I'm not interested in some Jackpot game..

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Why oh why, when they show a timeline of computers representing the history of Commodore do they put an A600 there. Surely the A500, their most popular model of the era would have been more appropriate.

Nice website though.....given me a few ideas actually.

OMG......Two exclamation marks in the e-mail Commodore sent!

I am quivering in anticipation!

No seriously.

Ok. Going back to my happy place.


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I also like how they praise the AMIGA. They do seem interested in bringing it back.

It would make sense to get recognition through the mobile industry first, then when public awareness is on top, people will start asking for AMIGA again.

If any company can make the AMIGA hit the shelves its Commodore.

Saying that though, I would not put it past them making a mobile device which runs os4.

at this point, any use of OS4 or the AMIGA brand in the mainstream is good news for us. It helps build momentum and interest.

If Commodore announced a new AMIGA to the masses it would be all over the news. Just them mentioning they are entering back into the gaming world has had a huge impact on most computer news sites.

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While this could be a welcome investment for Amiga;

The news that Commodore is talking to Amiga Inc worries me....

I hope they don't queer OS4's pitch in favour of the Intent stuff.

Maybe people who email Commodore shouting about OS4 and stuff should include AmigaWorld URLs.

I can imagine the conversation;

[Commodore] Hey Bill! We are looking to rebuild the Commodore brand and we were thrilled to get lots of emails from Amiga Users about the Amiga communty. We were amazed that people are still using their Amigas!

[Amiga Inc] Yes! It's grrrreat! Yeehaaaw! We have hundreds of dedicated developers working on our AmigaAnywhere titles and tens of thousands of AmigaAnywhere clients running on desktops and mobile devices worldwide. The community love our products!

[Commodore] Ha! That sounds good. But what is it we have been hearing from real friendly people telling us about this new Amiga OS4 and how it could be so good for us if we give it some help.

[Amiga Inc] Rrrrright! OS4 is a technology we licensed to a partner in Europe for embedded systems. They have had great success with military software systems but I don't see how this is relevant to Amiga or Amiga users. To be honest their are some confused people out there - we know the market - let us advise and guide you.

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