65 Years of AMIGA POWER*
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| The Matt Bielby Golden Age | The Mark Ramshaw Era | The Linda Barker Era | The Stuart Campbell Era | The Jonathan Davies Era | The Cam Winstanley Era | The Anarchic Collective Era | The Tim Norris Era | The Steve Faragher Era | Specials | Stats | Subs Letters |
AMIGA POWER changed much over its 65-issue lifespan. Certainly the first few issues are unrecognisable as AP (generous, unopinionated marking, uninspired boxy white design, prominent photographs of large, hairy programmers, interviews with people in the software industry of interest only to other people in the software industry and the like) and by the end the lack of games and Future's refusal to allow a dignified death had robbed us of a measure of our natural chirpiness.
What the world commonly understands to mean AMIGA POWER is the period from about AP20 to around AP50 - the Amiga was doing well (though plans had been laid), the games were plentiful, we'd figured out which Things were Good and which were Bad, the AP spirit - independence of thought, independence of action, funny is glorious, truth above all - had been exhaustively worked out on graph paper, we knew the mag had a special something. the number of useless AP staff was at an all-time low, capital letters were still largely found only at the beginning of sentences (And proper nouns. - The Ghost of AP Prod Eds), Bath's level of rainfall had decreased annually to an insignificant amount, we had a fridge, Do The Write Thing was a while away from becoming dislikeably rude, experimentation was encouraged, open-plan offices were but a seeping thought in a diseased mind, Gravity Force 2 came out and sentences had grown longer than a complicatedly twisting analogy with, ironically, no joke at the end, and there were jokes at the end.
Plentiful Good Things are to be found outside these thirty or so issues, of course, but if AP was a wine, experts would be saying, "Ah, my friend, you must sample the period AP20-AP50 or thereabouts - it is an unbroken run of excellence," and, "Help, I am choking."