Profile Atarian: Ludo Sak
Still being 14, I pushed my dad into driving me to the city and about an hour and a half later I sat fascinated by a machine for the first time in my life. That feeling never changed and thinking back to Atari's golden years it still gives me goose-flesh *sigh* :) None of my friends had one then, but after some two weeks of ownership one of them bought one too, and the local Atari community was borne. All the games I played, with many games newly invented and highly original (love Bounty Bob and River Raid!) cost me some joysticks! (until I bought two Arcades:) )!
Then the first real word processors were written and my fascination with digital design was founded. I still remember my first DTP/word processor packages with joy.
After some major XL-money flow, I decided to expand my ownership with the new flagship of Atari: the 520 STm. Man, did I enjoy that machine! Lots of coverage, lots of games, growing in quantity and quality. Lots of earnings were put into the machine up to 3 years ago, when I decided to buy a Falcon. The gaming faded and professionalism increased.
Of course I still own my Falcon, and with 16 Mb (I love DTP) and Magic!4 running, it sure beats others with effective speed and needed resources. When I see what other OS's do with lots of processor power, huge need of resources (like Windhose'95) and massive swapping I just can't control my grin.
Recently I picked up gaming again with the Atari Jaguar. The price is perfect (I had wanted to buy it for some time) and the games are better! I love Rayman, but get serious adrenaline problems with T2K (frustrating some times though *smile*) and can't wait to get my hands on FFL!
My heart will ever be with the brand that shaped my life. The golden years might be over... but then again I love brass :). Atarians, the market may not always be with us, but in the bitmarket where marketing overrules quality, we stick together. Time shall tell, Atari or hell...