first_imgHere’s a treat for those of you out there that spent countless hours trying to save your patient from suffering permanent psychosis in the classic game Mind Walker, as well as those who have spent part of this week reading about the life of Commodore founder Jack Tramiel. One of the first commercially available titles for the much sought after Commodore Amiga 1000 computer, Mind Walker was one of the most popular games for old-school PC gamers.The video above features a run-through of the game by YouTube user “rotareneg” using the WinUAE 2.3.3 Amiga emulator. Hearing the eerie background music alone is going to be enough to trigger the same sweaty palms you experienced when trying to finally beat the game for the first time.To refresh your memory, the Commodore Amiga 1000 was one of the first drool-worthy personal computers on the market. With its high-end graphics and audio (for the time period), it was wildly popular in Western Europe and had decent sales in America as well. Overall, Commodore moved six-million units to consumers over a four-year period. The Amiga 1000 was the first computer of being able to handle multimedia production, and sported one of the first affordable commercial video editing systems called Video Toaster. This was the reason titles like Mind Walker were so popular since the hardware involved had the horsepower to push the 3D environment of the game.What’s truly amazing about Mind Walker  is the fact that only one version of the game was ever released. The code was written so well that it was playable across four different updates to the Amiga OS, and three generations of CPU and other hardware in the machine. That was a six-year period in which the game was forward compatible. What’s even more astounding is that it was written before production versions of the hardware were available. The man behind all of this was the late Bill Williams, author of several hit titles for Atari as well as the Amiga. Williams died in 1998 of complications from cystic fibrosis, 6 years after he had left the game design industry to attend seminary in Chicago.If you haven’t had a chance to experience Williams’ game masterpiece, or you would like to revisit it without having to dig through the boxes in your garage, you can download the WinUAE emulator and set it up to play Mind Walker. Consider yourself warned though, it will suck you back in like it did back in the day.Read more at the Mind Walker Wikipedia article, via stellar.iolast_img

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