Steven Seagal's Atari ST Web Site
"Hard to Equate"
Welcome to the most kick-ass of all websites dedicated to the Atari ST.
The Atari ST was one of the first 16/32 computers available at a reasonable price. It was built around a Motorola 68000 microprocessor and made of cheap, sometimes outdated, off-the-shelf components (floppy disk controller WD1772, HD6301 for keyboard, joystick and mouse control, sound chip YM-2149, the infamous MFP MC68901...), and some custom Atari chips (DMA, video shifter...), all hastily patched together and rushed to market, because Commodore had just stolen the Amiga from Atari.
Considering the way it was designed, it did fairly well against the Amiga. The machine had many downsides, yet some fantastic programs (apps, games, demos) were made for it. The most was drawn from each of its chips, which became almost legendary: the video shifter, the Yamaha sound chip, later the blitter... the Atari magic!
The system was run by a stable and intuitive graphic user interface controlled by mouse, the GEM. Anybody with some competency could code in C some serious applications for the ST (games were coded in assembly), that would be more user-friendly (windows, menus, dialogs... like today) and powerful than on the PC (stuck with poorer Intel microprocessor, text-mode display, keyboard control).
It also featured a very good flicker-free monochrome display, which for professional use was more important than fancy Amiga high resolutions. It wouldn't have taken so much to be a serious competitor to the Mac and the PC. Maybe Atari didn't tackle the right market. Anyway it's done, and now we have thousands of great games not to mention the demos.
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