Originally Posted by frank_b
Pushing the base ST is actually pretty complex as it lacks hw scrolling, blitter etc.
The Amiga isn't that complex to be honest.
The Amiga pretty much has the most ambitious chipset ever made in a home computer. If you mean that an 8-way 'mapper' and music playing at the same time to boot(!) isn't complex to do on a base Amiga, well I couldn't agree more...?
And certainly you have to write complex code to make the ST do things it wasn't designed to do, like games with stuff moving around.
As a result, many ST coders learned more 68000 tricks and wrote tighter code than most Amiga coders.
But the complexity is then in the software, as you mentioned.
I guess you don't really mean that the Amiga design wasn't complex, certainly not contrasted by the rudimentary 'off-the-shelf' designs of MSX, ST, PC, etc.