After more than three months of hard work, my creation is finally complete. Many of you probably already have something of the sort in your hard disks but this baby is mine so allow me to be proud of it! More than 2000 Amiga titles neatly archived and only two clicks away from loading.
Quoting from my web site:
Those of you who are old enough will remember that gaming on the Amiga, though entertaining, was a rather slow process as games came in floppy disks. Even with a second disk drive, there was a lot of waiting involved, especially with games that came in multiple disks. A few months after I purchased my A1200, I bought a hard disk so the problem was somewhat diminished, but far from solved as only a small number of games were HD installable. Back in those days, I dreamed that someday I would be able to install every single Amiga game there was in a hard disk! Of course, that was impossible, not only because of the limited installation options at the time but also because my hard disk was only 340MB big (a hefty size for the time, and very expensive too). Not to mention that I of course didn't have every Amiga game there was!
Years passed, Amiga emulation involved and so did my own Amiga as it now has some extra RAM, a 4GB hard disk and USB drives. Furthermore, the fantastic software called WHDLoad gave us the opportunity to put almost every Amiga game there was in our hard disks. So I got to work to make my dream come true. Naturally, simply installing all the games would not do. I needed a proper frontend to run games from. I found the answer in iGame, a program that does exactly that. It scans your Amiga for WHDLoad games and automatically puts them in a neat list for you to choose from. Of course, there was more work involved: I edited most of the names so that they are 100% correct (ie "All New World of Lemmings" instead of "Lemmings 3"), and I separated them in categories (Platform, Sport etc.). It was hard work but the result was very rewarding. I now have any Amiga game I desire two clicks away, all I have to do is double click on its name and it loads within seconds.