The following two articles were sent to us by BRAINWAVE (France).
The Average Amigafreak
First, what is an amigafreak ?? Great question ! Yarf..Let's answer it.. It's a guy who has one passion: Computers, and only computers. He is interested in everything concerning his computer: Games, Graphics, Musics, Utilities, Programming, Phreaking etc. Yes, the Amiga is his live. Simply. (I'm afraid I'm in this case !!) Ok, so what does the average Amigafreak look like...? He (Yes of course, he is male !! Girls are exceptions !), he lives in a nordic land, he is 17 years old, he is still student. He has better school results than his friends without computers (or??!!).
The average Amigafreak uses is Amiga about 15-20 hours per week. The phone and modem are vital for him. Post office, too. Finally, he is an outlaw !! Yes, but in legal advanced countries, this fact tends to be untrue. The average Amigafreak lives in country like France or Germany, and is afraid of cops. This is fully understandable because most of the freaks have already been caught once or twice (So was I).
The consequences are too hard to stand. You can't keep on 100% illegal trading when you are filed on software police folders. But there is another reason, the older the Amigafreak grows (e.g. after 3 years in the scene), the more he is interested in demos and own groups productions. Games become boring to him, except the greatest of course ! Yep...however this painting might be rather subject it mostly reflects reality.
About Lamers And Losers
How many times did we read the words like "Loser" and "Lamer" in scrolltexts. Yes, these words have become very common in the scrolltext vocabulary. Evenmore it's a whole topic for scrolltext writers ! I'll try to find out the meanings and submeanings of these words. What can we do first ? Of course, see what the dictionnary tell us about these two words: Lamer: Someone who has difficulty to move, something which not work at 100%, with defects. Yeahh ! That's very interesting ! Admit you didn't know it. This word appeared in the end of 1987 and early 1988 in the vocabulary of Amigafreaks. It seems that the powerful german groups used it first.
The word "Loser" (Yes, with one "O" !!! Keep this in your brain !!) got used a few months later. I think this word is fully understandable. So back to "Lamer". Why can we call someone a lamer ? Which factors are involved ? (Putain ckil cause bien Arakis kand meme!). The most typical lamer type is the guy in a group nobody knows because he has no contacts, moreover no coders, musicians, gfx... But this kind of lamers would like to be famous. But he isn't because he can't do anything (Sometimes, he can only talk basical English !). Well, such lamers remove intros/demos on cracks to put their own on it. This behaviour is very baaaad ! So, groups started to protect their cracks !!! But there's another kind of lamerism: Some well known groups don't hesitate to buy demos/intros and they pay good (a elite group bought demos of ex-Ackerlight members...no names !! hehe...) Sometimes, lame behaviour can be detected when you see a crack with two intros !!!!!! On the same game an intro for 'Spread by...' This is really lame behaviour.
Another kind of lamerism is sourcecode ripping, musax, gfx ripping. Well, nothing to say about the first: It's 100% laaaaaame! Musax and gfx (especially charsets) ripping are lame when you use it in your own demo without mentionning their authors/groups. If you mention them, I think it's very good for its authors, and in this case, it is not lamerism anylonger. Because it helps
the author to become more famous. But it's getting lame again when you use musax, charsets already used about 100 times ! Ok, I would like to tell you more, but you know how it's like...only 24 hours a day...
This article originally appeared in the Amiga diskmagazine "Zine #2" by Brainstorm 1989.
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