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Commodore Amiga 500 in Betrayed (1988)

Gary uses the A500 to store details about the terrorist group and to communicate with its members over the internet.

Importance: *****
Communication between group members, and evidence collected from the computer are important parts of the plot.

Realism: ****
This represents one of the first largely accurate uses of the internet in film (although there's some dodgy speech synthesis going on).

Visibility: ***




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"...(although there's some dodgy speech synthesis going on)." I seem to recall that that the A500 came with dodgy speech synthesis built in.
2017-07-26 13:07


Amiga 500 DID have a built-in speech synthesis. By what grounds are you calling it 'dodgy'? How do you determine this, and why use such opinionated language on a supposed fact-based site? No speech synthesis is automatically 'dodgy', you would have to clarify what you mean by that kind of adjective for it to have any meaning. Maybe you can call it 'early' or 'primitive', but even then, compared to what, exactly? In the 1980s, Amiga's speech synthesis was, if not state-of-the-art, at least advanced, as it could do different intonations automatically and was highly customizable. I haven't seen this thing, so they might've used some different speech synthesis, but please don't go on mocking Amiga's 'amazing-at-the-time' feature just because your opinion is that it's 'dodgy'. I would still love to know the criteria you use for judging different speech synthesises (?) as 'dodgy' and 'non-dodgy'.
2022-11-07 17:12