Wow. The anger -- all rooted from an unrealistic view of what a mid-80s/early-90s computer is capable of. Name one home computer prior to 1993 that can do Babylon 5 graphics in real-time. Even an SGI workstation couldn't do that back then.
As for doing 3D on an Amiga, I had no issues getting great results from LightWave (one of the least-expensive 3D apps on the market).
The salesman told me that this computer was used to make Babylon-5. And therefore that is what I expected. I expected to zoom the ships around and all that! Make laser blast sounds and graphic explosions. I mean they said the computer had chips like no other, and it was light-years ahead of anything else.
Did I have too blunt and too-literal an expectation? ..perhaps, but that was what I was told and that was what I expected. Even an assassin has a better code of ethics than most salesmen!!!
Everytime I tried LightWave on my stock A500 the damned thing slowed down or crashed or something. But it was basically un-usable.
When I was sold my Atari or Apple II and even my 486 I was not jerked off by excessive promises. In fact the expectations set by the sales demos were underwhelming and all that.
In fact, the Apple II guy made me feel like a million bucks, and I wasn't even a teenager yet. He was right that it would be a lifelong hobby and pursuit. And that the computer was well built of quality materials. He said I'd have it for a billion years. The department store Atari guy didn't know his ass from a hole in the ground. But I bought it for Star Raiders, and had fun discovering the rest. And the 486 Gateway guy made me feek kuje a reak oeiddwaauibak. There was professionalism every step of the way. And none of them stuffed me with bullshit.
The Amiga store made promises upon promises and preached the machines virtues to kingdom come. They had all these demos going, and being a kid still, I didn't know they were simply looping animations or videos. I was reading (with vague understanding) about realtime graphics and the advertisements made me believe too much MAGIC was crammed into custom chips. I mean with the industry making rapid advances every other week, why wouldn't anyone believe the amiga ads. They always say low price and the stuff was coming down continually. Sure it was, all of it was, except for the $1,000's upon $1,000's of extras needed just to get Lightwave running and outputting to a VCR. Ughh.. This was worse than the dark ages.
The only other time(s) I've been upset and spoofed into buying something computer related which turned into a major disappointment was the MMX crap and Pentium 4 shit. But it wasn't nearly as bad as the Amiga.
I do remember the guy at Computerland, he was a dick. He didn't let me copy anything. But the guy at Compu-Shop rocked. So did the guy at RadioShack Computer Center. He even helped me fix my Lunar Lander type-in which kept crashing 10 meters above the surface.