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sprite engine back in play

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 26 March 2017 · 70 views

Both players are being used to draw all the sprites.  At the initial position there will not be any flicker.

 
The blue test sprite can be moved around with your joystick, the score is used to show your X and Y position.  Hold fire to slow down the movement.

 
During tests I did discover a minor issue, which was most likely present...


Progress on game screen

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 18 March 2017 · 198 views

Player0 and Player1 reposition kernels have been rewritten, but are not yet being tested so the test pattern goes straight down.  Still need to redo the reposition kernels for the missiles and ball.
 
The score/radar/lives/formation routines are functional.  If you change the QUADRANT and/or SECTOR in the menu the correct station layout wil...


menu's back in place

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 14 March 2017 · 194 views

Joystick up/down selects menu option, joystick left/right/fire changes value.  
 
We've figured out a way to do NTSC vs PAL detection , so I've set it up so TV-TYPE will be automatically set.
 
The START option is currently overwritten to display detected console on the left, and timer value on the right.  The timer value is used for t...


reboot is underway

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 09 March 2017 · 264 views

The development of Bus Stuffing took far longer than I expected. While the results are awesome:
http://atariage.com/...-1487952528.jpg
 
http://atariage.com/...-1487952532.jpg  (yes, these are actual images generated by my 2600!) regrettably some 26...


Two million pounds of ice on a subtropical island!

Posted by SpiceWare, in Houston 01 January 2017 · 222 views

My sister likes to bring my nephew and a few other kids for an extended weekend to do some holiday sightseeing in Houston. I try to find something different to do every year, and this year was no exception!
 
They got here on Saturday, the 17th, and we started them off making Melted Snowman Cookies: 
bake sugar cookies
frost them with white cook...


extra hardware!

Posted by SpiceWare, 11 December 2016 · 366 views

Received a question via Messager that I'm going to reply to here as others may find it interesting as well:
 
 
Long story short, extra hardware in the cartridge.  
 
 
Short story long, one or more of the following are added into the cartridge:
 

Extra ROM
 
When the Atari was designed ROM was expensive so they only...


TabloTV Part 2

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 26 November 2016 · 294 views

First off I see that Tablo's having a Black Friday sale .  Free antennas (just pay $12 for shipping) and discounts on Tablos.  As of Saturday morning one antenna model is sold out, but another remains available as do the Tablo discounts.
 
 
 
When we set up the antenna we took a small TV outside and plugged it in via a coax cable...


TabloTV

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 20 November 2016 · 215 views

Was down at my folks' place yesterday.  We installed the antenna using the existing coax cable from their old satellite dish.  I wasn't able to remove the old mounting plate as their roof had been redone and the upper bolts were blocked by a new piece of metal trim.

 
I then climbed through their attic to find the other end of the coax an...


fire TV

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 13 October 2016 · 404 views

My fire TV arrived today, it's quite small:

 
I don't have a new TV yet, and my old TV won't support it, so I have it plugged into one of my 4K monitors.  4K content looks awesome on it, as though I were looking out a window:

 
I've resubscribed to HBO NOW and had an unexpected surprise - another 30 day free trial :D :

 
I did ha...


I've thought about it

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 21 August 2016 · 422 views

In regards to the iTunes Store support failure , I've decided to continue purchasing à la cart TV content via iTunes due to how much better it works with my setup - namely because I can't download episodes from Amazon to my Mac mini and must stream them with occasional picture quality issues.
 
For HBO and Showtime I'll most likely resubsc...






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