Jump to content

12

atari2600land's Blog



k1nderc0mp

Posted by atari2600land, 29 January 2015 · 49 views

A while back, I stated that if I knew how to program the Commodore 64 then I would know how to make a program similar to Kindercomp. So then the announcement of the ABBUC 10-liners 2015 contest came and that got me wondering: Can I make a program like Kindercomp in 10 lines on the Atari 800? I've started this, and if I don't get it done in time (or forget...


This Is How We Do It

Posted by atari2600land, 28 January 2015 · 74 views

So I finally took the time (a few hours!) to figure out how to make a disk file using an existing one I made work last year. And this time I wrote down the instructions. In fact, if my computer dies and I'll have to get a new one, or if you want to know how to do it or how I did it, I'll post it here too. So I have finally done it. I've made an entry for...


Why is emulating the Atari 800 so hard?!

Posted by atari2600land, 28 January 2015 · 78 views

So I wrote a program for the ABBUC 2015 10-liner competition. I did this last year, and I somehow managed to get last year's entry onto a disk. But HOW? I forgot how! So now I have this ten lines of code just sitting there in an Atari 8 bit state file. I used Atari800WinPLus 4.0, where I typed it up and tested it and retyped it up and tested it and so on...


I found them!

Posted by atari2600land, 26 January 2015 · 59 views

In 1994, I made a one-off choose your own adventure comic book for fun called "Attack of the 49ft. 11inch Celery." I still have that. In 2006 I started making a comic, just for my own enjoyment. This one is called "Adventures of the 50 foot tall stalk of celery". This is the basis of the Odyssey 2 video game and the 2600 movie I'm currently working on. We...


Up & Down

Posted by atari2600land, 24 January 2015 · 81 views

For years I have wanted a copy of a game beginning with the letter U to complete the 2600 alphabet. (Unfortunately I can't play Xenophobe on my TV because it rolls like it's PAL when it's really NTSC. It does great on my digital TV. Perhaps I should just move the 2600 to the digital TV where every game can be played. Hmm...) I have a goal to get to 350 of...


The Celery Show

Posted by atari2600land, 22 January 2015 · 59 views

I have decided that programming a cartoon with the Atari 2600 will only yield 15 or so minutes of animation if you go to 64k. I completed scene three of my Celery movie and it's only 50 seconds long and there's only 79 bytes left in my one bank. Perhaps I will do a series of these instead of just one long movie that I was hoping to do. I will call it "the...


The Celery Movie

Posted by atari2600land, 20 January 2015 · 535 views

The celery movie (called "Mr. Celery") is officially under way. I don't know what will happen next, though. I have writer's block. But I did add some music to the movie, as well as sound effects for the UFO. I woke up with this tune in my head and kept repeating it until I got awake enough to figure it out on the keyboard. Then as I was inputting it into...


2600 movies

Posted by atari2600land, 20 January 2015 · 556 views

Animated movies in cartridge form for the 2600 (or maybe other systems.) It's like a cutscene, but that's what the whole thing is. A really big long cutscene that you don't play at all. I am thinking about doing one in bB, but I need an idea for one first. Perhaps the "Attack of the 50 foot Celery" movie on the Atari 2600. Like what the start of Plim is,...


The fumes

Posted by atari2600land, 19 January 2015 · 562 views

Well, the fumes got to me again. I dug out my Jaguar and games from the garage. I don't know why since it's covered and all, but since it rained yesterday and today, the cardboard boxes used to store the games have become softer and colder and wetter. Anyway, I found the games, and the controller and put my N64 and 32X away to make room for the Jaguar. I...


Clowns

Posted by atari2600land, in Commodore 64 17 January 2015 · 574 views

For the longest time, I wondered why the stupid joystick wasn't working. So I tried paddles. They didn't want to move either. Then I discovered the secret way to start this game: Press fire on the right set of paddles (I was using the paddles for the 2600), THEN F1 for a one-player game. Then the game started to work. The title screen should say "Press fi...