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k1nderc0mp - part 3

Posted by atari2600land, 31 January 2015 · 37 views

I was playing around with the way Turbo BASIC works, and thanks to a funny way it works, I was able to complete k1nderc0mp using 10 lines! The only major change is the title screen. If you thought it was bland before, get ready for even more blandness!

I had to do it this way. Other than this, all the stuff that was in k11ndercomp is in here. The key to...


k11ndercomp

Posted by atari2600land, 31 January 2015 · 27 views

So I thought I finished K11ndercomp, the 11-line version of K1nderc0mp. But one thing was nagging me about the program: In the drawing part, the joystick moved too fast and you didn't know where the cursor was. So I set out to fix all that. And I did. And it only took about 20 minutes for me to slow the cursor down and show a blinking square as the cursor...


k1nderc0mp - part 2

Posted by atari2600land, 30 January 2015 · 45 views

So I stayed up until about 11pm last night working on the stupid thing. As it turns out, the drawing was the hardest part. I was trying to make the program go back to the title screen when fire was pressed. But as it turns out, Turbo-BASIC doesn't use VSTRIG and HSTRIG. So I had to go another, longer route, which ended up with a crappier program. (Thanks...


k1nderc0mp

Posted by atari2600land, 29 January 2015 · 74 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 · 90 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 · 87 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 · 60 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 · 86 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 · 61 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 · 539 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...