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7800basic update #2. powered by good will

Posted by RevEng, in WIP, programming, 7800 16 February 2014 · 1,207 views

Daniel Everett, a linguist who studied the Piraha - a small tribe of hunter-gatherers in Brazil - reported that while the Piraha know of food preservation techniques, they don't actually preserve any food for their own use. Instead, tribe members immediately share and consume their catch with the rest of the tribe, as a sort of gift economy. Preserved foo...

7800basic update #1. beans spilled, peek sneaked

Posted by RevEng, in WIP, programming, 7800 05 February 2014 · 2,641 views
atari 7800, programming
For a few months now I've been toiling behind the scenes on a port of batari basic for the 7800. Today I'm going public and showing off a little bit of what I've accomplished. Since a picture is worth a thousand words...

...the source code for that quick and dirty demo is decidedly not a thousand words. It's 68 lines of pure 7800basic code, and...

WIPs of days gone by - part 2

Posted by RevEng, in WIP, programming, nostalgia, 2600 18 October 2011 · 1,197 views

answer me these questions three...

I mentioned in my first WIP article that I have three criteria for evaluating a game idea.
  • Is my concept really technically feasible?
  • Is it interesting?
  • Is it fun?
These are sometimes tough to...

WIPs of days gone by - part 1

Posted by RevEng, in WIP, nostalgia, 2600 07 May 2011 · 1,182 views

    "Time it was, and what a time it was, it was
    A time of innocence, a time of confidences
    Long ago, it must be, I have a photograph
    Preserve your memories; they're all that's left you"
    -P. Simon

new code, old system...

For the last few years I've been writing code for the Atari 2600 in my free hours....