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#26 Sharky OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2003 12:14 PM

Oh I c wapchimp. :D

I havent thought of my first 2600 game as yet.

I wish I could of something original, but all ideas have all been done before so its impossible.

Obviously my first 2600 Game would be probably simple but playable and thats a good start so far.

But ill got a long way to go, and just about to start reading Session 3 now.

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#27 SmileyDude OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2003 7:17 PM

if I can do it my first game is gunna be called atari safari, Ive designed the cover already & got the concept - no-one will guess, it's to obscure  :P


lol, you've already got the hardest part of the project done -- choosing a name ;) Now you get to do the easy part -- learn 6502 assembly, learn the 2600 inside and out, and write your game... you have 24 hours to post up your binary :D

#28 Sharky OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2003 12:01 AM

lol, you've already got the hardest part of the project done -- choosing a name ;)  Now you get to do the easy part -- learn 6502 assembly, learn the 2600 inside and out, and write your game... you have 24 hours to post up your binary :D


LOL, I wish it was that easy for me too!.. So im gonna start with the easy stuff first. learn 6502 assembly, write my game, then the nitemare hardest task for all. Give my new game a name. :D

#29 wapchimp OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2003 2:21 AM

SmileyDude wrote: lol, you've already got the hardest part of the project done -- choosing a name ;) Now you get to do the easy part -- learn 6502 assembly, learn the 2600 inside and out, and write your game... you have 24 hours to post up your binary :D

All done:

0101101010 10011001 01001010 010101 0101 01011110001 010110110

See what i mean by obscure :lol: :lolblue:

#30 Michael Becerra OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:27 AM

Yes, I would like to learn how to program for the Atari 2600 even thou it is quite old. I believe it was first built in 1978? Anyway I would be most interested in learning the Assembly 6502 language. :)

#31 cruft OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 16, 2003 4:24 PM

Hello!

I'd like to introduce myself as the latest member of AtariAge. I've been interested recently in hacking my 2600 and just discovered this site. What a great resource.

I'm a Perl programmer with some x86 asm experience and thought I'd try my hand at the 6507. I've just won a Supercharger from eBay and am gearing up to do some coding.

This particular thread seems like a great place to start, and I have the Stella's Programming Guide too. Am I missing anything else?

I'm also interested in doing some Open Source stuff, like porting things over to Linux for example. Anything like that going on around here?

Are there any other threads I should be starting off with?

Thanks,

John

#32 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Sep 17, 2003 12:43 AM

Are there any other threads I should be starting off with?

Hello and welcome!

Check the Stella Mailing List (aka [stella]):

#33 kisrael OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Sep 17, 2003 6:31 AM

Are there any other threads I should be starting off with?

Hello and welcome!

Check the Stella Mailing List (aka [stella]):

Yeah, Stella is like the pro's hangout, but it's still newbie friendly and amazingly helpful.

A list of many resources are here at Atari Age: http://www.atariage....ming/index.html

Including my own tutorial, Atari 2600 101:
http://www.atariage....mming/2600_101/

(I'm trying to spin 2600 101 as "quickstartish" complement to Andrew Davie's more comprehensive ongoing work here.)

I started as a Perl and Java programmer but almost a total ASM newbie, just a class in Sparc assembly like ten years ago. I'm muddling through pretty well, http://alienbill.com/joustpong/ Luckily, it's on the low side of ambitious, a simple game idea I've programmed on other systems before that I know works pretty well, but I'm trying to increase the games complexity now.

#34 ATARIPITBULL OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 18, 2003 9:24 PM

I already have a game in mind and even have 4 ideas for different levels, but I know nothing at all about programming, so I hope you guy's will start from the very begining for people like me please!!!!!!!!!!!

:ponder: :sad: :ponder:

#35 kisrael OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 18, 2003 9:28 PM

I already have a game in mind and even have 4 ideas for different levels, but I know nothing at all about programming, so I hope you guy's will start from the very begining for people like me please!!!!!!!!!!!

You can start at the table of contents thread; that's about as begining as it's gonna get, reading the lessons here in order.

But honestly, the Atari 2600 is not a good platform to begin programming. Sure the games are simple, but the system is so primitive that it's one of the most difficult types of programming around. You might want to consider something like DarkBasic or BlitzBasic that lets you do 2D or 3D stuff on PC with relative ease.

#36 MrAtari2600_Old OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 16, 2004 5:57 PM

I would be real interested in learning how to program atari games

#37 TuzenTCA OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jul 8, 2004 4:33 PM

Count me in! I would love to learn from someone with as much experience and know how as you.

Thanks,

James

#38 Synthead OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:21 AM

I would love to know how to program an Atari! I used to program games for Apple ][ //e computers and related, as well as Tandys! I program a little on my TI-89, but that's no fun ... wow would it ROCK to program an Atari ...

#39 carolsheba OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 30, 2004 10:37 AM

Count me in.

#40 jaginthebox OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 14, 2004 1:46 AM

I have a 2600 and I would definitly like to learn to make home brew games. Old hadware shouldn't be a problem either. Inovation can be done on any hardware. :)

#41 keilbaca OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Nov 1, 2004 2:12 PM

Count me in! I am definitely willing to learn how to program, hopefully I'll get good enough soon enough to make a proposal binary, run it off the supercharger. I'm sure it'll mean extra special if she figured out I programmed it ;)

#42 MrAtari2600_Old OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 18, 2004 12:40 PM

I AM A NOOB. sorry if I may ask to many questions, post forums in wrong place etc etc.. I am only a kid who is 14 years old.But lets save the lifestory. I am interested in learning how to program an atari game. I got an idea already written down on paper and i drew up a screenshot of what I would like it to look like. I GOT A START. :) . If anyone here who can give me like a totoruial on this kind of stuff please message me.

Thank you for your time in reading this post,

Sincerely,
matt

#43 Blackbird OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 19, 2004 7:59 PM

Take a look here: http://www.atariage....pic.php?t=47479

#44 Bruce Tomlin OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 19, 2004 9:44 PM

I AM A NOOB. sorry if I may ask to many questions, post forums in wrong place etc etc.. I am only a kid who is 14 years old.But lets save the lifestory. I am interested in learning how to program an atari game. I got an idea already written down on paper and i drew up a screenshot of what I would like it to look like. I GOT A START.  :) . If anyone here who can give me like a totoruial on this kind of stuff please message me.  

Thank you for your time in reading this post,

Sincerely,
matt

Hey, give yourself some time. I got my first computer at 14... in 1978! Keep at it and your college grades will suffer because you'd rather hack some assembly language code. :)

#45 MrAtari2600_Old OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 19, 2004 11:09 PM

Just stating the truth :) . But I am a quite serious collecter still. I am not a noob at that. :D :D .haha.

#46 MrAtari2600_Old OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Dec 19, 2004 11:28 PM

Wow. I was taking a look @ the totourials( cant spell DONT PICK ON IT) hehe.Anywayz, I think im out of my league but I am still going to give it a try anyway I can :D . This is probably the most complicated thing I have ever seen. No joke. :D

#47 Blackbird OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 20, 2004 11:00 PM

Nah, you'll get the hang of it. Believe me, I'm younger, and still I can at least program some demos...

#48 MrAtari2600_Old OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 21, 2004 8:04 PM

Can anybody email me if they know where I can download the programs needed to program these games? :D PLEASE :D

#49 Jonny_B OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Feb 16, 2005 10:37 PM

Hi everyone. Looks like I'm extremely late on reading these guidelines to programming. LOL! ;)

I've taken a couple years of C++ in high school, and refreshed on it in College before grad. Is that gonna help me any with Atari 2600 programming or with anything related to 6502? I've always wanted to create simple video games, even tried to hack a couple but failed miserably.

But I don't have the patience to create a highly sophistacated game. That's why I think the Atari 2600 is the best way to go. Glad to be here, and hopefully, I can learn from the stuff that's posted here and see if it will help me on my way to a working game.

#50 carmel_andrews OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 10, 2005 9:26 AM

i am interested.. count be in, i am also interested in anything to do with assembler on the A8 (especially 130xe), prefereably from the very begining




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