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Do you need special hardware for games with voices

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#1 jim1174 OFFLINE  


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Posted Fri May 18, 2018 3:39 AM

Do you need any special hardware to play homebrew 2600 games with voices ?

#2 SpiceWare OFFLINE  



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Posted Fri May 18, 2018 8:45 AM

No, Quadrun and Open Sesame from back in the 80s had voices.   There is a lot of overhead for digital samples though, so the gameplay pauses during the playback.  


The AtariVox can be used to play back voices during gameplay, as well as 5 channel music and saving of high-scores & game settings.  You do give up the right joystick port to use it.  A number of homebrew games support it.


For games written to utilize the Harmony/Melody we can offload that overhead to the ARM processor, which allows for samples during gameplay as seen in Draconian.

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Posted Yesterday, 6:12 AM

No, usually a game cheats some extra cpu by not running video to play voices. Berserk ve did this, great game btw. I don't have any bitd games, but assume they do the same thing.

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