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#2415463 Silk Worm: WIP!

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:12 PM

I see just a scrolling screen with two different speeds. The difference between this and a full working game is ... the game. ;)

I don't remember him promising to deliver a full game, this is his scrolling char-mode demo.

Where's an example from you so we can compare? :)

#2414177 XM Status Page...

Posted by Stephen on Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:21 PM

No keyboard means no chance for BASIC, DOS, Word Processors, etc. For this reason alone I am glad they incorporated it.

#2412617 What's the name of that W.I.P. of Canabalt on A8?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:03 PM

Because they did extraordinary stuff AND finished it.
See the difference?

Where's your extensive list of finished products (not music clips or static pictures)? You have to earn the right to talk this much shit to coders. Even when earned, it's still a bit of a dick move. With nothing to show, even more so. Just sayin'. Happy thanksgiving to all who celebrate :)

#2411760 Nyan Cat ;)

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:45 PM

+2 for crushing it :grin:
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#2410393 SpartaDOS X 4.45

Posted by Stephen on Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:24 PM

I run my setup with "SET PAGER=LESS;/C;%" Works a treat and doesn't matter if I am in 40 or 80 column mode.

#2407431 Wich one of these two Prince of Persia you prefer?

Posted by Stephen on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:08 PM

Maybe this link would be of some use http://jordanmechner.../2011/10/ebook/

#2400265 1450 XLD motherboard build, assorted questions

Posted by Stephen on Wed Nov 2, 2011 8:38 AM

Hmmm, interesting... That was one thing I was going to do was compare video circuitry between the xl's and xe's before I added that section on the mobo.
I went through the schematics making up a list of parts and compared my list against yours and looks like i"m ready to start soldering components today :)
Still need to get a 40watt iron to remove the TV Modulator from a 800XL...

Looks like those folks who bought multiple 1450 mobo's (>2), are treating those like 40k diamonds and don't want to let one go. I too am still looking for a 2nd to build up, but no one else besides mimo has contacted me... Hopefully we'll find another gracious soul to build our 2nd 1400/1450 :)


You guys with one are lucky compared to us with zero :_(

#2398487 Wich one of these two Prince of Persia you prefer?

Posted by Stephen on Sun Oct 30, 2011 8:37 AM

well, I know my english isn't the best, but YOU really should have some lessons.

I'm not laughing at other's work. I'm laughing at what they write, when the writing is just a lame excuse or a "hidden attack of some helpless person".

No I shoudn't have some English lessons.
I am waiting that Goongle Translate really get a real and right translation.
I prefer to be here waiting for that... Google should do it because I want, I need,... in the same way as you want others to make those G2F,... the way you want!

Now that's funny :)

#2395685 Wich one of these two Prince of Persia you prefer?

Posted by Stephen on Tue Oct 25, 2011 7:40 PM

This thread makes my balls itch!

You sure it wasn't the mention of swordplay causing them to tingle ?

#2392537 I think I know why so few Atarians like the A8 AND ST equally.

Posted by Stephen on Thu Oct 20, 2011 11:25 AM

I guess what makes it an easy decision for me is the fact that the A8 was my first machine, and I grew up with it. I never had an ST, and it is difficult to go back now, and "discover" the machine.

That being said, it is sad that Atari lost the Amiga chipset, as the 2600 and A8 "personalities" were largely Jay Miner's design. The ST had none of that. The Amiga was the sucessor to the A8, while the ST was mostly a combination of generic off the shelf parts (it had no spirit).

#2392005 Can I use my Atari as a terminal for my '70s era Northstar Horizon CP/M box

Posted by Stephen on Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:23 PM

The Indus GT runs everything. CP/M is running on the drive's Z80 and internal 64K of RAM (upgraded). The Atari is simply used for its keyboard and video.

Really? Wow! That is quite something. Is that something that has been done before? I have never heard of it before.

See http://trub.atari8.i...ref=cpm_en for more info. It has been available for a very long time, but also extremely rare.

I have a small bit of info on my blog here http://www.atariage....pm-experiments/ with more tutorials to follow.

#2379528 What's the name of that W.I.P. of Canabalt on A8?

Posted by Stephen on Tue Sep 27, 2011 8:10 PM

Can we start again from first principles please? I may well have made a mistake, but I'm also concerned that this may be a simple translation issue.

Right, there's this game called canabalt. You start off running slow, but build up speed until you are running fast. Very fast. Hitting stuff slows you down, but you slowly build up speed again.

Your man runs 800 pix across the map every second when at top speed, or thereabouts.

C64anabalt attempts to capture the same high-speed feel of the original game as smoothly as possible.

With parallax scrolling and all sorts bolted in, the game drops down to 2vbl, 25fps. This means that to still move the man 800 pixels across the map per second when you are sprinting at full speed (like the original) the maximum pixel step has to be increased to 32. This does not look good to the eye.

With parallax removed, the game can run at 1vbl, 50fps. This now means that to achieve the same visual speed of the original, you only have to use a maximum pixel step value of 16.

Scrolling with a step of 16 pixels 50 times per second is considerably more acceptable to the eye than a jump of 32 pixels 25 times per second.

Is that clearer?

It was clear to begin with for those of us not always looking to start an argument or get snippy with people.

#2366594 WUDSN IDE: The free integrated Atari 8-bit development plugin for Eclipse

Posted by Stephen on Tue Sep 6, 2011 8:00 PM

Man - wish I could find a way to quit my job and code for A8 all day.

#2359007 Color adjustment pot

Posted by Stephen on Sat Aug 27, 2011 10:28 PM

I thought all pot came with built in color adjustment. At least it did when I was growing up.

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Hell dude - if that's what pot makes (made) you see, I want to know your source :D :D

#2358294 1450 XLD motherboard build, assorted questions

Posted by Stephen on Fri Aug 26, 2011 4:36 PM

Watching your progress is almost as much fun as if I had a board and the parts :) I have plenty of projects to finish up though, so I'll just be watching this from a distance.
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