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#2123679 Digital Joysticks provide better control than Analog Joysticks

Posted by Stephen on Tue Oct 26, 2010 3:18 PM

And scratch that last example. Instead of moving a game character, go into a draw program on the 8 bit or ST and try to draw a circle and see how clunky the digital joystick circle is compared to the analog stick. The analog circle will be closer to round than the digital one.

I'll give you a miltiple choice reply to that (in good fun of course):
- Strawman argument :roll:
- Chewbacca defense :sad:
- It's not science (i.e., it doesn't agree with my opinion which is fact) :x

#2123022 Digital Joysticks provide better control than Analog Joysticks

Posted by Stephen on Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:02 PM

I just thought of another (non video-game related) example of where analog control is a necessity. If you've ever done any TIG-welding, you will understand completely why full on vs full off is NOT desirable behaviour. Due to the analog foot control, I can use the same setup to weld metal much thinner than 1/16" to over 1/2" thick. Not possible if I just stomped the pedal all the way to the floor.

Now apply that same logic to driving a car, flying a plane, etc. When I take off from a traffic light, it isn't always foot to the floor. Same as when I stop. Why should using a videogame controller be any different?

#2120734 Digital Joysticks provide better control than Analog Joysticks

Posted by Stephen on Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:31 PM

Depends entirely on the game. PacMan is definitely better with a digital stick, but a flight-simulator is much better with analog control.

#2100512 Pre-Order Page is now up for 7800 Expansion Module

Posted by Stephen on Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:08 PM

Paid for mine! I am so glad I picked up that $5 7800 (with expansion port) many years ago while attending Philly Classic 5.

#2090685 why ZX has and atari hasnt?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Sep 9, 2010 12:35 PM

That Speccy Doom may not be great, but it's certainly better than what we have on the A8 which is nothing.

#2088119 Atalan

Posted by Stephen on Sun Sep 5, 2010 5:17 PM

Thanks to a post from fandal, I have been reading up on a new high level programming language for the Atari called Atalan. The page is here. It looks quite promising.

#1899947 1040STf 13 pin monitor cable?

Posted by Stephen on Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:04 PM

I just got a 1040STf and an SC1224 off of Craigslist. It however, did not come with the cable to connect it to the ST, my version of the SC1224 doesn't have the cable built in. I cannot seem to find a direct 13 pin-13 pin cable, anyone have any advice?

Ends are available if you feel like building your own. I typically buy a cheap VGA extension cable, cut the ends, and wire up the DIN-13s. It's somewhat tedious, as the pics are very closely spaced.

If you don't want to to this, the ends are the same as used by Kenwood car stereo equipment for hooking up CD changers and Sirius/XM receivers. Those cables tend to be insanely long and rather expensive though.

Stephen Anderson

#1899304 What is your rarest/most valuable NON-2600 game?

Posted by Stephen on Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:38 PM

Jeff Wayne's 'War of the Worlds' game on cassette tape (boxed) for the ZX - Spectrum

Do things come from Mars in it? I mean, the chances of that are a million to one...

but still they come .........

#1845163 Help with dead XF551

Posted by Stephen on Thu Sep 24, 2009 8:44 AM

Dug out my XF551 today, it has died in storage over the last 3 months:sad:
Symptoms are: brief flash from the drive LED when turned on, Computer will not recognize that there is a drive connected.
I have used my 1050 with the same computer/discs/sio cable/psu this afternoon and all is fine with that set up, so those possibles can be ruled out.

Any ideas where a novice should start to look for the fault? (I have basic tools, multimeter, soldering iron, hammer etc)


Check the solder connections between the SIO connector and bottom of the PCB. These are almost guaranteed to break on every XF551.

Stephen Anderson

#1824583 The Last Word: LW or TLW?

Posted by Stephen on Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:19 AM

Since I've decided it's more "proper" to have "TLW" as the shorthand name for The Last Word (as referred to in the [enormous] manual), should I also change the name of the executable and config files? A small detail perhaps, but it's an extra keystroke...

Properly listed your program would be "Last Word, The" so I voted for LW.???

Stephen Anderson


Posted by Stephen on Fri Feb 20, 2009 6:29 PM

One is built, the other is put away for now. Excuse the image size - I didn't feel like scaling them down.

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#1013185 No longer for sale

Posted by Stephen on Sun Feb 5, 2006 9:55 AM

Wow - what a mess. I guess this is why 99.9% of my Atari time is spent on my little 8-bit machines.

Stephen Anderson