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  1. Is it possible to cross-port an 8-Bit Unity game to the 5200?

    1. CPUWIZ


      Verstehe Ich nicht. :?

    2. bluejay


      I mean, is it officially supported by 8 bit unity?

    3. Gemintronic


      The 8-bit Unity site does not state that 5200 is a supported target: just the Atari XL/XE computers.  I'd love to be wrong, though.


      A search of their website reveals the developer speaking of 5200/Atari XL seies in general terms BUT not specifically mentioning 5200 support.


      Another 8bit-Unity user asked your question with no response.  So, not a good sign.

  2. What's the better console?

    XEGS or 7800?

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    2. Hwlngmad


      IMO, the XEGS as it was a (or another) consolized Atari 8-bit computer.  Also, the design of the XEGS screams 1980s even more than the black and silver electronic look sported by the 7800.

    3. x=usr(1536)


      @BIGHMW, this post requires your superpowers.

    4. BydoEmpire


      IMHO 7800 is the better console, but XEGS has the better native library.  If you factor in homebrews, though maybe that tips the scale. 7800 homebrews are incredible.  2600 compatibility is also a big plus for me so I don't have to keep my 2600 hooked up.  I sold my XEGS, but still play my 7800 pretty regularly... I guess that says it all.  "Better" is personal preference.

  3. Hey Lynx fans! I'm taking a survey-like question. Do you games with "Screen Crunch"?

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    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      And then you said "Do you games"  I assume its DISLIKE games with Screen Crunch?  

    3. ZippyRedPlumber


      @Rick Dangerous I meant Like do you like games with Screen Crunch?

    4. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      No, I don't like screen crunch. But some of the games are still pretty fun regardless of this issue.

  4. Out of curiosity, what Console Generation do you think the 5200 falls in?

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    2. carlsson


      A belated one? I wonder how Atari had fared if instead of trying different new architectures that didn't hold water, had decided early on to use the A8 chipset and put out the 5200 a full year earlier, perhaps even simultaneously with the VIC-20 (that pitched itself against the 2600).

    3. Max_Chatsworth


      Never played the 5200 much.  We were always an Atari home computer family and never had any Atari consoles.  The kids across the street did get it on year for Christmas and I really enjoyed that Football game they had for it. Was the best console football game to date inho.

    4. Nathan Strum
  5. Any North American Atari ST fans here? Raise your hands if you are! :)

    1. doctorclu


      Have owned ST/TT computers over the years, and play ST games on the Atari Jaguar!

    2. zetastrike


      I have a fascination with the ST.  I'm always curious to see how games turned out on it because of the lack of sprites and scrolling.  It's like wanting to see a car wreck.

    3. doctorclu


      Add to that the sound chip made for some ... creative... sounds.


  6. Despite it's CPU, Is the Intellivision considered an 8-Bit console?

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    2. carlsson


      It definitely is a 16-bit console, even more than the TI-99/4A is a 16-bit computer.


      Actually I think the Unisonic Champion 2711 may have been the very first 16-bit video games console.

    3. ZippyRedPlumber


      @carlssonI'm aware that it's a 16-bit console, I was referring to it from a graphical standpoint i.e. Graphics

    4. BydoEmpire


      I usually consider it as such, since it's firmly in that generation, but it depends on the context of the conversation.

  7. Was the 7800 sold in Japan?

    1. carlsson


      I didn't see any online references to prove it. Possibly direct imported by an enthusiast, if sold at all. The market was kind of crowded as it was with Famicom, SG-1000 and Mark ///, Super Cassette Vision, eventually PC Engine, not to mention various computers. Atari as a brand seems to have had brief runs in Japan. I wonder if even the ST series were imported.

  8. Making a couple snazzy backgrounds in asm for my homebrew, how can I insert them in bBasic?

  9. Does Sprite Multiplexing make bigger players on C64?

    1. carlsson


      Yes, either bigger or more enemies/shots. Watch out for flicker when you multiplex the sprites.


      There is an ongoing competition to make pictures only using multiplexed sprites:


  10. Good mornin'. Anybody know a good music tracker for IntyBasic?

    1. carlsson


      Do you mean a tool for you to compose the music in? Everyone have different tastes and experiences. I'm stuck in OctaMED land.

      An actual tracker routine with IntyBASIC integration was released yesterday as a matter of fact, but using the routine and composing the music to use with it are two different things.

  11. To me, I've always seen Microcomputers as Hybrid consoles. For example adults treat it well as a computer where Joe Shmoe can do taxes & give out the latest report and Kids like little Billy see it as a Game console where they can blast those pesky Invaders to smithereens. Do you agree or disagree?

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    2. pacman000


      Then I agree. :)

    3. IntelliMission


      I used my Amstrad CPC 6128 (the one with color monitor and disk drive) as a console from 1989 to 1992! It was my first video game system, I was 9-12.


      30 years later, I feel a bit ashamed of not trying at least to create a simple Basic game. But again, I didn't even know it was possible! (I actually watched a friend create a simple Basic program for some seconds, but my brain kind of ignored the whole situation as not-a-game and not-fun).


      Of course, in my case the machine was not too affordable as a children's toy: my dad gave it to me (he was a Physics teacher and used it to simulate movements) when he bought a 286 PC, but it was like having a ZX Spectrum with 16 colors (and very big pixels) in half of the games.


      I still can't believe the mysterious things my dad spent so many hours with on these old computers were not part of his job. All my life I assumed that, but the revelation came to me a few months ago.

    4. MrMaddog


      Well the early home computers were more for beginners compared to the more expensive personal computers like the Apple II & IBM PC.  The games aspect was to make it easier for kids (and some adults) to get more comfortable with using the computer and eventually learn BASIC programming which teaches people how computers really work.


      Once they mastered that part, then it's time to upgrade which means buy more add ons to do things like word processing or just get a much more powerful computer like a PC.


      (As far Atari 8-bits go, the 400 was a low end model for people just starting out while the more expensive 800 was meant for more serious stuff like the Apple II was.)

  12. Which version of my Sonic homebrew do you want me to focus on more, 2600 or Intellivision?

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    2. R_Leo_1


      Go for intellivision, the graphics and development may be significantly more managable.

    3. eightbit


      Going to have to say Intellivision on this one first. I am really curious to see how it fairs on this system!

    4. ZippyRedPlumber


      This was a public opinion type of question, thanks to all who have participated. I have to agree with @SlidellMan on this one. roughly 40-50% of Sonic 2600 is done (Graphics and Level designs). Work on the Intellivision version hasn't started yet sadly...

  13. Do Coleco Megacart roms work on BlueMSX?

  14. Same exact question, any American Amstrad CPC fans, here?

    1. zetastrike


      I find it really endearing for some reason.  I think the lack of sprite and scrolling hardware makes me really impressed when I see anything running half-decent on it.  I have a soft spot for the ST for the same reason.  I do like checking out random games in emulation just to see how they are.  Anything that's not a Spectrum port is fun to find.

    2. IntelliMission


      I'm not American, but the Amstrad CPC was my first gaming machine. I see you're 24 years old (born in 96)... I played the machine pretty intensively from 1989 to 1992.


      I had the 6128: 3 inch disks instead of cassettes and a color monitor. Both were impressive at the time: most kids had the 464 (cassette version) and around half of them had a green monitor, without colors.


      Most of my games were pirated versions, around 5-10 per disk.


      There were many Spanish games for the system including one graphical masterpiece (The Abbey of Crime) and the "father of prince of persia" (Sir Fred), but my favorite ones were British: Matchday 2, Saboteur I and II... Bruce Lee (which I later learned is American) ran smoothly on the system and there was a decent but slow version of Yie Ar Kung Fu.

  15. Happy 80th, Bugs Bunny!

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    2. retrorussell


      I imagine he needs dentures now to eat carrots.

    3. joeatari1


      I knew I shoulda made a left at Albuquerque!

    4. ZippyRedPlumber


      @SlidellMan Holy Crap, you're right! But that's not 'til November

  16. Any North American ZX Spectrum fans out there or am I the only one?

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    2. SlidellMan


      Timex released a version of that stateside, but it wasn't a huge success.

    3. masschamber


      I actually have a timex sinclair 2068, if I can find the spectrum rom cart that would be neat since I could then access most of the spectrums library, as it stands I have a whopping 3 cartridge games and a few timex sinclair 1000 cassettes

    4. Karl G

      Karl G

      I knew it as the Timex Sinclair 1000, which I think is mostly the same? I loved programming it BITD.

  17. Happy birthday/anniversary to our favorite dot-munchin pal, Pac-Man!

  18. How do I make a 2 color HiRes sprite using CBM PRG Studio?

  19. Is the Commodore 64 considered a second generation game console? To me it is because it has an rf output, a cartridge slot, and advertisements were aired on tv that directly attacked the 2600. What do you guys think?

    1. BydoEmpire


      It's a personal computer.  User programmable, built-in BASIC, built-in keyboard, lots of ports, lots of non-game software, lots of peripherals, most games were not on cartridge - disks & cassettes were the primary format for software.

    2. GoldLeader


      What BydoEmpire says.

  20. Has anyone made a platformer using 7800Basic?

  21. How does one insert asm files into 7800Basic? :?

  22. Behold! The latest Intellivision Add-On, A Hot Plate (for bacon)



  23. I'm aware that it only has 2 tones/channels, but can the TIA chip produce arpeggios akin to say the works of Tim Follin?

  24. Just found a different version of the Tobey McGuire Lynx ad that aired on TV in 1990! will also upload later this week! Stay Tuned! ;)

  25. So I just saw Sonic, highly recommended Five out of Five stars from me :)

    1. GoldLeader


      I'll probably see it someday.  For some strange reason, the more I see of Jim Carrey's clips,  Well against all odds, they make it look entertaining...

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