Subject: Re: [stella] Re: Need programmer: Atari 2600 RPG Project|
From: emooney@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (Erik Mooney)
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 1997 01:34:56 GMT
Chris Wilkson said: >I hafta be selfish here. I don't own a supercharger, and I loath, detest, >despise, abhore (point made) the idea of making my 2600 dependent on a PC. Sorry, I got a little carried away on that brainstorm, but I was just outlining possibilities. >Why not do this with a cart? The cost may be more, but it's not huge. >I can build my Mega Cart for around $20 (granted, no packaging, docs, >or label). And I would be more than happy to burn (and play ;) ) test carts >for anyone who asked. I might even make blank loaner carts available to >developers. And the thing is easy to use! No serial i/o, no waiting for >new data to load. Just "ask and ye shall receive". Bang! New data. > >I really want to see a project like this happen. But the 2600 community is >small enough without limiting the audience to supercharger capable gamers. >And using the pc as a drive just flat destroys the spirit of what you're >doing. I can see maybe using it as a fileserver...one load per game. >Maybe. But a game should not swap data to/from the pc whie it's running. >It's just wrong. Your cart has up to 128K ROM and 16K RAM if I remember correctly, right? That is enough for a pretty big game. Are you using EEPROMs, and if so, what sort of burner would I need to test something using your cart? Testing a program of this type isn't possible on current emulators, and I couldn't deal with the delays in having someone else do testing (I'm the type who'll change one instruction, compile and run, repeat until it works. =) ) At a production cost of $20, the final price would be around $35-40 including an author royalty (more than the $5 of Rescue Bira Bira and Edtris, I'm sure) and shipping. That isn't too bad if the game world rivals NES Zelda or Final Fantasy. -- Archives available at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/archives/ E-mail UNSUBSCRIBE in the body to stella-request@xxxxxxxxxxx to be removed.