Subject: Re: [stella] Re: Need programmer: Atari 2600 RPG Project|
From: Chris Wilkson - MCD <cwilkson@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 1997 07:44:06 -0800 (PDT)
> > 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. > =) ) Erik, I use a standard 27XX series eprom (27C010 I think) + 32K SRAM. So any standard eprom burner would work fine. I wanted it to be easy to use. -Chris > > 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. > -- Archives available at http://www.biglist.com/lists/stella/archives/ E-mail UNSUBSCRIBE in the body to stella-request@xxxxxxxxxxx to be removed.