[stella] to overscan or not to overscan?

Subject: [stella] to overscan or not to overscan?
From: p.cavina@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Piero Cavina)
Date: Sat, 30 Nov 1996 17:47:59 +0100
According to the Stella programmer's guide, a NTSC TV frame generated by
the 2600 consists of 3 VSYNC lines, 37 VBLANK lines, 192 TV picture lines
and 30 "overscan" lines.

The question is: do we really need to do the "overscan" lines?

I'm writing my first game for the 2600 and I didn't care about overscan (I
just draw more empty TV picture lines). After a lot of try-and-miss I could
get a steady picture, so I don't think it's really needed. What do you


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