Re: [stella] new VCS2600-programming tool in works

Subject: Re: [stella] new VCS2600-programming tool in works
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 17 Mar 2001 14:51:51 -0800
At 09:44 AM 3/17/2001 -0800, you wrote:
I don't think I'd *ever* discourage somebody from trying to do a 2600 emu
from scratch.  Who knows, these days enough is known about the 2600 that
maybe it would be pretty easy.  ;-)  In fact sometimes *I* think about doing
a 2600 emu from scratch for Windows.  Every time I look at the mountain of
assembly code that is z26 I find myself wishing that it were written in C.
I don't think 500 frames per second on an 800 MHz machine is really
necessary these days...

Stella is the best 2600 emulator with a C/C++ foundation, I think. However, it's clearly got some missing features due to Brad not having worked on it actively in about 2 years (for instance, illegal opcode support, or DPC chip).

I would contact Brad about expanding on that. Stella X is the Win32 port and it uses DirectX, so that would be the version to expand upon.

We also have a version Brad did that is very much like StellaX, but it runs as an ActiveX control, hence it is embeddable. This was going to be a commercial product but since there were no takers I ended the exclusivity contract with Brad so he may want to make that code available as well.

Archives (includes files) at
Unsub & more at

Current Thread