Re: [stella] Stelladoc v2 status report

Subject: Re: [stella] Stelladoc v2 status report
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 23:50:02 -0700
At 04:10 PM 10/2/2001 -0400, you wrote:
Hmmm. What distinguishes a trick from an advanced technique? Is it that
`advanced techniques' are something anyone would come up with on their own,
given time?

An advanced technique is a class of routines that one could say represents a graphical feature (in software) for the 2600. For instance, intelligent flicker is an advanced technique. There are multiple ways to code for intelligent flicker. Horizontal scrolling would be another. These are things the 2600 can do like these, but can be acheived in various ways.

A trick would be a particular implementation in code to do something very specific that allows for much less variety in how it's done, or at some point a different coding approach just yields different tradeoffs, hence a different trick if you will. Cosmic Ark stars would be one of those.

Tricks are useful to know and can certainly be molded to do different things, but it's mainly an issue of scope. I guess you could classify tricks as a subcategory of a technique.

A semantical argument I guess.

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