Re: [stella] BAStella Language Reference V0.000000001

Subject: Re: [stella] BAStella Language Reference V0.000000001
From: Glenn Saunders <cybpunks2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 08:50:42 -0800
At 10:46 AM 11/21/2001 -0500, you wrote:
That's the question.  You can do, what, Combat and Adventure with it?
(Actually, maybe even Gunfight with static reflected PF :) )

You can do a lot more with it, you just have to write a generalized engine for it.

There are a lot of different types of kernels one can write, and there is no reason a more complicated kernel type couldn't be supported, whether it be a vertical separation style kernel ala Oystron or a flicker kernel ala Ms Pac Man.

The trick in all this is the combinations and making sure the timing works. There will be a lot of undoable combinations and the compiler will be constantly balking. Or the combinations might be doable, but only with hand-tuned assembly, not a wizard. The type of kernel I'm trying to do in Death Derby is a good example of that.

The 2600 is always so close to the edge of its theoretical limit in performance that it's hard to leave it to an automated compiler.

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