Re: [stella] New to Atari 2600 programming

Subject: Re: [stella] New to Atari 2600 programming
From: Christopher Tumber <christophertumber@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 25 Oct 2002 12:38:53 -0400
>I'm pretty new to Atari 2600 programming and was wondering if there was a code that shows how to place alphanumerical characters on the screen. Or, should I take the "score display code" and extend it to include all the letters as well?

It depends - Are you looking to for a general purpose text display routine, or are you looking to just display a (or even several) static text strings? Like copyright/credit info or something like the "Game Over" in Space Instigators. There's no real string capabilities in Space Instigators, the Game Over is just a static 5 sprite bitmap (Characters are 5 scanlines tall and 3-4 pixels wide). If all you're looking for is some static text, just design it as regular sprites... If doing general purpose text display then you're looking at something like the 6 character display code...


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