RE: [stella] A new colour display technology

Subject: RE: [stella] A new colour display technology
From: "Lee Fastenau" <stella@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 00:54:11 -0500
> From: Andrew Davie [mailto:atari2600@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]

> The test is:  what looks better on an ACTUAL TV;  the ICC version or the
> SpastiColour version?   Jury is out for me, as my actual tv
> experience must
> first go through a video recorder, recorded onto tape, then
> marched down to
> my real TV for testing.  I get so much noise it's hard to see what's what.

> Cheers
> A

First off, I have only seen ICC used with playfield graphics (Boulderdash
prototypes) and have to say that all three examples you posted were
jaw-dropping in comparison.

I tend to agree with Thomas about ICC's ability to deliver nice colors and
greater vertical resolution (especially in the green and red sections).
However, I believe Spasticolor works!  It was the first one I loaded into my
supercharger and I was immediately blown away by the color depth and detail
of the image.  There's essentially no flicker, so it doesn't give my eyes a

IMHO, Spasticolor a valid, flicker-free(ish) alternative to ICC and your
demo was a success.  I imagine that the image also requires less ROM as
well.  Is this correct?  That may be another advantage to using Spasticolor.

I am humbled... (as always around here.)

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