Re: [stella] Atari to re-release a whole bunch of stuff

Subject: Re: [stella] Atari to re-release a whole bunch of stuff
From: Albert Yarusso <albert@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 7 Sep 2004 20:00:34 -0500

On Sep 7, 2004, at 7:44 PM, Jacob Rose wrote:

Albert Yarusso wrote:
While I don't (yet) know specifics about the hardware, I highly doubt it is actually compatible with 2600 and 7800 software. It's likely some off-the-shelf solution that they programmed the games from scratch for [...]

Really! Wouldn't that be a lot more work than using an existing emulator, a la Activision Anthology (where your name appears in the credits, I noticed!), even for a few (20) games?

Not necessarily, creating new 2600/7800 hardware from scratch that is 100% compatible with existing games is no small feat. For a product like this they can save a ton of money on hardware engineering by using an existing solution that integrates graphics, sound, input, a/v output, and CPU into one package (chip), and then they would just program the games from scratch. Keep in mind that the Activision Anthology needs a more expensive game console or computer to run on, whether that be the GBA, PS2, PC, Mac, etc. These systems have enough power to emulate the 2600 (and just barely in the case of the GBA).

All these games are relatively simple by today's standards, so "simulating" them is not that difficult. Now, simulating them ACCURATELY requires more effort. We'll have to wait to see how close the games are to the original. Any differences will likely only be noticed by the hardcore classic gamers. :)


I'll put up a review on AtariAge once I get my hands on one.

I look forward to it! Jacob

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