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2600 software programmers ?

Post by exxos » Mon Mar 26, 2018 4:56 pm

I know a few have done homebrew games.. though anyone know of anyone who may write a simple menu system ?

Was toying with the idea of a 2600 multi game cart and uses switches to select the games.. though now wondering if I added a PLD software could select the game instead... a bit tricky as only have READ from the ROM port.. but I am sure it could be worked-around.

Idea to have all the games in a ROM , but first bank would hold a list of game titles, like a text file really.. so the software would need to read the first ROM location, output to the screen for a menu.. press fire to select.. need some way to talk to the PLD to select the games rom address.. and then reset the CPU (assuming possible via software) so the game then loads..

..just thinking out loud :)
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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by Smonson » Tue Mar 27, 2018 6:32 am

Way over my head. Any graphics programming on the 2600 is programming in "hard mode".

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Post by exxos » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:42 am

ah true yep - no VDI for text even :roll:
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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by walter_j64bit » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:03 pm

Sean Kelly did made a 265 in 1 multicart with a menu and one with switches but Activision put a stop to that! I've got the multicart that use switches to select the games, I don't know if there any info on that net about both version of Sean Kelly 256 in 1 multicart. Here a pic of the one that use switches, this is not my cart. ;)
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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by walter_j64bit » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:21 pm

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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by walter_j64bit » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:23 pm

Oh one more thing all the games 2600 that don't like to work on the 7800 this cart fixes that. :lol:

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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by rubber_jonnie » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:25 pm

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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by exxos » Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:45 pm

walter_j64bit wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:03 pm
Sean Kelly did made a 265 in 1 multicart with a menu and one with switches but Activision put a stop to that! I've got the multicart that use switches to select the games, I don't know if there any info on that net about both version of Sean Kelly 256 in 1 multicart. Here a pic of the one that use switches, this is not my cart. ;)
:coolpics:

Not seen that one. My one likely be something similar..
walter_j64bit wrote:
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:23 pm
Oh one more thing all the games 2600 that don't like to work on the 7800 this cart fixes that. :lol:
I heard of issues like that, no idea what though ?
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Re: 2600 software programmers ?

Post by walter_j64bit » Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:32 am

I hope you don't mind but I've been doing some digging on AA I've found screen shots of the menu for Sean kelly's menu driven 2600 multicart.

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/214999 ... cart-menu/

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Post by exxos » Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:22 am

Thanks for that. Looks awesome bit of kit and looks like hes done exactly what I was thinking of doing. I will send him a email, see if I can become a UK distributor for him.
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