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by Matt_B
Fri May 04, 2007 1:35 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

oh missed this one amongst the lines, okay now show us what pictures can you do with your machines :lol: Here are some CPC ones I had lying around: http://stuweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~bm10/CPC/oeil.gif http://stuweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~bm10/CPC/landscape.gif http://stuweb.cms.gre.ac.uk/~bm10/CPC/almaden.gif
by Matt_B
Fri May 04, 2007 1:10 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

What is the deal with the CPC and scrolling? I've heard about it having some kind of smooth scroll capability, but just about every CPC game I've seen has jerky scrolling. Did it have some kind of hardware scroll feature that most programmer's didn't use or didn't know about? It supported a quick a...
by Matt_B
Fri May 04, 2007 12:56 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

@Oswald Dare I say it but they're a bit, erm... brown. :lol: If you want to get technical, both the BBC Micro and the Amstrad CPC were capable of much higher resolutions than you could get out of the C64: Up to 640x200/256 pixels in standard graphics modes and even more with overscan. They can also ...
by Matt_B
Fri May 04, 2007 9:36 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

About 17 million C64s were sold. This is about the only hard number we've got though as it came from the report after the company was wound up. All other figures are pretty much anecdotal. The Spectrum sold about 7 million, plus there were around a million partially compatible Timex TC/TS2068 machin...
by Matt_B
Thu May 03, 2007 7:28 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

Ah, now that's what i used to run CP/M on - not the Z80. Actually, I can't remember what I did with the Z80, expect learn Z80 machine code. Another mystery solved :D If you had an 80186 you were probably running DOS+ on it. There might have also been a version of CP/M for it, but I never saw it. Th...
by Matt_B
Thu May 03, 2007 6:57 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

I remember a lab at the university of Cambridge that was packed full of BBC Micros with 32016 second processors. They were pretty useless at the time though as there wasn't much software for them. Rumour has it that the 6502 second processor was higher performance than them too, despite being only a...
by Matt_B
Thu May 03, 2007 6:34 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

You've not played Elite properly until you've played the BBC Tube (2nd 6502 processor) version.

Here's a video of the game in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIuOjEqY8Hk
by Matt_B
Thu May 03, 2007 6:09 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

@Darran I think the difference is that when you get up in the morning you don't know what's going to happen for the rest of the day, whereas with a poll like this, you pretty much know the result from the off. The Spectrum vs C64 question is basically just down to who can raise the biggest flashmob....
by Matt_B
Thu May 03, 2007 2:29 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 147890

Polls like this always strike me as a bit pointless. It's always going to come down to Spectrum vs C64 as they were the most popular machines. Still, just to break with tradition, here's my take on their relative pros and cons. The Spectrum's best selling point was always the value for money. At typ...