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by Matt_B
Thu May 17, 2007 5:19 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Can I play Elite now?
Replies: 52
Views: 3917

I'd say the best is the BBC Master/Tube enhanced version. Loads more ships, missions and great fast gameplay. The only downside is that it flickers a bit because the display isn't double buffered. The C64 version plays OK. It's just a bit on the slow side which makes the flickery redraw all the more...
by Matt_B
Thu May 17, 2007 4:53 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

the C64 was unaffordabe for 99% of the kids at my Comprehensive school It depends when you're talking about. In 1982, a PAL C64 would have set you back around £400 and you'd be right. There were few kids with that sort of money, and most of those were getting BBC Micros at that time. For everyone ...
by Matt_B
Wed May 16, 2007 12:30 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

I'd say that the UK market took off in 1981 with the launch of the BBC Micro and ZX81. VIC-20s were fairly common back then too. I wouldn't say that the C64 was unaffordable. It was just pitched at a significantly higher price than the Spectrum, so the latter represented better value for money to mo...
by Matt_B
Tue May 15, 2007 6:34 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

So its not RAM that you plug into the machine? The standard memory layout of the BBC Micro (any model) is 32K RAM and 32K ROM. This fills the entire address space of the 6502. So, any additional RAM is sideways RAM, whether it's installed inside the machine or added externally. You'll also see refe...
by Matt_B
Tue May 15, 2007 6:17 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

Not really, i was thinking more Encounter with some kick-arse graphics and still maintaining the speed really. If it'd be a good game or not is anyones guess, but it'd look bloody nice! =-) It'd certainly be technically possible, but I'd reckon that the RAM requirements for scaled images of suffici...
by Matt_B
Tue May 15, 2007 5:39 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

Lorfarius wrote:What's sideways RAM?
Sideways RAM is RAM that's located outside the main 64K address space. It can be paged in and out as necessary in the same way as the ROMs. The Master 128 has plenty of it, so sticking a ROM image or two in there isn't going to affect the performance of any other applications.
by Matt_B
Tue May 15, 2007 4:19 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

BBC/Master Games usually come on disk or tape. ROMs are used for utilities such as the DFS and ADFS disk filing systems, applications such as View and Viewsheet and programming languages like Pascal and BCPL. The Master came with a whole bunch of these as standard although there are plenty more to c...
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

i was lumping Encounter and Turbocharge together more because they handle the scaling of objects in a similar way; in theory, something on the C64 could be made to move like the former and look like the latter without incurring any major speed overheads so it'd be bloody quick. Something like Scara...
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 3:17 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

well to be picky I must say the cars are prerenderd in it. :) anyways revs is the fuckin best racing for the 8 bits when I dismiss that conrolling the car is close to impossible. Been trying for a week on a (real:)c64, I was happy if I could do a whole race without crashing. It's cetainly a game th...
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 2:42 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

How about Carrier Command on the Spectrum and Amstrad CPC then? :P Oh, is it filled...? Yep. At least some of those are cheating their little arses off, doing what someone i talked to about this once called "pseudo 3D"; Tau Ceti and Academy in particular tend to be discounted because they're just w...
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 11:32 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Best TV Game On The Speccy?
Replies: 23
Views: 1300

This is probably bending the rules a bit, but can I have Jon Ritman's Batman? :)

Seriously, I'd agree with PSJ that a TV license deal was usually a recipe for disaster though. In general, the less they had to do with the show, the more chance they had of being a decent game.
by Matt_B
Mon May 14, 2007 11:13 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

I see the sprite approach fully justified. there was not enough power in any of the 8bits other than for 2d, there were some really nice tries at 3d but it was not fast enough for something really good (filled poly flight simulator at decent speed on 8 bit anyone?). How about Carrier Command on the...
by Matt_B
Sun May 13, 2007 3:54 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

If you do manage to make an Elk game work on the Beeb or Master they will be pretty much unplayable. This is due to the fact that the Elk runs at 1MHz and the Beeb/Master run at least double that. You try playing Repton 2 at twice the speed. :shock: The Electron is actually clocked at the same spee...
by Matt_B
Sun May 13, 2007 5:37 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Atari vs C64 // was: 8-Bit Computer Poll
Replies: 2168
Views: 152073

The Plus/4 - s'got 121 colours and the hardware can display over 80 on a scanline without any routines running or hardware sprites (since it hasn't got any) and if you start using techniques like DFLI it's possible to get a 320x200 display with 8x2 pixel attribute cells and any two of the colours i...
by Matt_B
Sat May 12, 2007 7:04 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: BBC Master, An appreciation Thread
Replies: 81
Views: 6087

Also will a BBC Master run Acorn Electron games? Generally, not. You might get a few simple games written in BASIC to work, but the sound and video hardware in the Electron work in a totally different way to the BBC. For any Electron game worth playing though, there should be a BBC specific version...