The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

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The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by crusto » Tue Nov 22, 2011 9:41 pm

What was your favourite?

Iirc.

The 800xl used to have scrolling adverts for other titles while the game loaded - pretty cool.
The CPC used to slowly draw the box art and not do much else.
The Speccy was a noise fest.
The C64 would have loading music as well as some of the above.

I didnt see any loading screens for the 16 bits.

From what I can remember the loading screen from the last ninja on the c64 was pretty special, great music. I'll go for that.
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Re: The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by greenberet79 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:07 am

When I used to load my speccy games and they'd have the big image in the centre of the screen, I used to think "wow, imagine if the whole game had graphics like that!"

I loved the way some would gradually fade in, line by line.

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Re: The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by TMR » Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:44 am

The C64 had Invade-A-Load and Micro Painter, being able to play a small clone of Space Invaders or Amidar whilst the game you actually paid for was loading wins hands down, especially since they were sometimes better than the game you'd paid for... =-)

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16-bit machines had loading pictures too, at least in the technical sense - programmers didn't have to claw back the RAM during loading so they usually became part of the attract sequence when the front end had finished loading. My personal favourite'd be Battle Squadron on the Amiga (left-hand image):

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Re: The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:02 am

greenberet79 wrote:I loved the way some would gradually fade in, line by line.
Laziness on the programmer's part that really, as that's how the Spectrum loads a screen$ file by default. All it takes is some colour changing in the initial boot loader bit to mask that so the foreground and background colours are the same until the last bit of screen loading when it overlays the final colours.

How many loading screen artists do we have around this forum? I know SIR86 knocked out a fair few for the C64 and now we've got Mark Jones visiting thanks to the release of Dingo at Replay. Any others?
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Post by thingonaspring » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:06 am

even if it's the lazy approach, i still loved the way it drew it line by line too :lol:
well - for the first time, anyway - took awhile to see how the whole picture panned out. kept it more interesting for me.

can't look past invade-a-load though - that was great fun.

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Post by felgekarp » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:31 am

Technician Ted on the Speccy was one of my favourites.
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Post by thingonaspring » Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:41 am

on the c64 i liked:

robocop
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samurai warrior
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druid 1 and 2
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scooby doo :oops:
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:07 pm

Browsing the gallery at Lemon64 by author, I stumbled on a Mark Jones. Is this the same one who just did Dingo or is it another (as there's at least two)? This is one of his (if the hotlink works):

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Post by OldSkoolCoolFool » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:16 pm

felgekarp wrote:Technician Ted on the Speccy was one of my favourites.
That loader is as "awesome" as the actual game is hard...
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Re: The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by necronom » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:13 pm

I couldn't only pick one or two, but I narrowed it down to 15 I've always liked (click pic below). There were another 15 I could have picked, too.

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Post by The Laird » Fri Nov 25, 2011 3:38 pm

This was the first one that sprung to mind 8)

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:52 am

That Rainbow Islands one is an amazing piece of work for the Speccy. Must have taken ages to get the colour placement just right to cram so much in there without bleeding.
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Re: The best Loading screens. 8/16 bit

Post by ewjim » Sat Nov 26, 2011 6:17 am

any of the ocean film games always had awesome load screens on the c64. quality drawn images and there was always a top notch tune by john dunn. alot of the load screens were better than the games

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