MD201605 (C64)

One thing I’m occasionally prone to (in much the same way that the Pope is, allegedly, occasionally prone to defecating in woodland areas) is getting a little carried away; the simple DYCP I’ve previously mentioned was going to be just that, it really was… until part of me decided to bolt a similarly simple tech tech routine in!

And stopping with only two thirds of the screen occupied like that would have been close to impossible, difficult, so MD201605 has all of the above and a third routine which might not even have an official name! In my mind it’s a “Drive rez” effect because it dissolves two logos together and I first saw it in a demo part by Drive which was a contribution to The Ruling Company’s Mega-Co Demo back in 1989.

The source code has some ACME trickery to unroll the DYCP clear and draw routines (so there’s just the one iteration in the source with a loop around it to generate a large chunk of code in the binary) but should still be readable since there are no “trickier” optimisations like MD201602 has to obfuscate things. I wonder if my DYCP fixation is dealt with now…?

F15 D’Gamma Clone (Apple II)

There was a new C64CD release last Thursday called F15 D’Gamma Clone, it’s a crack intro style single screen affair for the Apple II (based on two intros by Black Bag and The Six Pack) and is my second released production for said machine. Of course it didn’t bloody work in the initial release because the way I was reading the vertical blank isn’t a constant, but Atari Age user cybernesto helpfully forked and fixed the source code (and I’m reasonably sure the changes were merged back into the main branch… but don’t quote me on that) to at least get it working on the Apple IIc and I’ve since received some very helpful pointers on the topic along with some great feedback!

Another AA forumite called Newsdee very kindly recorded video of the code running on his Apple IIe as well and I’m surprised at how well things came out there considering my clunky and painfully user unfriendly graphics converter!

I’ve had quite a bit of fun prodding at the Apple II with this and Septic, although the emulators aren’t anywhere near as accurate as they could be for testing code. I do have more ideas to play with, though…