Atari/Commodore hybrid, was Re: General religious wars (was Re: Editor religious wars)
spectre at floodgap.com
Tue Jan 26 15:27:31 CST 2010
> When I was a kid, I had an Atari 800, and my best friend Rob had a
> Commodore 64. We'd fight back and forth all the time, but we both
> loved showing off our systems to each other. He was always in awe of
> the Atari's graphics, and I was always in awe of his C64's audio.
Mind you, I like ANTIC and POKEY, though ANTIC more than POKEY. I have
issues with player/missile graphics, but the palette and graphics modes
more than make up for those, and so do display lists. You can get something
like display lists out of a VIC-II, and if you really work at it a few
extra colours, but you'll bind up the 6510 something fierce for something
that ANTIC gives you for free.
POKEY does have a distinct sound which is in its own way unique and
pleasant, but SID really was unmatched for the time.
> I often wondered what it'd be like to build a small computing with
> Atari graphics hardware and Commodore audio hardware. That'd be
> neat, eh?
People have already said the Amiga, but I'm not sure if I buy that. Agnus is
clearly ANTIC-inspired, but I don't really see much SID-like about Paula or
Portia. If anything, they act more like POKEY.
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