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The Fascination with the Atari Jaguar

The Jaguar has got to remain one of the coolest, most fascinating pieces of hardware to ever emerge as a gaming console. At least for me, anyways.    On one side, you have these incredibly powerful GPU and DSP chipsets. Even with the hardware bugs they may contain, they’re capable of doing some impressive things given the 1992/1993 time frame and price point they were released in.    On the other hand, it’s completely bottlenecked by Atari’s cost cutting decisions and hand-forced l

Setting the Jag’s Time and Date

Of course the Jaguar doesn’t have an internal clock for time and date settings.    At least it didn’t, until now…   Programming the more mundane parts of a bigger picture are boring but essential. I wouldn’t call this fun either.   Now let’s see if I can get this “save game state” working for all the stats.

...64-bits to die for...

As it comes time to 'nicen' things up for Zilch, here's a peek at my past chicken scratch notes transformation into reality form, or mostly so...     My handwriting seems to have suffered over the years but I can still make it out.   Main game screen area is 304 by 192, seems to be the sweet spot while still allowing room for other critical info and gameplay elements that can swipe in/out as needed. Still need to change the interact area on the right lower hand sid

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Clint Thompson

122 Atari Jaguar Voice Lines for Zilch

When I first started working on Zilch for the Jaguar, I had 3 primary goals:   1. Create an affordable 6MB game using the maximum allotted ROM size the Jaguar could use, although Atari never officially made/released any 6MB games. This forced me to create a custom 6MB PCB. Thankfully they work great!   2. Implement at least 40 voice over lines using a real female voice actor dedicated to the in-game character. Some run of the mill responses but packed with a playful p

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Clint Thompson

Why do demos exist and what purpose do they serve?

Why do demos exist and what purpose do they serve? Maybe it's different for others but personally, it's a tool to learn from, advance knowledge of a system and refine techniques to achieve the desired results you hope to end up with I suppose. But most importantly, probably learning tricks along the way of what you can and cannot do so when the time comes to actually create something worthy of releasing, your chances of something nice as a result increases. Adding realistic steam to a

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It took long enough (Touch Tablet)

but... it (finally) arrived! Finally being able to use one (even though I've owned one before but never was able to use it) I can say this thing is very cool and I won't even flinch at the price I paid for it (boxed/new). My daughter is already having fun drawing with Atari Artist and even I am getting a kick out of the mirroring/drawing.   I have a bad feeling my 1084 is acting up though... colors don't seem right... but when you go to rainbow mode it appears to be fine. I'm wondering if t

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Clint Thompson

Yamaha An200 video... still waiting.

It's been over 3 weeks officially now and I've still to receive my Touch Tablet. I don't care how busy the holiday season was, it's not an excuse for 23 some odd days for shipping. That's bullshit.   Anyways, slowly (and I mean, really really slowly) getting more into my An200. Here's a video if anyone cares to check it out:     I need to get a 10502PC still... got the proper audio cords so I can record music from the an200 directly to my laptop (avoiding a mixer at this point) and I

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Clint Thompson

Rounding up 2007, ready for '08.

2007 has been an oddball year for me. I've given myself a long-needed break to the Atari side of things to focus on a business startup, only to come back full swing again and catching up on a lot of things. I asked myself what makes me happy... since, I seem to have been quite unhappy for the past year or so... in which my answer is to create, follow the Atari hobbyist world and dabble in music. (among a few things I have neglected)   I feel like I've accomplished quite a bit at the end of '07

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Hacked A8 Video, still waiting for TT....

Had an extra MIDI cable left over and since I didn't already have a composite cable for my 800XL yet, you know what I did     It's taking forever (or so it seems) for the Touch Tablet to arrive, gah! and them.... gr..them peoples over seas have yet to respond to my countless e-mails for more 1020 pens. I can see myself paying $10 a month just to get international calling so I can call the bastards.   Still, no A8 games incoming anytime soon though (sad ) Someone pointed out Xenophob

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Clint Thompson

BLINDING XL 800 - Modernized Blinder! =)

... at the end of every tunnel of light.... ... is an Atari 8bit in sight... Access Blue... BLUE LED Night Shot Final grouping lit...   I didn't really think I'd be getting this done anytime soon but I found some downtime later this evening and was looking at the clutter/mess of all my plunged A8 stuff and glancing over at the blue leds I just couldn't take it any longer and proceeded to make a couple hours of it.   You can say I'm satisfied with the results so far... with

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Clint Thompson

6 new Atari 1020 Printer Heads...

So I got 6 new 1020/Plotter/Printer heads in the post today. Can say that I hope to have not only a fully functional Atari 1020 soon but parts to last any long runs in coming years due to parts wearing out. (I have my plans to actually use this thing)   Now if I can only get the Switzers to send me my new 1020 pens (x10) then I'll be good to go!

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Clint Thompson

Atari Touch Me Photos/Vid other A8 items arrive...

For whatever reason I decided to get myself an Atari Touch Me (once again). Man this thing was really dirty when I got it... I was almost shocked compared to the picture I had seen on eBay. Anyways, I cleaned it up and it turned out really nice... although I screwed up the buttons themselves I think slightly... decolouring , eh.... anyways... my love for taking pictures:   Front Angle Shot   Skill Pattern 16   Side Angle Shot   Rear Angle Shot Video playing the 8 sequence skill

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1020 gets white/blk treatment, more pictures

...than you can shake a stick at.   I'm not sure if there are pictures of the internals of the 1020 online somewhere, but I figured since I'm taking it apart I can snap a few in case in the rare and odd instance that someone may have any interest on the innards at all, they may see them here oppose to ripping their poor little 1020 apart (time consuming)   Here's with the front removed: (before white/black treatment) Here's a couple of pictures showing the truly fragile gears. I don't kno

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Clint Thompson

Pictures of Atari 1020 Color, it came today...

(does anyone even read blogs on here? I'm wondering if it isn't a waste of time.... just curious... ) anyways... Knock knock knock.... outside there's a brown box and the post carrier is OFF! (haha)   I didn't think it was the 1020 at first because it was so heavy... but it was. This thing is pretty heavy considering it's small footprint size.   I powered it on and it didn't initialize correctly and kept looping and looping. I restarted it a few times and the same thing. I'm only figurin

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Clint Thompson

AN200 on the way... mixing/recording music.

Paid for it today and is shipping tomorrow (eh, today.. it's late ) I simply can not wait until this box of joy finds it way to my doorstep, then desktop! (more information about this lovely bit plus music samples (analog love) found here): Yamaha AN200 Matrixsynth Love   I've been having a hard time deciding on what I can do about mixing and recording multiple tracks but I think I've finally found a fantastic solution that will be around or slightly below $200. I needed something that wou

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Clint Thompson

Prepping the XE cart.... Tempest on A8

Looking over in the corner at my recently gutted Flight Pro Simulator II cart (waiting replacement with new personalized program) I decided to go ahead and Krylonize it....   before: after:   It will match my new *cough* (restored) XL nicely. Patiently waiting to get my graphic files over to 8bitclassics for a nice label printing to slap on. Looking forward to receiving that 1020 still as well... should get here around Weds or so.   Also, being a fan of the Jaguar's T2k music (and gam

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Clint Thompson

Jumping back into the XL...

Recently I've been jumping back onto the 800XL stuff. There's a'bit I'm interested in doing with the XL these days (physical oppose to emulated). The are as follows:   •Allow my (soon to be 5) year old daughter play both educational and entertaining games •Let me follow through with some 8bit projects I've set out to complete - some music related - some graphics related - possibly game related •Enjoy the games and create a nice sized library of disk & cart games   Not too long ago I h

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Clint Thompson

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