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2600 to 7800? newbie question (sorry)


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Is it generally recommended to begin programming for the 2600 before moving up to the 7800?

Not really. I started coding on the 7800 because of less constraints and more flexibility. Plus the 7800 needs some love with extra titles. I recommend you try the examples that come with the 7800basic package.

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I have little experience in 2600 programming (I didn't programmed anything worth sharing, anyway...) and by looking at the Maria chip tech docs, the 7800 has a totally different method to generate the display, so I don't think there would be any benefit in starting with the 2600 if your goal is the 7800. They both use the 6502, so the assembly language is the same but other than that, they're quite different machines.

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