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Book Review: The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion & Stella Programmer's Guide


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I love this stuff! Next to playing Atari games, I do like to read about Atari 2600 games or programming.

Please continue to do these book reviews once in a while!

 

Some suggestions for books to review:

  • Atari 2600 Programming for Newbies by Andrew Davie. Andrew is one of the guys that created Boulder Dash on the 2600, and he's absolutely a 2600 grand-master.
    This book is actually the printed version of the programming tutorials that Andrew Davie posted on these AtariAge forums between 2003 and 2004. Yours truly did some editing of the text and formatting of the code and images, bundled it into a PDF and uploaded it to Lulu. Andrew seems to be happy with the results.
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/andrew-davie/atari-2600-programming-for-newbies-revised-edition/paperback/product-23644281.html
  • The Unauthorized Atari 2600... series by Mike Salzman
  • Atari 2600 Throw Back Zine (#1 - #3) by Mike Salzman - this is a monthly retro magazine on the Atari 2600
  • Making Games For The Atari 2600 by Steve Hugg

Of course "Racing the Beam" and "Art of Atari" are also great books, but those have online reviews already (but I wouldn't mind having your review next to those :-)

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Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the review.

 

I own and have read both Racing the Beam and Art of Atari, both of which are amazing books. Racing the Beam is especially inspirational for programming.

 

The next reviews I'll be doing are in depth homebrew game and hardware reviews but I will probably come back to book reviews at some point! Also, thank you for the link to the Andrew Davie book, I didn't know his tutorials were put out in printed form! That'll be a definite buy as those lessons are great, thank you for adapting them into a book, I just ordered it!! :-)

 

I love this stuff! Next to playing Atari games, I do like to read about Atari 2600 games or programming.

Please continue to do these book reviews once in a while!

 

Some suggestions for books to review:

  • Atari 2600 Programming for Newbies by Andrew Davie. Andrew is one of the guys that created Boulder Dash on the 2600, and he's absolutely a 2600 grand-master.
    This book is actually the printed version of the programming tutorials that Andrew Davie posted on these AtariAge forums between 2003 and 2004. Yours truly did some editing of the text and formatting of the code and images, bundled it into a PDF and uploaded it to Lulu. Andrew seems to be happy with the results.
    http://www.lulu.com/shop/andrew-davie/atari-2600-programming-for-newbies-revised-edition/paperback/product-23644281.html
  • The Unauthorized Atari 2600... series by Mike Salzman
  • Atari 2600 Throw Back Zine (#1 - #3) by Mike Salzman - this is a monthly retro magazine on the Atari 2600
  • Making Games For The Atari 2600 by Steve Hugg

Of course "Racing the Beam" and "Art of Atari" are also great books, but those have online reviews already (but I wouldn't mind having your review next to those :-)

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