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Upcoming book on Atari 2600 programming (now available)


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17 minutes ago, ZeroPage Homebrew said:


That's awesome Oscar, congratulations! Looking forward to checking out your new book!


In the book listing there are five game titles, but I've never heard of them and neither has Google!

"Game of Ball, Wall Breaker, Invaders, The Lost Kingdom, and Diamond Craze."


Are these new unreleased games?


- James

Thank you!


All of these games have been expressly written from zero for the book.


The first three are remakes of already known games (i.e. Pong, Breakout, and Space Invaders), but are required for learning purposes.


The Lost Kingdom is a kind of Adventure game designed differently (I've rethought it many times so it can be easily modified by readers as the basis for other games), and I've just published Diamond Craze in this forum.


I wanted to put even more games in the book, but I realized that if you are learning then it would be overwhelming for the reader, and already it was running to 340 pages! It is a thick book!


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4 hours ago, nanochess said:

I'm very happy to say that finally the book is available for ordering! :party:


You can order now from Lulu as paperback: https://www.lulu.com/shop/oscar-toledo-gutierrez/programming-games-for-atari-2600/paperback/product-pq9dg4.html


As hard-cover: https://www.lulu.com/shop/oscar-toledo-gutierrez/programming-games-for-atari-2600/hardcover/product-n8z9r6.html


And as ebook: https://nanochess.org/store.html


Amazon will follow in a few months.


Enjoy it!






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1 hour ago, Karl G said:

Excellent! I will definitely have to pick up a copy. I might prefer a paper copy, but just in case, in what format is the eBook?

The eBook is in PDF format.


1 hour ago, sramirez2008 said:





And a big thank you from me!


51 minutes ago, Stephen said:

Hardcover ordered - very much looking forward to seeing the new games!



Wow! Thank you! Your name sounds pretty similar!

46 minutes ago, JetSetIlly said:

Let's make that a tryptych of people called Stephen (or Steven)



Haha! Thank you! Amazing name!

12 minutes ago, Gamemoose said:

Would this be something for a beginner or for someone who has some programming chops?

It is directed at beginners and it is self-contained to avoid referring outside the book.


If you have a basic understanding of the command-line, binary and hexadecimal it will work for you.


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On 11/12/2022 at 7:55 AM, Atari2600PAL said:

Hardback ordered, looking forward to reading it!

Thank you!

On 11/12/2022 at 8:48 AM, Dionoid said:



23 hours ago, Karl G said:

I ended up ordering the paperback as well. Having a hard copy for reference books tends to work out for me better. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Wow! Thanks! Yes, indeed the hardcover version is easier for reference because it can stand open.

10 minutes ago, KaeruYojimbo said:

That's exactly how much understanding I have of those things. Looking forward to the book.

Very good!


BTW, just added two videos showing the book in the first post.



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12 hours ago, Dionoid said:


Received my copy today! I quickly scanned through it, and it seems like a well-balanced mix of code, pictures, background information and technical documentation.

As soon as I'm done fixing up my OutRun arcade cabinet, I'll read this book cover to cover.



11 hours ago, Karl G said:

I finally got mine, too! I'm looking forward to seeing what new tricks I can learn from it. 🙂 




4 hours ago, Gray Defender said:

I also received my copy... Now to find the time to dig in and start creating my own Atari 2600 games... 😄




1 hour ago, Big Player said:

I received my copy on Saturday.  Nice addition to my 2600 programing library.




Awesome pictures!


Thanks for sharing!


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