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Riatoju
08-19-2019 at 04:32 PM
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Got some goodies in the mail today.

Got some goodies in the mail today. The first is How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. I been needing to get this book for a while, alot of people have recommended it and I enjoyed the video featuring Stan Lee on YouTube.

The second is How to Program the Apple 2 Using 6502 Assembly Language. I first read this book in 2012 so I could learn how to program the NES. It was like a bible to me back then and today. I finished re-reading it Friday, but because the book has been a valuable resource I ordered a physical copy. Up until today I was reading it from a PDF on my PC.

I haven't really talked about it yet but for those who are wondering, I finally decided to completely disassembly Dragster and figure out how the entire game works. So far I have been making alot of progress. But I don't plan to stop with Dragster, I hope to eventually unleash 6502 onto other projects, for now I haven't decided what, I do have an idea though. Time will tell.
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    What I think is awesome is that now we live in a time where we can have an editor open, and and emulator, and make changes pretty much on the fly while listening to Heavy Metal on Spotify.

    Computers have enriched my life more than any other technology I can think of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by datagod

    What I think is awesome is that now we live in a time where we can have an editor open, and and emulator, and make changes pretty much on the fly while listening to Heavy Metal on Spotify.

    Computers have enriched my life more than any other technology I can think of.


    I honestly miss the 6502 and 68000 days and the early 32-bit computers. Like the Apple II's or classic Macintosh's . Today programming has been dumbed down so much now everyone and their dog thinks that have talent with all these cookie cutter tools that pretty much do the work for you. I miss the days where only the super smart could program a computer and the mystery behind C and Assembler. Back then you were respected for being able to do those things. Now when I talk about my game engine or anything else I done, I get people who say "I made a game too!" Only to find out they used some ******** tool like Unity or NESMaker or whatever that stupid click and create NES dev tool is called. I built my game from scratch! That's very hard to do and very few people know how to do it, that's not the same.

    The same as happened in web technologies too. How many people can say they built a social network from scratch that communicates with a database. But I got the same crap from people, why don't I use x technology like Ruby on Rails, why not use some garbage premade software that already exists! Why reinvent the wheel.

    But here, in 2600 world, or even the Apple 2 homebrew world, things like this are still appreciated. Sure Atari has Atari Basic, and it's own dumbed down tools but they have severe limitations, if you want to create something great you have to use Assembly Language! I almost threw programming in the trash. There is something special here worth digging, and I am very good at programming. But it's still going to be second next to art. Right now I need a break from art, and also a way to kill time in between burnout from art practice.

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