By Darrell Spice, Jr. (adapted by Duane Alan Hahn, a.k.a. Random Terrain)
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Original Blog Entry
For this update, we're going to modify the Arena Loop to draw the Arena using the playfield. The new Arena loop has these new changes:
ArenaLoop: ; 27 - (currently 7 from bpl ArenaLoop) tya ; 2 29 - 2LK loop counter in A for testing and #%11 ; 2 31 - test for every 4th time through the loop, bne SkipX ; 2 33 (3 34) branch if not 4th time inx ; 2 35 - if 4th time, increase X so new playfield data is used SkipX: ; 35 - use 35 as it's the longest path here ... ; start of line 1 of the 2LK sta GRP1 ; 3 3 - @0-22, update player1 graphics lda ArenaPF0,x ; 4 7 - get current scanline's playfield pattern sta PF0 ; 3 10 - @0-22 and update it lda ArenaPF1,x ; 4 14 - get current scanline's playfield pattern sta PF1 ; 3 17 - @71-28 and update it lda ArenaPF2,x ; 4 21 - get current scanline's playfield pattern sta PF2 ; 3 24 - @60-39 ... ; start of line 2 of the 2LK sta GRP0 ; 3 3 - @0-22, update player0 graphics dey ; 2 5 - decrease the 2LK loop counter bne ArenaLoop ; 2 7 - (3 8) branch if there's more Arena to draw sty PF0 ; 3 10 - Y is 0, blank out playfield sty PF1 ; 3 13 - Y is 0, blank out playfield sty PF2 ; 3 16 - Y is 0, blank out playfield rts ; 6 22 - ReTurn from Subroutine
The first change is we're using X as an index into the playfield graphic data. We're changing X every fourth time thru the 2LK, so each byte of playfield data will be used over 8 scanlines. This saves a bit of ROM.
Second change is all 3 playfield registers (PF0, PF1 and PF2) are now updated, and they're only updated on line 1 of our 2LK.
Third change is on line 2, the bpl ArenaLoop is now a bne ArenaLoop else the bottom row of playfield data was only used for 2 scanlines instead of 8. We also blank out the playfield registers when we are done drawing the playfield. The bne change also impacted Overscan—TIM64T was originally set to 32, it's now set to 35.
The playfield data looks like this in jEdit:
And this onscreen:
Lastly we added some collision detection code. Some space was allocated in RAM:
;save player locations for playfield collision logic SavedX: ds 2 ; stored in $A1-A2 SavedY: ds 2 ; stored in $A3-A4
Then the Process Joystick routines save the current X and Y values before processing the joystick:
PJloop: ldy ObjectX,x ; save original X location so the player can be sty SavedX,x ; bounced back upon colliding with the playfield ldy ObjectY,x ; save original Y location so the player can be sty SavedY,x ; bounced back upon colliding with the playfield
Finally OverScan was modified to move the players back to their previous X and Y location if a collision was detected:
; Test if player collided with playfield bit CXP0FB ; N = player0/playfield, V=player0/ball bpl notP0PF ; if N is off, then player0 did not collide with playfield lda SavedX ; recall saved X sta ObjectX ; and move player back to it lda SavedY ; recall saved Y sta ObjectY ; and move player back to it notP0PF: bit CXP1FB ; N = player1/playfield, V=player1/ball bpl notP1PF ; if N is off, then player1 did not collide with playfield lda SavedX+1 ; recall saved X sta ObjectX+1 ; and move player back to it lda SavedY+1 ; recall saved Y sta ObjectY+1 ; and move player back to it notP1PF:
The ROM and the source are at the bottom of my blog entry.
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