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The Atari Promise
Are they a passing fancy,
like Hula Hoops?
They're exactly the opposite. The ATARI
Video Computer System™ Game is not a toy,
to be put in the closet and forgotten. It's a
permanent part of a home entertainment
center. And just as there are constantly new
records available for your stereo, Atari will
constantly offer new Game Program™
cartridges for your system.
Some people say that it's cheating to use extra ROM or RAM in a cartridge. If homebrew assembly language masters want to challenge themselves by making mind-blowing 2k or 4k games that leave people wondering how they did it, that's great, but using more ROM or RAM is not cheating.
Atari was using bankswitching in 1981 (more ROM) and CBS Electronics started using RAM PLUS in 1983 (memory 3 times as powerful as ordinary games), so putting more ROM or RAM into cartridges is doing the same thing these companies already did in the early 1980s. It was a natural progression to give us increasingly better games and there's nothing wrong with continuing the progression today. If you can plug a cartridge into an unmodified Atari VCS and play it, it's an Atari 2600 game. Doesn't matter if it has 20 gigabytes of RAM and a magical half-unicorn fairy living inside of the cartridge.
Even after reading this page, some people still argue that they want homebrews to stay within the original limits, but you can't go above 4k if you stick to the original limits. What they actually mean is they want to pick a year like 1982 that is limited, but not too limited. They think we couldn't possibly use technology similar to what was used in Pitfall II: Lost Caverns because it was released in 1984 and that's just too far into the 1980s. That's like religious people who pick and choose from their holy books. Some sins are going too far, but other sins are just right.
Here's something about David Crane and Pitfall II: Lost Caverns from The Knight Shift blog:
The Atari 2600 system's hardware could not, by itself, handle all of Pitfall II's technical demands. Game creator David Crane engineered and patented a special component that was embedded in the cartridge along with the game's ROM. Called a Display Processor Chip (DPC), it enabled Pitfall II to be capable of much more than any other cartridge for the console. Crane had hoped that the DPC would extend the shelf life of the Atari 2600, but the deepening game "recession" along with the age of the system (nearly eight years old at the time) meant that the DPC never got a chance.
Below is a small piece of a Nolan Bushnell interview from the May/June 1989 issue of Atarian Magazine:
You mentioned the 2600, which Atari introduced back in 1977. How can you get such complex games to run on the 2600?
First of all, we use lots more memory today. Early games like Dodge 'Em and Canyon Bomber used about 4000 bytes (4K) of memory or even less. Newer games and the ones we're working on now use as much as 64K; that's 16 times as much!
From 1982 through 1984, when I was still in high school, the kids I knew were happy and impressed when a cartridge had extra ROM or RAM in it. It was a selling point. Who wouldn't want better graphics and larger or more complex game worlds? With new tricks discovered and constant advancements in cartridge technology, the Atari 2600 really could have been what they promised:
(Click on the image above if you want to see the entire 2 page magazine ad.)
If the Atari 2600 is supposed to be a permanent part of our home entertainment centers, of course the cartridges should become more advanced over time. Atari cartridges grew with us. As we demanded more complex games with better graphics, Atari and some third-party companies delivered. If Atari could have kept their promise, who knows how advanced Atari 2600 cartridges might be today with nonstop advancements through the 1990s and 2000s?
Even batari Basic users are now able to make bB DPC+ games that have 256k of extra RAM for data, 10 multicolored single-height sprites, a non-mirrored multicolored playfield (any resolution) with simultaneous single line background and foreground colors, and more. Until DPC+, batari Basic sprites had double-thick rows, so they weren't as pretty as the sprites that assembly language programmers could use. We can finally create sprites that are as detailed as the ones made by Imagic and Activision.
People have complained about the low quality of older batari Basic games, while others would complain that it's cheating for batari Basic users to make bB DPC+ games. Well, bB DPC+ is the only way most batari Basic users could even come close to making a game that looks as good as the ones that homebrew assembly language masters can create. If you agree with me that extra RAM and ROM is not cheating, that it's continuing what classic game companies started, then embrace bB DPC+ games and be glad that batari Basic games are going to have better graphics and more objects on the screen. Imagine what bB users will be able to do with 10 multicolored sprites and higher resolution playfields!
Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I’ve been taking #ad Jarrow B-Right for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.
Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn’t bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can’t tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.
If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by William Davis and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: #ad Undoctored, #ad Wheat Belly, and #ad Eat Rich, Live Long.
Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. Whenever I need a new air cleaner (with negative ion generator), I buy it from surroundair.com. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.
Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.
Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.
Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:
Hydrofracking is bad for you, your family, your friends, and the environment.
Although some people with certain conditions may not be able to take it, hydroxychloroquine is a cheap drug that has been prescribed by doctors since the 1950s and it seems to be helping many people who have COVID-19 when administered early enough. (Hydroxychloroquine is also supposedly safe and tolerable as an anti-cancer therapy.) Seems like most news sources are going out of their way to make it sound like hydroxychloroquine is the most dangerous drug in the world, but they also make it sound like it’s the greatest drug in the world for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis patients. They basically say that using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 patients would be taking that great and wonderful drug away from the other patients who need it. So which is it? Is hydroxychloroquine deadly or divine?
If you believe that a couple of Trump supporters took the medicine hydroxychloroquine and it’s President Trumps fault that the husband died, you’ve been duped. Watch this video. The wife was a prolific Democratic donor, it seems she hated her husband, she used fish tank cleaner (not the medicine hydroxychloroquine), and now she is the subject of a homicide investigation.
Some people claim that the reason so many news sources want to keep doctors from using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 is that they are desperate to keep everyone afraid to leave their homes since mail-in voting will make voter fraud much easier (the only way they could beat Trump). Others claim that the rabid anti-hydroxychloroquine campaign was to make way for the expensive new drug called remdesivir. Drug companies can’t make much money with old generic drugs, so new drugs must be pushed. Both claims could be true since remdesivir supposedly isn’t as good as hydroxychloroquine.
According to Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, hydroxychloroquine does four things: (1) stops viral entry, (2) stops viral RNA replication, (3) stops viral particle assembly, and (4) stops cytokine storm. Remdesivir only stops viral RNA replication. Did you get that? Hydroxychloroquine does four things and remdesivir only does one. The doctor also said that nearly 70 percent of the people who took remdesivir had some type of adverse effect. If all of that is true and the more anemic medicine ends up being used by most doctors thanks to the smear campaign against hydroxychloroquine, the average American will beg to vote from home.
In case you didn’t know, Patrick Howley reported that one of the authors of the ‘study’ saying that hydroxychloroquine doesn’t work at VA hospitals got a research grant from Gilead (the company that makes remdesivir). Does that seem a little fishy to you?
Bryan Fischer said in an article that Dr. Fauci has known since 2005 that chloroquine is an effective inhibitor of coronaviruses. You might also want to check out the following three links:
“The Disruptive Physician” had this to say at Twitter: “Meanwhile, regular doctors like me are using HCQ + Azithromycin and Zinc to good effect. One nursing home in NE Ohio had 30 cases - started everyone on HCQ, no deaths. Quick recovery. Why would the MSM hide this? Why would twitter block people who question the WHO?” You might also want to check out Dr. Stephen Smith, Dr. Ramin Oskoui and Dr. Yvette Lozano.
In case you’re interested, here are a few COVID-19 patients who appear to claim that hydroxychloroquine saved their lives: elderly couple Louis Amen and Dolores Amen, Daniel Dae Kim, Rio Giardinieri, John McConnell, Margaret Novins, Jim Santilli, Billy Saracino, and Karen Whitsett (Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives).
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