Beam Racer by JAC! [web]
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release date : april 2011
release party : Revision 2011
compo : oldskool intro
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My first Atari VCS release inspired by the the book "Racing the Beam".
Here some info since most of probably were born after this machine ;-)

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Video will follow soon.
added on the 2011-04-25 12:01:08 by JAC! JAC!
Slow paced, but the moving raster bars were neat
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 12:25:47 by すすれ すすれ
Nice work, keep it up!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 12:45:07 by AMB AMB
Welcome to the world of VCS coding!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 13:01:28 by Sdw Sdw
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 13:04:07 by Premium Premium
@ggn: The demo was designed as NTSC version which runs 20% faster with respect to the effects and has a much better flow. But after 3 hours of recoding and encoding them team said. "Oh, it 60 Hz, the beam is 50 Hz". So I had to create the somewhat slower version at the party. Anyway I'll keep faster pace next time ;-)
added on the 2011-04-25 13:12:52 by JAC! JAC!
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 13:21:19 by Optimus Optimus
Decent stuff on really vintage hardware
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 14:22:02 by the-other-pigpen the-other-pigpen
Nice stuff JAC!, thanks for the greetings :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-25 18:26:46 by visy visy
Agree with pigpen. It was really a limited machine.
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 00:01:06 by SoDa7 SoDa7
cool! 1st A2600 demo stuff from You JAC!, but rulez big time :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 19:37:22 by grey grey
it was nice! enjoyed talking with you as well :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-26 20:54:26 by Alpha C Alpha C
very nice for the platform
rulez added on the 2011-04-27 06:42:56 by Queen_Luna Queen_Luna
It's a first prod compared with the stuff from Trilobyte, but still a good one. And yes, getting anything at all out of this pre-1980 platform is an achievement.
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 13:46:30 by CiH CiH
Nice with more VCS stuff :)
rulez added on the 2011-04-30 13:59:44 by evil evil
Download archive updated with V1.1 which has faster scrolls and supports the RESET button to restart the demo at any time so you don't have to pull the power switch.

Also video links with proper frame rate added. Thanks to TMC for the live footage. It was the first time I saw one of my releases on a big screen ;-)
added on the 2011-05-04 09:27:28 by JAC! JAC!
Not much to see, but what's shown is rock solid. Looking forward to more stuff from you :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-09 16:31:48 by shock__ shock__
rulez added on the 2011-05-11 11:56:26 by SiR SiR
Getting anything at all out of the VCS is a challenge, so pretty good for a first prod. The music is a bit repetitive though.
Btw, why are you designing for NTSC in Europe? :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-20 12:48:00 by Tjoppen Tjoppen
@Tjoppen: The people who tested the thing for me on the real machine were in the US and the tune was originally designed for 60Hz. Also NTSC has the full 128 colors palette which looks better in case of the raster bars. At last if it runs fast enough on NTSC it is easy to port to PAL.

I created the PAL version only because SDW mentioned that he'd like to run it on his real machine and because mine is PAL, too. Fortunately I created the PAL version the day before Revision because it turned out that though all PCs and things were 50Hz, the main beamer was 60Hz.
added on the 2011-05-20 13:32:25 by JAC! JAC!
phat phat :)
rulez added on the 2011-05-20 13:35:27 by gentleman gentleman
rulez added on the 2011-05-20 17:35:16 by Defiance Defiance
Not great, but cool
rulez added on the 2011-05-20 18:45:12 by ferris ferris
Thanks to the pals at AtariAge, I finally managed to fix the VBLANK and the variables scanlines bug, so it should run now properly on all real TVs as well and not only on mine. Here is the V1.2 download and also the source.
added on the 2011-11-05 00:45:41 by JAC! JAC!
rulez added on the 2011-11-30 16:19:57 by ɧ4ɾɗվ. ɧ4ɾɗվ.
added on the 2012-03-06 16:26:17 by las las
A demo named after the great book that got me into VCS coding? Cool!
Nice tune, and although there's not much to see and the colors are...well...ah... anyway, I like the bars and how you stacked three effects on top of each other per scanline. :)
rulez added on the 2014-06-08 05:42:33 by Kylearan Kylearan
that is neat :) nice sound!
rulez added on the 2014-06-08 06:31:28 by sensenstahl sensenstahl

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