• Basic Computer Games

    From Divarin@VERT/MUTINY to Basschestra on Thursday, September 30, 2021 16:48:00
    Re: Basic Computer Games
    By: Basschestra to All on Sat Aug 15 2020 12:20:52

    what computer should I use for book Basic computer Games.
    C64, CPET, VIC-20

    Is there a specific book you're reading or you just want to dink around in Basic?
    The C64 is what I grew up with. It was extrememly popular and therefore you'll get the most support there.
    However the basic is kind of crap actually. Almost anything you want to do with the hardware requires a complex series of peeks and pokes whereas other systems (Apple II, TI-99/4a (extended basic), even TRS-80) had basic commands like graphics, plot, sound, joystick, etc...

    The basic on the C128 has a lot more commands so there's that.

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  • From Dr. What@VERT/DMINE to Divarin on Friday, October 01, 2021 08:42:00
    Divarin wrote to Basschestra <=-

    what computer should I use for book Basic computer Games.
    C64, CPET, VIC-20

    Is there a specific book you're reading or you just want to dink around
    in Basic?

    I assume the book "BASIC Computer Games" by Ahl.

    There were a few variations of the book for the TRS-80, C64, etc. But if it's just the basic (he, he) one, then any BASIC will do since the games were intended to be used for (shall we call it) Common BASIC, which just about every computer at that time supported.

    However the basic is kind of crap actually. Almost anything you want
    to do with the hardware requires a complex series of peeks and pokes whereas other systems (Apple II, TI-99/4a (extended basic), even
    TRS-80) had basic commands like graphics, plot, sound, joystick, etc...

    Ya, that had to do with many things, but mostly cost. So add graphic/sound commands to BASIC on the C-64, for example, they'd have to go back to Microsoft and get a new license, which they didn't want to do for cost purposes. Or have their programmers spent a great deal of time, which they didn't want to do, again for cost purposes.

    The programs in "BASIC Computer Games" will run on just about any implementation of BASIC from the Altair through GW-BASIC on the IBM-PC.


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  • From kf5qeo@VERT/KF5QEO to Divarin on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 18:58:00
    Re: Basic Computer Games
    By: Divarin to Basschestra on Thu Sep 30 2021 04:48 pm

    what computer should I use for book Basic computer Games.
    C64, CPET, VIC-20
    Is there a specific book you're reading or you just want to dink around in Basic?
    systems (Apple II, TI-99/4a (extended basic), even TRS-80) had basic commands like graphics, plot, sound, joystick, etc...
    The basic on the C128 has a lot more commands so there's that.
    The plus/4 has all those commands as well...

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  • From The Lizard Master@VERT/NITEEYES to Divarin on Monday, October 25, 2021 08:18:00
    Re: Basic Computer Games
    By: Divarin to Basschestra on Thu Sep 30 2021 04:48 pm

    what computer should I use for book Basic computer Games.
    C64, CPET, VIC-20

    Is there a specific book you're reading or you just want to dink around in Basic?
    The C64 is what I grew up with. It was extrememly popular and therefore you'll get the most support there.
    However the basic is kind of crap actually. Almost anything you want to do with the hardware requires a complex series of peeks and pokes whereas other systems (Apple II, TI-99/4a (extended basic), even TRS-80) had basic commands like graphics, plot, sound, joystick, etc...

    The basic on the C128 has a lot more commands so there's that.

    You can get Simon's Basic for the C64, I had alot of fun with that as a kid. It extends the C64's basic command set.

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