Archives for the month August 2012 of Genesis8 Amstrad Page




The king is dead, hail to the king (genesis8.free.fr 0 - www.genesis8bit.fr 1)

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Since several years this site was on genesis8.free.fr with the domain www.genesis8bit.com being a redirection on the free address.

Now you can forget both addresses, and change your bookmark/favorite to www.genesis8bit.fr. The new site is faster, using PHP 5 instead of PHP 4 on free. I can use sub-domains, so if you want faster web site loading, you can use the mobile version of www.genesis8bit.fr (no youtube video). A domain for loading pictures will soon make loading a bit more faster.

And to make this page loading even faster, I am looking at the Zend Framework with zend cache, db and paginator.

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Small Device C Compiler v3.2.0 is available, program in C for Amstrad CPC

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The final version of the multi platform C compilator SDCC v3.2.0 is avalaible.

It brings better Z80 code generation, if you already use SDCC, you should update your version.

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HD Gameplay by Metr81 of the Amstrad CPC game Head over Heels

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Here is a HD video by Metr81 (February 2011) of the Amstrad CPC game Head over Heels edited by Ocean Software in 1987. A great classic written by Jon Ritman.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Head over Heels

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Super Edge Grinder by Axelay, Rex(Beng) and Tom&Jerry, an updated Amstrad CPC game

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Super Edge Grinder is an updated version of Edge Grinder by Axelay.

It comes with news graphics by Rex (Beng) and updated music by Tom & Jerry. There is also a boss.

loading screen of the Amstrad CPC game Edge Grinder

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JavaCPC, an Amstrad CPC emulator programmed in Java by Markus Hohmann (Devilmarkus)

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I should have written about this subject since a long time. I have a list long as my arm of things to write about, from time to time I fish in this list but I have the feeling that I am like one of the Daughters of Danaus.

JavaCPC is an Amstrad CPC emulator (and CPC+ since a few moment) by Markus Hohmann (Devilmarkus). It's a java applet (needing an internet navigator, whereas JavaCPC Desktop is a standalone emulator).

This emulator can store the high scores of 13 current games, so you can show to all other people how big is your score ! More than 1000 games are already playable online.

Recently CPC+ emulator was added (see the video) and better processing of the sound processor. Time for you to see for yourself.



Prodatron is working again on SymbOS, a new program available soon

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As seen on the SymbOS mailing list :

Already posted this on MRC, but here again...

Seems that I am back now on the Z80 after a break of nearly 5 years - terrible long time...

In May I started to work on a Amstrad CPC project again. One week ago I developed a little SymbOS application to become familiar with all this stuff. Luckily it seems, that I didn't forget too much... It's nothing special, just another "Conway's Game Of Life" implementation, and it should only demonstrate two things:

  • the final version uses "multithreading" to show the multitasking behaviour of SymbOS: The field generator process will run at a low priority, so that other apps and the controls of the app itself won't be slowed down in any way
  • I am coding for SymbOS again

Here is a video, I guess I will release this little app in a few days.

Before I can work 100% on SymbOS again I have to finish this other CPC specific project first, but that has to be done until autumn. I need to finish a few things for SymbOS 2.1, finalizing the multiline textbox control, fix some stuff with the new version of the MSX device driver system etc. I really want to make a 2.1 release soon, hopefully end of this year, so that it's possible to concentrate on larger things after that again.

Many greetings and CU soon,
Prodatron



SymbOS, Subversion, TortoiseSVN, and the meaning of life (well game of life)

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As seen on the SymbOS mailing list :

So I set up a project at SourceForge.net now :
SymbOS on SourceForge

Additional information have to be added, this is just a first start.

You can checkout the application and driver source codes here :
https://symbos.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/symbos

You don't need an account for read access. If you want to have write access please contact me directly.

If you try this and have any issues please tell me.

CU,
Prodatron

Ok, so you want to get the sources ? Then start to download TortoiseSVN and install it.

Then create a new directory, right click on it, choose SVN Checkout... and copy and paste https://symbos.svn.sourceforge.net/svnroot/symbos in URL of repository.

Checkout the SymbOS repository on SourceForge

Et voila ! You have the SymbOS sources on your computer to toy with it.

To update the sources to the last version, right click on the directory and choose SVN Update (english documentation of subversion available, other languages too).

About the Conway game of life, I recommand to read What is the Game of Life ? by Paul Callahan and More than a game : the Game of Life by Adrian McMenamin.



Fight : Amstrad CPC 28 - Commodore64 30 !

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No no, I don't suggest that the Commodore 64 is 2 points better than our beloved Amstrad CPC. Far from my mind, the C64 is just ... different, I was never interested in the war between machines.

In fact the Commodore 64 celebrates its 30th birthday, whereas we have to wait until September 2012 for the Amstrad CPC 464 to celebrate its 28th birthday.

Two old men who still looks good and healthly.

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Crazy Cars CPC, a remake programmed in basic with QB64 by F.L. (Barbarian 1987)

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After creating a Barbarian remake for its 25th anniversary, F.L. just programmed in only 1 month and 1000 lines code Crazy Cars CPC : a faithful remake though with some differences : shorter levers for example. The game is open source so you can make it better if you want.

F.L. did program it with in basic (QB64), which is a windows compiler. You can get out your gwbasic or quick basic programs and still run them with QB64, or use the new features bringed by QB64 (like networking).

screen of the Crazy Cars amstrad cpc game

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