Atari's Promise Means It's Not Cheating

The Atari 2600 is a permanent part of a home entertainment center.

Opinion page by Duane Alan Hahn, a.k.a. Random Terrain.

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The Atari Promise

Are they a passing fancy,

like Hula Hoops?

They're exactly the opposite. The ATARI

Video Computer Systemâ„¢ 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 Programâ„¢

cartridges for your system.


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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:


Below is a small piece of a Nolan Bushnell interview from the May/June 1989 issue of Atarian Magazine:


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:


The Atari Promise


(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!

CBS Introduces RAM PLUS.

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In Case You Didn't Know


Trump's Jab = Bad

Did you know that Trump's rushed Operation Warp Speed rona jab has less than one percent overall benefit? Some people call it the depopulation jab and it has many possible horrible side effects (depending on the lot number, concentration, and if it was kept cold). Remember when many Democrats were against Trump's Operation Warp Speed depopulation jab, then they quickly changed their minds when Biden flip-flopped and started pushing it?


Some brainwashed rona jab cultists claim that there are no victims of the jab, but person after person will post what the jab did to them, a friend, or a family member on web sites such as Facebook and they'll be lucky if they don't get banned soon after. Posting the truth is “misinformation” don't you know. Awakened sheep might turn into lions, so powerful people will do just about anything to keep the sheep from waking up.


Check out these videos:

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H Word and I Word = Good

Take a look at my page about the famous demonized medicines called The H Word and Beyond. You might also want to look at my page called Zinc and Quercetin. My sister and I have been taking zinc and quercetin since the summer of 2020 in the hopes that they would scare away the flu and other viruses (or at least make them less severe). Here's one more page to check out: My Sister's Experiences With COVID-19.



B Vitamins = Good

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 Jarrow B-Right (#ad) for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.



Soy = Bad

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.



Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by Ken D Berry, 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: Undoctored (#ad), Wheat Belly (#ad), and Eat Rich, Live Long (#ad).



Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. 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.



Litterbugs = Bad

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.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

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.


Eliminating farms and ranches, eating bugs, getting locked down in 15-minute cities, owning nothing, using digital currency (with expiration dates) that is tied to your social credit score, and paying higher taxes will not make things better and “save the Earth.” All that stuff is part of an agenda that has nothing to do with making the world a better place for the average person. It's all about control, depopulation, and making things better for the ultra-rich. They just want enough peasants left alive to keep things running smoothly.


Watch these two videos for more information:

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The Climate Agenda



How to Wake Up Normies

Charlie Robinson had some good advice about waking up normies (see the link to the video below). He said instead of verbally unloading or being nasty or acting like a bully, ask the person a question. Being nice and asking a question will help the person actually think about the subject.


Interesting videos:

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