28C3: The Atari 2600 video computer system ultimate talk

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2012 in code, how-to, talks, vintage by the machinegeek

Here’s something for retro video game enthusiasts. This talk by Sven Oliver (‘SvOlli’) Moll from the recent 28C3 conference in Berlin covers the history, the hardware and how to write programs for the Atari 2600 gaming console.

The Atari 2600 Video Computer System (VCS for short) was one of the first popular gaming consoles back in the day. It featured 128 bytes of RAM, 4k bytes of addressable ROM and was in production in one form or another for more than 13 years.

Starting at 19:33 is an overview of the chips used in the Atari 2600: the 6507 CPU, the 6532 RIOT (RAM-I/O-Timer) and the TIA (Television Interface Adapter). Coding is discussed, covering the registers and how to use them.

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