What's coming in the world of the Studio II
A page of rumours, ideas, possibles..... no guarantee
of accuracy or even coherency here :)
The next cartridge will be the Schoolhouse game "Fun with Numbers".
All I will need is Biorythym, Gunfighter, TV Schoolhouse I and Math
Fun of the "official" cartridges, plus the demonstration cartridge and
the diagnostic cartirdge.
Scans of the manuals for the uploaded games will become available. At the
moment the only instructions are copied off the side of the cartridge.
The emulators are more or less complete. I may build a small ultra fast
one to run on my antique 286 portable. I am toying with the bizarre idea
of supporting "overlays" in the cartridge as a way of getting "colour".
This will work a la Space Invaders/Magnavox Odyssey : perhaps :) I have
also recieved inquiries re: an Amiga based Studio II emulator.
New Game Development
Nothing planned as I write.
This is still in the design stage ; basically it will be a Fast Microcontroller,
a RAM chip, 2 keypads and a few other discretes. It will connect to a SCART
socket. I want it to run all the old games and the new ones. It will probably
have the same odd sound hardware as the Studio II eventually. This will
be based around my rewrite of Alberto RicciBitti's code.
I plan to discover more about how the wierd NE555 sound circuit works.
Basically, it is a bodge ; the warpy sound is got by charging the control
pin through a capacitor. Whether you are supposed to do this is debatable
; the internal resistors through which it is charging do not have specific
The other big issue is ; what on earth is the EF1 line doing ? Why does
the racing game check it ?