Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Aug 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Hardware, Embedded Systems "It is 30 years since the Commodore 64 went on sale to the public. The machine was hugely successful for its time, helping to encourage personal computing, popularise video games and pioneer homemade computer-created music. [...] BBC News invited Commodore enthusiast Mat Allen to show schoolchildren his carefully preserved computer, at a primary school and secondary school in London."
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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Zbigniew on Mon 6th Aug 2012 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
Zbigniew
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2008-08-28

Minds you 16 colors was a very acceptable number those days.
I agree - but look: it seems, that it could have been so easily made even better... anyway, VIC has to fetch colour values from somewhere. Just a little modification: instead from some internal register, it could take it from RAM, where the programmer could so easily change it.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by zima on Wed 8th Aug 2012 23:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2005-07-06

But you ignore how those colours were made - all very hard-wired into the chip (a chip not dealing only with GFX, and with already quite a lot of space taken by such advanced features as sprites, in times when chip space was very at premium). To save the space on the chip, many of the colours were even simply the "opposites" of some others - making it possible to reuse large parts of resistor banks determining the colours.

(BTW, WRT your posts further down - this isn't twitter, no reason to tinyurl; and you know, the cars from early Mustang days have much more following than Model T - the latter is just a historical curiosity; for kids today, contemporary to them toys are that "coolest thing in store")

Edited 2012-08-09 00:17 UTC

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