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Further adventures in 90s Casio MIDI gear:

CTK-601 keyboard demos (without DSP):
https://revenant1.net/casio/ctk601_demo0.ogg
https://revenant1.net/casio/ctk601_demo1.ogg

GZ-70SP demo:
https://revenant1.net/casio/gz70sp_demo.ogg

I got the latter working thanks to Casio's old SW-10 softsynth for Windows - the sound bank it uses is apparently just the entire ROM from the GT913-based MIDI modules (GZ-30M and GZ-70SP) and the WG-130 daughterboard. I've also been able to use the softsynth as a reference for improved mixing and envelope behavior.

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This got me wondering: how many 30 year old games are out there that yet haven't been emulated?

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Depends on what you mean by games e.g. arcade (including mahjong/hanafuda etc.), console, handheld, home computer, pinball, redemption games, non-video arcade games (skee-ball, whack-a-mole, coin pushers, claw games), gambling/casino games (video slots, reel slots, fruit machines, pachislots/pachinko, video poker, electronic roulette). If you meant exactly 30 years old e.g. from 1992, probably not many. If you meant games that are 30-50 years old from any genre, probably well over ten thousand, if they aren't already extinct.

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I've been sent a ROM from the Psion MC400, and with just CPU, ROM, and RAM we have:
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It's waiting for keyboard/touchpad input, but unfortunately it uses a couple of custom ASICs that are not documented anywhere so may struggle to get any further.


BBC Model B, ATPL Sidewise, Acorn Speech, 2xWatford Floppy Drives, AMX Mouse, Viglen case, etc.
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This looks a lot cleaner. It helps if I don't process off the end of a span list.

While there are presumably DSP issues causing portions of the tank to either not show up or draw incorrectly, I'm not sure if it's that my processing of the list and the associated framebuffers is wrong (i.e. ending early), or if it's that the DSP isn't actually issuing enough data to draw the full tank. I do see a few "pulled" triangles every so often, so there might still be DSP issues lurking.

But at this point I believe the DSP is in better shape than I'd expected, and the real problem is figuring out how the rasterizer hardware works: How does it get hidden, how does it get shown, how are the 2 layers combined, that sort of thing. If anyone is willing to take a stab at it, I'm willing to commit my changes to a branch.

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I got a Mac II, and a SuperMac Spectrum/8 Series III video card, but I could only afford the 16" 832×624 monitor:
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Creative use of 1-bit video with 24-bit palette entries:
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Nice, but it’s looking crowded already:
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If only we could do something useful with all that expensive VRAM…
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Hey, where did my hard disk icon go?
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Oh, it’s over here:
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It’s gonna be a long trip to the trash can!

Lots more real estate, even if you can’t see it all at once:
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Maybe we want to take a closer look at Susan Kare’s artwork:
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That’s hardware zoom – no copying from an off-screen buffer.

Off-centre alerts are disconcerting:
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Turns out that some debug code from when I was first getting the span draw-er up and running, which was only accepting spans that didn't exceed the presumed clipping range of the framebuffer viewport, was biting me in the ass. This looks a lot more like Polygonet Commanders.

Still some DSP bugs lurking - those bent triangles on the front of the first-person tank are pretty suspicious - but if I can get Thursday off in addition to Friday this week, I'd say we have a damn good chance of getting this sucker finalized for 0.245.

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SuperMac Spectrum PDQ blitter is working now, too.

Before:
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After
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That “before” screenshot is a little unfair – it was actually usable with glitches at 1152 horizontal resolution:
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