Re: about the plus4

From: HÁRSFALVI Levente <>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 21:41:43 +0200
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On 2012-04-19 21:43, Spiro Trikaliotis wrote:
> Hello,
>> Yes... That still annoys me... The C64 had all the great
>> capabilities but no BASIC support for it, not even a monitor
>> (something like TIM from the CBM series would have been enough for
>> me) while the 264 series had the great BASIC 3.5 but lacked the
>> sound and video capabilities.
> In fact, I always considered this to be an advantage of the C64.
> Why? Everyone trying to do sound and/or video was forced to learn about
> peek, poke, and the like. From there, it was not very far to learn
> assembly.
> With many other machines with their fancy BASIC, people got stuck with
> the BASIC. Thus, they never considered really learning about the inner
> parts of their machine.

Well... I'd say, in practice, this hasn't really been an issue... at 
least not amongst people I knew. Actually, even though 3.5 has been a 
very handy environment to use, we still had a very inspiring experience, 
and that was how much better even low end games looked / acted like, 
than what we could ever achieve in Basic on the very same machine... ;-) 
  This usually inspired people to move forth and start asking questions, 
even though they could already code (sometimes pretty nice) programs in 3.5.

Best regards,


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