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CGA Graphics - Not as bad as you thought!


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#1 The Professor

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 02:16 PM

 

CGA Graphics - Not as bad as you thought!

 

 


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#2 RickR

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Posted 12 November 2016 - 07:54 PM

I don't remember a single person that used CGA in composite mode.  All I know is CGA graphics were a huge step down for anyone with an Atari 8-bit or Commodore 64. 

 

My very first PC had an EGA card, which was much better than CGA.  I don't think the PC became a viable gaming platform until VGA and the earliest Voodoo cards came out. 


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#3 RadioPoultry

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Posted 13 November 2016 - 02:25 AM

One very talented individual modified the CGA versions of Commander Keen 4 and 5 to use composite video, and it looks great!

 


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#4 Starbuck66

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 04:27 PM

I'm pretty sure our first family computer, a Tandy 1000sx had a CGA card on it... I remember using a composite out to a 13" black and white to play games we couldn't play on our monochrome monitor. It definitely got the job done! I was really glad when we upgraded to an IBM PS/2 386 machine with VGA though... :-)

Edit: So after I actually watched the video (silly me) maybe some of the games I ran weren't Tandy graphics compatible? Sounds like the Tandy may have had graphics closer to EGA of the game supported it? Hoping he does his follow up video on Tandy graphics. I do remember pushing that thing to its limits; I had to arrange files carefully between a low density 3.5 floppy and a low density 5.25 floppy to get Streetrod II working on it.

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#5 Clint Thompson

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Posted 07 December 2016 - 10:45 PM

He clearly hasn't seen the capabilities of the Atari 8Bits GTIA mode! :D Great video though, thanks for sharing!


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#6 RickR

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Posted 08 December 2016 - 12:21 AM

He clearly hasn't seen the capabilities of the Atari 8Bits GTIA mode! :D Great video though, thanks for sharing!

Totally agree.  Atari 8-bit graphics blew away the PC until VGA came around.  I remember a time of using a PC to do school work and such, but keeping my 8-bit around to play games. 


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