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20-year-STE-Megademo


Introduction

August 1989, Atari presented the 1040 STE to the public for the first time on the Atari Fair Duesseldorf/Germany.
For this reason we (Paradox) and hopefully you want to celebrate the 20th birthday of the STE with a special Megademo which shows the world what our underrated STE could still achieve!
We hope it will be a success like the „20 years“ demo for the Atari ST 2005 and count on your support. Cool

By the way: Thanks to Havoc/Marcer for the impulse to this project... Wink


Project

We want to pick up the good old ST-Megademo-style for this. This means there will be a main menu where you can choose between the several demo screens.
Our aim is to make it working on any Atari STE with at least 1MB RAM from floppy or hard disk (>1MB RAM)

Paradox will do an intro and the main menu for this Megademo which hopefully uses a lot of STE special features. Cheesy

It is planned to release this Megademo within four weeks after the deadline.


Rules for the screens
  • The demo screen has to work on any Atari (Mega)STE with 1MB RAM.
  • If your screen will do better/faster/more effects/sound/graphic with more than 1MB this will be okay for us, but make sure that it also definitely works with just 1MB!
  • Maximum packed filesize is 160kB (we recommend upx - deliver just one single executable file!
  • The maximum entries is two per group.
  • No fake screens will be accepted!
  • Using of at least one STE-feature (like DMA-Sound, extended palette, Hardware-Scrolling or Blitter) is required. Of course, the more the merrier. Wink
  • The demo screen must be able to exit cleanly to the operation
  • Donīt overwrite low memory between $1C0 and $1FF, because we will need this area for the main menu and to provide you with information about the system!

Do you have something that bends the rules a bit? Give us a shout and we will discuss it.


Coding package

If you need any example sources or a testing environment for your demo screen you could use the coding package from DHS which was used for the ST-Megademo 2005.

It is planned to provide you with information about the running system:
  • $1C0 WORD: ST-RAM (in kB)
  • $1C2 WORD: TOS version (e.g. $206 for TOS 2.06)
  • $1C4 BYTE: Computer (1=ST, 2=STBook, 4=TT, 8=STE, 16=MegaSTE, 32=Falcon)
  • $1C5 BYTE: CPU (680xx, e.g. the value is 10 for a 68010)
  • $1C6 BYTE: FPU (0=no FPU, 1=FPU available)
  • $1C7 BYTE: DMA sound (0=no DMA, 1=DMA available)
  • $1C8 BYTE: Blitter (0=no Blitter, 1=Blitter available)
  • $1C9 BYTE: Monitor (1=SW, 2=RGB, 4=VGA)

If you need some hints about STE coding/hardware we recommend you to read the STE FAQs by Paranoid.


Deadline

Sunday 29th November 2009 - 22:00 Central European Time

This should be enough time for everybody to contribute.

Send your contribution(s) to: ralf.zenker[no spam]me.com


Voting

Wheter there will be a voting for the screens or not is not finally decided. It depends on several things and will be settled during the next months. If anyone would like to assume this part feel free to contact me!


Conclusion

If there is still something misty for you or you have any useful hints/information or just want to help us with this project – please use this forum!

« Last Edit: 29.09.09 at 15:23:34 by RA_pdx »  

comp2005.zip ( 34 KB | Downloads )
ste_faq.zip ( 32 KB | Downloads )

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I am game.
  
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Good idea !

I propose you another templates to use to code ASM.

Question : gfa-basic screens can be admit in this megademo ?

And thanks a lot to do this megademo. I hope there are a lot of contributors this year !
  

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I guess if your using that shell you wont be needing ULS?
  

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@Zorro2:
Thanks for the link to the templates. I will have a look on them.
The language you will use doesnīt matter as long as you observe all rules. What means GFA-Basic is allowed. Wink

@CJ: It seems that we wonīt need ULS at the moment, but thanks a lot for the offer!
  

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We are in ... One screen ou two ... COOL ... 1 megs max ... So can't use lot of DMA sound but it's ok Wink see u soon Smiley
  
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We (Cerebral Vortex) have to finished a little thing, but i (GT Turbo) hope we can do a screen for it Smiley


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Sorry double post Smiley

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Okay as I said in atari forum, got already a STE screen.

now working on a second one... Smiley
  
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Really nice to see that the first groups have decided to participate!
I am thanking you in anticipation for this support.
Cool
  

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Hi,

is anyone in contacxt with one of the classic STE crews ? (Besides DHS   Huh )

Greets

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Define "classic STE crew" Wink
  
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Well the guys of the old days, that did STE demos from 1989-1993 or so.
And that were not active recently.

The idea is to get some legends in, too if possible.
  

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"Well the guys of the old days, that did STE demos from 1989-1993 or so." <- guess I'm in
"And that were not active recently." <- Last participation was for the previous 20 years demo, not sure if it qualify as "active recently" Cheesy
  
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Dbug, you lost you chance being a legend when you release stuff during the new century  Wink
  

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zwf_pdx wrote on 23.03.09 at 21:44:51:
Dbug, you lost you chance being a legend when you release stuff during the new century  


How motivating.... Roll Eyes
  
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To get things right: the comment on dbug was a joke. (he and his STE screen in the Phaleon are legend already...)

The point is to get people who are not yet informed to think about contributing. Preferable STE crews from the past.

The ones that are still active already think about it i guess, so its not about them.
  

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Hello!

I have just sent a copy
of BITS part to Ralf Zenker.
I was searching where to
send it, while it was stated
in the old Rules posting.

It is a little intro, with some
hardware scrolling and colorfull
rasters. STe DMA sound rules! Smiley
Nothing special.

It would be nice, if I could get
some feedback, to know that
it doesn't crash the MegaDemo,
and that it has arrived.

Sadly, I don't know who is
taking part in the Megademo,
so I just greeted some of
You with the name that appears
in this magnifical forum and in
atari-forum.

Good Night,
SOLO BITS (bits.atari.org)

(should I post the intro
in this thread also? Does
this spoil the surprise?
  Shocked)
  
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Reply #18 - 28.11.09 at 08:30:19
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Please donīt post your screen here. Wink

Mail it to ralf.zenker[no spam]me.com

Till now i didnīt get it... Cry
  

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Hi Solo and the rest of the guys, who come in late,

please, donīt  forget to send your own logo for the mainmenu to RA aswell.

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Reply #20 - 28.11.09 at 13:26:00
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Hmm, I guess I need to flog my gfx men harder (and me for finishing my screen Wink )
  
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Hello!

The logotype... as I don't see the information
about it: What size (widthxheight) and how
many bitplanes?

Greetings,
SOLO (bits.atari.org)
  
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