Atari 8-bit - 1979
Description of Video Easel
Video Easel is a video game published in 1979 on Atari 8-bit by Atari, Inc.. It's an educational game, set in a graphics / art theme.
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Install & Use Guide
On Windows 10, tested 10/10/2020
Download All You Will Need:
0. Download the emulator and the game:
a) Info on the emulator: https://atari800.github.io/index.html
b) The emulator: https://github.com/atari800/atari800/releases
! Scroll down to Assets, it's the 'atari800-4.2.0-win32-sdl.zip' file.
c) Download the game from this site.
Install The Emulator And Game:
1. Unzip the 'atari800-4.2.0-win32-sdl.zip' file to some folder of your choice.
2. Unzip the 'Video-Easel_Atari-8-bit_EN.zip' until the .rom file is available.
3. Then copy-paste it to the same folder as the atari800.exe file.
4. Open your command prompt.
How to do that: https://www.howtogeek.com/235101/10-ways-to-open-the-command-prompt-in-windows-10/#:~:text=Open%20Command%20Prompt%20from%20the,open%20an%20administrator%20Command%20Prompt.
5. Navigate to the folder containing the atari.exe and .rom files.
Windows CMD navigation EXAMPLE 'cd C:Users\UserName\SomeFolder\Atari800Folder\'
6. Once you've navigated to that folder run the emulator executable on the .rom file with mouse-to-joystick emulation:
'atari800.exe "Video Easel (1979)(Atari)(US).rom" -mouse joy'
The '-mouse joy' part let's you emulate the old Atari joystick with your mouse.
! You can rename the .rom file to something shorter, but then you must change the command line to match it.
7. Now the emulator should open and it will prompt you to pick a cartridge. I picked the first option: 'Standard 8 KB Cartridge'
Old machines didn't seem to have much permanent secondary storage built in, so programs ran from and were saved to cartridges.
Use ENTER/RETURN and the arrow keys (sometimes numpad) to select things.
8. The game/drawing platform opens! :)
How to Draw?
1. Press D for Drawing and then Enter/Return.
You have to press enter between issuing commands.
2. You can use your mouse to draw by holding down the left-mouse-button and dragging the cursor around.
This is not super effective though, because of the difference in resolution.
3. Instead, Hold the left mouse button down and draw using the numpad numbers 4, 8, 6 and 5.
They work like left, up, right and down arrow keys. I found this worked better.
! Make sure numlock is off.
Good Luck - I hope you enjoy this great piece of history!
You can use the various options to draw and play the game of life.
See the manual for the game here:
* It's kind of like the Logo programming language. Logo was also released on Atari cartridge.
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