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Day 3: Space Invaders on Atari 8 Bit (1980)

by on Feb.26, 2010, under lutris

Today we have a classic ! Well , almost. Like a lot of games, Atari conversions were not as good as their Arcade counterparts and the same goes for Space Invaders on the Atari 8Bit computers.

I want my classic Space Invaders aliens back !

Nevermind, the arcade games already works in Lutris thanks to sdlmame, and today I added support for the Atari800 emulator. For the first time in the Lutris marathon, we actually have and emulator which is correctly supported in Debian and Ubuntu. No weird script to run, nothing to compile, just one click and it’s installed. Another great thing is that the AtariOS and Roms are freely and legally available, you can download them from the emulator’s website. This seems to be an easy day then ? Well, since almost everything just worked out of the box, I added some nifty features to the Atari800 runner.  First thing is the Bios autodetection. All you have to do is give the path to where you store your Atari Bios and OS and Lutris will automatically find out which files are the good ones to put on the command line. This is also going to be useful for other runners…

Another thing I added is resolution autodetection. No more weird list of resolutions with stuff that’s not even supported by your monitor.

There should be some extra options for joypad configuration but that will come another day.

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