#270 - Classic Early Demos


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If you look in wonder at all those machine code demos from the Continent and realise that you will never be able to program like that, take a look at some of the first demos produced on the Atari. Here is a collection of 28 of the early graphics and sound demos produced by ordinary users tinkering about with their machines. Not spectacular by today's standards but the big advantage is that they are all in Basic and the listings can be studied and the effects added to your own programs. There are examples of pretty graphics, character animation, player missile graphics and more. There is nothing here to totally amaze you but you will learn how to produce simple effects of your own and so make your programs more interesting. In the end there is nothing like creating your own programs, even at the simplest level, and that's what keeps the Atari alive.

Boot with Basic.