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Title: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TL on June 29, 2014, 16:25:42 PM
[align=center:8y0qojcu](http://www.rpcgames.com.au/Centron3D_intro2.jpg)

[size=140]Welcome to Centron 3D, a brand new and exciting game for the Atari 8-bit home computers! There are still thousands of Atari users in the world today that still own and use their Atari 8-bit computers and so RPC Games decided to produce a new and exciting game for these machines. They have introduced a brand new game with a sophisticated multi-colour graphics mode called CMode 72 that goes far beyond what anyone thought was possible. This allows 72 colours to be displayed on screen simultaneously, flicker free, with animated sprites and backgrounds![/size]

(http://www.rpcgames.com.au/Centron3D_L01.gif)

[size=140]Welcome Centron ! So, you want to play a game? Hmmm, ok! De-Rez as many coloured spheres as you can with your De-Rezonizer before your timer reaches zero! Avoid obstacles, mines and enemy ships as they have been programmed to destroy you. You have 23 levels of chaos and madness with full colour graphics, 4 channel sound and extreme excitement. Can you make it through all 23 levels? Hahahahaha, We shall see! So, if you have an Atari 8-bit home computer stored away in your home, it's time to get it out of storage and power it up because it's time to play CENTRON 3D!!![/size]

(http://www.rpcgames.com.au/Centron3D_L10.gif)

[size=140]Centron 3D will be available for the XL and XE machines with a minimum of 64k of memory (128k preferable) and a 1050 Dual Density or XF551 Disk Drive. Although the game has been tested on emulators, RPC have found that the colour palette and hardware timing is not 100% accurate, so they won't be supporting
emulators, although Centron 3D should run ok on them. Centron 3D has been beta tested on real unexpanded hardware, both the Atari 800XL and Atari 130XE with 1050 and XF551 Floppy Disk drives. You can order your new Atari game, Centron 3D, after the launch date -> 7th July 2014[/size]

[size=240]OFFICIAL WEBSITE! (http://http)[/size]

(http://www.rpcgames.com.au/Centron3D_EOL.jpg)[/align:8y0qojcu]
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TrekMD on June 29, 2014, 16:37:19 PM
This looks really nice! 
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Greyfox on June 29, 2014, 19:23:55 PM
Amazing over 30 years later, people just keep stunning us with what this amazing 8bit is capable of 

Simply just brilliant  :113:
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: zapiy on June 29, 2014, 22:29:52 PM
Looks fantastic.. Have to agree what continues to be achieved.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TrekMD on June 29, 2014, 23:09:55 PM
I've invited the developer to join RVG.  Hopefully they do and give us more insight into the game's development and any future plans they may have. 
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: rush6432 on June 30, 2014, 03:02:09 AM
Looks like on AA they were trolled for proposing a port of this on the jaguar. Figures....
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Cryptic33 on June 30, 2014, 19:07:22 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I've invited the developer to join RVG.  Hopefully they do and give us more insight into the game's development and any future plans they may have.
Good idea, that games looks pretty darn good from where I am sitting ;)
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TL on July 03, 2014, 17:54:17 PM
I am really looking forward to seeing what this game is all about, it has the potential to be the most impressive A8 game since Space Harrier.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TrekMD on July 03, 2014, 18:12:08 PM
I am trying to image what it would look like on the Jaguar if it was upgraded to take advantage of the system's capabilities. 
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Cryptic33 on July 04, 2014, 21:45:11 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I am really looking forward to seeing what this game is all about, it has the potential to be the most impressive A8 game since Space Harrier.
High praise indeed. These are exciting times we live in :)

Quote from: "TrekMD"
I am trying to image what it would look like on the Jaguar if it was upgraded to take advantage of the system's capabilities. 
Please don't tease us TrekMD, many games would be greatly enhanced by the power of the Jag but few will ever be released. :/
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: RPC_GAMES on July 05, 2014, 00:05:45 AM
Hi Guys, thanks for your interest in Centron 3D. We have worked very hard on this project.
It's only been 3 weeks since we started and it usually take a few months to create a great game
and we are only a 4 person business, well only 2 of us created Centron 3D.
Myself and one of my younger employees.

I'm the 6502 programmer and spent many nights working late to get this finished and I'm quite pleased
with the end result.  I can say we did run out of memory a few time so we had to cut back on some
graphics and anims but still it's a great game to play.

I wanted to have as much colour as I could get and the standard Atari graphics modes just wasn't enough,
so I create a new graphics mode called CMODE72.  This mode allows 72 colours on screen anywhere.
Think of it as a graphics mode with 72 different coloured pens. So you could do this COLOR 35:PLOT 10,10 : COLOR 60: DRAWTO 20,20. The colour palette is on our website www.retropc.com.au (http://http)

What this also means is that software sprites can have up to 72 colours in them.  Think of it as a low res VGA
mode. Resolution is 80x48x72 colours. We tried the higher rez's but with the game specs we instantly ran
out of memory so I had to use 80x48. We also want Centron 3D to run on everybody's 8-bits with 64k and above.
It was totally impossible to create Centron 3D for the 600xl with only 16kram so 64k was our goal.

Oh, playing Centron 3D on an old CRT monitor may flicker. We are using an LCD TV which double buffers the video causing no flicker at all. In fact most LCD T'V's today have double buffer video.
Alterria (Atari Emulator) has a feature called FRAME BLENDING. It works the same way as LCD T.V's.
We are not recommending playing Centron 3D using an old CRT monitor or TV. We haven't tested it on a CRT
due to not have one to test with. Those CRT screens are just to old now.

Thanks again for your support and hope you guys like Centron 3D.

It should be available in a few days. You can order on our website after 7th July 2014.

Pete
Manager
RPC-Games! Australia
 
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Cryptic33 on July 05, 2014, 14:21:06 PM
Just 2 days to go, great!
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TL on July 05, 2014, 17:24:57 PM
Are you planning to do a cartridge release of this? If so I will buy that, not interested in disk games really as I always use my XEGS to play A8.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: RPC_GAMES on July 06, 2014, 00:51:26 AM
Hi THE LAIRD: No sorry. Centron 3D is only available on Floppy Disk and Digital download.

You can play it on Alterria although the colours and timing are incorrect but playable.

Pete
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TL on July 06, 2014, 12:11:08 PM
Quote from: "RPC_GAMES"
Hi THE LAIRD: No sorry. Centron 3D is only available on Floppy Disk and Digital download.

You can play it on Alterria although the colours and timing are incorrect but playable.

Pete

Well if the digital version will work from my Atari Max flash cartridge then all is good. Otherwise I will probably give it a miss.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: guest5112 on July 06, 2014, 17:44:57 PM
WOW - i am speechless !
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Greyfox on July 07, 2014, 09:38:56 AM
Latest news and its not good :(, the developer has decided due to the colourful concerns on another forum that they have suspended the release of the game unless this other forum apologies for what been said about their product. You can about it here (http://http)

Very sad case of affairs tbh.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TrekMD on July 07, 2014, 14:06:13 PM
Damn, that sucks.  This game really looks impressive. 
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: TL on July 08, 2014, 19:30:35 PM
This is such bad news it really is, I am gutted.

What is sadder is that this isn't the first time this has happened due to the attitudes of people on that forum either . . . . .

I see the Jagtards couldn't resist joining in on the trolling too  :29:
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: bogstandard on July 15, 2014, 13:44:23 PM
Well, hopefully time will sooth.  That crowd is not his target audience.  They will neither be disappointed when his game gets killed or happy when it is released.
Title: Re: Centron 3D - New Atari XL/XE Homebrew
Post by: Greyfox on July 15, 2014, 23:09:27 PM
I think Pete should in trust it to someone who can showcase the game in action on behalf of RPC-Games running on an Atari 8-bit machine or upload it to another channel, although its been suspended, that thread has been locked so nobody wins at all? The nay Sayers will keep thinking what they believe, while Centron3D collects dust on a shelf cutting off its nose despite its face? That apology that's expected will never come now unfortunately , so why fail all those people who didn't to anything or even know about it in the I first place?

I suggest a double whammy , release it along side the Amiga version.
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