Minecraft Update: A Gamer Made an Atari 2600 Emulator and Uploaded It on YouTube for All to See

By Florence Maxino , Updated Dec 07, 2016 07:25 AM EST
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One of the Minecraft gamers made an Atari 2600 Emulator and it worked! He uploaded a video on YouTube showing the results of the code he made.

 YouTuber SethBling is not new to coding and manipulating games to give them a certain update. His recent work is the Atari 2600 Emulator that he attached to the Minecraft game. Although Minecraft is known to have mods, this emulator is not a mod. That mere fact in itself just shows his ability in coding.

 If you are not familiar with the Atari 2600 Emuator, this emulator is responsible for classic games such as Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, and Pac-Man. Even the games are 2D, the codes are rather complex. The system contains around 2,000 command blocks that control and let you play Atari ROMs. The command blocks control the processor, the video card, and other parts that should have been stored in Atari cartridges. The flipside to this, however, that it's still slow. He explains that in his YouTube video saying it has lower graphics and it is simpler compared to those seen in Arcade games.

 SethBling shows the finished product of the game and states that there are still some codes that need to be properly made. He then shows the viewers how he made the coded "cartridges" with the use of Minecraft blocks. Each column composed of 8 blocks is a single byte and each cartridge is 256 bytes long and 16 bytes wide. As far as complexity goes, SethBling explains through these Minecraft dirt and stone blocks how data is stored in-game in Atari 2600.

 Aside from Donkey Kong and Space Invaders which only have minor issues (mostly the aesthetics), SethBling admitted in his YouTube video that he struggles with Pac-man. He showed that he was only able to put one ghost in the game. This was the struggle in the first ever arcade games as Pac-man was one of the games in Atari 2600 that had a lot of glitches.

 Complicated coding aside, SethBling is kind enough to attach the code in his description in the video. Gamers who would like to test the Atari 2600 emulator on Minecraft can freely play it.

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