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Difference: PluginChip8 (r16 vs. r15)
A chip8 emulator.
Chip8 is a kind of assembly language for a long-gone architecture. This plugin runs games written using the chip8 instructions. The plugin works as a ViewerPlugin for the ".ch8" file extension. It quickly became the easiest system to write an emulator for, due to its low graphic resolution (64x32) and reduced I/O (a 16-key keyboard).
The HP48 community quickly wrote an emulator, and then enhanced the system capabilities to get higher resolution (128x64), scrolling, bigger sprites and fonts, etc. That new "virtual" system was named SChip (for Super-Chip).
The chip8 spec: http://members.aol.com/autismuk/chip8/chip8def.htm
The Chip8 programs are available from various places and none of them seems to have distribution restrictions. The SChip programs were mainly made by the HP48 community and were posted on various HP48 newsgroups and archives.
The archives GAMES.zip and SGAMES.zip contain these programs, together with any source files or documentation that came with them, and with the key mappings that make most of them playable on RockBox.
Search http://www.google.com/search?q=HP48+games Google for more
The original Chip8 key layout looks like:
The default key mapping between Chip8 keys and RockBox keys is as follows:
Unfortunately, some games use keys that are not accessible through the default key mapping. To solve this, one may put a ".c8k" file with the same name as the original program which contains new key mappings (for BLINKY.ch8, one writes a BLINKY.c8k file). That c8k file contains 16 characters describing the mapping from the Chip8 keyboard to the default key mapping (that way, several Chip8 keys can be pressed using only one RockBox key). For example, a file containing the single line:
would correspond to the following non-default mappings: 3->2 (up) 6->8 (down) 7->4 (left) 8->6 (right)
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CategoryPlugin: Chip8 game emulator [Recorder, Ondio, H100, H300, H10, iPod 1G2G, iPod 4G, iPod Color, iPod Mini, iPod Nano, iPod Video, iAudio M5, iAudio X5, Gigabeat, Sansa e200, Sansa c200]
r18 - 16 Jul 2010 - 22:14:05 - JustinHanniganRevision r16 - 18 May 2008 - 22:48 - JensArnold
Revision r15 - 01 Jan 2008 - 12:55 - MarianneArnold
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