How "oldschool" graphics worked Part 1 - Commodore and Nintendo -

How “oldschool” graphics worked Part 1 – Commodore and Nintendo

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In part 1, I cover the limitations of color on older 1980’s computers and game consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore 64.

The artwork of “The Mill” by Oliver Lindau
The artwork of “Halo J.” by Steven Day


  1. That was very interesting! Thanks for this great video!

  2. modern children do not understand how we could play these games … and how it could have worked with those ridiculous values today …

  3. After constantly recommending this video, I finally clicked. It was interesting 🤷‍♂️

  4. Wish I could have had this when I was growing up.

  5. 3:40 Surely they had programs and algorithms for calculating this? Doing it by hand doesn’t seem logical

  6. On the Atari 800 I would use horizontal interrupts so that I could reuse the same sprite multiple times. The limitation of this is that the sprites had to stay in their respective horizontal boundary which I could move around based on sprite positions.

  7. God, I remember this. Always had to find a way around it to create pixel art. It was also difficult to explain to people why certain things couldn't be done. Thanks for this detailed, yet easy-to-understand explanation!

  8. Imagine being able to see this video back in 1986. It would have helped me a lot.

  9. This is so interesting. It's a shame that this information will someday be lost. Thanks for sharing it!!


  11. great information!! ok, I have an issue, I hope someone can help me out. I have an XBOX ONE about 8 years old, refurb. I went on vacation few years ago, took my controller with me, and then connected it to another console. came home and didnt do anything. month later my cable modem went down, got a new one( my XBOX is connected through WIFI) then at some point I went to try to play XBOX, the console could not recognize my controller, I tried to unplug machine, I tried hit reset button on controller. nothing. now the console when I start up wants to do an update, but since i cant use conroller I cant get to any other screen. can anyone help? is there a way to reset the console? a fix for me? send me msg if anyone can help.

  12. cool channel man, im a 80's guy too, seen these is very nostalgic

  13. Can you stand a bit closer to the screen, please?

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