Nick Montfort


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Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at MIT. He is the author of Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction and Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities; the coauthor of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System and 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10; and the coeditor of The New Media Reader (all published by the MIT Press).

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Racing the Beam: The Atari ...

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Twisty Little Passages: An ...

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The Future

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Exploratory Programming for...

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Riddle & Bind

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The Truelist

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“Perhaps because of the special nature of the TIA, or perhaps because of the limitless human capacity for technical fascination, programmers have continued to hack at and develop original VCS games. There is a thriving hobbyist community that has picked up the Atari VCS, using and refining emulators, writing disassemblers and development tools, and even manufacturing cartridges and selling them, complete with boxes and manuals. This “homebrew” scene could be seen, strictly speaking, as continuing the commercial life of the Atari VCS, but the community is not very corporate. It operates on the scale of zines and unsigned bands, with most recent ROMs offered for free online—even if they are also sold in limited releases of a few hundred copies in cartridge form.”
Nick Montfort, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System

“good examples of platform-aware work in Alexander Galloway’s Protocol: How Control Exists after Decentralization, Steven E. Jones’s The Meaning of Video Games, and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum’s Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination.”
Nick Montfort, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System

“Although continual sound effects were common in VCS games, it is hard to produce anything that sounds like Western music on the machine. The frequencies that the TIA can generate miss most of the chromatic scale. When Garry Kitchen was working as a programmer for Activision, he went through and marked the notes that the Atari VCS could hit. He then asked a professional composer of jingles to put something together using only those notes.”
Nick Montfort, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System



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