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Matrix in 27 Bytes   [2007]

Matrix in 27 Bytes Released by :
Arsenic

Release Date :
13 November 2007

Type :
C64 256b Intro

User rating:awaiting 5 votes (4 left)   See votestatistics

Credits :
Code .... Graham of Arsenic, Oxyron
Idea .... Graham of Arsenic, Oxyron
Linking .... Graham of Arsenic, Oxyron

Download :
http://csdb.dk/getinternalfile.php/49037/matrix27.prg (downloads: 1166)

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User Comment
Submitted by Zyron on 21 February 2008
Clever, but where's the music? :)
User Comment
Submitted by Marauder/GSS on 12 November 2007
@oswald: no it's really 27 bytes (25 bytes code + 2 bytes for start-address?)
**edit: sorry Oswald, did misunderstand your post... hehe

quite tricky that little one.

* = $02eb

lda #$fd
ldy #$02
jsr $ab1e ; print out text at $02fd
ldx #$c0 ; set illegal errornumber (only allowed from 0-30)
stx $d020
stx $d021
jmp ($ab73) ; jump to $a43d, which prints out error-msg, X=errornumber

.byte $1e,$93,$11,$11,11,$eb,$02

The last two bytes overrides the vector for BASIC Input Line and points to the start of the program at $02eb.
So that's the reason why it autostarts after loading. First it prints out the text at $02fd (clr-screen, etc.) and then calls a function to print out an errormessage with an "illegal parameter" $c0 in x-register. I think only 0-30 is allowed. So first the "?" is printed (remember all errormsg starts with "?";) and then it tries to print out the errormessge. Due to the illegal parameter in x-register it reads the string for the error-message from screen then ($22/$23 points to $0490) and will never return from that function because the string doesn't contain an end-byte $00 to terminate the string...

not sure if all is correct, just had a quick peek... hehe


...magic! I love it! :)
User Comment
Submitted by assiduous on 12 November 2007
You wins!1
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 12 November 2007
jammer :D well the roms are so tight that there was only 4 bytes left, so the easter egg is rrby iirc (robert russel bob yannes)
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 12 November 2007
yeah, sizecoding was never my cup of tea :P
User Comment
Submitted by Jammer on 12 November 2007
isn't it an easter egg from cbm? :D at least it does look like (apart from colours :P)
User Comment
Submitted by Scout on 12 November 2007
@Oswald: nope...you forgot to add a BASIC header or some nifty trick to auto-run it after loading =P
User Comment
Submitted by Oswald on 12 November 2007
now why does it need 27 bytes ?

lda #0 2
sta d021 5
sta d020 8
lda #5 10
sta 640 (?) 13
jsr scrclear 16
ldx rom,y 19
lda #"?" 21
sta screen+q,x 24
jsr scrollup 27
jmp back 30

oops some ninja skills there, my fist try is already 30 bytes =)
User Comment
Submitted by Wisdom on 12 November 2007
Appreciated. :-)
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