Re: Play games in a window or on a GFX card

From: Jo Even Skarstein <>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 19:04:12 +0200

On Mon, 27 Apr 1998, Magnus Kollberg wrote:

> As it all was in german I might have got it all wrong but what
> it basicly did was to copy the screen used by the game to the
> gfx card. You could setup the how often you wanted to copy
> the screen, but 25fps was default and was enough for most games.
> Well, if you are already copying the screen why not copy it into
> a window as well if you like to?

It wouldn't work too well, because all non-GEM games I have seen
blocks multitasking (including AES) so you can't use it for anything.

Same for apps like Apex, it's not possible to use GEM while they're
running. I think it's better to grab the whole screen, it should work
pretty well (shouldn't be too complicated either) as long as the games
themselves work. It would probably be too slow for high-res stuff like
Apex though.

> I guess this could be used for regular AB040 users as well to put
> games into a window or something.

Sounds nice, but I don't think it's possible unless you write a
complete ST-emulator. Why not, a friend of mine runs an A500-emulator
under Shapeshifter (Mac-emulator) on his 060-Amiga so he can play Rick

** Jo Even Skarstein
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Received on ma. april 27 1998 - 23:00:00 CEST

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