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10,000 Boxes By Stanley Kendall November 1983 Astro-BUGs Club Tape #3 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and AstroBASIC. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
3D Corners By Dieter Heinerman ARCADIAN 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49. This is video art for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC." This video is broken into several parts, to make viewing it easier for those interested in only certain portions of this video history. 0:00 - 3D Corners, Overview of Program 0:39 - 3D Corners, Program Loading and Running 2:27 - 3D Corners, BASIC Listing 2:45 - End Credits Archiving Notes: Dieter Heinerman submitted five programs to the...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
I uploaded this video to YouTube on  August 7, 2017.  I'm adding this video in its original MP4 format to Archive.org for archival purposes. 4D2 By Rusty Blommaert and Dale Smith (R&L Enterprises) ARCADIAN 4, no. 1 (November 10, 1981): 5,8. 4D2 is a Bally Arcade/Astrocade program written in Bally BASIC and machine language. It is a video art program that creates four color panels. As the program runs it displays short messages and plays sound effects. The two programmers concealed the...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
A-1A - The Arcadian Curve By Stanley Kendall December 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
A-2 - Art By Stanley Kendall November 16, 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
A-6 - More Random Art By Stanley Kendall January 1983 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
A-7 - Box & Circle Art By Stanley Kendall January 17, 1983 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Alchemisymmetrical Art By Barry Ellerson ARCADIAN 3, no. 3 (Jan. 09, 1981): 39.  (Original BASIC Listing) ARCADIAN 3, no. 6 (Apr. 15, 1981): 63.  (Correction) ---------------------------------------------------------------- This is video art for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC." No comments or instructions were published in the "Arcadian" newsletter for this program. Paul Thacker wrote on June 28, 2013, "As for what the program does, it is...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
An Artistic Display By Mike White March 1985 Niagara Bugs Club Tape 1 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and AstroBASIC. Early experiments in sight and sound. Explosion One Explosion Two Explosion Three Wreck of the Old Spad [in sound only] Drumbeats Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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"Arcadian Logo" by Guy McLimore from Arcadian 2, no. 1 (Nov. 29, 1979): 3.  This video art program is written in Bally BASIC. Here are is a brief overview of this program from the Arcadian: "Logo shown at the head of page one is based on an idea by Guy McLimore, and embellished by myself. If you'd like to see it in action (literally) and in living color, the program is included." 0:00 - Overview of Arcadian Logo 2:51 - Arcadian Logo Running 3:26 - BASIC Listing 3:50 - End...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
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Bob Fabris compiled these 21 examples of programs running on the Bally Arcade onto video in 1980. The video is roughly edited (it would probably be considered fairly edited for its time). It is shown here as Bob originally showed it at (I think) a computer show in 1980. The video's pace is slow, but worth watching, as it shows what Bob believed to be top-notch (mostly) BASIC programs that would promote the Bally Arcade and his Arcadian newsletter (where many of these programs were first...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, AstroBASIC, Bally...
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A videotape touting the benefit of users groups for Atari 8-bit computer users. Published by Atari / Atari Computer Enthusiasts Support. Dated 1983. These groups appear in the video: Atari Booster League East Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Eugene (Oregon) Dallas Atari Computer Enthusiasts (Texas) Jersey Atari Computer Group (JACE, New Jersey) Michigan Atari Computer Enthusiasts Novatari Portland Atari Club (Oregon) Starfleet Suburban Chicago Atarians (Illinois) Tulsa Regional Atari Computer...
Topics: Atari, Atari users groups, Atari computers, Atari 8-bit, computer users groups, computer history,...
Atari at the Science Fair: Mark Knutsen, Star Cluster   This is the third in a series of interviews called "Atari at the Science Fair" where I talk with people who used Atari 8-bit computers to create projects and enter them in science fairs. Today's interview is with Mark Knutsen, who wrote a star cluster simulation in the Forth programming language for his high school science fair. I found this blurb in the July 1986 edition of the Jersey Atari Computer Group newsletter: "June...
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, Star Cluster, Computer Recreations,...
B-11 - More Line Art By Stanley Kendall April 1983 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
B-12 - Line Art By Stanley Kendall April 1983 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. This program's BASIC code has interesting comments in it. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
B-14 - 1001 Lines By Stanley Kendall May 1983 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
B-17 - Letter to R. Fabris Don Gladden and C. Perkins By Stanley Kendall. May 30, 1983. This is a video letter for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC. Program B-17 is a letter that Stanley Kendall wrote to Bob Fabris, Don Gladden and Clyde Perkins to express his views on how best to educate people like him to better understand how to program in extended BASIC.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Bally Christmas "Card" By Ed Grobe (Edge Software) Arcadian 5, no. 2 (Dec. 3, 1982): 29 AstroBASIC This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC."  This is NOT a video overview. This program draws a four-color Christmas tree on the screen, which is a neat trick for AstroBASIC, which can normally only display two colors (background and foreground).  The tree is draw slowly from top to bottom and left to right.  After the tree is completely...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
I uploaded this video to YouTube on  October 26, 2016.  I'm adding this video in its original MP4 format to Archive.org for archival purposes. Bangman By Ernie Sams Arcadian 1, no. 7 (Jun 15, 1979): 47-49. ( Bally BASIC version) Arcadian 6, no. 7 (May 25, 1984): 64-65. (Reprint for "AstroBASIC") This video is for the 300-baud, Bally BASIC version of Bangman . Game Instructions from Printing in Arcadian (1979): Bangman game program included this month is by Ernie Sams. It has a good...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, 1984, 1979, Ernie...
Bouncing Ball Simulation and Bouncing Ball Art By Dieter Heinermann Arcadian 7, no. 3 (Mar. 21, 1986): 50. AstroBASIC Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and AstroBASIC. In the video, the foreground color is purple on a yellow background.  On a real TV, the actual foreground color is blue on a yellow background. This is a direct link to the BASIC listing in the Arcadian: Arcadian 7, no. 3 (Mar. 21, 1986): 50. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Bouncing Ball Simulation and Bouncing Ball Art By Dieter Heinermann Arcadian 7, no. 3 (Mar. 21, 1986): 50. Blue Ram BASIC Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC. There are two slightly different versions of this program.  The original version runs in AstroBASIC.  This second version runs in Blue Ram BASIC and has four colors on-screen at once instead of AstroBASIC's ability to only show a foreground and background color. The BRB version of this program was archived on a...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Boxes By Dieter Heinerman ARCADIAN 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49. BOXES is a video art program for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC."   On the program submission tape, this program was called RND BOXES. This video is broken into several parts, to make viewing it easier for those interested in only certain portions of this video history. 0:00 - Boxes, Overview of Program 1:56 - Boxes, Program Loading and Running 5:12 - Boxes, BASIC Listing 5:32 - End Credits...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 1 of 6 - Designs 1-10 of 57 Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you will get different...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 2 of 6 - Designs 11-20 of 57 Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you will get different...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 3 of 6 - Designs 21-30 of 57 Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you will get different...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 4 of 6 - Designs 31-40 of 57 Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you will get different...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 5 of 6 - Designs 31-40 of 57 Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you will get different...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-8 - 16K All Line Art Stanley Kendall November 1983 Video 6 of 6 - BASIC Listing in Large and Small Font Stan Kendall compiled many (perhaps all) of his random line art programs into one 16K program that runs under Blue Ram BASIC.  The first five videos in this series show the random art, while the sixth video shows the BASIC program listing in both the large font (which is the same as Bally BASIC's font) and smaller font (used in Blue Ram BASIC). Remember, if you run this program then you...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
C-II - Twinkle Star - July 30, 1983 C-I - Twinkle Star - February 1982 (Original) By Stanley Kendall Niagara BUG Bulletin, 2, no. 1 (Jan. 1984): 4. Blue Ram BASIC Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC. The program starts with two choices:    #1 Twinkle X     #2 Boxes If you choose option 1, then you must give two input options: "Step Size" and "Box Size." Both of these options affect how the art looks.  Menu option two, "Boxes,"...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Chessette By Craig Anderson CURSOR 2, no. 4 (November/December 1980): 76-77. This is a simple, two-player-only version of Chess for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  The pieces are drawn to the screen and the players each take turns moving them using special to/from notation.  Read the complete documentation for Chessette in the Cursor newsletter to understand the rules. This video shows a complete, 6-move game: ending with a trapped queen: Sandor Takacs vs Josef Emil Krejcik Vienna blitz (1920),...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Videogame, Game...
Color Patterns II By Stanley Kendall November 1983 Astro-BUGs Club Tape #3 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and AstroBASIC. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Computer Crochet By Tom McConnel (The Tiny Arcade) Arcadian 4, no. 8 (Jun. 11, 1982): 82. This is a a Video Art program for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade.  This is unedited video footage.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Computer Cross By Bruce Brigden Arcadian 7, no. 4 (Aug. 15, 1986): 57-58. Blue Ram BASIC Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC. Nice graphics with hymns.  Uses Blue Ram BASIC's PLAY command. Arcadian 7, no. 4 (Aug. 15, 1986): 57-58. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Diamond By Richard Sonnenblick Basic Express, The 3, no. 1 (April 1981): 7. This is video art for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC." Program Description from "The Basic Express:" Editor's Note: This is a Video Art Program.  We publish only the best of those we receive.  Invariably, such programs make extensive use of For-To-Next loops and can be valuable to the budding programmer as a learning device!  The author, Richard Sonnenblick, is a junior...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Diamonds By Robert Rosenhouse (Super Software) Arcadian 3, no. 9 (Jul. 9, 1981): 93. Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC." This is a short (if you don't include comment lines) 11 line BASIC program. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Electronic Blanked By Dieter Heinerman ARCADIAN 3, no. 4 (Feb. 07, 1981): 49. Electronic Blanked is a video art program for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC."   On the program submission tape, this program was called RND BOXES. This video is broken into several parts, to make viewing it easier for those interested in only certain portions of this video history. 0:00 - Electronic Blanked, Overview of Program 5:04 - Electronic Blanked, Program Loading and Running...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Electronic Visualization Center By Dan Sandin and Phil Morton Arcadian 2, no. 3 (Jan. 15, 1980): 20. Electronic Visualization Center , by Dan Sandin and Phil Morton, was published in the January 1980 issue of the Arcadian newsletter for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.  This program was written for Bally BASIC , but also runs without any changes for "AstroBASIC." Only the last few minutes of this video is dedicated to the Electronic Visualization Center BASIC overview. The majority of...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Explorer I Demo Released by Anderson Research and Design (A.R.D.) Programmed by Craig J. Anderson Explorer I Demo was published in an article/tutorial called "DMA Graphics" in the April/May 1980 of the Cursor newsletter.  It was also released on the "Graphics Demo" tape by ARD.  This is video art, of a sort, for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC.  This program will not work with "AstroBASIC." Here is an excerpt from the article: "The spaceship you...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Fireworks The Tiny Arcade (Tom McConnell) 1982, Tape 103, Supertape I. Fireworks shoots different colored fireworks into the air and there are some explosion sounds.  This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade and "AstroBASIC; " this is NOT a video overview. Lance Square says, "[I] had never seen the fireworks prog before. Simplistic by today's standards, but manages to get 4 (or more?) colours out of BASIC." This was the very first Astrocade program ever...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
M-III - More Art By Stanley Kendall ARCADIAN 5, no. 2 (Dec. 3, 1982): 28. Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC."  This program requires expansion RAM. Four programs with menu: 1 - RND Box 2 - Box Patterns 3 - Weird Box 4 - Box 'S Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Graphic Pictures By Video Wizards (Ken Springsteen) March 1982 These are video graphics / computer art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade for use with "AstroBASIC," the version of Bally BASIC with the built-in tape interface. This video overview shows 11 programs loading and displaying detailed mono-colored pictures on the TV screen.  The video begins with an overview, background and brief history of Video Wizards. Note that no program called "Graphic Pictures" was released...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Graphics Quadruplicate By Jim Dunson 198x AstroBASIC This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC."  This is NOT a video overview. This is an unpublished program submission for the $100 "Arcadian" program cash prize.  This program is from the Bob Fabris Collection; it includes a text title screen. The "Arcadian" submission letter and listing are available online, here:...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
H-11 - Walking 'Who' By Stanley Kendall May 4, 1984 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. This program does load with Blue Ram BASIC, but it was probably written originally for "AstroBASIC," as the program says, "May 5, 1984 * Hi!  I'm the 'W H O'  Actually the jerky who but I run In AstroBASIC.  Maybe I should have... bigger feet?" Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
H-5 - New Walk Figures By Stanley Kendall February 6, 1984 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
H-6 - 'Graphic' Subroutines By Stanley Kendall February 6, 1984 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. "This, by default, shows an animated black knight walking across the screen.  The program seems to be called 'Subroutines,' but I've added the name 'Graphics,' as the program seems to also have a space figure, spaceship, a plane and various space invaders." Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
H-9 - Misc Art by Stanley Kendall Unedited Video Art for Blue Ram BASIC Bally Arcade and Astrocade 1984 H-9 - Misc. Art H-9 - Misc. Art By Stanley Kendall March 22, 1984 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview. A menu gives nine choices: 1 - Circle #1 2 - RND Disappearing Lines 3 - Ditto [RND Disappearing Lines] 4 - Circle #2 5 - Quad Circles 6 - Mike's Boxes 7 - Box Formation -...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
H-I - Walking Birds By Stanley Kendall September 22, 1984 Examples of animated birds.  Includes a short letter to Ken Lill. Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Halloween Ghost By James Wilkinson. Arcadian 2, no. 10 (Sep. 17, 1980): 103-104. This program is for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade, a video game/computer system released by Bally in 1978. From the ARCADIAN newsletter: HALLOWEEN GHOST is a self-running program that is topical.  The author sets up a TV at a window near his front door, and the program, a "talking" skull, makes snide remarks about the people going by.  It re-cycles, and uses random statements on the screen, shifting colors...
Topics: BallyAlley, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video...
J-1 - More Art By Stanley Kendall May 1984 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This program requires expansion RAM. This program was found in Ken Lill's tape collection.  It was never published as far as Paul Thacker can tell. After this program runs for about 14 minutes, it crashes on line 830 with a "SORRY" error message.  Line 830 is: 830 @(A);XY;NEXT A I guess that the A() element might be out of range.  Although the program eventually crashes, it...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
J-V - Hidden Boxes By Stanley Kendall January 23, 1982 This is an unpublished Bally BASIC program that was an Arcadian submission archived from a tape in the Bob Fabris' collection. This is a unedited video footage of Hidden Boxes.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
K-IV Reverse Images By Stanley Kendall January 23, 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade Unpublished Arcadian submission Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
King Hamurabi By Richard Houser Arcadian 2, no. 4 (Feb. 25, 1980): 32-33 Best of Arcadian - 1980 (Tape) This is a videogame for the Bally Arcade/Astrcade.  This is a video overview and shows examples of how to play Hamurabi as it was written for this game console that was released in 1978. These are the instructions from the Best of Arcadian - 1980 tape: "Push any key after the Castle appears. You are the King, and must make decisions on running the kingdom economically. Start with 100...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
L-I Reverse Box Set By Stanley Kendall January 23, 1982 This is an unpublished Bally BASIC program that was an Arcadian submission archived from a tape in the Bob Fabris' collection. This is a a Video Art program for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade.  This is unedited video footage.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
L-II Totem Poles By Stanley Kendall January 23, 1982 This is an unpublished Bally BASIC program that was an Arcadian submission archived from a tape in the Bob Fabris' collection. This is a a Video Art program for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade.  This is unedited video footage.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
L-IV - Weird Disappearing Boxes By Stanley Kendall February 4, 1982 This is an unpublished Bally BASIC program that was an Arcadian submission archived from a tape in the Bob Fabris' collection. This is a a Video Art program for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade.  This is unedited video footage.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
L-V - Box Art & Parameters By Stanley Kendall June 21, 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade Unpublished Arcadian submission Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Letter to The Arcadian - May 10, 1983 By Stanley Kendall For the Bally Arcade/Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC 2000-Baud 1983. This is a letter sent to Bob Fabris, the editor of The Arcadian newsletter, on May 10, 1983.  It was on a tape along with three video art programs by Mr. Kendall: B-11 - More Line Art B-12 - Line Art B-14 - 1001 Lines In this brief letter, Stanley discusses these three video art programs.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Overview,...
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Loading Blue Ram BASIC "Tapes" using MAME Emulation A Bally Arcade / Astrocade Video Tutorial Video created May 14, 2019 by Adam Trionfo (BallyAlley) Video published May 15, 2019 This tutorial explains how to load and save Blue Ram BASIC programs in the Astrocade emulator in MAME. Specifically Blue Ram BASIC programs are loaded on the emulated Bally Arcade/Astrocade console, a game system released in January of 1978. Although the tutorial focuses on how to use MAME on a Windows...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Astrocade, Bally Home Library Computer, 1978, 1981,...
M-III - "Box Art" By Stanley Kendall. Arcadian 5, no. 3 (Jan. 14, 1983): 45. This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC."  This is NOT a video overview. This random video art program was written February 23, 1982. Unlike many video art programs, this one ends after about four minutes and twenty seconds.  The program is only called "M-III," but to give it a better description, it has been dubbed "M-III - 'Box Art.'" Paul...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
The Magic Jack-O-Lantern By Bill Loos (L&M Software) 1987 This program is for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade, a video game/computer system released by Bally in 1978. An orange jack-o-lantern is drawn on the screen.  The eyes move and some sound effects play.  The program only runs for about 13 seconds and then repeats, therefore it to run three times in this video. This video doesn't have any background, an overview or opening and closing credits.  Maybe I'll make an overview of this program...
Topics: BallyAlley, Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video...
More Line Art II. By Stanley Kendall. January 1985. This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This is NOT a video overview. More Line Art draws two vertical lines at a time horizontally across the screen.  The background color is light blue (Blue Ram BASIC's default color) and the foreground colors are green, blue and red.  As this program draws from left to right, diamonds begin to appear, slowly growing smaller.  It's a neat, if slow, effect. This is...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
More Line Art. By Stanley Kendall. January, 1985. This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and Blue Ram BASIC.  This is NOT a video overview. More Line Art draws one vertical line at a time horizontally across the screen.  The background color is light blue (Blue Ram BASIC's default color) and the foreground colors are green, blue and red.  As this program draws from left to right, triangles begin to appear, slowly growing smaller.  It's a neat, if slow, effect. This...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Old Glory. By Ed Groebe (Edge Software). Arcadian 4, no. 8 (Jun. 11, 1982): 77. (Bally BASIC) Arcadian 6, no. 8 (Jun. 30, 1984): 69. (AstroBASIC) This program uses one of the many Bally ROM subroutines to draw a color pictures of the American flag.  The 1984 reprint of the program has a couple of small changes by George Moses to get the music to sound right.  I'm not sure which version of the program is archived in this video. This is unedited video art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Graphics,...
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Peter Hirshberg, Capital Children's Museum Peter Hirshberg was curator of the communications wing of the Capital Children's Museum in the early 1980s, where he helped build The Future Center, the computer lab outfitted with Atari 800 computers; and museum exhibits, some of which were computer controlled. This interview took place on April 12, 2021. In it, we discuss Ann Lewin-Benham, director of the museum; and Guy Nouri, from the Superboots lab, both of whom I previously interviewed....
Topics: interview, computer history, Atari 8-bit, Atari 400, Atari 800, computer lab, Capital Children's...
Pin Art By Unknown Author 198x This program was found in the Richard Houser Tape collection. Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and "AstroBASIC." Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Plotter Drive Program with Space Shuttle and Robot By LeRoy Flamm Arcadian 7, no. 2 (Dec. 20, 1985): 28-29. For use with Penman Three-Color Plotter. LeRoy Flamm wrote a BASIC program called "Plotter Drive Program" in 1985 that used a Penman plotter to draw a detailed space shuttle and a "robot" (really, it's R2-D2).  The plotter was connected to the Bally Arcade via an RS-232C serial input connected via the old Bally tape interface with a printer jack connection. Here is a...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Pop Art (Circles) By Ron Picardi Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade ARCADIAN 3, no. 7 (May 8, 1981): 77. This is video art for Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Bally BASIC or "AstroBASIC." The ARCADIAN contained no instructions for this video art program.  Ron's program submission letter said only this about the program, "A self-running art program that features some unusual graphic patterns." This video is broken into several parts, to make viewing it easier for those...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
RND Art I By New Image (Chris Williams) Tape 3.  October 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
RND Art II: The Stairs to the Temple By New Image (Chris Williams) Tape 3.  October 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade for "AstroBASIC." Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
RND Art III By New Image (Chris Williams) Tape #9010.  October 1982 Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade for use with "AstroBASIC." Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
Random Box By Scott Walpole Arcadian 2, no. 2 (Dec. 22, 1979): 17. Random Box , by Scott Walpole, is a video art program that appeared in the December 1979 issue of the Arcadian newsletter along with three other short programs by Scott: a game called Number Match and two music programs, Hello, Dolly and Popeye the Sailor .  The Arcadian has no instructions or comments for Random Box .  The program simply draws random-sized boxes on the screen and the colors periodically change. 0:00 - Random...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
Random Line Erase Demo By Mike White Tricks of the Trade #4 Arcadian, Vol. 7, Pg. 21 and 22 Niagara Bugs Bulletin, Vol. 2, Pg. 38 and 43 Mike White thanks to Greg Miller of L&M Software. Video Art for the Bally Arcade / Astrocade and AstroBASIC. Unedited Video Art.  This is NOT a video overview.
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art,...
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"Ring" by Albert Paul appeared in the Astrocade newsletter CURSOR, 1, no. 4 (April/May 1980): 31. Many thanks to Albert Paul of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada for the following program.  Note: to make the ring sticker or thinner, change the value of "N" (line 2).  To make the ring larger or smaller, change the value of "M" (line 20). "M" must always be larger than "N." The BALLY BASIC and "AstroBASIC" versions of RING were typed in from...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, Video Art, Video...
I uploaded this video to YouTube on October 26, 2016.  I'm adding this video in its original MP4 format to Archive.org for archival purposes. Slot Machine By Ernie Sams Arcadian 1, no. 8 (Jul. 20, 1979): 59. Arcadian 1, no. 9 (Aug. 18, 1979): 69.  (Correction) Slot Machine was written for Bally BASIC . It runs on the Bally Arcade/Astrocade, a game console/computer released in January 1978. The Arcadian has no comments or instructions for this program. This is an early time-period slot machine...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Home Library Computer, Astrocade, 1979, Ernie Sams,...
Snake Snack By Ken Lill For the Bally Arcade/Astrocade with Blue Ram BASIC Video Overview created by BallyAlley. Video published August 3, 2017. Snake Snack by Ken Lill was released in 1988 for the Bally Arcade. This program requires Blue RAM BASIC 1.1 and a RAM expansion unit. This version of the program was played from the Ultimulti cartridge, a multicart released by Ken Kill for the Astrocade. As Ken describes Snake Snack , it is similar to Caterpillar , an "AstroBASIC" game by...
Topics: Bally Arcade, Bally Professional Arcade, Bally Astrocade, Bally Home Library Computer, Snake Snack,...