Particle simulation on C64

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lion-mclionheadlion mclionhead 09/27/2023 at 21:500 Comments

Had the idea after seeing some demos which looked it but didn't really do it. 

These galaxy collision type graphics required a superconfuser during the C64's days, computing F=MA millions of times, recursively.  The hope would be to somehow simplify it to achieve a lower res particle effect on a commodore.  It would use fewer particles, 2D only, entirely lookup tables, 320x200 bitmap mode, possibly only 0-256 X.

The number of calculations possible for a single particle are bugger all on a 6502.  The hope would be to hard code some kind of motion vector table for each particle to achieve a swirling effect.  Maybe there could be an XY to polar conversion.  For short animations, the solution is normally a color palette change rather than a redrawing of every pixel.  To prove it's not a color palette animation, it would have to be long.