No way, this is beyond awesome. Why have I not heard of this before.
VCS Game Maker
This online tool is a no-code environment designed to allow someone to create a game for Atari 2600 without knowing much about programming and without installing anything on their computer.
It uses Blockly to allow the user to implement the logic using blocks and then, behind the scenes, generate a Batari Basic source code, that is then be compiled using batari-basic-js in order to generate an Atari 2600 ROM, which is emulated using Javatari.
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Okay...so I've been discussing this tool on AtariAge Discord server. Maybe you could implement something like a genre template for things like shoot 'em ups and maybe platformers...?
Hello; I guess creating some specialized blocks implementing certain common functionalities from specific genera would be doable. Not sure when I would go back into this project, but it's a possibility.
um, is there supposed to be nothing at the top? i turned off my adblocker so uhhhhhh
Yes; I originally intended to display a few buttons on the top bar if the screen happened to be too narrow to show the leftmost panel, but kinda forgot to implement that . Currently, it hides the left panel, but does not display its supposed replacement in that situation; the lack of those may make the tool unusable if the screen happens to be too narrow. :P
A workaround until that is fixed would be to either increase the browser's window size, or reduce the browser's zoom level until the leftmost panel appears; this leftmost panel is required int order to access the sprite editors, the map editor and the project import/export functionality.
Are you also going to make a version for Atari 5200 and 7800?
really neat! request: edit sprite/graphics! Keep up nice work!
Thanks! The sprite editors are planned; the background editors are being implemented right now.
nice! Itd be neat if this could expand to other old platforms like c64, etc (not sure if thatd be possible though) i hope to remake some games in your engine.
Maybe it could be adapted to other platforms in the future, though it would probably keep its restrictions..
Any possibility of having a version that we can download in the future?
Wow Atari! Awesome!
I can't get this to work!
OK... what platform are you using?
This is the best tool for creating Atari 2600 games!