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emul8r ~ chip 8 emulator == PROMPT ================================================================ emul8r is a simple hack that I started because I couldn't find a decent Chip-8 emulator that worked the way I needed it to, and that worked on Linux. Why do I want a Chip-8 emulator? WIPEOFF is actually kind of fun, and it's fun to homebrew on it and see how much you can pack into 4K. == GOALS ================================================================= 1. emul8r should function as closely as possible to the implementation of Chip-8 on the COSMAC VIP and other 1802-based computers. 2. It should also be easy to use while being completely configurable. == DEPENDENCIES ========================================================== SDL. And a C compiler if you plan on building it yourself. == INTERNALS ============================================================= -- MEMORY MAP -- The memory map is pretty simple. The firmware starts at 000h, and goes up to 1FFh. The firmware is made up of Chip-8 bytecode. On real Chip-8 machines, those first 512 bytes are actually the interpreter itself, but on this implementation it is not necessary. I decided that would be better filled with a 'firmware' of Chip-8 bytecode, along with some standard addresses for where the font sprites, call stack, and video memory go. This accomodates the second goal, which is configurability. 000h Firmware (144 bytes, 000h to 1FFh is actually all firmware) 090h Font sprites (80 bytes, 16 sprites * 5 bytes each) 0E0h Call stack, depth 16 (32 bytes, 16 levels * 2 bytes per address) 100h Video memory (256 bytes) 200h Game entry point -- FIRMWARE -- The firmware is just a 256 byte blob of Chip-8 bytecode and data that goes in front of Chip-8 games. By default, it only consists of a jump instruction that sends the program counter to the game entry point. If you were to modify it, you could change the default initial values of video memory, how the font sprites work, and even how games start by adding a splash screen or something like that.