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David Crane's Technical Wizardry iPhone Apps

posted Feb 16, 2010, 6:40 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Feb 16, 2010, 6:43 AM ]
Former Atari 2600 Activision programmer David Crane has published his second 2600-related iPhone app, Dragster Magic, volume two of his Technical Wizardry Series. David Crane has been developing games for over 30 years, getting his start writing games for Atari and later going on to found Activision where he created the venerable classic Pitfall! David Crane's Technical Wizardry Series beings with the 2600 Magic app, explaining the internal video circuitry of the Atari 2600 and how that hardware is used by programmers to write Atari 2600 games. Dragster Magic continues along these lines, detailing the obscure tricks invented to create Activision's first game, Dragster. If you're curious at all as to how the Atari 2600 ticks and you have an iPhone or iPod Touch, these apps are a great way to learn what's going on behind the scenes when you fire up your favorite Atari 2600 game. You can learn more about 2600 Magic and Dragster Magic in the iTunes Store.