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Old 17 July 2015, 17:15   #1
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Non-Amiga, Arcade retrogaming question...

OK, guys, got a question, but as a lead-up, what do all of these screenshots of classic videogames have in common?
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If you guessed "the text font", you'd be correct. So my question is, in all of these games, did the programmers intentionally program in the same typefaces for the text, or was it something inherent in the CPU or one of the video chips? Where did this font come from?
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Old 17 July 2015, 17:25   #2
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Many NES and some Amiga games use same font
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Old 17 July 2015, 17:28   #3
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Many NES and some Amiga games use same font
Right, I'm talking about specifically arcade games. Way back in the day, I'd replicated the typeface on my old C64. Just wondering if the font was the default based on the hardware in use, or if it was just customary on a lot of those early games to explicitly program in the same font.
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Old 19 July 2015, 02:38   #4
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From the coin-ops I've studied, each has its own tileset, but they have the same/similar glyphs used for the font part and different glyphs used for the non-font part. So it's just customary.
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They all copied it from Atari's Sprint 2. No-one really knows why. Perhaps it was nice looking and then later on became the customary "arcade font", after someone else copied it from some other game, and so on.

More image dumps of arcade fonts than you can shake a stick at:
http://www22.atpages.jp/nbgifan/fonts.html
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Interesting! Thanks guys... I had suspicions that it was just customary in the late 70's and early 80's games. On very rare occasions, I did notice some minor alterations of the font, which did seem to suggest that these fonts were deliberately programmed in and not just some default font provided by the hardware.
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