This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy.

I agree
Learn More
Great Geek Gifts in the Technabob Shop!Get Technabob Daily: Join our Mailing List! | Follow Us: Facebook | Twitter
subscribe to our rss feedsubscribe via e-mailfollow technabob on twittertechnabob facebook fan pageGoogle+follow us in feedly
Follow Us:
Cool Gadgets, Gizmos, Games and Geek Stuff on Technabob

Beautiful Bytes: Distellamap Presents Codes of Classic Video Games

by Lambert Varias

There’s geek art, and then there’s geek art. Ben Fry’s creations are to programmers what blueprints are to architects. Here’s a sample of his work, which he calls “distellamaps”. It’s a map of the code for the Atari version of Pac-Man:


Ben Fry explains, “Like any other game console, Atari 2600 cartridges contain executable code also commingled with data. This lists the code as columns of assembly language. Most of it is math or conditional statements (if x is true, go to y), so each time there’s “go to” a curve is drawn from that point to its destination”. He used a disassembler called distella – hence the name – to lay out a video game’s codes as text. Using another program called Processing, Fry then created a custom program that made images out of the disassembled code.


Here’s another example, from another Atari game called Air Raid:


Of course, the codes aren’t readable at these sizes, but their original prints are very readable at a whopping 13″ x 19″. Ben Fry is selling these prints as well as others from games like Pitfall, Super Mario Brothers and Excitebike at Imagekind. Prints range from $15.28 USD and canvas versions start at $30.33. Fry says that all of the proceeds are donated to a charity. Now there’s a geek with a big heart.

[via Geek Crafts]

Comments are closed for posts older than 90 days.

More from Awesomer Media...

theawesomer logo
Prometheus SHADO Pack Drone Penetration Run Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV (Trailer 3) Xenia Rubinos Live 95octane logo
Nissan Unveils 2017 Titan Single Cab Trucks Matech Ford GT1 Racecar Turns up on eBay The Best BMW M on the Market Has a Growl for the Ages 2017 Ford Raptor Price Guide Leaked mightymega logo
Star Trek: Discovery Ship Teased Justice League Footage Unveiled at SDCC The Evolution of Star Trek Concept Trailer for Gene Roddenberry Biopic “The Pilot”