CGA Graphics - Not as bad as you thought!

26 mar 2016
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In this episode I cover the IBM CGA graphics system from 1981.

  • It's still fun to play old games than new games that are superb in resolution and graphics but lacking on the story and quality of the game.

    SopasboyzSopasboyz7 timmar sedan
  • That's a GREAT video. As a developer, I really like to learn how things were back in the day. Limited resources and a lot of genius ideas to work with it. It really makes me respect (even more!) what software development was back then. Keep up the good work.

    OliveiraXOliveiraX8 dagar sedan
  • That was an awesome fascinating piece of information! I had an Amiga 500 with an PC emulation card. So I could play some other games and they were in the ugly chi mode with 4 colors. Intriguing, what it was actually capable of! And the industrial use aspect is fascinating. Thank you

    Al CeAl Ce8 dagar sedan
  • Unfortunetly this trick never worked on PAL (used in UK where i am from, most of Europe, and many other countries in the world) or on SECAM systems (France/Russia), as it didn't have the chroma shifts that occured in NTSC (sometimes nicknamed Never The Same Color - for this very reason). Up to now I was never able to actually see this effect, so thanks for showing!

    Jano JJano J16 dagar sedan
  • I am glad you were busy enjoying latest technologies while I was busy surviving US bombs and sanctions. But who cares, anyway :D it is just some random lives out there :D

    Branko KockicaBranko Kockica18 dagar sedan
  • I loved this video. Very informative and nostalgic. I am embedding it to my website.

    Gaming RoomGaming Room21 dag sedan
  • I have play keen in cga mode before

    Andrew DupuisAndrew Dupuis24 dagar sedan
  • 6:41 PIANO

    carrie kishelcarrie kishelMånad sedan
  • The Cyan, Magenta, and White palette of CGA should've been called the "Miami Vice" palette.

    henryca03henryca03Månad sedan
  • 7:13 Not that bad

    Aiden JooAiden JooMånad sedan
  • i just realized minecraft bukkit codes are the same as the CGA pallette, even the same order

    CinniminCinniminMånad sedan
  • Эт типо ребрейдинг 8 бит,а главное зачем?(классика останеться навечно)

    Евгений ИльинЕвгений ИльинMånad sedan
  • 더 이전의 허큘리스(Hercules Graphic Card)에 관해서도 이야기 해줬으면 좋았을것 같다.

    YB KYB KMånad sedan
  • This was interesting too about cga I have just modded my gameboy original dmg-01 with a new ips screen that you can change the four shades to any colour and i have set it to the classic cga colours - looks fab

    Scott william ClarkeScott william Clarke2 månader sedan
  • Lisa gaming - It’s bad as you think!x

    PabTSMPabTSM2 månader sedan
  • 1:17: "CGA looks, well ... terrible!" me: "Terrible, but nostalgic."

    CoolDudeClemCoolDudeClem2 månader sedan
  • 80 x 25, 16 colors foreground 8 colors background and blink or 16 colors background.

    CosmopolitanCosmopolitan2 månader sedan
  • Fascinating. Thank you for your magical time travel!

    Void lon iXaariiVoid lon iXaarii3 månader sedan
  • 3:41

    Your KGB agentYour KGB agent3 månader sedan
  • I wonder what it look like an EGA

    Carla ParkerCarla Parker3 månader sedan
  • I came here for why cyan, pink, black and white didn't suck and learned more

    MustafaMustafa3 månader sedan
  • Bravo

    PandaïPandaï3 månader sedan
  • Laptops that need a CRT screen, they sure don't make them like they used to.

    AeimosAeimos3 månader sedan
  • A monochrome, Game Boy-style of graphic display would have been better than the bad CGA palettes we got.

    Bernhard WallBernhard Wall3 månader sedan
  • but can it run crisis

    WinksplorerWinksplorer3 månader sedan
  • Does Strong Bad buy his computers from you?

    Tim CuattTim Cuatt3 månader sedan
  • If CGA graphic cards have composite and thus make possible the usage of 16 colors, was with EGA be possible to make 32 or maybe even 64/256 colors, if they also had composite?

    RoobarRoobar3 månader sedan
  • I like 4 color cga tho. It looks cyberpunk as fuck.

    Quattro 4Quattro 43 månader sedan
  • Очень интересно! Нигде не встречал такой информации. Хочу ещё!

    Лжеученый ЮраЛжеученый Юра3 månader sedan
  • Drab Office Stapler Clearly God's Apathetic Enough Guns Already Very Good Application

    All GamingAll Gaming3 månader sedan
  • Hi David!!! I share the link:

    Roberto GudiñoRoberto Gudiño4 månader sedan
  • cga existed since 1979 it used no colours and today 33554432 colours is a total waste of money!!!

    groszak1groszak14 månader sedan
  • CGA sucked because the IDIOTS who chose the palettes were retarded and chose yucky contrasting hues. With 4 colors the LOGICAL choice should have been:- Mode #1 (Grey Scale): Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey, White -- great for business apps Mode #2 (Custom): User defined palette register Under Mode #2, four 4-bit registers defines the RGBI values for each color in the palette. Each dot on screen is still a 2-bit value (00, 01, 10 or 11) so the amount of VRAM doesn't change.

    Dwight LooiDwight Looi5 månader sedan
  • I love

    Juanito WhiteJuanito White5 månader sedan
  • "Most modern TVs still have a composite video port on them." Disappointingly, this isn't aging too well.

    Jo Seph GDJo Seph GD5 månader sedan
  • Dang, why am I looking this!?

    PhonognomiksPhonognomiks5 månader sedan
  • My eyes was bleeding even back then ;) What a crap lol

    Montażownia nr1Montażownia nr15 månader sedan
  • All the early computers my family got were throw aways from my dad's work. They always ran cga with that magenta, cyan White palette. I still remember booting up popcorn to that palette

    694206969420695 månader sedan
  • I played this game. Commander Keen, also Vette, Kings of the Beach, Duck Tales, Doom, Battle Chess and Day of the Tentacle. But I don't have the least idea how those games ended in my computer.

    José SantosJosé Santos5 månader sedan
  • Did this work with PAL TVs?

    ziplock9000ziplock90005 månader sedan
  • thank you for the mind blowing video! i will do my research on composite graphics after this!

    blublu5 månader sedan
  • Hercules for ever. Or simcga or Hgcibm

    Ioannis BelourisIoannis Belouris5 månader sedan
  • 5:09 "Who would want to play this?" Kids trapped in school (with kind teachers who let us "find" games laying around the lab) enjoyed playing that. xD Even barf-o-vision becomes entertaining when the alternative is sitting silently for hours.

    ChocolatchipsChocolatchips5 månader sedan
  • i see ega is good on old 1990 pcs

    Slava KidSlava Kid5 månader sedan
  • I love this channel so much. I'm 27 but learning so much!

    Michael J. O’NeillMichael J. O’Neill5 månader sedan
  • You teach me something with the 16-color CGA in reduced resolution. I remember the few CGA games I had, I managed to display them in monochrome, they looked better in shades of gray. I don't remember very well how I operate but I think for some I was selecting the Hercules display just in the game and for others I was hacking in DOS to force the monochrome display. For some EGA games (which didn't support VGA), I did the same.

    Linux & DosLinux & Dos5 månader sedan
  • Hey look! It's Commander Keen! For those of you who don't know that is BJ Blazkowicz's (from Wolfenstein) grandson and Doomguy's father!

    Dougie FuocoDougie Fuoco6 månader sedan
  • when he calls the magenta and cyan graphics yucky but you think they look pretty

    evieevie6 månader sedan
  • As a ZZT kid, I'm happy this game got representation. :D

    Robert ButlerRobert Butler6 månader sedan
  • Strongly Disagree! (Love 8-Bit Guy, but disagree on this). The C64 S- video out put, (Chroma / Luma on RCA Jacks). Looked better in my opinion. All the Amiga and Atari ST modes were vastly superior.. The Tandy 16 color that you elude to.. was touted as the best ever in that day, but still was pale compared to the Amiga. The Shitty CGA/EGA Ports to the Amiga were criminal, (Looking at you Sierra Software...). Yes You have tought me that CGA could be tricked into better than it looked.. but I believe other standards did the same.. (I believe the Atari 8 bits could redefine the color palattes line by line to create 128 colors on screen at once. The Amiga had its HAM mode for 4096 at once and also used the Atari trick to do 4096 in Sliced HAM mode. The C128 had some dramatic tricks to display Very Hi Rez screens too. In general, The VASTE!! majority of the programmers used 4 crappy colors to define the games one IBMs. The C64 and others were actually better for gaming and CGA had a good 2 color Hi ReZ Mode.

    sluggotgsluggotg6 månader sedan
  • Our hercules graphics card was connected to an old color TV and we had an early form of dual monitor with text displaying on the mono monitor and graphics sent to the TV and switched with a mode statement.

    Orlando KaraokeOrlando Karaoke6 månader sedan
  • Reasons Given: Bankrupt Idiots Can't Give A fuck

    All GamingAll Gaming6 månader sedan
  • ooooo! garbage! *looks at game boy* THIS IS AMAZING

    Monika's Left EyeMonika's Left Eye6 månader sedan
  • One laugh I had about the fractal generator "Fractint".... It had a list of nearly all kinds of graphics hardware we had in the last stage of the DOS era, including CGA. Where all cards were described with the resolutions and amount of colors, the description of CGA was just "UCH-YUCK-BLER!" -- I guess their vision on CGA was clear. Now when I began in DOS PCs I had to do with an amber screen and as such the lack of colors didn't really get me. The first computer I had after that already had SVGA. Now I can't find the link anymore, but I did once see a kind of challenge in which coded tried to make a completely rendered 3D landscape out of CGA, and yes the white-magenta-cyan variant, and I was surprised with how realistic they could still make it look... Back in the day I was actually happy to have something that could do graphics...

    TheRealTrickyTheRealTricky6 månader sedan
  • Tem br

    tiago silvatiago silva6 månader sedan
  • Can't Have Crap In 4:00

    MCS InsideMCS Inside6 månader sedan
  • CGA Grafik not Bad ???? Für Spiele wie Ports Of Call ist es in Ordnung ...aber für Commandere Keen ...never

    Oliver aka Dj Runners PointOliver aka Dj Runners Point6 månader sedan
  • someone please make an rtx 3000 card only support cga and then give it to someone

    TinCanTapTinCanTap6 månader sedan
  • A Tandy 1400 LT! This was my first PC, I had it for far longer than anyone would have though, I think I kept using it while my friends had 486 SXs and DX. Everyone had hard drives and HD floppies and I only had regular floppies. Typing an essay on it was marginally better than using a typewriter if only because I would correct my mistakes without retyping the whole damn page, but getting the dot matrix printer to print was quite the experience. I remember spending way too much time playing Megaman and Prince of Persia on this machine. Ah, seeing it took me back for a while...

    Bruno IlaveBruno Ilave6 månader sedan
  • Fun fact: The game ZZT (shown at 2:41) is by Tim Sweeney, and it was his first commercial release. You'll notice the clip shows that the company he founded to release the game was called “Epic MegaGames”. The name has since been shortened to “Epic Games”, and they're probably best known for Fortnite. ZZT had a built-in level editor with its own DSL (domain specific [programming] language) called ZZT-OOP. I made a game world in it as a kid (“Invaders”) and sent him a copy on disk, for a contest I'm pretty certain I was way too late for. He sent me back the full-version of the game (the free version was “shareware”, look it up), which included a couple of games in the series/engine, and a paper map of the main game! It was pretty special to me as a kid-ZZT was the most powerful outlet for creativity I'd had on a computer till then.

    atimholtatimholt7 månader sedan
  • I never said they were bad

    AlumlovescakeAlumlovescake7 månader sedan
  • Man, that screen tearing during "Maniac Mansion" is abysmal! 6:34

    Joshua Wayne YorkJoshua Wayne York7 månader sedan
  • Commander Keen!!!

    Christian LeinhauserChristian Leinhauser7 månader sedan
  • We can imagine the desperate challenges of back then engineers - nice video!

    meathrowmeathrow7 månader sedan
  • I like how he had arranged cables on the wall.

    Marko CvetkovicMarko Cvetkovic7 månader sedan
  • Many old Sierra Online games used 160x200 mode.

    Peter SwinkelsPeter Swinkels7 månader sedan
  • So that's why the Sim City map editor is black and white.

    TonkarzOfSolSystemTonkarzOfSolSystem7 månader sedan
  • I always found it strange that Lemmings CGA used the cyan/magenta palette even though the green/yellow/red palette would have made more sense for the graphics trying to be displayed. Even the cards that did support more palettes/customisable palettes didn't make Lemmings look too much better. They probably could have done a better job with Lemmings for CGA.

    GammaBoost GamingGammaBoost Gaming7 månader sedan
  • Gyerekkori nagy kedvencek. Jó, azért sok játéknál azért a VGA ha opció volt, azért jobb volt, de néhány CGA grafikás játék is nagyon tetszett.

    Ivanyi AttilaIvanyi Attila7 månader sedan
  • Nintendo proved that you could make great games using just four shades of grey. That would have been so much better than the ugly CGA colour schemes.

    Bernhard WallBernhard Wall7 månader sedan
  • I used to dress exactly like him in the late 90's and to late 2000's.

    A. DA. D7 månader sedan
  • i think CGA Is suck

    ᄂᄆᄀᄂᄆᄀ7 månader sedan
  • What I want to know is how Commander Keen is working in CGA given that (per what I have read online) when Carmack developed his smooth scrolling trick, the people he was producing games for at the time "didn't like it because it didn't work in CGA" or something like that.

    Jonathan WilsonJonathan Wilson7 månader sedan
  • Is there a modern day version of that lawn mower game?

    dangerdoctorsmithdangerdoctorsmith7 månader sedan
  • Best:Let me connect laptop to TV:)

    Tony ValdezTony Valdez7 månader sedan
  • Deseo recibir donaciones porque me gusta programar computadoras. ---------- Por lo tanto le invito a visitar mi página para que vea vídeos de videojuegos que programé. Deseo ayudar con mi conocimiento a este mundo que nosotros habitamos. Programar una computadora es difícil. Desarrollar un algoritmo es difícil. Pocas personas pueden hacer esto. Si en soledad programo el videojuego titulado: Double dragon. De pelea de dos jugadores, uno contra el otro de la compañía Japonesa Technos, del año 1994. Me tomaría aproximadamente un tiempo de cuatro años. ---------- Encuentra mis videojuegos dentro de la página de: SEworld. Buscando "castillo 00" el nombre de la cuenta es "elisa love." Acepto donación de dinero o tecnología a mi nombre. También acepto ayudar con mi conocimiento a este mundo y recibir a cambio apoyo para hacer el trabajo de inteligencia natural que a mi mismo me gusta. Me gusta resolver problemas que necesitan de pensamiento natural humano. --------- El enlaze es: --------- Algunas pocas personas que han criticado mis videojuegos programados. Son ignorantes en la ciencia de la tecnología. ---------- Hago esta sugerencia: Es mejor formar un equipo para trabajo. De hecho los juegos en tres dimensiones me marean. Pienso que el éxito es introducir una nueva idea, o resolver un problema.

    Elisa LoveElisa Love7 månader sedan
  • 1:44 not entirely correct and not entirely wrong. Most north american televisions have composite video inputs, European televisions don't - it was never used here except in a few very rare cases for certain video cameras. Only a few of the latest 21st century LED televisions have composite in Europe alongside the HDMI, but that is so the manufacturers more easily can ship the same TV models worldwide. It's not actually used for anything. It's the same with component video (the 3-part RGB cables) which became a thing with North American HD plasma TVs, but again, those were also never used here. Part of the reason for this is the composite cables don't support a wide enough frequency range to be usable with PAL without getting noticeable noise, while NTSC looks equally terrible no matter what kind of cable you use. It's why we always used coax for VHF/UHF antenna and SCART for inter-device connections, because it has better signal separation which you need for a clear PAL image.

    SteelRodentSteelRodent7 månader sedan
  • We had a CGA card for the longest time, we'd have to take new games to a friend's house just to play it. Those were good times!

    ShinobiWan1ShinobiWan17 månader sedan
  • I never knew that CGA was anything other than those four colors. I used to like starting up old DOS games in CGA on occasion just because it was such a departure from the I was used to the games looking.

    White Rhino PSOWhite Rhino PSO7 månader sedan
  • I freaking love this guy! "Now, let me show you a different kind of laptop- and prepare to be blown away!" I seriously hope they give 8-Bit Guy a cameo in Stranger Things at some point.

    Vassy VVassy V7 månader sedan
  • That Netgear switch on the wall..... I thought I was being creative, and unique. Oh well great video!

    holycownonamesholycownonames8 månader sedan
  • I keep getting this video in my recommended And every single time, I watch it :) I know this is an old video but it’s one of my favorites, so keep up the good work 8-bit guy!

    ChibiᴛɢᴄʙChibiᴛɢᴄʙ8 månader sedan
  • I still have dozens of old '80 computers and software, your channel is beautiful, greetings from Italy.

    Stefano BiagginiStefano Biaggini8 månader sedan
  • I grew up with the games and videos shown, we had a lot of fun and everything was beautiful!

    Stefano BiagginiStefano Biaggini8 månader sedan
  • Back in those days I actually used a CGA-emulator with a Hercules (compatible) graphics card. That was nasty! :-) I kept the CPU of my very first PC (AMD R80286-16/S) until today...

    Craig HeadCraig Head8 månader sedan
  • My old GeForce 4 Ti 4200 VIVO has S-Video and composite out. I haven't tried running CGA games via the VIVO ports.

    Valen RnValen Rn8 månader sedan
  • Looking at these colours explains why 80s computer users have glasses

    cs512trcs512tr8 månader sedan
  • Battle Chess! Now, *THAT* is a great game I had forgotten about until now.

    Nicholas HyltonNicholas Hylton8 månader sedan
  • Cool

    phorzer32phorzer328 månader sedan
  • MDA was the first. Haha.

    Paulo ConstantinoPaulo Constantino8 månader sedan
  • The background colour (0) of the 320 x 200 4-colour modes could be set to any of the 16 colours, as could the foreground colour of the 640 x 200 2-colour mode. Even the border colour could be changed for any mode. A programming trick allowed 2 more 320 x 200 4-colour modes, where colours 1 to 3 could be red, cyan and light grey, or they could be light red, light cyan and white.

    Stanley HuntStanley Hunt9 månader sedan
  • NTSC artifacting produces that ugly ass text lol

    David AlanDavid Alan9 månader sedan
  • ZZT! Memories...

    Magos XMagos X9 månader sedan
  • Beast. This explains a lot of nuance that I didn't understand previously. Thanks!

    MUZBOZ GamesMUZBOZ Games9 månader sedan
  • They really named the pink ghost “Kinky”

    Ego OrbEgo Orb9 månader sedan
  • How do you get colours 11 and 12 from Black, White, Cyan and Magenta?

    Gary J.Gary J.9 månader sedan
  • it was a big misunderstanding - between line for producer to player if before each game - the producer & publisher of the game, to wrote briefly ... (that short info) - *switch to composite for better effect and more colors* CGA wouldn't die out that fast !!! ;))))

    、ヅ、ヅ10 månader sedan
  • Do a vid about the EGA Wonder card

    Paige TurnerPaige Turner10 månader sedan
  • It was a solid 9 pal. #earthrecords

    Edzel MejiaEdzel Mejia10 månader sedan
  • That CGA card looks like the 3Dfx Voodoo 5 prototype card

    Alex MundoAlex Mundo10 månader sedan