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Published on Jul 8, 2012
A few weeks ago I was playing around with the idea of a DCPU-16 emulator which would run without an OS, instead relying only on BIOS calls and direct hardware communication. I did a couple of tests to find out whether it would be possible, especially to see if all of the monitor's advanced features (font and color mapping) would work in the VGA text mode. Seeing that it would be feasible, I started working on it.
So now, after weeks of frustration, complications and over 1800 lines of hand-written x86 assembly code, I'm able to present to you a 1.7-spec-compliant, low-level bootable DCPU-16 emulator.
I haven't tested this on too many platforms, and even if it works for you, I don't guarantee it's bug-free (it's written in assembler, after all :]). Also, an important WARNING: Don't boot this program on a real computer if you * would be sad about your hardware exploding, * want to avoid data loss, * don't know what you're doing.