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Possible Answers: ANTIC, CAPER, DIDO.

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Random information on the term “ANTIC”:

Color Television Interface Adaptor (CTIA) and its successor Graphic Television Interface Adaptor (GTIA) are custom chips used in the Atari 8-bit family of computers and in the Atari 5200 console. In these systems, a CTIA or GTIA chip works together with ANTIC to produce video display. ANTIC generates the playfield graphics (text and bitmap) while CTIA/GTIA provides the color for the playfield and adds overlay objects known as player/missile graphics (sprites). Under the direction of Jay Miner, the CTIA/GTIA chips were designed by George McLeod with technical assistance of Steve Smith.

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Color Television Interface Adaptor and Graphic Television Interface Adaptor are names of the chips as stated in the Atari field service manual. Various publications named the chips differently, sometimes using the alternative spelling Adapter or Graphics, or claiming that the “C” in “CTIA” stands for Colleen/Candy and “G” in “GTIA” is for George.

Atari had built their first display driver chip, the Television Interface Adaptor but universally referred to as the TIA, as part of the Atari 2600 console. The TIA display logically consisted of two primary sets of objects, the “players” and “missiles” that represented moving objects, and the “playfield” which represented the static background image on which the action took place. The chip used data in memory registers to produce digital signals that were converted in realtime via a digital-to-analog converter and RF modulator to produce a television display.

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Random information on the term “DIDO”:

Pygmalion (also known as Pu’mayyaton) was king of Tyre from 831 to 785 BC and a son of King Mattan I (840-832 BC).

During Pygmalion’s reign, Tyre seems to have shifted the heart of its trading empire from the Middle East to the Mediterranean, as can be judged from the building of new colonies including Kition on Cyprus, Sardinia (see Nora Stone discussion below), and, according to tradition, Carthage. For the story surrounding the founding of Carthage, see Dido.

In Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid, Pygmalion is the cruel-hearted brother of Dido who secretly kills Dido’s husband Sychaeus because of his lust for gold.

In Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Purgatorio, Canto XX, verses 103-105, Dante uses Virgil’s version of Pygmalion to represent greed.

A possible reference to Pygmalion is an interpretation of the Nora Stone, found on Sardinia in 1773 and, though its precise finding place has been forgotten, dated by paleographic methods to the 9th century BC. Frank Moore Cross has interpreted the Phoenician inscription on this stone as follows:

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