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DarkBASIC Pro Game Programming, Second Edition by Joshua R. Smith, Jonathan S. Harbour

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Introduction to Scrolling

What is scrolling? In today’s gaming world, where 3D is the focus of everyone’s attention, it’s not surprising to find gamers and programmers who have never heard of scrolling. What a shame! The heritage of modern games is a long and fascinating one that is still relevant today, even if it is not understood or appreciated. The console industry puts great effort and value into scrolling, particularly on handheld systems, such as the Game Boy Advance.

Definition

Scrolling is the process of displaying a small portion (or window) of a larger virtual game world that would not otherwise fit entirely on the screen.

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