I've posted this question on the AtariAge, but figured I can get some help here too
I'm not new to 6502, but have no experience with Apple outside of high school very long time ago. I would like to get into Apple II, and figured why not get the IIgs for something different. I got a MicroDrive with CF card, 4mb memory card, and 3.5" drive, so a decent set up.
My issue is - I don't really want to learn/use GS/OS, I want something simple like ProDOS, so I can concentrate on coding, not worry about relocatable code, etc., but still use native mode, all the memory, graphics, and sound, and toolbox functions if workable. Basically looking for simplicity of an 8-bit machine but with added power.
Unless somebody can tell me otherwise, ProDOS 16 does not seem to be the answer, as it's merely a stopgap, and not a good one at that.
That leaves ProDOS 8. How easy is it to access all the gs-specific hardware using it though? Is it a viable choice for game development? Or am I just better off getting a IIe or even a IIc?
Thanks for any insight, IIgs is quite a mix of things