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Cartridge RAM Progress

Posted by SpiceWare, in Stella 10 April 2014 · 136 views

It's been about a month since I last looked at Stella, so last night I started off by reviewing the changes I'd made so far.
 
I then started to work on implementing the 5 buttons to the right of the Cartridge RAM Grid.  Undo , Revert  and Reset  buttons appear to be working.  Search  and Compare  are...


96 pixels with 2 colors

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 05 April 2014 · 308 views

 
The inspiration came from Chris' Star Castle logo .  There's a couple minor differences due to the extra processing time that using DPC+ provides.
The logo is centered instead of being slightly offset to the left.
Instead of using VLBANK, I'm using SCORE mode to change the playfield pixels from green to black to hide the right and left edges...


Some love for Frantic

Posted by SpiceWare, in Frantic 04 April 2014 · 149 views

Been about a month since the last update for Frantic so I thought I'd spend some time on it.
Trying out Maze Type as the default selected option.  Not a fan, already changed back to Start for next build.
Added Diagnostic support like in Draconian, no longer need to create special diagnostic builds.
Noticed that the ARM routines were not using the au...


Thanks Richard!

Posted by SpiceWare, in Vectrex 02 April 2014 · 135 views

For my work on porting MenuMaker to the Mac, Richard H. sent me one of his 3D printed cartridge shells for my VecMulti.  
 

 

 



March Savings

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 01 April 2014 · 131 views

Another month with no new content* so saved $151 in March for a cumulative savings of $1792.
 
I did have to buy a new Thunderbolt cable though, the one that came with the Drobo had a short . [s]That puts the hardware total at $2978, so the balance remaining is now $1186.  Should have included the DVD Superdrive - revised hardware total is $30...


MenuMaker 0.2

Posted by SpiceWare, in Vectrex 31 March 2014 · 136 views

Did some minor code cleanup and added the snazzy new icon from Nathan Strum!
 

 
Program with Source for Lazarus .



Announcing Draconian

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 28 March 2014 · 584 views

A while back, Nathan posted some well thought out mockups detailing how to do Bosconian on the Atari 2600.  There was a bit of discussion, including a suggestion by supercat  for drawing the stations using players instead of the playfield. But nothing came of it - until today.
 
Two weeks ago I approached Nathan about possibly using t...


Region 2 Redux

Posted by SpiceWare, in DVR Project 26 March 2014 · 118 views

About a year ago I obtained the series Blake's 7 on Region 2 DVDs .  I did so because they'd never released it in Region 1.  I was able to convert them for use on my Mac mini DVR system without any hassle.
 
I recently acquired another set of Region 2 DVDs, The Thin Blue Line  (the complete series for $13 - and that inc...


Slick Kernel

Posted by SpiceWare, in Draconian 22 March 2014 · 243 views

With my prior DPC+ kernels, I used an Event Datastream that would tell the kernel to jump out of its normal loop. After that, the 6507 would spent a lot of CPU time deciding if it was supposed to reposition player 0, reposition player 1, or if it was all done drawing the game display.
 
I got to thinking and came up with a way were the 6507 no longer...


MenuMaker 0.1

Posted by SpiceWare, in Vectrex 13 March 2014 · 242 views

Double click the icon to start.  Nathan's signed on to create an updated icon.  The one I'm currently using is a bit fuzzy - it's the 32x32 icon from the Windows version of MenuMaker.

 
 
Click on the Folder Picker icon (top-right).

 
 
Then select your SD Card.

 
 
The Windows version requires your games to...






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