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Adam Savage's Tested

Posted by SpiceWare, in Medieval Mayhem, Warlords 31 March 2019 · 396 views

Late last night I ran across a post on Facebook by Kurt Mayer about Adam Savage's Tested (he of Mythbusters fame). Had trouble sleeping afterwards, thank's Kurt ;)
 
Tested team members Jeremy Williams and Sean Charlesworth decided to build a new arcade cabinet running Starlords, a game they've built from scratch and introduced at California Extreme last year. As the name suggests, the game is an homage to Warlords.  They enlisted the aid of Mike Mika and Kevin Wilson of Other Ocean. In this initial video, of a seven part series, they play-test Warlords and Medieval Mayhem on the 2600 and make their plans.
 

 
The other six episodes are behind the paywall at Tested.  I don't know if they'll show up on YouTube, though I did find a couple videos of Starlords in action at California Extreme.  They are being added to YouTube, as they appear I'll add them to the end of this blog post.
 

 

 
 
 
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I saw that the other day, too and meant to mention it.

 

I thought the shoutouts to Medieval Mayhem, AtariAge and homebrewing were pretty cool. Nice to see people discovering that. Too bad the rest of the project is behind a paywall, but it's nice to see the final game in action. It looks very polished.

 

I really need to get up to CA Extreme some year.

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I'd love to make it out to CA Extreme. Not far from Tesla, so would take the factory tour while I was there.

Won't happen this year though, family wedding that weekend.
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For more Adam Savage, check out Mythbusters Jr.

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I really liked Mythbusters Jr. a lot. I hope they bring that back for a second season.

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Sounds intriguing.  I have Discovery via WatchTV, but they don't have this show set up for streaming on demand.  I wasn't planning on a streaming service like this, but AT&T bundled it as a free add-on to my cell phone plan.

 

Checked at Discovery and they have most episodes available for streaming, but they're not set up to log in via WatchTV.

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They posted part 2:

 

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Part 3 posted, added to blog entry.

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Part 4 posted, added to blog entry. Was going to watch it tonight, but it's no longer available for some reason.

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They reposted Part 4 last night.

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Is it just me, or is putting a giant cupholder into the control panel just asking for trouble? :ponder:

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Agreed.  Found this photo online - it's hard to tell for sure but the bottom of the openings appear to have the same slop as the control panel, which wouldn't work well for drinks. Maybe they ended up using it for the speakers.

 

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Part 5 added to blog.  The cup-holders are shown, and are 3D printed.

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I'll be curious to see if they mention why they didn't make ambidextrous controls. (Not that I'm complaining, since I'm right-handed.) But the layout of the panel has a space for a right-hand fire button, and the cost would be negligible.

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I have that exact subwoofer in my car. Works great!

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Part 6 has been posted: 

 

 

They have a sweet arcade at their workshop.

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That they do. I liked the Angry Mac to denote the computer players. Spotted a Coke bottle in one of the cup holders.
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Yeah, the Angry Mac was a brilliant touch. Really nice project all-around.

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Wow really cool!

Thanks for posting.  I would probably never seen it otherwise.

 

Too bad they did not show more on code choices or what language, libraries, or APIs used... Did anything give them any trouble etc.

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Part 7 is up.

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Did anything give them any trouble etc.

 

 

Yes, they cover issues like the unit shutting down due to overheating in part 7.

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