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Oranges title screen redo

Posted by atari2600land, in Game Boy development 21 January 2018 · 29 views

Since Kevin Vs. Tomatoes is pretty much done, I decided to go back to work on one of the previous projects. It turned out to be Oranges. I saw that I had a few spare background tiles I could use, so I spruced up the title screen a little. It now looks like this:

I also changed the bass part of the song to not be so low-pitched and brought it up an octav...

Playing the Dreamcast

Posted by atari2600land, in Dreamcast game thoughts 19 January 2018 · 70 views

So I got out my Dreamcast. The mail came and they stick it in a hole in the garage. No mail. Going through the garage, I saw my Dreamcast and games. So I decided to take them in and plug in the ol' Dreamcast. I played Looney Tunes: Space Race for about 45 minutes. Now my right middle finger hurts from me clutching the controller, I guess. The game is okay...

The world of business

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 18 January 2018 · 81 views

So talking with e5frog, it sounds like everything is go with making 18 copies to sell (well, technically 20, but he gets one and I get one.) Too bad he's in Sweden and I'm in the US though. This also does mean I have to buy 16 more duplicate Channel F cartridges. Kevin Vs. Tomatoes has no final price quite yet, but it will be lower than Pac-Man since ther...

Music to my ears.

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 17 January 2018 · 73 views

Second blog update of the day. I put noise in Kevin Vs. Tomatoes. I added a simple quick 3 note cue that a tomato has been eaten, and a small ditty when the game ends. I also made a little "thud" noise when you bump into the wall. So right now I guess what I'm doing is polishing the game up for a possible release. Which means I have to buy some donor cart...

Counting Down

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 17 January 2018 · 62 views

So I finally did two things that I wanted to do to my game. First up, I increased the size of the hit detection for the tomato. This took a lot of attempts to do, getting the code just right so it would do it. Second, with help from e5frog, I made the timer start at 99 and count downwards instead of it starting at 00 and counting upwards, I don't know why...

Kevin Can't Wait

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 15 January 2018 · 74 views

So I was having a problem with programming yesterday. I had to stop right in the middle of trying something. I had an idea for a solution, but no time because I had to go get my hair cut. After that, I went to the Game Crazy on Lancaster Dr. They had Mega Man V for NES, but it was $80. And Mega Man for Game Gear but it was $90. I saved $10 on eBay. I have...

Kevin Vs. Tomatoes

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 14 January 2018 · 58 views

So I decided to change the name of the game once again to "Kevin Vs. Tomatoes." Today's work on it was an experiment to see if I could get a different starting X position to the tomato. This took about 3 hours of testing, going back & changing stuff in the code, and retesting and changing stuff in the code and retesting and repeat ad nauseam. But I fi...

The return of the Channel F

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 13 January 2018 · 77 views

So I went back to the store where I had purchased the Channel F that I took back a few years ago. I asked if they still had it. Surprise! They did. So I rebought it. And this time I intend to keep it. Even though it has some problems. First off, the only game I can access on cart #1 is doodle. When you turn on the game, you have to press 3 as you turn it...


Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 12 January 2018 · 82 views

So I was working on Killer Snake again. I got a score in the game. But a problem has arisen. Barf. Why does this keep happening? Anyway, the problem is with the score. When Ken gets the tomato, the score is increased by 1 point and the screen clears and regenerates the snake back to its starting position. Except when you get 8 points, the snake doesn't ap...

Ken and the tomato.

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 11 January 2018 · 71 views

So I was laying in bed thinking. About the Channel F. And how I shouldn't have taken it back. Anyway, a thought came to my head about the game Killer Snakes. I dropped the second S from the title, making it Killer Snake. Because the screen isn't big enough to have two snakes on it. The thought was: If I can test if the edge is touched, then why not the fr...