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9 years later...

Posted by atari2600land, 27 May 2015 · 32 views

I can't believe it's been 9 years since I've joined the forums at AA. It's been so long, I even forgot how I found them. And 9 years and 1 day later, I now have 338 Atari 2600 games. I want to have at least 350, so I need 12 more. But it is really hard when you have almost all of them. I guess I need to cough up the dough and look on eBay. I've also made...


47 hits me again!

Posted by atari2600land, in 47 sightings 25 May 2015 · 55 views

I've been seeing the number 47 a lot more lately. A few sightings:
- I was flipping through the channels when I saw this religious channel and some guy was talking about Psalm 47.
- The incumbent Polish president lost the Poland election. He only got 47% of the vote.
- The Seattle Zoo's oldest gorilla, named Nina, died at age 47.
- My local Wal-Mart has b...


Special bug moves

Posted by atari2600land, 24 May 2015 · 65 views

I decided it was time to work on Insecticide some more. I guess I should work on it more than once a month. Anyway, this update involves the bugs' special moves. Instead of pressing B to do them, I put them in a series of 4 button presses. The button presses are made with the right directional pad (as opposed to the left one, which moves the insect around...


Nintendo Stuff - issue 4

Posted by atari2600land, 22 May 2015 · 69 views

Yes, Virginia, there will be a fourth issue of Nintendo Stuff. In case you've forgotten, Nintendo Stuff is the name of my N64 magazine where each month, I take a look and review two N64 games. I have written the reviews for the two games I've chosen. I will not divulge the two titles I have played and reviewed yet. But you should be interested in at least...


Soup of the Day

Posted by atari2600land, 20 May 2015 · 61 views

With the death of Wordplay magazine (I got an e-mail notice because I sent some rejected puzzles to them.) I sadly looked through the issues I had. I don't have them all, and it only lasted about a year. I noticed every issue I did have started with a puzzle called "Double Alphabet Soup." I tried to make my own. About 80 minutes later, I had made my own....


My music project

Posted by atari2600land, 18 May 2015 · 84 views

I guess I have enough faith my computer will hold up. I've decided to write a four-hour-long song (or ":opera", and I use the term loosely). The idea is to use three whole CDs, which can hold 1 1/3 hours of music, which comes out to four hours. The title is "Stephen A. Quanger and the Huge Coat Hanger." It starts with an instrumental piece then it switche...


My stupid computer (part 2)

Posted by atari2600land, 17 May 2015 · 95 views

Everything has been going good with the computer I have, but I'm wondering about getting a new one still. I got this one in 2012, so it's 3 years old now. I do a lot of art stuff, like record albums of me playing the keyboard, making drawings and using Photoshop, and of course making video games. I think I read that a Mac is better than Windows for this k...


My stupid computer

Posted by atari2600land, 16 May 2015 · 92 views

Suddenly, my computer was acting real slow. So I decided to turn it off. When I turned it back on, it didn't do anything. So I ran Windows Repair. It couldn't find the problem. So I figured I will have to get a new computer. I turned it on again. This time Windows Repair was scanning the whole disk, and it said it would take an hour. But it only took ten...


Finished with Stickman?

Posted by atari2600land, 15 May 2015 · 98 views

Well, I think I am finished with Stickman. That is to say, the project is completed. And if not, it's pretty darn close. The erasers have four speeds. I wanted to put in a fifth, but during testing, I could never get to the fifth level, so i just went with four. The score has to be down there because if I put it up top, it blinks and disappears and I don'...


A little more...

Posted by atari2600land, 13 May 2015 · 97 views

So I worked on Stickman last night again. I found a way to stop sounds. Setting $0aah to 0 makes it silent. So I put in the stepping sounds and whenever the animation timer reached a certain point, I made the stepping sound stop. Of course, this means that when you enter another page and immediately begin walking right, you won't hear the noise that said...