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Posted by atari2600land, 03 September 2015 · 35 views

So I got my package today. What was inside? A boxed copy of Horse Racing for intellivision. It looked crappy since it was mailed in Bubbleope and was mailed all the way from Pennsylvania to Oregon. But I don't really care about keeping boxes, I just wanted the game. And I popped it in. It works and played a little tune for me. I pressed 5. Up came a scree...

Christmas time again.

Posted by atari2600land, 01 September 2015 · 44 views

It's September 1, and what's more, I feel in a Christmas-y mood. I'm listening to my Christmas music. I got out my Christmas books out and have been reading them. Right now I'm listening to Christmas Dragnet. I'd love to hang up Christmas lights and get the trees out. But it's too early. First we have Halloween to get through! Perhaps I should listen to M...

Missing waffle

Posted by atari2600land, in secret govt waffle project 31 August 2015 · 60 views

Since I was working on Zyx for the INTV, I thought I might as well work on the Secret Government Waffle Project as well. Last time I remembered, I was having trouble trying to figure out a way that there wasn't a wall of five unavoidable waffles coming at you. I thought of a solution. Instead of five unavoidable waffles coming at you, force the five unavo...


Posted by atari2600land, 31 August 2015 · 71 views

So I was working, trying to make a game for the Intv Basic competition a few months ago, when I gave up. I came back to it a few days ago and fixed my problems. I just now fixed a problem about the game over screen, after you press fire, the Zyx and the Vut (if there is one) remain on screen for less than a second. I worked on it for a little bit and appa...

Power outage time again

Posted by atari2600land, 29 August 2015 · 70 views

So they do all this work to reduce the number of power outages. And what happens? The power goes out. Apparently about 1,400 customers were affected by this latest one. It lasted a few hours. I beat mom in Scrabble pretty badly, but the power still wouldn't come back on. So I suggested we manually open the emergency garage door cord and go somewhere. I pu...

A letter

Posted by atari2600land, 27 August 2015 · 89 views

I was thrilled when I read Sunday's newspaper (yes, I still read the newspaper.) I saw that Sue Grafton was going to eschew her naming of alphabet novels (i.e. R is for Ricochet), and just name the latest one "X". Why do I care? It's not because the series is the same age I am, it's because I have a little library of one-letter book titles. Believe it or...

Remembering middle school

Posted by atari2600land, 25 August 2015 · 78 views

down in the depths of my brain lie horrible thoughts about middle school. but the summer before I started it, I made a newsletter and sent it to my friends. It was called Big Belch News. You may remember me talking about reviving it a few years ago, which ran for a few years. But this summer, I stopped making them. So looking through papers, I found CHEEZ...

Go! Sudoku (PSP)

Posted by atari2600land, 24 August 2015 · 78 views

I got a new PSP console. The one I had before had a major problem: The D-pad sometimes went crazy even when I didn't touch it sometimes. I noticed this on Go! Sudoku, where the cursor kept traveling weird directions even when I wasn't pressing the d-pad or the joystick. So now the new PSP solves that problem. But there's two problems with Go! Sudoku that...

A page of fun (part 2)

Posted by atari2600land, 23 August 2015 · 96 views

So I worked a little bit more on my game. A few hours later, I came up with this.

But the cool thing is, if the guy gets roasted, he'll turn red and run off screen. And then the SELECT GAME screen will come on. I think the trade-off for the sprites looking the way they do is okay. Plus, I think it's harder. Not that there's a score or anything. Now that...

A page of fun

Posted by atari2600land, 22 August 2015 · 103 views

Something made me think of the extremely small games article on my website (here: http://www.atari2600...ticles/ram.html ) So I figured since I was in an Odyssey 2 sort of mood, seeing if I could fit an entire game into one page (256 bytes.) My first attempt is called Godzilla. You are Godzilla and you try to roast people with your fire breathing...

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