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Sleep, glorious sleep

Posted by atari2600land, 13 October 2015 · 29 views

After a stomach ache and vomiting, I went to sleep at 4am. But before I did (and while my stomach was hurting, but not so much), I decided to start an Odyssey 2 game about my situation. The game is called, quite appropriately, "My Stomach Hurts!" The game's mechanics are quite simple. At the bottom of the screen (the stomach area of a body), there are lit...

I'm sick of being sick

Posted by atari2600land, 13 October 2015 · 33 views

Earlier yesterday, I had a stomach ache. I thought it would go away at first, but it didn't. It continues now. I had two nonconsecutive hours of sleep, and after this last hour, I went to the bathroom and I didn't think it would be a very productive trip, but I preceded to vomit a lot after taking Pepto-Bismol. So me being sick=tons of time awake, which I...

The grand opening

Posted by atari2600land, 11 October 2015 · 50 views

I thought to myself, why not try the pliers? So I opened the pliers a fraction of an inch and put it around the screw. I then turned the screw leftwards. Slowly but surely and after a few slips, I had unscrewed the screw and opened the cartridge up! The next step was to put the Everdrive board into the Game Gear. I did that, turned it on, and loaded my ga...

It's too hard

Posted by atari2600land, 10 October 2015 · 69 views

So my Game Gear Everdrive came today. As it turns out, I can't use it yet. No, god forbid I don't need to open a Game Gear cart to use it. I tried putting the stupid Everdrive in the Game Gear slot but it will not fit. So now I have to wait about 10 MORE days, and order some stupid tool that they're all in China for some reason, just to open a Game Gear c...

The Dr. Is In

Posted by atari2600land, 09 October 2015 · 59 views

I awoke with a game idea for the 2600. I suppose it can be done on any system. But I chose the 2600. It's a cross between Squeeze Box and Golf. It's a pill-sorting game. The pills move from right to left and your job is to steer the pills up or down to the hole of the same color. If you hit the sides or put a pill in the wrong hole, the hole will grow lar...

Mr. Ultra has three lives

Posted by atari2600land, 08 October 2015 · 54 views

So I added a life system for Mr. Ultra. I tried to program this yesterday, but my brain started hurting because it was thinking too much so I had to quit. I went to sleep and this morning, I decided to tackle it again. At first I thought that the best way to do this was to have heads for lives. Wrong. The best way, at least for the way I have it set up no...

Mr. Ultra enjoys long walks on the beach

Posted by atari2600land, 07 October 2015 · 56 views

Well, another day another update for Mr. Ultra. Level 4 finds Mr. Ultra in Bodacious Beach. The red peppers have finally found a home here, as they attack Mr. Ultra as he tries to stroll. And another new development: If you die, you go back to the beginning of the level you died on, not the title screen as it was previously. There was a lot of testing to...


Posted by atari2600land, 06 October 2015 · 76 views

So I have the code back again to one bank of 32k. I read that to use a game on an Everdrive (which I am going to get), it should be in powers of 2, which 48 isn't. So I figured out how to change the size of c000, which is 48k, down to 32k, which is done by multiplying 32 * 1024, which gives a hexadecimal value of 8000, which I inserted, and it worked. Now...


Posted by atari2600land, 05 October 2015 · 79 views

I see a pattern arising here. My Mr. Celery episodes are 32k. And now that I am working on Mr. Ultra for Game Gear, I think I am just going to make it a 32k game as well. Although there are some differences. The Atari 2600  was made so long ago that in order to make a 32k game, you have to do a ton of bankswitching (8 banks in a 32k game.) With the G...

Mr. Ultra can jump over celery

Posted by atari2600land, 04 October 2015 · 90 views

Well, I finally got Mr. Ultra's second enemy in the second level. It took a long time to program it in, but in level 2, there's celery. And instead of walking, it jumps up and down in place. It isn't very big celery like my 2600 bB animation, just your basic celery with legs and feet. The outline for level 2 is still the same as level 1, I'm hoping to cha...

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