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Four Lives To Live

Posted by atari2600land, 23 April 2018 · 37 views

I couldn't tear myself apart from working on the game again. So I added lives. And a life counter. So when you get hit, the burger crashes downwards and a life is subtracted once he hits bottom. So you get four lives to start with. I had a terrible time with this. Total time spent with lives: about 3 hours. My primary problem was the score was flickering...

Pretty sprites, all in a row

Posted by atari2600land, 22 April 2018 · 48 views

Since I learned that the Game Gear can only have 8 sprites in a row, today's work involved taking 8 pixels off the "paused" sprite to make room for a 1-digit life counter. As a result, the game now says "pause" instead of "paused." Another thing I also learned is that pressing button 2 on the Game Gear Everdrive starts the most recently loaded game. I did...

Anger-inducing collisions

Posted by atari2600land, 21 April 2018 · 57 views

So I spent the better part of my waking hours today trying to put words in the GG game. Letters didn't really want to work, so I put phrases in instead.
But somewhere along the line, I broke collisions. It started detecting what I thought were false collisions. But while playing on t...

Milkshakes and y positions

Posted by atari2600land, 20 April 2018 · 58 views

So I worked on HERTS (Hamburgers En Route To Switzerland. Funny acronym I made) again. I was having trouble making the milkshake's y position go up and down. It kept thinking there was a collision when in fact there wasn't. After many angry outbursts, I had an idea. Perhaps it was thinking there was a collision because the 2 parts of the milkshakes were o...

eBay and Dreamcast: A stupid combination

Posted by atari2600land, 19 April 2018 · 66 views

You know what? I used to enjoy looking through eBay and seeing what Dreamcast games sellers are selling. But then, one day, someone started selling "Custom" Dreamcast games. For example, what kind of DC game has Mario in it? But then, more and more and more stupid fake Dreamcast games started appearing. And apparently, people seem to not care and they act...

Hamburgers En Route To Switzerland

Posted by atari2600land, 17 April 2018 · 86 views

I don't know why I keep making games about food. I guess it's because I'm hungry all the time? Well, at least it was healthy food (tomatoes, lettuce, celery, etc.), that is, until now. I've transitioned to meat. This is the "secret" Game Gear game I was working on. I've decided to unveil it now because, well, I'm stuck.
Not with the code, but with...


Posted by atari2600land, 15 April 2018 · 67 views

So I was at the store. I saw a few 7800 titles. I thought to myself "Hey, I have a 7800. Maybe I should get them." So I did. I came home, looked in the garage for my 7800. Finally found it. As it turned out, I already had the three carts I bought. Oh well. But on the upside I do have a working Atari 7800. The power button is a bit sticky though. On the do...

Displaying fun

Posted by atari2600land, 13 April 2018 · 65 views

So I finally got some sprites to display on the screen for my new Game Gear game I've been making. A quite unconventional way though. For example, there's a 16x16 sprite on the screen. To display a 16x32 sprite, I had to cut the sprite in half and then repeat the code twice. Which is better than the way I had it before, which was wasting 8 tiles. So now I...

Game Gear channels

Posted by atari2600land, 11 April 2018 · 84 views

So I have been busy again with the Game Gear game tonight after sleeping almost all day. One of the things I wanted to do is have a sfx play on channel 2, since it isn't used in the song. But I tried and kept trying because I thought I wasn't doing anything wrong. Frustrated, it dawned on me: Since channel 2 had no data in the song (channels 1 and 0 did),...

Fun with banks

Posted by atari2600land, 10 April 2018 · 63 views

Still working on my Game Gear game. I got bankswitching working. I now have a 64k game. I got some data for the screen in bank 1 and got it to display in bank 0. I worked a tiny bit on the game play as well. I would like to reveal this game when I think I am finished with it and ask for feedback then. Until then, I want to make it a top secret project. I'...