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Posted by atari2600land, 30 January 2018 · 138 views

Before I went to sleep last night, I wanted to work on my novella I was writing. But I was too tired to work on it. So I reminded myself by opening the folder it was in on my computer and then I went to sleep.
I woke up at about 4pm, after 14 hours of sleep. I went to my computer and after checking around AtariAge and my e-mails to see what I misse...

Problem Solving is Hard

Posted by atari2600land, 28 January 2018 · 121 views

Sometimes when you're making a game, some problem shows up during testing, but you have no idea what triggers it. Until you notice it and something clicks in your head. This is what happened to me last night. But unfortunately, that is the easy part.
The very hard part is trying to STOP the problem from happening. You try various things and nothing...

I love sleep.

Posted by atari2600land, 27 January 2018 · 144 views

Back working on my Atari 2600 assembly game I promised to pick up again sometime in January. While it is the 27th, it still is January. So anyway, while working on the game, I inadvertantly changed the landscape of the game. I noticed I had commented out a "sleep" command because I apparently didn't need it any more. So I put it back in. I don't know how...

Drawing, a blank

Posted by atari2600land, 25 January 2018 · 152 views

One of the things I do to pass all my free time (those annoying hours I'm not sleeping), is to draw comic strips. The fact that I can't draw hasn't been stopping me. Another thing that hasn't been stopping me is the fact that even though I have been drawing for most of my life I haven't gotten any better at it. I might as well just be drawing stick figure...

Back to Intellivision

Posted by atari2600land, in my history teacher ate lemons 24 January 2018 · 141 views

So I went back to programming My History Teacher Ate Lemons today. I spent about an hour trying to program the inside of the igloo. I think I finally got it. I put the inside of the igloo as screen number 254. Screen number 255 is where the first lemon of the level is hidden. So now what? I plan to put in a cyclops and a lemon in the igloo. What if some g...

A spaceship.

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 23 January 2018 · 161 views

So I've been playing with channel F programming today, seeing if I can get an object to move without a trail behind it. I don't know why, but it seems as though apparently it doesn't clean up previous bitmaps after drawing them? This discovery was used in Kevin Vs. Tomatoes. So I made a second object trailing behind it the same color as the background. Th...

Learning about my Channel F

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 22 January 2018 · 168 views

So the missing channel F games I bought have been found. I have carts 1, 3, 5, 9, 12 and 17 plus 6 duplicate cartridges ready to be made into Kevin Vs. Tomatoes cartridges. I guess I'll keep a #3 even though it won't work in my Channel F (the f stands for "flaky"). So it's safe to say out of the ones I have, #17 is the best game. I can actually play it. B...

Oranges title screen redo

Posted by atari2600land, in Game Boy development 21 January 2018 · 130 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 · 166 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 · 173 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...