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I like giving up.

Posted by atari2600land, 28 February 2019 · 138 views

So I searched my blog for LFSR. No results. I guess it's time to give up on the game. I tried the other one, but then the duplicate card checker quit working for no apparent reason. I just wish I was a good programmer. I've done this for years, you'd think I would be great at this. I guess it's just because I'm stupid. Or some people just have a knack of...


No randomness

Posted by atari2600land, 27 February 2019 · 88 views

So I googled "random in C" (what I'm using for this stupid game.) and found a whole bunch of examples, but they all use the rand() function, and efforts to find the included h files were in vain. But I did do one thing (I think): Shortened the code a bit for the dealing. It looks like this:    for (i=0; i<5 ; i++)    {...


Red and green

Posted by atari2600land, 26 February 2019 · 95 views

So I made a new title screen for Chris's Casino for Virtual Boy. It wasn't fun trying to fix the text in Roulette. Playing this, it becomes clear I need to figure out a better way to make the cards more random in Video Poker. Hmm.
 
I got a new X-Box game at the used video game store: Tecmo Classic Arcade. It works! Played a few minutes of Pinball Ac...


Killer Heads of Lettuce again.

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 25 February 2019 · 66 views

e5frog has offered his technical wizardry and assistance with my game, and as a result, we're polishing it up, adding more stuff as we go along. He added a high score counter, you know, stuff like that. When we're done, I hope to amaze all of you with the finished product. HOPEFULLY it will stop snowing for the year come spring when I plan to release the...


Kevin vs. Peas

Posted by atari2600land, 24 February 2019 · 72 views

Found a bug in Kevin Vs. Blueberries. When the timer got below 10, it said 90, then 80, etc. until you got a blueberry, then it corrected itself. I fixed it. I was drawing a promo image for it when I realized I wanted the grass to be green, not blue. So I went and figured out something. I can have green grass, but the blueberry and snake would also have t...


Kevin vs. Blueberries

Posted by atari2600land, 23 February 2019 · 56 views

Before you get all excited and thought I was programming a sequel to my Channel F game "Kevin Vs. Tomatoes," let me say that this was just me fooling around with attempting to make a program using just 10 lines of Turbo-Basic for the Atari 800. I woke up at 1:30am because I couldn't stand being thirsty any more. I lay in bed dying of thirst when I try to...


X-Box homebrew

Posted by atari2600land, 22 February 2019 · 61 views

So I found a website with a bunch of X-Box homebrew games on it . Now I'm wondering if there is a way to play these on a real X-Box. I googled "xbox emulator" and apparently it's a new thing only made possible last year. I found a quote from a website:
 
"It uses modified x86 compatible hardware and thus it is possible to write an emulator for it."...


Of pickles and oranges

Posted by atari2600land, in Game Boy development 21 February 2019 · 64 views

Of pickles and oranges So I was trying to put some replay value in my Yum video game for the Game Boy. I decided to make a "pickle juice" mode where the game spat out nothing but pickles and you get a point for each second you survive. Thus making the mode a version of the first Game Boy game I ever made: Oranges. You can access the pickle juice mode in the options screen....


I want to use "if z=88 then pfclear"!

Posted by atari2600land, 20 February 2019 · 87 views

It's horrible when you're programming a game and have this dumb bug that you don't know how it happens and everything you try to do won't get rid of it. Unfortunately, I'm having this problem right now in White Water Madness. Every so often, the background goes black and a solid bar with no hole in it comes up. Then that bar disappears and a new bar with...


Sega Game Gear collection

Posted by atari2600land, 18 February 2019 · 61 views

An update to my Sega Game Gear collection. I just bought Batman Forever, Super Monaco, and T2. When (if?) they come, I will have 140 Game Gear games. For the curious, a few years ago I made and now maintain my list of Game Gear games I have.   One day I hope to have a complete collection. Which unfortunately means I will have to buy games I will neve...