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"Rare" games

Posted by atari2600land, 31 March 2018 · 207 views

Why are some games so much more expensive than others? Take, for example, Jack Bros. for Virtual Boy. There's multiple copies on eBay, yet they're all about $500. So it can't possibly be rare if there's so many of them.
When I got my TurboGrafx-16 years ago from the used video game store, I didn't ever imagine how much money the games would be wort...

Weird dreams

Posted by atari2600land, 30 March 2018 · 177 views

So whenever I lay on the couch and go to sleep on it, I have these weird dreams where I think I'm up and walk around and do my mundane stuff. Then I wake up and realize it was all a dream. I woke up at 11am to go back to sleep on the couch and be with the dog while Mom left.
Last night, I decided to work on the slot machine some more despite me say...

Lots of slots

Posted by atari2600land, 29 March 2018 · 159 views

Today I began work on the slot machine portion of my casino game for Virtual Boy. And it angered me so much my eye began to hurt so I took a couple chewable bayers, and I hope that will work. What angers me though are two things: #1 - the fact that I did the same thing in a previous game and it works fine but doesn't now for some reason (new computer perh...

Casino Aggravating Pak

Posted by atari2600land, 28 March 2018 · 165 views

I decided to test my casino game on a real Virtual Boy. Good thing, since there was a ton of problems I needed fixing. The screen was rolling like it was a PAL 2600 game on an NTSC console. Fixed that. Then the chip in roulette wasn't displaying correctly. It was flickering like the ghosts in 2600 Pac-Man, but only on the bottom row. So I redid the roulet...

Casino Fun Pak

Posted by atari2600land, 27 March 2018 · 154 views

I played a little bit of Casino Fun Pak for the Sega Game Gear to get an understanding of how I should program my Blackjack game. I learned that the house's cards shows one, so I made mine show a card. The other card actually remains undecided since it was easier to do it that way. Since it's not showing, if you were playing it and I didn't tell you, you...

Blackjack, take 2

Posted by atari2600land, 26 March 2018 · 171 views

I decided to attempt Blackjack again on my casino game for the VB. I think the problem was I was making the code too long and hard to follow. So I decided if I simplified the game's code, then I would have a better time at it. This version of Blackjack would have the dealer's hand undecided until the player decides to Stay. And since you don't know the de...

I give up on Casino

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 24 March 2018 · 273 views

So the time has come for me to admit defeat on blackjack programming. I've had enough of breaking games and then trying to repair them only to break them further. You'd think it would be easy since Virtual Boy programming is done in C, but nooooo. I have to be stupid and not know much about it. I don't think I'm smart enough to program a blackjack game. S...

Suits, me fine.

Posted by atari2600land, 23 March 2018 · 202 views

So it took a few days of trying various things to make the cash total number not flicker when you start a new roulette game in my VB game. What actually worked was shifting everything except text one BGMap up. So now the table is BGM1 and the chip is BGM2 and the text is BGM0. I don't know why it worked, I was having so much trouble, I was willing to try...

it's spring.

Posted by atari2600land, 22 March 2018 · 183 views

I've been working on a new issue of my comic book "Bill & George Quarterly" this winter. I was working on the Spring issue. Last month I completed it early. When March came I was putting it off putting it on the internet. Well, it's a couple days late, but it was finished early. Issue 11 - spring 2018 is finally available for download. It's free. I ma...

Channel F stuff

Posted by atari2600land, in channel f 19 March 2018 · 207 views

I got to thinking there is no Channel F game that is holiday themed. I wondered why. Two of its colors in its palette are red and green, so it would be perfect. Then I got to coding. The result is a title screen to a new holiday game about a snowman. I hope I can get this done in time for the holidays. Here is a screenshot:

At first I was going to make...

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