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Posted by atari2600land, 31 March 2019 · 48 views

Another ant-filled day here at the Read residence. Mom keeps saying she thinks Terro traps and Terminix are enough. Yeah. I'm beginning to think she's enjoying the ants all over the kitchen counter. Like that old Far Side cartoon where the kids are enjoying the fact that the slugs are back:

I'm not in a very good mood. I tried to get saving progress in...

Yoshi's next adventure

Posted by atari2600land, 30 March 2019 · 41 views

So I went to Wal-Mart to get Yoshi's Crafted World. Wal-Mart is the closest place to me that sells video games, so when I want a video game, I usually go there. I looked and looked at the cages and couldn't find it. So then I looked a second time. There, up in a corner on the highest shelf, was the game. After waiting for a few minutes while the lady ther...

How to forget things you did 6 years ago

Posted by atari2600land, 28 March 2019 · 94 views

So with Yoshi's Crafted World coming out for the Switch, I decided to make an issue of Nintendo Power. What I forgot though was that not only did I make one 6 years ago in 2013, I made three. So this will be the fourth one. It's easy to forget things you did 6 years ago when your computer keeps crashing every couple of years. It's a wonder I've had mine f...

six² for Odyssey

Posted by atari2600land, in Odyssey 27 March 2019 · 55 views

I was looking through AtariAge and noticed the thread where they were talking about trying to make the Odyssey be an online system. it prompted me to get out my Magnavox Odyssey and test it. Found 6 C batteries, put them in, and the console still works. It's amazing because it was released 47 years ago! Then I remembered I was going to release a game for...

Random snow

Posted by atari2600land, in Pokemon Mini, Frank the Fruit Fly 26 March 2019 · 59 views

I finally got the snow to fall randomly. I was wondering if there was a value that was happening psuedo-randomly all the time since the beginning, like a register. Turns out there was. While I was at it, I also composed and added a new song for level 2. it's hard to compose little tunes when you only have one audio channel to work with. A second one would...

Brick walls and snow

Posted by atari2600land, in Pokemon Mini, Frank the Fruit Fly 25 March 2019 · 58 views

Brick walls and snow I thought of an idea for Frank the Fruit Fly, so I decided to implement it. It took a few hours to figure out the collision code for the walls, but it was done. This was yesterday. Today I decided to play it to try to get a better picture of it. I noticed that the snowflake was only health subtracting causing if it fell on him. Since I wanted him to subtr...

Break song complete

Posted by atari2600land, 24 March 2019 · 53 views

I worked really hard and wore myself out working on the 19-minute-long MIDI composition. I went back to that website to convert it to MP3, and the result was it was longer than the MIDI. I had to make a special version of the MIDI (sped up) to make it the correct length. I went to check out the other one I had done, and it mysteriously slowed down as well...

Break song

Posted by atari2600land, 22 March 2019 · 44 views

So I've decided to take a break from Billy the Ball to focus more on some other stuff. I have all these projects I do to keep myself busy. It's quite possibly the only reason I don't watch all that much TV. This time, I've decided to try and make a MIDI of the Incredible String Band song's "Ithkos" off the 1974 album "Hard Rope and Silken Twine," which I...

A moving story about Billy.

Posted by atari2600land, 20 March 2019 · 113 views

A moving story about Billy. I thought that the title screen didn't look very good with the copyright notice right under Billy. So I decided to change the title screen. I changed the title so it was a smaller font size. I think this looks way better than it did. Thoughts?
I've also been working on this game for most of my waking hours again for the third straight day or so. An...

Having a ball?

Posted by atari2600land, 19 March 2019 · 83 views

Having a ball? Since I had a problem with the Atari 2600 version, I decided to abandon that version and instead attempt it on the Intellivision. It took most of my waking hours to get started on it. To have a good base to build the rest of the game upon. I had lots of trouble with the line clearing, there are still some areas that it does dumb things, so I made it impos...