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Mean Bean Machine

Posted by Cafeman, 15 April 2017 · 115 views
Sega Genesis
I've been playing Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine on X360 Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection.   Oh what a frustrating battle, but I finally beat the quest mode and beat Dr. Robotnik's level, and got the achievement.  
I wonder how many gamers, without cheating with a password, have seen this stage:  

Adventure II tells it as it is!

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 14 February 2017 · 211 views
Adventure II, Homebrew
I got the new Rankings logic typed in and I hope debugged.  Because I doubled the number of rankings from 5200's 7 , to XE version's 14 Rankings, and I doubled the lines of code for the actual 'rules' , I blew out the main ROM memory bank $4000-$6FFF. So I moved some of the new rankings logic down to $7000-$7FFF and the code now fits.    ...

Adventure II and the deadly sword!

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 09 February 2017 · 132 views
Atari, Adventure II
In the 5200 version, a dragon would just pass thru a laying-around sword ... but in this version the sword is deadly to them at all times. Just like the original Atari 2600 Adventure. 

Adventure II and Bat Antics

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 01 February 2017 · 162 views
Atari, Adventure II
A brief movie explaining some differences added to the XE version of Adventure II . 

AdvII XE and the Icons of Adventure!

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 30 January 2017 · 175 views
Adventure II
Today I worked on my to-do list of minor tweaks, including the Alternate Icons logic. 
In the 5200 version of Adventure II, you could pick from various icons but they would not play any differently from using the default Sir Square.  I started changing that in for Adventure II XE back in 2013,  and gave the Crab and Bat specia...

AdvII XE and January optimizations

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 28 January 2017 · 180 views
Adventure II
 I spent some time in January reviewing the sprite drawing & erasing routines, and the collision routines.  I discovered a couple areas I could optimize the code.  Maybe this is prep for working on a 2600 game next, counting cycles so much.  With 5200 programming, although I did optimize, I didn't really analyze the cycles as much...

Adventure II XE update 01-03-2017

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 03 January 2017 · 201 views
Adventure II
I am rewriting parts of the sprite collision routines . I thought I could get them to work , but the timing is too different from the original 5200 version, and the Collision routines make certain assumptions that are not true 100% of the time in-game. 
Here is a quickie video I made to share what the problem is.  

Star Wars Rogue One - Spoilers Talk n'at

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 17 December 2016 · 317 views
Star Wars, Rogue One
I also wrote a spoiler-free blog entry about the film here - http://atariage.com/...er-free-review/ 
I wrote that quickly after seeing the film, being careful to avoid all other reviews because I didn't want my thoughts influenced. Once an idea gets in one's head, its there forever. I lef...

Star Wars Rogue One - spoiler-free review

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 16 December 2016 · 198 views
Star Wars
I don't think there are any spoiler reveals in here.  I don't want to spoil any surprises, and there are plenty of those. This is more spoiler-free thoughts than a typical review...
Leaving the theater after seeing Rogue One , I was trying to collect my thoughts on how I felt about the film.  What came to mind was "WOW! What a fantastic S...


Posted by Cafeman, in RL520x who knows whats next 25 October 2016 · 343 views
Atari 5200, Reactor, homebrew
I was discussing Atari homebrews and Reactor was brought up.  I can remember only one arcade that actually had that awesome coin-op, with its trak-ball and loud electronic music and cool sounds.  Atari 2600 Reactor by Parker Brothers (the only console port I've ever heard of) was one of my most often played 2600 games, and I still go back to it...

Daytona CCE vs Daytona CE

Posted by Cafeman, 08 August 2016 · 409 views
Sega Saturn, Daytona
I bought an inexpensive new copy of the Japanese Daytona USA Circuit Edition recently.  I've played a lot of versions of Daytona USA over the years - the coin-op original, the Saturn launch Daytona USA (which I lost and no longer own), the North American Daytona USA Championship Circuit Edition (CCE) on Saturn, and the Dreamcast Daytona USA.  I...

Replay FX is over

Posted by Cafeman, in Game Reviews, Uncategorized 01 August 2016 · 356 views
Replay FX, pinball, arcade
I attended the Pittsburgh Replay FX last year Friday and Saturday - the show runs from Thursday to Sunday.  So this year for 2016 I attended Thursday through Saturday.  I also joined the Replay World Championships,  played a lot of Time Pilot and Dig Dug on max difficulty, but got eliminated in the first round finals. Also attended some GRE...

Playing Dig Dug

Posted by Cafeman, in Game Reviews 23 July 2016 · 253 views
Dig Dug
In preparation for the  competition ( http://replayfx.org/...d-championship/    )  next week at the  Replay FX show,  I've been trying to boost my Dig Dug scores. I'm playing the PSX Namco Classics disk 3 version (playing on my PS2).   

First of all, I saw recorded Dig Dug...

Obligatory AdvII XE update

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 11 July 2016 · 288 views
Adventure II, Atari 5200
The fact has not escaped my attention that Adventure II XE is *still* not completed and released.  I get a few weeks' worth of time working on it, then I let it sit for months.   It's a time issue, and a perfectionist issue too. I could just release it, but some of the newer features aren't 100% bug proof yet. So I figure,...

RL5204 Escape from AirWorld log, 2016-07-07

Posted by Cafeman, in RL520x who knows whats next 10 July 2016 · 235 views
homebrew, Atari 5200
Pterodactyl imagery and a portal. Portals open to a Treasure Room where you defeat the pattern/enemies to grab treasure.  I want the portal door to be a brighter color - might use a wide missile for those. 
Played around with ideas for different bg's - 

Here's the description:

Bike Riding

Posted by Cafeman, 30 June 2016 · 197 views

I'm tired of buying junk.  In 2009 I went yard sale shopping and got 2 used bikes. One was for Mrs Cafeman, who since decided biking isn't for her, so I ditched it years back.   The other bike, and I don't recall the brand,  was for my oldest son who was like 15 at the time - wouldn't you know we still have it, it's older but the frame and...

Review - LEGO Jurassic World

Posted by Cafeman, in Game Reviews 12 June 2016 · 699 views
LEGO, Jurassic
I love Jurassic Park. I read the novels, saw all the films, played the games on Genesis, Sega CD, SNES,  Saturn,  and Playstation,  for better or worse! I enjoyed Jurassic World as a sequel. I was not disappointed by Colin Trevorrow's direction or the storyline.   Since its been a while that I played a game with JP content, I...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray review

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 07 April 2016 · 610 views
Star Wars
I've seen The Force Awakens four times now. Three viewings at the theater, and one at home on my new BD copy.   
Review Grade:  A 
I simply adore The Force Awakens! I love it!  I love it more than any of the prequels. I love how it feels like natural 30-years-later continuation of the original trilogy that I loved as...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (League) - 2nd watch thoughts

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 06 April 2016 · 499 views
Batman, Superman
Scene spoilers!  Beware if you care and haven't watched the film yet!!!
Here are my original and mostly non-spoiler thoughts after the first watch a week ago:    http://atariage.com/...er-free-review/
For my 2nd viewing of Batman v Superman, my son and I w...

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (League) - Spoiler-free review

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 27 March 2016 · 519 views
Batman, Superman
I watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.   The first section is a spoiler-free review (I assume you watched the trailers),  followed by a spoiler-hidden additional thoughts.  
Based on the Rotten Tomatoes low aggregate score of about 30%, and the complaints, I went in with low expectations. I didn't particularly like the trai...