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My Panasonic 42 PLASMA shorted out

Posted by Cafeman, 25 October 2017 · 205 views

Of all the strange timing. I hooked up my Atari Xegs to the VCR with RF cable, which is hooked up to the hdtv's video input. You see, I finally programmed Adventure II XEGS onto my first Atari max cart and was planning to start real hardware play testing. At first I just popped in Jungle Hunt. Had truly awful connection, lots of static. Then... the hdtv w...


The Adventure II timeline

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 23 October 2017 · 188 views
Adventure II, Atari
2001-2002 -- Alan and I begin the game and design 75% of what it will be like. Raccoon joins as the artist. 
2002-2005 -- Raccoon Lad & I discuss 5200 limits, we design and create screens,  and program the game. 
2005-2006 -- mostly just me finishing and debugging the program and trying to accomplish my own vision within dwindling memor...


Blog of the endless tinkerer: motivation and willpower cycles

Posted by Cafeman, 21 October 2017 · 163 views

Working on a homebrew project, as with any personal goal,  takes desire, motivation, and willpower.    At first, a project is exciting and fun; you are more easily motivated to dedicate time and concentration to keep making progress, to see how good it can get and what you will be able to accomplish.    You imagine a fun game and...


ReplayFX 2017 Friday report

Posted by Cafeman, 28 July 2017 · 312 views

I attended ReplayFX (Pittsburgh, PA) on Friday July 29 2017. Didn't go the first day (Thursday). I intend to go Saturday too, tomorrow. 
 
This is the 3rd year in a row I've attended, and I'll keep attending as long as it keeps happening each year in the City of Champions . 
 
Vendors - pretty similar to last year, mostly the same ones...


Mean Bean Machine, Part Three

Posted by Cafeman, 24 July 2017 · 681 views
Sega Genesis, Robotnik
July 24 2017 post - 
 

 
Well, I couldn't put the game down and my scores and strategies have increased. At one time I couldn't score higher than 50k, now I'm regularly hitting over 100k. I'm still not able to get the big-scoring chains. I try to set them up but they get blocked. Usually a chain reaction of four is good enough to finish o...


Adventure II tells it as it is!

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 14 February 2017 · 392 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.    ...


AdvII XE and the Icons of Adventure!

Posted by Cafeman, in RL5202-A 30 January 2017 · 330 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 · 307 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 · 315 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.  
 
https://www.yout...


Star Wars Rogue One - Spoilers Talk n'at

Posted by Cafeman, in Film Reviews 17 December 2016 · 538 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...


Reactors

Posted by Cafeman, in RL520x who knows whats next 25 October 2016 · 506 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 · 606 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 · 517 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 · 382 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...


RL5204 Escape from AirWorld log, 2016-07-07

Posted by Cafeman, in RL520x who knows whats next 10 July 2016 · 348 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:
 
 
 
 
Othe...


Bike Riding

Posted by Cafeman, 30 June 2016 · 303 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 · 915 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 · 711 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 · 562 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 · 617 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...