The story was really good reading, unfortunately I don't remember where I saw it.
Back in "the day" when Tempest came out this guy would play the heck out of Tempest if I remember correct after hours too. He owned the arcade. He dumped the ROM and hacked the thing with a hex editor or whatever. One thing at a time (one byte at a time?). He kept doing it repeatedly to see what things would do. Eventually he was able to make different levels. Really hard and curvy ones. It was called Tempest Tubes. It was to bring new life to a game and make it last in the arcades longer. Only a few places had this version. This was unofficial until Hasbro Interactive included Tempest in its Atari Arcade Hits: Volume 1 for PC in 1999.
You can get the ROM here and instructions to install it:http://www.marvin3m....deo/tempest.htm
PS - Don't quote me on that entire story.. It's been awhile since I read it, but that's the basics of it pretty much. As I sat there and read the story I had sweet visions in my head of being a kid again, some mad scientist concocting things in his laboratory.
I remember some arcades had the pac-man speed hack, or those games that came in generic arcade cabinets. I loved those! Same fake wood grain cabinet, but some dude would come every month or so and swap out boards throughout his "route" to switch up the games from time to time.
Not familiar with that, but sounds intriguing.
Yes, Tempest, but with the extra levels mod.
Edited by yuppicide, Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:27 PM.