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#101 AtariIntellect OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:00 PM

Great! Now I can play ET without punching my PC.



#102 bradhig OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:47 AM

Did you fix the bad guys getting stuck on the bottom of the screen?



#103 Kosmic Stardust OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jan 31, 2016 12:38 AM

Did you fix the bad guys getting stuck on the bottom of the screen?

I think we need to fix the greater issue of good guys piling up at the bottom of the screen first! :rolling:

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#104 Nukey Shay OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 4, 2016 7:33 AM

But then Mario World would fall down.  It exists upon the bodies of an infinite number of dead Marios.

 

Did you fix the bad guys getting stuck on the bottom of the screen?

Have one warp back to its home if it attempts to enter a screen already occupied by another?  But this could make the game very tedious.



#105 Random Terrain OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Feb 4, 2016 7:59 AM

Did you fix the bad guys getting stuck on the bottom of the screen?

 

Why would you want to do that? You can use that to your advantage:

 

randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories-et-tips.html#scientist_and_fbi_agent



#106 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 2, 2017 6:52 AM

I copied Recompile's fixes into E.T. PAL version.

 

Would someone be so kind to test it?

 

Attached File  ET_Fixed_Final_PAL50.bin   8KB   12 downloads

 

BTW, I would like to change ET titlescreen color from green to brown. What should I change?



#107 Kosmic Stardust OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 2, 2017 7:50 AM

I found this ET bug when I was a kid and I don't see anyone talking about it on the web, so I made a video showing how to trigger it...
 

That's hilareous!!! :rolling:

#108 Nukey Shay OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 3, 2017 4:03 AM

BTW, I would like to change ET titlescreen color from green to brown. What should I change?

The color of E.T.'s face?  Byte $F11E in the second bank (careful, there be opcodes here).



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Posted Tue Jul 4, 2017 11:54 AM

I copied Recompile's fixes into E.T. PAL version.

 

Would someone be so kind to test it?

 

attachicon.gifET_Fixed_Final_PAL50.bin

 

BTW, I would like to change ET titlescreen color from green to brown. What should I change?

Changed ET titlescreen color from green to brown, thanks to Nukey Shay.

Attached File  E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) (2013 fixed version by Recompile - 2017 copied for PAL by Philsan) (PAL).bin   8KB   23 downloads



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Posted Wed Jul 5, 2017 8:57 AM

Did you fix the bad guys getting stuck on the bottom of the screen?

 

That's not a bug, that's a feature!     It happens because there can only be one human on the screen at a time, and if a human is out on the screen below headed your way, the human you sent home block each other.

 

You can use this to your advantage to get things done without getting hassled by them. 



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Posted Wed Jul 5, 2017 2:14 PM

Is it normal that sometimes, when the scientist grabs ET, he walks in place and doesn't move until I move ET?

This happens in fixed NTSC and PAL versions.



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Posted Wed Jul 5, 2017 2:44 PM

Is it normal that sometimes, when the scientist grabs ET, he walks in place and doesn't move until I move ET?

This happens in fixed NTSC and PAL versions.

 

If he gets stuck at the bottom of the screen, it's because the FBI agent or Elliot is active on the screen below.   If that's not the case, then it's a bug.



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Posted Fri Jul 7, 2017 12:07 AM

If he gets stuck at the bottom of the screen, it's because the FBI agent or Elliot is active on the screen below.   If that's not the case, then it's a bug.


Yeah, it's not at the bottom. The scientist will grab E.T. and just stand there until you move the joystick, then he'll start carrying E.T. down the screen.

 

I also noticed that the Phone Home Zone can't be found anywhere sometimes. In the original unhacked game, it can be hard to find sometimes, but it's not impossible.



#114 zzip OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 7, 2017 7:31 AM

Yeah, it's not at the bottom. The scientist will grab E.T. and just stand there until you move the joystick, then he'll start carrying E.T. down the screen.

 

I also noticed that the Phone Home Zone can't be found anywhere sometimes. In the original unhacked game, it can be hard to find sometimes, but it's not impossible.

 

I have not seen these issues then.  



#115 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 7, 2017 3:43 PM

Just downloaded (first post) and tested NTSC fixed version again (Stella 5.0.0-pre9).

 

FBI agent and scientist grabbed me, they walk but don't move until I touch the joystick.

 

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Recompile) (Hack).png

 

It's strange that nobody noticed the bug: 925 downloads!



#116 Random Terrain OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 7, 2017 10:02 PM

Here is an animated GIF showing both getting stuck until E.T. moves:

 

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#117 recompile OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jul 7, 2017 10:26 PM

That is strange.  I don't know how I missed it, or what the cause could be, but I'll try to look in to it soon.



#118 Philsan OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Sep 23, 2017 2:35 AM

That is strange.  I don't know how I missed it, or what the cause could be, but I'll try to look in to it soon.

It would be nice if you could investigate.



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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:30 AM

HSW depicted FBI agents chasing aliens long before the X-Files.   I don't think they would care about aliens in real life.   It's one thing a scientist the Air Force ,NASA , etc would want to study aliens ,but the  FBI viewing as a threat to the country?     Spielberg even had the government chasing everyone away from Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind so there wouldn't be any witnesses to the alien landing insane idea.  



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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:37 AM

HSW depicted FBI agents chasing aliens long before the X-Files. I don't think they would care about aliens in real life. It's one thing a scientist the Air Force, NASA, etc. would want to study aliens, but the FBI viewing as a threat to the country? Spielberg even had the government chasing everyone away from Devil's Tower in Close Encounters of the Third Kind so there wouldn't be any witnesses to the alien landing insane idea.


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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:13 PM

What are the four game variations on the patched rom?    I know game 4 is game 3 on the original game. 



#122 recompile OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:09 AM

What are the four game variations on the patched rom?    I know game 4 is game 3 on the original game. 

 

1 - Scientist and FBI Agent

2 - FBI Agent

3 - Scientist

4 - No Humans (except Elliot)

 

It's described in "An Extra Game Mode" in the write-up.

 

I had a chance to play this with HSW at the dig. (The documentary crew put the fix on a cartridge for him.)  We were going to play on the 'no humans' mode to look at some of the changes.  He seemed surprised that there was an extra mode, as he put it "I thought it was two humans, one human, no humans".  I replied "Yes, but the one human was the FBI Agent".

 

That FBI Agent is a nasty candy-stealing jerk. 



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Posted Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:40 AM

You could also up the ante by adding 3 additional game selections featuring no Elliot and/or candy.






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