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Atari 800 Best Game Pack Release

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#801 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:46 AM

I myself  always update the Altirra used in the gamepack for when I have a blast...

 

Can't say I've noticed the stagger ever but make sure the Vertical Sync option in view (edit: in Altirra) is ticked..

 

I've not had a single issue over the years with updating Altirra in the gamepack as the only options that get changed internally that matter to the gamepack for the updates are the command line switches that we used to make sure the games got the right settings and Phaeron has not changed those..

 

To be honest the only thing you can expect from using a newer Altirra with the gamepack is an improvement in gaming quality where Phaeron had updated it.

 

As a person who has tested the games hundreds of times in Altirra and the version that was initially used in the Gamepack I can promise there no issue with updating it in the emul\altirra\ directory to the latest one, its what's in mine and its perfectly good..

 

Paul..


Edited by Mclaneinc, Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:47 AM.


#802 JCat OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:37 PM

Thanks for the replies  - yes, vsync is ticked. I'm going to go back in and see if it's just some setting that is different between both - like something I have not checked off or on. 


Edited by JCat, Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:40 PM.


#803 JCat OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:52 PM

Transfered over the latest Altirra to the emulator folder in Best Game Pack, and now it's running perfectly smooth. 



#804 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:08 PM

Glad to help...The emulation in Altirra has come a long way since the version we used in the Gamepack...



#805 Alfred OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 3:56 PM

Since its not like there are all sorts of new games being released for the Ataris, is there any reason to think this utility should be resurrected ? Im guessing its pretty complete after all the effort you guys put into it, so Im not clear on what new features a resurrection could offer.

#806 _The Doctor__ OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Dec 5, 2018 6:24 PM

Mostly better emulators, updated emu configs, new sprite hax, and of course the new games... a number of which have come out and are to be released soon ;) We get a couple hands full every year or so...



#807 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Dec 6, 2018 4:20 AM

I've not heard from Starwindz in a long time, he's an incredibly busy technical engineering team leader in a specialist field and his job was upped a notch when we last spoke, with his work related jaunts all over the place from his home in South Korea it really does not leave a lot of time for him to do this stuff these days. He's a great guy and he's what I class as my long lost South Korean brother, we share the exact same tastes in almost every thing and he's just a lovely guy to get on with BUT work and life take the lead. SO the idea of him resurrecting the interface and the DB coding engine are rather unlikely, my part could be done by anyone as its testing archives and was helping Starwindz with the ins and outs of Altirra mostly, Avery kindly added command lines for the odd thing to help us and other front end makers.

 

The only update that could be done is new games added but the theme of the project is "The Best of" so adding every new release may be not in keeping as they have not had time to become the classics already added but saying that there are a load of new games that are must add ones but it needs an understanding of the Gamebase DB system to add them and the pairs system it uses. Me, I'm up to my neck in doing things, looking after my old friend and my mother in law who both have dementia and taking them shopping and to appointments along with my own medical problems and keeping my daughter Serena safe from the continued recovery from Anorexia dn the mental issues surround it mean I don't get much time and when I'm not doing all that I'm recovering from doing it all :)

 

Could the front end be spruced up, I don't really think so, the subject was wide open to all AA readers to make suggestions of which most were added at the time, it offers a nice visual and audible reference with internet search links embedded, add Altirra and the ability to send to Aspect so a real machine could play the games and not just an emulator and I think its nigh on perfect..

 

But I'm biased :)

 

Paul..



#808 pixelmischief OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 22, 2018 10:37 AM

What is it written in? What's the database?  Do you have the source?  I'd be happy to take a look at it and, at the very least, write a tool you can use to maintain the database.



#809 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:01 PM

The database is from James Burrows and its called Gamebase, http://www.bu22.com/

 

Its pretty much a standard these days for emulator collections bar a few new more glitzy ones..

 

Starwindz has the source so I don't know if he hacked, re-coded or whatever to add the extra's from our database..

 

Any source is with him and he's almost impossible to get hold of these days...Really busy man..I use his contact from here from time to time and these days I don't get a reply.

 

I don't think I had any other way to contact him bar that..

 

But as for me doing the updating, I doubt it, I'm looking after two dementia ravaged people, my daughter and my wife whose health is a bit shaky at the mo...And that's without my probs..

 

To be perfectly honest, I'm knackered these days, the pain is such a put off, I'd rather use the time to play now :)

 

If I can..

 

Paul..



#810 yungstar OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 4, 2019 2:42 PM

hi guys, just downloaded this and when run it says there is a 1.5  update when i click on update and install it then says "IOHandler value is not valid" and just hangs.

 

any ideas on how to get past this?

 

t.i.a.



#811 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Mar 5, 2019 3:59 AM

You have to manually get the update from the site, there's a link below the main one...Not sure of the error...That's Starwindz side but the update function on our Gamepack stopped after a while as it was easier to provide a link and get it that way..



#812 durringtongull OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 9, 2019 10:06 AM

Hello, ive been looking through this thread and struggling to get the Best of Pack working.................... i've downloaded both 1.1 and 1.2 and extracted both but when i run 1.2 it says on every game 'file not found' - help!



#813 imstarryeyed OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:44 AM

Great looking collection, I have just found out about it, but I can see so much work was put into it! Thank you!



#814 Mclaneinc OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Apr 17, 2019 2:31 AM

Thank you but its was also a group effort in picking the games...Glad you liked it and just incase, durringtongull did get the help they needed in a PM and his collection is working now, there are some missing files in the collection but it can't be helped..







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