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#1 intellivotion OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:51 AM

for those who don't know it, biathlon is a nice winter sport that combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. For some reason I think the Intellivision system is adequate for a port and I'm sure that not only the Canadians and the Scandinavians would enjoy playing it.

 

Actually it would be a totally new Intellivision sport game: the cross-country skiing race should be very different from the existing skiing games and we don't have any sport with shooting.

 

What do you think about it?



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:19 AM

Its an interesting suggestion and I don't see why the Inty couldn't do a version of the  game. However, finding somebody interested in coding such a game will probably be quite difficult unless they have their own interests in that area. Along with puzzle games, niche sports games aren't particularly popular for homebrewers to tackle or for Inty system players to buy.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:26 AM

It should be more than just skiing and shooting. It should be a simulation of the sport, which includes not only technical skills but endurance and strategy.

Take a look at the way that Epyx implemented the event in the Winter Games back in the 80s, where your shooting aim is influenced by your heart-rate, which depends on the effort you put while negotiating the cross-country skiing terrain.

Otherwise, it's just no difference than the U.S. Skiing game and any of the target shooters, bunched together.

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:41 AM

Perhaps you could put Carnival on the side screen of US Skiing, take away one ski pole and give him a gun... just kidding. I think it's a pretty good idea, keep thinking and come up with other ideas Intellivotion.  



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:11 AM

Just cut the bridge and castle parts from Ice Trek and replace the bow with a rifle! :P

 

More seriously: For the cross-country skiing / shooting, I wonder if a modification of the approach for Commando would be one way to approach it. Some 'inertia' and 'forced' scrolling for hilly parts of the terrain. Incorporating fatigue and other factors - especially for the shooting - is a great idea. Not terribly familiar with the biathlon's details. Stationary target shooting could be a separate screen with different mechanics for prone vs. standing shooting. Not sure about 'shoot on the run' -- was that only historical or in military scenarios?



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:15 AM

As long as the entire background is snow covered and the targets are white as well!  ;-)



#7 Lathe26 ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:39 AM

Does this mean it has a snow level?



#8 Intymike ONLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:46 AM

The Atari got it's Winter Games by Epyx (and Summer Games, but that is covered by Decathlon). Why not the Intellivision? :)



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:29 PM

Actually I think that would be a great idea for a game- it would be a competitive game for two players, one that you and your buddy can play. The replay factor would be high for those of us with a competitive nature. With the aforementioned variables of heart rate, plus maybe wind speed and visibility... 



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:20 PM

Sound Great , how about adding this too!!




now with go pro view !


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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:59 PM

Someone in Germany once ported the Epyx' Biathlon event from C64 to VIC-20. I think the majority of that port even in is BASIC. Apparently uphills and downhills were never implemented.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:15 PM

Someone in Germany once ported the Epyx' Biathlon event from C64 to VIC-20. I think the majority of that port even in is BASIC. Apparently uphills and downhills were never implemented.


That looks clunky to say the least. Its not the best that the Vic20 can do by any means.

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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:10 PM

I am a Ski Jumping fan, and loved Winter Games on the C=64

 

Intellivision was slatted to have the 1984 Winter Olympics cart.  Keith has stated he would like to see it made.



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:16 PM

Great Idea, I loved Summer, Winter and California games on the Commodore 64.

 

I spent many ours on the Biathlon and yes that was made the right way as DZ-Jay suggested! :)



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Posted Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:57 PM

Those are good ideas as well. Maybe it will be cool if it s  a cross  country skiing shooting game . Is to add the  Adominable snow man  chasing u , in some OF THE  scenes. 


Edited by atari5200dude82, Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:58 PM.


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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 12:08 AM

I have Ski & Shoot for the Wii :D

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Posted Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:58 AM

Hm.. chased by the Snowman? Last weekend one of the female athletes totally lost her concentration when a squirrel ran across the tracks right ahead of her. I suppose if one wants to add bits of fun stuff, it has potential.



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Posted Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:18 AM

That looks clunky to say the least. Its not the best that the Vic20 can do by any means.

 

I didn't know there was ever a "best" that the VIC-20 could do... :grin:



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Posted Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:45 AM

 

I didn't know there was ever a "best" that the VIC-20 could do... :grin:

 

Its a relative thing :P. But the machine can do better than that "port" ;)

 



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Posted Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:22 AM

Biathlon looks a little bit strange in the Atari VCS version.

 



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Posted Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:52 PM

niche sports games aren't particularly popular for homebrewers to tackle or for Inty system players to buy.

 

Yes, unfortunately  :(

 

I loved Summer and Winter Games, but mine was on a monochrome Apple IIe!



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Posted Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:14 PM

These are the sport games that I like:

 

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Posted Fri Mar 24, 2017 8:27 PM

I haven't played any older versions but California Games on NES was awesome, I played the hell out of it as a kid.

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Posted Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:28 AM

I haven't played any older versions but California Games on NES was awesome, I played the hell out of it as a kid.

 

The "Games" series from Electronic Arts Epyx are all classics.  I played them over and over with my friends when I was a kid. :)

 

     -dZ.

 

 

EDIT:  Corrected to say Epyx.  Electronic Arts had nothing to do with them.


Edited by DZ-Jay, Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:54 AM.


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Posted Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:52 AM

 

The "Games" series from Electronic Arts are all classics.  I played them over and over with my friends when I was a kid. :)

 

     -dZ.

 

 

These games were by Epyx.






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