Looks like computer AI has found a couple of bugs in Qbert, one which appears to trigger endless point accumulation:
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Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:26 PM
Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 7:42 PM
Posted earlier in this thread, but probably more likely to get noticed by 2600 players here. I'd love to see if a human player can reproduce this on a real 2600:
I'd need to read the paper by the discoverers of this exploit, but judging from the video, it almost looks as if it was stumbled upon by accident rather than through some sophisticated analysis by the AI.
Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:07 PM
Posted Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:16 PM
Posted Thu Mar 1, 2018 2:57 AM
Perhaps the fact the AI is on the last life has any relevance, if it screws up some memory location when you complete the first level on your last life, perhaps in combination with moving in a certain direction.
Posted Thu Mar 1, 2018 6:58 AM
OK, I will try again tonight. I'm sure someone will find it before then...
Posted Thu Mar 1, 2018 7:13 AM
I can get infinite points on q*bert by passing coily or the other enemies in mid-air.
Posted Thu Mar 1, 2018 9:55 PM
I played the hell out of 2600 Q*bert back in the day. It's still one of my favorite ports on the 2600. And I never found or had that bug ever happen to me.
I did. I never could get it to happen consistently, but it happened often enough that I knew it was a bug in the game and not some other random hardware glitch.
While I don't think it has anything to do with the number of lives (I could be wrong), I know it does have something to do with playing with the joystick while the end-of-level bonus is in progress, and I'm pretty sure Coily has to be on the board at the end of the level (he always was when it triggered for me). Often I would tug on the joystick so that I could get moving immediately when the next level started, before enemies started appearing. Sometimes instead I would end up suiciding off the bottom of the platform, and then the starting color for the next level would be radically different. I can say for certain now that it's the same bug. It always caught me by surprise that I'd end up dying before I could exploit it. In fact I don't think I ever noticed that I was getting extra bonus points while the glitch was in progress.
While I don't know for certain how to trigger this bug, I do know of two other exploits that can get you infinite points on the first level, if you're that bored. They both involve luring Coily up to the top cube. If you can get Coily to jump on the top cube and then you jump down left and right to the bottom of the pyramid, always hopping across the "gap" that splits the pyramid more or less in half, Coily for some reason just might commit suicide instead of chasing after you. This isn't a guarantee, but give each Coily enough chances and eventually he'll take the plunge. Alternatively, if you can get Coily to jump onto the top platform at the same time you're jumping up and to the
left right (edit: still can't get my directions right sometimes) off of the platform, you will "die", but Coily will still jump after you and your death won't count against you. This one does work every time, so you can rack up your score faster with this exploit than the first one.
Posted Mon Mar 5, 2018 8:08 AM
It's an old version of Stella, whatever was used in the "Arcade Learning Environment" (ALE). Something like a 3.x version, I believe.
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