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Weekly doodles #4

Another pleasant valley Sunday. Another comic. Yep, it's time for this week's "Igloos Ablaze"! This is also based on the premise that a lowercase i is an upside down exclamation point. (Besides the daughter/dotter pun.) The kid is always thinking about herself, which must be why she wrote "I!!!!!!". Yeah, it's lame. Next week's isn't much better.   I have been working on GoSub for the Atari 7800. In case you're wondering, yes I do have an Atari 7800, with 20 games for it. Al

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

The worst thing I ever bought.

The worst thing I ever bought… Well that’s a pretty easy answer for me.   Before I say what it is, I first want to justify myself, because this is a pretty stupid thing to buy in the first place. I had just gotten my tax return in and I was feeling expensive and impulsive, and I really wanted an item that I could show off and perhaps have to act as a conversation starter. I knew it was going to be a reproduction cart of some sort, but it had to be even better, a repro cart and box, now

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

 

Poster - Atari Lynx

I made a poster about the Atari Lynx system:   Heroes & Villains of the Atari Lynx: Pixel Art/Sprites from all officially released Lynx games   Size: A3 - 420 x 297 mm (folded to A4) Paper: 135g glossy 4/4 color digital print   A poster is EURO 3.00, world-wide shipping is EURO 4.00 in robust envelope (combined shipping with other items is possible of course). The posters are pre-folded. It’s impossible to ship them in rolls, it’s just too ex

Marc Oberhäuser

Marc Oberhäuser

 

2 Posters - Atari 7800

I made two posters about the Atari 7800 system:   Heroes & Villains of the Atari 7800: Pixel Art/Sprites from all officially released 7800 games & 7800 Games Library: All officially released 7800 games on one poster   Size: A3 - 420 x 297 mm (folded to A4) Paper: 135g glossy 4/4 color digital print   Each poster is EURO 3.00, world-wide shipping is EURO 4.00 in robust envelope (combined shipping with other items is possible of course

Marc Oberhäuser

Marc Oberhäuser

 

2 Posters - Atari 5200

I made two posters about the Atari 5200 system:   Heroes & Villains of the Atari 5200: Pixel Art/Sprites from all officially released 5200 games & Poster 5200 Games Library: All officially released 5200 games on one poster   Size: A3 - 420 x 297 mm (folded to A4) Paper: 135g glossy 4/4 color digital print   Each poster is EURO 3.00, world-wide shipping is EURO 4.00 in robust envelope (combined shipping with other items is possible of

Marc Oberhäuser

Marc Oberhäuser

Food Fight

Food Fight

Hype, I don’t get it, all it usually does is raise expectations to a ludicrously high degree. Usually the expectations get so high that the final product could never fulfill those wild expectations. What if then, you have a game that flew under the radar for so long that nobody but a small few even noticed it, add onto that the fact that it was only released in any quantity on a console that almost nobody owned. Food Fight falls perfectly into that oddly specific category of game. Originally it

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

 

A Channel F Thanksgiving?

I was thinking about the phrase "you lose turkey" in Tic-Tac-Toe for the Channel F. I tie it to Thanksgiving, since it's Turkey Day. So if you're playing it on Thanksgiving and you lose to the computer, it takes away part of your turkey. And then I thought, what goes good with turkey? Cranberry sauce. Which is where Quest of the Cranberry comes in. I doubt I'll be able to complete QotC by Thanksgiving, so it will have to be a Thanksgiving tradition to play these two games if I ever finish progra

atari2600land

atari2600land

The Curious Case of "Fire! by Palmex" for Atari 2600

The Curious Case of "Fire! by Palmex" for Atari 2600

An Atari 2600 game called Fire! that supposedly involved setting fire to things first appeared on some of the original collectors lists of unreleased Atari games that began circulating on the net in the late 1990s and early 2000s including this one.  I often wondered about this game myself, as it also appeared in the Rumor Mill section of the Digital Press Guide... https://www.digitpress.com/video-game-guide/?mode=GameInfo&gameid=24691 No one seemed to know much about the game.  I

Psionic

Psionic

Threshold (Tigervision)

Threshold (Tigervision)

Originality in games is not a dead concept though it is getting harder and harder to find as more and more games fill the same genres while attempting to stand out from the rest with a unique concept, visual style, gameplay element(s), or some mix of the three. Some games succeed at originality and other don’t, but the game I’m looking at today isn’t even trying to be original, in fact it almost seems to relish how generic it is, but it shouldn’t have been this way. Threshold is a game made by O

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

 

Weekly doodles #3

So apparently, the comics I do don't get much attention. Last week only had 11 views. So let's take a look at this week's. Originally I was going to have the pun involve Bert, but the word is "sherbet", not "sherbert." I looked it up just to make sure. I don't know why the cops are investigating this very bizarre case involving sherbet, but there they are. This comic does have 16 different colors even though it might not look like it.   I am back working on GoSub for the Ata

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Toy Story 4 - Spoiler-free review

Well, that was weird.   No, not the movie. My last blog post.   Well, not the post, but the way it got posted.   It used to be, that when you posted a new blog entry, it would move to the top of the main blog page.   But mine didn't. It stayed down at the bottom, right below Eric Ball's latest entry:     The weird thing is, I posted my entry on August 10:     And Eric had posted his on July 10:    

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Snow in August

So I finally got the snow in Quest of the Cranberry problem sorted out. It was because I didn't know that rows #125-6 are used to choose the background. And I had put a sprite there to get rid of it (it's a location off-screen). I updated the title screen a little, and added some blades of grass. It now looks like this: Now I can continue on this. I put in the Easter egg so I wouldn't forget. If you know Channel F programming and looked at the code, you'd probably know what I did. The

atari2600land

atari2600land

Diner (INTV)

Diner (INTV)

I’m gonna level with you right now, I don’t like Burgertime, I think it’s a slow monotonous game with very little payoff, every version I play whether it be the arcade, Intellivision, Colecovision, Atari (any of them), or even the NES I wind up feeling the same way. I like the overall concept of creating giant burgers while being pursued by evil foodstuffs but it just feels too constricted and slow. I don’t really expect anybody to agree with me but I feel that I should get my opinions out there

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

 

Quest of the Cranberry

So I am fiddling around with Quest of the Cranberry, the Channel F game I was making before I made Golf. I made a title screen. I tried everything I could, but I could not make the sky white. Good thing it is blue and not some other dumb random color like green or something. I'm making level 2 underwater and level 3 be a snow level.     Last night I was working on Frank the Fruit Fly for the Pokemon Mini, trying to put all the graphics in one bank. It took me all night, but

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Categories

Testing a way to reimplement categories.  Tagged Collect and Warlords the entries as appropriate, then used the following query which limits results to my blog - just fill in the appropriate value for tags=________.   https://atariage.com/forums/search/?tags=________&type=blog_entry&nodes=148   Collect Warlords   Need to figure out how to pin this blog entry to top.   Need to figure out how to sort the results as the order returned appe

SpiceWare

SpiceWare

 

My thoughts on Ewoks... I could appreciate them

Ironically I keep wanting to call Ewoks "eWoks" after all the years of writing "eMail" and other "iPhone" things.   But vicious warrior cannibalness aside, I always looked at them as just miniature Wookies without the technology.   And I've loved from the start how they were able to foul up advanced tech with much less technological traps.   I think the movie showed that eventually technology did win and overcome, but it was not as easy as the Empire or anyone else might have thought.

doctorclu

doctorclu

 

How to play 5200 games without the 5200

Yesterday I finally crossed a big name off of my ‘get’ list, a working Atari 5200, I have long had a busted one that I’ll just keep around for parts now. I don’t intend on buying any games for it or even hooking up to my TV because I still can’t really play it. I suppose that’s the unique thing about the 5200, some consoles are unattainable because of the price of the games, or of the unit itself. The 5200 is unique for a totally different reason, the controllers. Oftentimes a working 5200 contr

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

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