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Game Gear 2022-05-27

So I tried and failed to make a Master System version of this game I was making. It worked okay on the emulator but when I tried it on a real Master System, the graphics were all glitchy. So I gave up and went back to work on the Game Gear version. I added a couple of things. Death - When the game ends, it just restarts again. I need to add a title screen to come back to, as well as a "Game over" message. Faster food - When you reach 25 points, the food flies at your face faster.

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

New disassembler

I've been working on a full-screen text-based disassembler the past few months, check it out.   It's got support for a lot of different 8-bit CPUs and 68000, it has auto-tracing, and it's light years ahead of what I've used before. What I had been using before was so frustrating that I didn't even tell anyone else about it, so I finally sat down and wrote it. Now I can crank out a good rough disassembly in a couple of hours. I've been kicking it around for a few months and even used it

Bruce Tomlin

Bruce Tomlin

 

Face It

I decided to stop on Zurich In Reach for a little bit. I thought of the game I had begun where food was zooming to the head and you opened or closed the mouth to eat or not eat the food. So I went to work on that for about an hour or so. I didn't add anything new, I just changed what code I had to attempt to make it better. I don't have much to it now, just the face, a score, a life counter and food. A list of stuff I want to add: a title screen. a game over screen. sound e

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

50 years of Odyssey

The Magnavox Odyssey is the world's first-ever video game console. It was released in 1972. It is so primitive, it needs overlays to have any sort of graphics for it. One thing that struck me about the instructions was the font. How it was close (but not quite) to the font Atari later used for its 1977 console the Atari VCS (2600). I skimmed the Odyssey 2 installation and game rules book I have and made some changes to a similar font and made my own font. There were some letters not present

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Chicken nuggets

Does anyone else have to "select a blog" to enter a blog entry? I only have one blog, yet I still have to do that. It's so dumb. My cable box quit working. That means I can't get any more TV in my room unless I get a new cable box or get the antenna from the garage out. If I get a new cable box, I doubt I would be able to record anything off of TV on it since "copyright" messages come up on the other cable box in the living room. I knew this day would come eventually, and it just did yesterday.

atari2600land

atari2600land

How to make your MicroKorg sound like an A8

How to make your MicroKorg sound like an A8

When a sound is initialized on the MicroKorg, it’s a very simple sound. Reminiscent of the Atari 8 pokey sound created when playing an Advanced Music System II file.  Change the OS1 - Wave to Square and the sound seems a little more Atari like.   The one thing that you become aware of is that MicroKorg (or any MIDI synth) will play in perfect pitch where the Atari can only be played at an approximation of the pitch. Therefore, a way of detuning a note to match Atari is required.  

k-Pack

k-Pack

 

The Bike Shed is now Blue

Sometimes when I'm working on a project, I have the need to attempt to improve tools I'm using.   I had an idea of adding a "variable watch list" feature to Stella, but somehow I ended up painting the bike-shed blue... and doing some layout changes.     At least I took the time to make a bigger output view (I combine the previous two views into one, minus the snapshot feature).   And yes, I have been working on ChaoticGrill recently and I have made some p
 

Philosophical games

What is the point of living if all you do is die in the end? I mean think about it. You're born, you learn you are not going to live forever, and dread some point in time you don't even know when that you aren't going to exist any more. I could die tomorrow. I could live to be 125. Who knows?   So while waiting to die, I turn to video games for escapism (even though I die a ton in them as well. I can't beat Sonic Chaos with a Game Genie.) So this compels me to write video games I will
Native Dancer

Native Dancer

It's been a while since I've been here.   I don't have any good excuses as to why I haven't tried to finish the USB adapter.   Native Dancer Kicking off our Native Dancer project at work. I was at work late tonight getting a basic informational page for the project up. https://NativeDancer.UND.edu/   I've been dealing with red tape at work trying to purchase software we will need for the project. We just completed the order for Marvelous Designer, which we
 

Hamburgers 2022-05-20

Can't believe it's May 20th already. Time flies. In another forty or so years, I'll be dead. I guess I'd better do something productive in that time. I've been feverishly working on Hamburgers for the INTV (no fever have I, though) these past few days. I replaced the corn cob with a turnip. This came about as I figured out a way to have the snow in the mountain level be more white. Which made the corn cob nearly invisible since it's yellow. So I replaced it with a turnip. I still had the problem
7800 UAV Mount Board

7800 UAV Mount Board

So these arrived in the mail yesterday and so I was super stoked to build one up and try installing it onto my test bed stock 7800 I use in the lab. If you saw my earlier blog post, you might have already figured it out, but yes... I designed some mount PCBs for slight ease on installing UAVs into 7800s. These mount boards have the chroma fix already on them in addition to the extra resistors and cap for audio mixing to external RCA jacks etc. However, this is a dual mono audio solution and not
 

Eye problems

My eye began hurting yesterday. Even though my eye hurt, I decided to give up on GoSub for the Game Boy because I couldn't get the octopi to follow my demands of being on screen at all times. One kept wandering off even though I told it to keep it below a certain y position. So I need to just give up on it because it's being a moron.   So with that project gone, I needed something else to work on. So I decided to continue work on my Intellivision game I was making. I guess I'll have to
 

As normal as it gets

For the past two years, our annual student film screenings for the Character Animation Program at CalArts haven't happened. At least not in person. (For those reading this in the inevitable, distant, dystopian FUTURE and may have no knowledge of what happened in 2020 - this was due to a worldwide outbreak of e-coli brought about by some undercooked Chicken McNuggets at McDonald's. For those who don't know what Chicken McNuggets were, they were "extra parts" genetically engineered and grafted ont
 

1 on 1 Basketball: bug fix

When I went to put in the new code that lets you select how strong you want your shot to be, I forgot to include back in a bit of code that forces the ball down if you press fire when it's shooting:     mov r0,#shootingstrength     mov a,@r0         xrl a,#000h     jnz move_player_1y Just four lines per player, 8 total, but without it, the ball could appear in the player's hands again if fire is pressed while the ball is traveling downward after a shot was made. So now I'm up to
 

1 on 1 Basketball: control changes

I like feedback on my games. It urges me to try to create stuff I thought about but thought I couldn't do before. It urges me to do things I haven't even thought about doing. So based on some, I changed the controls. I tried doing this before, but couldn't get it to work. But now I did for some reason. When the player has the ball, the longer the action button is pressed, the farther the guy will shoot. So just a light tap on the action button results in a wimpy throw, but a long tap results in
 

A new 7800 project... nothing major...

PCBs are designed, created, and already shipped headed my way as are a few components for me to populate the boards. I will go into more details once I have my PCBs and have been able to test and check out if my idea works the way I've planned or not. In the meantime, here is a pic of the PCB. If you are familiar with the UAV layout and install process needed for the 7800, then this should be obvious on what it is. While what you see here is rather large, in reality it is only about th
 

1 on 1 Basketball: fun art

I was bored, so I drew this just for fun. I also worked on GoSub some more. I now have 20 levels in the game. I woke up at 9 p.m. because I need to go to the store. But I don't think I can stay awake for 12 hours. I must have some stupid thing wrong with me that I can't stay awake for more than 8 hours. I don't know. I've gone back to pulling apart my pills and putting them in pudding. It may taste awful, but it's better than choking on it. And my stomach hurts.
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