I'm putting the final touches on this long delayed project., so here is the first summer '19 status report. I tested on my real XEGS hardware to ensure no game-ruining bugs! Didn't find any! Although that ranking seems too high based on how many times I got devoured and how many minutes I took to beat it ...
I take notes of which variation I play , the end stats, and the ranking given. I'll review them after a few weeks and see if I need to tweak the rankings logic. It's not a
It always amazes me the GUNK that sticks to our cement and brick walkway slabs in 1 year. Every year I spend a full day pressure-washing all these front & back, and also my pool deck which has composite decking but still accumulates dirt that needs to be washed off. This year I had a little drawing fun before cleaning them all off. This isn't chalk on cement; the dark parts are slime, the bright parts what it looks like after the pressure wash water cleans it off.
Atari 2600 @Good Deal Games
2nd Dimension, The
Atom Smasher (Case; #73 of 100)
Nintendo Entertainment System @RetroUSB
Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em
More Glider (Boxed)
AtariAge has also shipped an order, which should arrive shortly.
While the Good Deal Games store is currently closed technically, they are still excepting, processing, and shipping order
Alright so I’ve decided that I’m going to start a new, very large project. After the success I had when putting up my Ebook here on the forum I have decided that I will compile ALL of my reviews into one massive Ebook. Unlike with my previous Ebook, which just had 2600 games, I will be including reviews for everything. I will also be including write ups for each console as well to act as an introduction for each section of the book which will hopefully propel me over the one million character ma
And nothing really seems to be going on with it lately. It would have been nice to see some sort of new game to celebrate the 20th anniversary, but it looks like it's not going to happen. I brought out my Dreamcast and hooked it up. It still works. Which is good because I went and ordered some Dreamcast games off eBay. They are all games I previously had but sold because I got uninterested in the Dreamcast. But I kept the system and 50+ games, which is good because I am interested in it again.
A major rewrite of the Arduino/Atari communication software was accomplished. It seems the Cassette Motor Control pin causes a spike when it switched. (You can hear it in some of the previous tracks.) BIT 7 of PORTA has been configured for output. Joystick 2 trigger can be used as BIT 7 if its ever needed.
It took a couple of weeks of software trouble shooting to figure out that the hardware was the problem. The output power from the CMC was enough to trigger the optocoupler but
It is very rare, in fact I daresay it has only happened once, where a game comes out that entirely kills the previous generation of games/consoles. In fact it only could happen once, and only in a market dominated by a single game… Pong. 1972-1977 was the age of Pong and Atari and Magnavox were, of course, at the forefront of it with oodles of copycats trailing behind. As 1977 rolled around though the public’s interest in Pong had no doubt waned considerably and as console manufacturers dumped t
...especially when you're programming it in an air conditioned house. So I was working on Golf for the Channel F again. I was working all night from about 8pm to now. It's almost 1:30am here. I added two holes to the game. But when I started at the beginning, I broke hole 11 somehow. So most of my time tonight was spent trying to fix it. I finally did. I don't know how I did, either. So all that's needed to be done is add 5 more holes. It's getting really hard, since the code is 5,471 lines, not
Insects are everywhere. I saw an ant in my room. It was horrible. They've been on the kitchen counter for a while now, but not in my room. I went to work on Frank the Fruit Fly last night. I was having trouble with it. Whenever I died, there was this pixel up at the top of the title screen. I kept trying different things to get rid of it, nothing was helping. Until I realized that that pixel wasn't just a bug pixel, it was the pixel from the bottom of the snowflake. I had set the snowflake's y p
YouTuber Tom Scott has just released a 16 episode series on making an app. (YouTube link behind the Spoiler.)
I haven't watched the series (although I will), but IMHO the first question you need to ask yourself is what it's going to cost on an ongoing basis and how you plan on paying for it.
For Slide Tilt Roll, the only ongoing costs were my Apple Developer ID* and a small website & domain name**, but something like Tom's failed messaging app is going to require s
It is generally understood that many 2600 game simply don’t hold up, especially the earlier ones. Usually this was due to the fact that these were the first of their kind ever released on home console and the console itself was a very limiting factor. I initially wasn’t even going to review this game because I mainly try to steer clear of sports games on the 2600, usually because they’re nearly impossible to play and just aren’t that much fun, and I don’t like sports games in general. The only
This is Steve the kidney bean.
I drew him for a mascot of the new newsletter thingy I'm working on called "Eli Ate My Kidney Beans." When I was a kid way back in 1995, I made these little newsletters for my friends. I still have most of them in a book form. But a lot of stuff has changed since then and I now have the internet so I can reach everyone around the world with my creations.
Anyway, I wasn't sure he'd come out this well when I scanned the paper I drew him on. But
Yet more mini-arcade action! This time, it's all about racing games:
Pole Position actually has a tiny little steering wheel... but it's actually just a steering wheel shaped joystick. No analog controls. Although for this version, analog isn't really needed. You also don't need to shift, the buttons just accelerate and brake, but really, adding shifting to something this small would be a little ridiculous. (Get it? A little ridiculous? ) It's hard to justify being picky on
There are few classic games series as well known as Castlevania. The original trilogy on the NES is infamous for its difficulty and is still beloved, and the SNES version is regarded as one of if not the best game in the series. Castlevania wasn’t just limited to Nintendo consoles early on; it had releases on both the Genesis and Turbografx-16 though they aren’t as well remembered. There were even releases for portable consoles, the Game Boy had several that are generally well regarded, but sadl
Worked on Frank the Fruit Fly some more. Sometimes when I went to the password screen, it was kind of messed up. Other times it worked perfectly. So I wanted a wonderful working password screen. So I thought I'd take a second stab at redesigning it. This is what I got. Since the redesign, it has been working fine. But that doesn't mean it will always. Pokemon Mini game programming problems seem to pop up and disappear whenever they feel like it.
One thing I've also noticed is that the
Alright so I decided to just release my Ebook for free here on the forum so here ya go. It comes in EPUB and MOBI flavors for Kindle users.
101 Reviews for the Atari the Good, the Bad, and the Weird.mobi
101 Reviews for the Atari the Good, the Bad, and the Weird.epub
I've been messing around with using OBS and emulators on my laptop to capture video and stream on Twitch (Controlissues is Twitch name). Here's a video I made of me playing the first level of Gradius III for the SNES. Played via RetroArch, using a PS2 controller connected via a PS2 to USB adapter to my laptop. Recorded through OBS and made into a YouTube video. I haven't messed with this kind of stuff a lot, but I may be doing more of the same kind of thing in the future.
** IMPORTANT UPDATE JULY 8, 2019 **
I believe it was in the aftermath of the release of Woolies Strike Back that I saw a cool picture of a Bubsy statue floating around on twitter...
It was pretty cool. For whatever reason I didn't track it. But I have found out the (possible) rest of the story in recent times. First off the was donated to a charity event called "Games Done Quick"
For some reason Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC comes to m
Healthy baby boy, 7lb 3oz. At least I was already out of high school so no affect on education. This is also my dad's 2nd grandchild that's not from a stepchild as baby brother fathered a child last year. Eldest sister, Andrea's 2nd child is due in August so at least that's one more grandchild for mother before we say good by to the 2010s.