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Star Merchant in T-40 on TI-99/4a

Another Extended BASIC game for the Ti-99/4 line; Star Merchant. Back in the 80's there were several variations of this game where you traded merchandise between star systems. The game dates back to at least August 1981 when Creative Computing published the game but probably goes back even further to the mainframe era. I seem to remember playing something like this on the TI mini-frame in school.  Simple game, you buy merchandise in one star port the 'Warp' to another star port and try

hloberg

hloberg

 

Dots

Yesterday I scanned some comics I drew and I wanted to color them the way they appear in the newspaper, to give a sense of actuality to it. You know, the pattern of dots that gives white places a sense of a shade of gray (I assume by tricking the eye). It took a while, but I finally found the shade of gray I wanted to change actual gray to those dots in Photoshop. So I colored it gray, then went to Image > Mode and then changed the number of available colors to 2 under "Indexed color". I chan

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

2k Contest

Remember those coding competitions for the 2600 (or any other console you wished) where the main goal was to have a complete game in a very small amount of space? Like 1k or 2k or 4k or something (I don't remember what the sizes were.) The games one year were all featured on one cartridge (The 2005 Minigame Multicart). Looking back now, it looks like the contest was called the "[year] minigame contest".   Well, I want to have a similar thing. So I want all of you to get some ideas for

atari2600land

atari2600land

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 4  (more KOTOR)

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 4 (more KOTOR)

I started to play Xbox Knights of the Old Republic for the first time in advance of Star Wars Episode IX ... although I've owned it for 15 years!     On Monday I played for another hour or so.  I'm still on Taris but I have seemingly finished the sewers/Vulkar Swoop Bike prototype engine mission.   I  won the subsequent Swoop bike racing heats (not hard at all), and the female Jedi Bastila has been freed and she is a member of my party now.   I think I learned something about fighting

Cafeman

Cafeman

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 3

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 3

I have  re-watched all three Prequel Trilogy films back-to-back.    I've come to live with and accept some earlier harsher criticisms, so I won't focus too much on those.  But I will be talking about what was dumb.   Some random thoughts:    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones  (Released May 2002, 17 years ago!)  -- thoughts:    Anakin acts like an immature,  whiny brat the entire first half of the film. It is awkward to watch these scenes, as everybody else in the sce

Cafeman

Cafeman

 

Bug-free?

Since I eliminated the bug in Frank the Fruit Fly about the title screen, I noticed a few weird things happening in-game. Since what I did to the title screen seems to have solved whatever was wrong with it, I decided to do the same thing to the in-game code. Actually, I was going to do so earlier but I forgot to. But now I did. I don't know why the game gets all weird whenever the flapping timer gets above the flapping limit. Common sense would indicate that Frank just would stop flapping his w

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Swirly gig

I am a lover of crosswords, especially weird-looking ones. So I was delighted to see one in the paper on my birthday last Saturday. It was shaped like a swiss roll (in other words, swirled.) After a few minutes, I thought "this is hard, even for a Saturday!" But I persisted. Gave up, and went back to it later. I think I have done it. Although I don't see how "legislators" are ones on a diet. I thought it was a really cool crossword idea, so I thought I'd take a stab at making one in the same gri

atari2600land

atari2600land

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 2

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 2

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , episode IX of George Lucas' original 9-chapter story, debuts December 20, 2019.       Back in the autumn of 2015 before  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (episode VII)  came out,  I binged the Clone Wars animated series (on Netflix  I think) and found it was mostly very good!      And now, leading up to Episode IX, I am  binging on Star Wars content again to get me in the SW mood.  On the movies side of things, I'm going to re-watch all the films in chronological s

Cafeman

Cafeman

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 1

Episode IX Star Wars binge, part 1

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker , episode IX of George Lucas' original 9-chapter story, debuts December 20, 2019. Or Thursday night December 19 as new big movies started to bump up the day.     I remember in the early 80's when Star Wars was the best and most exciting thing there was, and articles would comment that these films were really just episodes 4,5 and 6 of a bigger story that floated in George's head.  I never thought we'd actually get films for 1,2,3 or 7,8,9.  And now epis

Cafeman

Cafeman

 

Lovely birthday

I had a good birthday. I got a couple of Switch games I need to try to get to. And some other stuff. And I decided to attempt to recode the part of Frank the Fruit Fly that has been giving me problems ever since I started on it. And I tested it for five minutes. Resetting the game over and over again and pressing B to get to the password screen. Not once did it do its stupid problem it's been doing about freezing and music going crazy and needing to reset.   But I am so sleepy now that

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

I'm awake

Well, I should hope so. I don't want to type when I'm sleeping. But what's unusual is the time I'm awake. It's 1 pm. Earlier I thought I'd go to the store and get that game I wanted. But apparently some guy bought it, which is really annoying because it was Cliffhanger for the NES. I mean, who would buy that besides me? So I settled on Shining Force for Game Gear. They wanted $50 for it. I know, I've seen it for cheaper on eBay, but then there's the shipping, and then a hassle if the thing doesn

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

I want a game I made in the AtariAge store.

I've tried contacting Albert. I tried to PM him, but I guess he's so busy making other games, and apparently mine aren't good enough. I thought MidSpace was good enough for a 2k game about shooting food in space, but I guess not. I've tried another thing with the 2600 with the 50-foot-tall stalk of celery, but to no avail. I remember long ago how pleased I was to have GoSub be in there. I just wanted to have another game be in there for people to buy.   I don't want money, I just make

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Where did I go?

Well this is embarrassing. Unfortunately both the reviews and the review book will have to be shelved for the time being.  Not because I don't want to do them anymore, though I'll admit that the idea of rereading that monstrosity isn't very tempting, and the well of Atari games to review has shrunk considerably. Actually a secondary project that I mentioned in my brief update from before has taken precedence over everything else. I'm trying my hand at writing a good old fashi

DoctorSpuds

DoctorSpuds

 

MidSpace Revisited

So I went back to working on MidSpace. This time around, the goal was to put the original title screen music in. I put in the code and compiled. I had 89 bytes to get rid of. A monumental task for a game that I wanted to be 2k, but I began working on it, chipping away unnecessary code and other crap I didn't need. That was at about 8pm. Three hours later, I think I have finally done it. I had to do some weird stuff, but I had to to make it fit in the 2k I wanted.   I really like that t

atari2600land

atari2600land

 

Fun with Windows

A while back, I lamented about some songs I had made, a few MIDIs that when I converted to MP3s, showed their incorrect playing time. Well, one of them showed the correct playing time, so I compared it to the rest of them. The bit rate on it was 112kbps. The rest were 124kbps. So I went to the site I used to convert the files from MIDI to MP3 and, under options, chose 114. When it completed it and I downloaded it, it showed the correct playing time. I don't know what kbps is, and why it mattered

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atari2600land

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