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Bert

So today I got a Kid's Controller at the store for my 2600. I noticed that Ernie, Oscar, Big Bird, and Cookie Monster each have their own game. But who's missing? (And if you say "Elmo" I will scream.) Bert is missing. (Well, so is Grover, but that's a different story.) So I want to rectify the situation by making a Kid's Controller game featuring our ol' buddy Bert. (Just don't tell Sesame Workshop.) I worked and worked and eventually got the Sesame Street theme playing on an Atari 2600 using a
 

Screwed up "schedule"

These past few days I have been getting up at 10pm and taking a nap at 4am. Which is fine, except for today I didn't wake up from my nap until 11am. Which probably means I'll be asleep soon. Something is making me really sleepy. Before I am off to slumberland, I just thought I'd share with you what I've been working on these past few hours. I got an idea for a Frank the Fruit Fly screen. The bees move diagonally between their tree and the center one. You can pass through the center tr
 

Yeti

So I misjudged how big I can make the sprites. It turned out it was 5x6 not 6x6 as I had thought. Tried to redesign the yeti, but couldn't make it look as good. So I made the sprites 6x6 (in actuality 8x8, but the blank border is needed so artifacts don't clutter the screen!) Lots of time was spent trying to make it move correctly. I spent two days on it. I've been sleeping a lot, which is why I'm on this site less. Don't know why. The yeti moves "randomly" around the screen. If he co
 

Arcade Archives Reviews: Burgertime

Burgertime is an arcade game released in 1982 by Data East, using the DECO type hardware (although a standard version was also released).   Burgertime is one of the essential arcade games. Everyone has played it at one point or another and overall is one of the classics. Peter Pepper never made it to the same heights as Pac-Man or Mario, but his sprite remains unforgettable.   In the game, you play as the aforementioned Peter Pepper and you gotta make burgers (with
 

Cranberry update

A lot of work has been put into the raining in Quest of the Cranberry for the Channel F. And since I added a snowflake falling in the snow level, that too. The gist of the random number generator, I think, is this: 1. Generator gets number between 0-255 in a certain table of numbers (that seems random) that the lookup point increases by one if you add to it. 2. Make the number be between 10-73 with some code. 3. Put said number into the x position of the raindrop or snowflake.
 

Arcade Archives Reviews: Yie Ar Kung Fu

Yie Ar Kung Fu is a 1985 fighting game by Konami.   Now, this game is one of my favorite games Hamster re-released. In my opinion, it's probably the best fighting game of the 80s and one of the most underrated arcade games in general.   Now Yie Ar Kung Fu is basically a love letter to all of those Shaw Bros. Chinese Opera movies. You play as Oolong, a young Kung Fu master who has entered a tournament in order to avenge his father's death. You have to fight a diverse
 

Cruizin' Facebook - Michael Berlyn's Recovery - July 2020

Hey Bubsy fans, Michael Berlyn had an operation, is out of it, and now doing better than before the operation!   And he would love to hear well wishes and encouragement for a speedy recovery.. which is also going well but every little bit helps right?      His Facebook is here...   https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004994478706   Until later Bubsy fans!   -Bubsy Bobcat Fan Blog

doctorclu

doctorclu

 

Compaq Portable II CF2IDE Tutorial

The Compaq Portable II is a really weird computer. I've found a few blog entries and videos that are supposed to explain how this is supposed to work but none seem that helpful. So I decided it'd be nice to make a complete how-to for people that can't figure out how to get their Compaqs working(like me a week ago). All disk images required can be found at the bottom.   Before I begin, a huge thanks to @wierd_w for helping me get the Compaq working and sending me the diskettes nd variou

bluejay

bluejay

 

resetting

So I was working on a song I was making. I got it all beautiful and stuff when suddenly my computer became unresponsive for a few seconds and then abruptly restarted. I had saved the last 45 minutes of my song, but the last 2 minutes weren't saved. I was so angry because it was so beautiful. So I had to redo it. It wasn't as beautiful as the last time I created something, but oh well. I hate my stupid computer.   And this morning I woke up and there was a huge spider, about a couple in
Wireless Controller Charger

Wireless Controller Charger

For a guy who hasn't even manufactured his PCBs yet, I have too many ideas.   Something like this will probably never come to fruition, but looking at my consoles, and my newly arrived INTV 2 I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be cool if I could replace the broken controllers with a MrBoehm BT/USB adapter that also included a wireless controller charger? Something that has a case that is 3D printed to fit into the INTV controller bays?   Of course, you'd still need a power sup
Ordering PCBs

Ordering PCBs

Ordering PCBs is about as much fun as shooting yourself in the foot.   At least it is for two guys doing it for the first time.   David and I spent about 4 hours today trying to navigate the different PCB ordering websites to get quotes.   I'm biggest gripe, PCBWay wouldn't upload our Gerber files. We wasted about a half hour on that until we decided that since it was "under review" it didn't matter. In the meantime, we went on to a couple of other websites to get q
Origins of my New Profile Icon

Origins of my New Profile Icon

I have been a bit tired of my old profile icon, so I decided to update it with a photo of the pick guard that I have on my custom acoustic guitar.   I hired Bill Brunton, of Brunton Classical Guitars, to make a dreadnought for me. Bill also happens to be a member of my thesis committee and one of my Anthropology professors from back in the day. It's good to have a guitar made by one of your mentors.   There is a long backstory to this guitar, but I'll skip it for now.  
 

Well, That Was Something!

I don't really like to post personal stuff on here, but this was so crazy I gotta talk about it.   So out of nowhere, my father called my mother. This may not sound crazy, but between my birth, and now, they've only talked a handful of times (they separated). And oh boy, a lot of things happened.   Firstly, my father got COVID-19 and has mostly recovered, my half brother I guess got mugged and was shot (I didn't hear much about this, but I think he's ok), and I guess all of t
Controller Types

Controller Types

After doing some testing, and now understanding why I couldn't get my chatpad to work. I'm planning supporting the following devices on the MrBoehm. Or at least I will take a meaningful stab at all of these controller types. Atari VCS (BT and USB) Modern Controller - (sad, no chatpad support) Classic Controller - I will go the extra mile & beg/borrow/steal to make this one work, as it's the one most care about. Intellivision Amico Ami
Ok... I put a VCS on Pre-Order... Yeah, yeah, yeah...

Ok... I put a VCS on Pre-Order... Yeah, yeah, yeah...

I decided to put a VCS on pre-order.   I'm not really a big video game player. I play games with my kids, mostly Minecraft, but other things too. It's good family time. As such, I've put an Amico on pre-order as well.   For myself, I really liked Red Dead Redemption 2, and I sometimes play Rocksmith 2014. That's what XBox is for.   But I'm more of a tinker-er, and I don't play a lot of games. I won't elaborate exactly what I'm going to do the VCS, because it would b
 

Arcade Archives Reviews: Sky Skipper

Sky Skipper is a 1981 flying arcade game by Nintendo. You may have heard of this game because it never made it out of the test market phase due to poor reviews. Strangely, Parker Bros. made a port of the game for the 2600 and released it in 1983.   In the game, you play as (what for it) Mr. You, and you have to rescue the king's family from gorillas. The whole object of the game is you drop sleeping gas on the gorillas so the King's family has just enough time to jump out of their
 

Odyssey 2 stuff

So I began work on a new Odyssey 2 game that has the same idea as an Odyssey 2 game I finished but never got released. I figured since it never got released that I would see if I could make it any better. So swat the flies. I had to make the fly body a square since the round body was just not working at all. I only have one sprite left though. The hand is one, the handle is one and the swatting part of the fly swatter is another. Stuff I plan to do in the near future: + Make the
So how many Bubsy games exist? (Releases,Re-Releases,Bootlegs)

So how many Bubsy games exist? (Releases,Re-Releases,Bootlegs)

So, if we count all of the re-releases, plug 'n plays and bootlegs we could find, we have: over 50 games! From Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (1993) to Bubsy Paws on Fire! (2019)   Here's the link of releases/re-releases/bootlegs for Bubsy in Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind (1993): https://atariage.com/forums/blogs/entry/16820-how-many-ports-of-bubsy-in-claws-encounters-of-the-furred-kind-1993-exist/   Here's the link of releases/re-release
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