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EP Y positioning

I've worked out the rest of the X positioning code, but I'll post and comment on it later.Y position is a little trickier. First, there are two partial zones at the top and the bottom of the screen. Second, the partial zones will affect the effective Y position of the other sprites.Last night I rediscovered how to do vertical motion on the 7800 again (0,0 is the top left corner) and realized I had to add any Y adjustments to the sprite in order to make the DL index calculation work. This mean

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Blaster manual notes.

The folowing are just some notes I had wriiten which will hopefully become the manual for the Blaster prototype game that was released last year. If anybody has some info or ideas they'ed like to share, please feel free to add your comments:  Notes:  Review: Blaster- Game seems to be written specifically for the 5200 controller- Offers numerous screens - does not get repetitious.- 4 screens  a. Robot Grid  b. Time Tunnel  c. Outer Space  d. Planetoids    - a. Robot Grid:  3 objects:   1. Robot

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My Discovery of Pam -- 4/21/05

I always wanted to start a blog and what better place to start one than on my favorite website. So here we go.....Well, as a few of you know, I am a big fan of the Atari 5200 Supersystem, or as it was originally known as, the Advanced Video Entertainment System. Don't believe me? Look at the 5200 boxes. I guess I'll start off with some history. My first experience with video games was when I went to someone's house that had a 2600. A couple of kids were playing a game called Asteroids. After b

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Post One Day One

I’ve been visiting and posting at AtariAge for what seems like millennia, in fact it was one of my earliest Internet experience. The Als (not that you see or hear much of Alex these days) were even kind enough to host my short-lived AA-beating website 'Atarinvader.com', at their own personal expense. If you never got the chance to visit the site then you can go back in time via The Web Archive and have a peak.With all my days of forum hopping I’ve become a bit of a gaming curio, I’m not either a

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Sandinista

I swear, this is the only album I've been listening to at work recently while cleaning toliets and other crap. I love the 2nd disc(it's a 2 disc series) because I feel it has the best songs of the whole album. I don't know, but listening to this album makes me feel like I'm 19 again. It just does. I never really liked it when I bought it a few years ago. However, when I listen to everything else in my collection of Clash stuff, it pales in comparision to the Sandinista album. In this album, you

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Something I wrote....

I wrote this back in October, and thought it was pretty impressive, considering the source:Life is a bitch, and then you die. Someone once said that, paraphrasing a paraphrase and continuing the tumbling phenomena known as unoriginality. Despite the saying's dubious origins, an element of truth is contained within. Life truly does suck. Or at least many of the long tedious roads travelled leave that as a permanent etching onto the soul known as my existence. People come, money goes, times get ha

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Initiation

Blogs are the billboards of people's lives. I'm going to give this whole blogging thing a shot, just to see where it leads. Perhaps it will help give me a kickstart back into writing, a passion of mine which tends to get pushed to the side more often than not.

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all homework...no gaming...

All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep go crazy...All homework and no gaming make shep...

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Find...

I may as well add something to the blog since it's already got 10 views!Found a Mitsubishi Luma Video Phone today in a thrift. Looked different so I grabbed it thinking I could ebay it. My brother googled it when I called him about it and discovered it has an Atari background. Kinda cosmic...It's interesting but I don't know how it works.

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April 19th, 2005 - Harvest

I found out this evening, (I am about half finished with the dirt) that more than half of the back yard is about 8 inches to a foot above the grade it is supposed to be... Oh well, as long as the town doesn't come by and do any surveying...There is a vacant lot next door, and it is for sale, (even though the neighbour said originally that he never would sell it, because he wanted a "buffer zone" around his home).. if they were to sell it and start working this week, I would be screwed...But

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It's getting busier

Things are starting to pick up where I work and I don't know if I'm gonna make it out alive. Having survived two peak periods and about to go into a third peak period, I can safely say that I think I will get by ok. It all depends on if we hire another custodian or not. In regards to my weight loss, it's still continuing. My weight keeps hovering at 248-250lbs now and I think by the end of the week, I'll be down at 245 or less. Got to knock off that extra weight and get down to 200. One of the d

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Black helicopters.. no, really!

I live in MOA airspace, and we have alot of wargames going on right now. This afternoon, 5 helicopters flew over my house at about 2,000 feet in V formation. Unable to tell if they were AH-64s as is the norm around here (Apache), or if they were UH-60 BlackHawks. It was an awesome sight, but ruined my lazy afternoon on a day off from work (woke me up) Couldn't get a photo due to the speed they were flying. Common to have a single helicopter fly by, but this is the first time I have ever seen ful

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EP X positioning code

Greetings to the 20 readers who visited yesterday.The Expensive Planetarium drawn using 256 8x8 pixel tile sprites, with each sprite having 8 "stars" in a quincunx pattern either on or off. (Actually, there are two sets of tile sprites, odd & even, to make up for the 160 positioning in 320 mode.) The actual star map is 90 rows of 256 tiles (each tile is 1 byte). This makes the starmap effectively 2048x720 pixels (360x180 degrees).On the 7800 tiles are drawn using 5 byte DL entries. Each

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My prayer

I love 1 Corinthians.13:2 (NLT): If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn't love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody.Lord, speak through me,showing your love in everything I doHelp me love all people of all types, even if they are my "enemy"help me put other's feelings before my ownhelp me serv

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Random thoughts of the day

Hmm. Let's see about today. It was a regular day at work I suppose. I did the usual crap that I do and put up with the usual crap that I was given. Nothing new there. I've decided to jump back into writing prose so I wrote a little "Ode to Facilities" with the names of my co-workers in it. A little jingle if you will about how we're all honest folks, etc. I think I'm going to fill up another book with prose (or songs) about stuff that bugs me. I have a book that has 3 years of material in it. My

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black smoke

yes, black smoke as i have not finished my latest gba game. i need to get back to it. too many distractions lately.

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UFC 52: Isn't there a rule against that?

OK, you know my addiction to UFC well. You know that I am an amature martial artist who dreams to one day fight in the UFC. You know I am out of my damn mind. ANYHOW, UFC 52 was great for the most part. Georges St-Pierre affirmed my hopes after UFC 50; he is the real deal, an up and coming young force to be reconed with. Sure, he is a little flamboyant after fights, but he is no Tito Ortiz. My main beef with the fight came at the title bout. Chuck Liddell vs Randy Couture. I should state that I

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Elysium fun

This really cool photographer snapped these shots of me at Elysium a few weeks ago and took my email address so he could send them to me. It was an awesome night and I had already had a few drinks by the time these were taken.Edit: Threw in a few random pics that I have taken there myself!

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OK, I'll say something else

So Albert and I have finally gotten the bulk of the work done on the forums and this lovely blogging mod that he bought. It's been an interesting project, and I have to admit that I am really proud of the end result. Obviously there are still issues with both the skin and the functionality of the forums, but they are minor and can be addressed in a more leisurely fashion now that it's finally gone live! Yay!

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Welcome to MMF's blog

Well I thought I'd be one of the first to try out this snazzy new feature. I may even abandon my LiveJournal blog and use this one full time instead. I look forward to posting my wacky zany misadventures for your mirth and amusement.

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April 18th, 2005

:!: I have a goal to get 3 dump-truck loads of top soil spread out in the yard over the next few days.... Hi Ho!I wouldn't have to do it by hand, but my mother-in-law pissed off the guy who delivered it and he refused to spread it out with his Bobcat after that... I haven't been involved in good old-fashioned physical labour for many years.. I was a landscaper in the late 80's but I was young and foolish then... oh how the years pass... now I am old and foolish. So it goes.My daughter, who

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Expensive Planetarium

The original PDP-1 SpaceWar! had an accurate starfield, termed the Expensive Planetarium. I want to add the same thing to SpaceWar! 7800. So far I've translated the Yale star information into quincunx sampled tile lists. The current annoyance is the X/Y position to DL entry code. It's not hard code, just annoying and tedious, and I don't seem to have the necessary desire & drive.

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