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I attended my first computer show ever yesterday: the vgXpo in Philadelphia (formerly PhillyClassic). I thought I would post my impressions and experiences here just in case anyone is interested Unfortunately I didn't take a camera to the show, but hopefully there will be some pictures by other AA member soon.I have been visiting the AA site for a bit over a year now, since I first got into the Atari 2600 homebrew scene. During that time I have read about various computer shows in the USA o

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Flag Capture, 1978 Atari VCS aka Capture

Flag Capture, Atari VCS 1978 aka CaptureI dreaded replaying this game. I don't remember having a bad time with it as a kid, I just didn't thrill to the prospect of playing it again.Two players on a 7 by 9 grid of squares. Hidden in one of the squares is a flag. Hidden in the 62 other squares are clues to help you find the flag or bombs to blow you back to where you started. So, if you don't blow yourself up and you don't find the flag, you're going to find an arrow clue or a number clue.The numb

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GP2x

Now blogging a blog site (which I hate, but whatever), the GP2X is now available.GP2X now availableI'm really curious to see how the initial batch of end-user reviews are. It only running on 2AAs makes me really question the battery life claims, especially if someone hacks it to use a WIFI SD card. I'd also like to see if the TV out allows for videos to play back at closer to native resolution or greater color depth (I doubt it).But this might make a great portable 2600 via emulation.

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Raise and some thoughts

So, I got a raise at work. Woopee. Not like anyone reads this blog anymore.I've been seriously looking forward to the day this semester ends. I'm really crapped out from all the homework and my courses in general. With each passing day, I feel even more like throwing in the towel. Of course, I have to keep going somehow.

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Outlaw aka Gunslinger

Outlaw aka GunslingerThis was one of the first games I owned. I had the Sears branded version entitled Gunslinger. Is there anyone else who has flashbacks of the Yul Brenner-bot stalking some running guy from the 70s whenever they hear the word "gunslinger"?1978 was three years after this dueling pistols style of game first appeared in the arcades in the form of Gun Fight. I think this was the second game (after PONG) with which I had had direct arcade contact prior to playing the home version.

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The two coolest things on earth meet 2!

Hi there!   Wow! Remember last time I reported about this I asked you to:   "Imagine that: Your favourite Band gets an appearance in your favourite comic!"   Impossible to top you think?   Now Imagine that: Your favourite Band writes a song about your favourite comic character!   Yup, you guessed it! The Damneds new single "Little Miss Disaster" is all about Emily the Strange!   It even got original Emily Strange artwork!   On top of that, The Damed soon start their Little Miss Di

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Threshold 2P

Here is an unfinished project of mine to hack a classic title into a two-player cooperative game. I've had the idea for a couple of years now, and wanted to keep it under wraps until I had a finished game to show off. Unfortunately it was easier said than done.The idea was to bankswitch between two nearly identical copies of a game and to flicker two independent player sprites. The attached demo shows the basic idea. In this demo, player 1 can move freely, and player 2 is limited to horizontal m

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Brain Games

Brain Games, Atari VCS, 1978   Simon and Merlin were two of my favorite games from this era in my life. I think that back in the day I would've really enjoyed the memory sequence game experience as translated to my TV screen by Brain Games. This was my first time playing this cart.   Brain Games uses the Atari Keypad technology to transform your TV into a memory challenger, for one or two players. The different games are Touch Me, Count Me, Picture Me, Find Me, Add Me, Play Me and Bite Me. O

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Celestial Ceasars

When I'm not playing Empire (check out my blog entry on Empire) on my Atari ST, I'm playing Celestial Ceasars, a PD game I picked up a while ago:   It's your basic "conquer the universe" strategy game. You can play from 5 to 25 turns in the game. Up to four players can participate.     You start the game with one planet and a bunch of ships. If an area is unexplored, it's marked with a red grid pattern.     Each turn is marked by a move phase and a battle phase. During the move ph

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New game: Isabella Coq: a present for my dad

Hi   I released Isabella Coq: a present for my dad   You find it at: http://agisite.zxq.net//bella.htm         I'll explain later about this game because somebody needs the phone.   See you later   --- edit ---   Today's the father's day and Isabella must find a present for her dad.   I know the father's day is over but Isabella was not ready in time. That's why I released it in November. For more informations and to download the game, please click on a link above.   Isabella

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Coming soon: Isabella Coq game

Hi Good news. Isabella Coq game is about to be released.Now all I need is to check and remove any bugs I can find. 'Isabella Coq: a present for my dad' should be released at Sunday.I also edited the Isabella webpage. Check it out for more information about thisgame:Isabella Coq game webpageI know, we're in November and there is a snow in my yard. Time has passed since the last father's day but I'll release it anyway when it's ready.Here the records:The story = finished.Quests = finished.Endings

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Review time!

I'm really looking forward to the results of my review at work. :DNever thought I'd get as far as I have. When I think of it, there's a LOT to be thankful for nowadays. I strung up x-mas lights around my desk for the hell of it. Nothing wrong with a little holiday cheer this early in the season. It's definitely going to be a good x-mas this year. :DOh, and don't forget turkey day!

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Home Run / Baseball Atari VCS

Home Run aka Baseball   The game of Baseball is, so far as I know, the only title (other than Pong-a-likes) to appear on the Odyssey, Fairchild Channel F, The RCA Studio II and the Atari VCS. I have reason to believe this will keep happening in the future (from 1978). I base this belief on the assumption that a) there are many people who watch televised Baseball games. b) these people are already used to sitting on their asses in front of the TV. c) Baseball season doesn't last forever. And, f

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Minigame Mania

Hi there!Phew... now with the minigame contest being finished for 2005, the fun thing begins: Playing the games!While most were available for a long time already, I prefer to go through them in two big blocks (1K & 4K) at once, so I can all compare them against each other. Today was a day "off" in Germany, so I had enough time to go through all 1K mini game submissions.I rarely really like a 1K game. It seems too much of a compromise usually. No music, no fx, no scoring, no state display, no

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Resilence..

ResilenceDedicationPersistenceToleranceAcceptanceDedicationDevotionPerserveranceThis list could go on and on. However, these are my favorite words to think of whenever having a bad day at work.

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Making Labels - Part 5

Part 5 - Shading: Bonus Tutorial     How to chrome almost anything   I was taught some of this stuff by a guy who used to work at GM designing cars. He could crank out a rendering of a car in 30 seconds that was better than anything I could do in 30 minutes. It was pretty humbling, but I learned how to draw chrome.   Here's the thing to remember about chrome: it's just a surface that reflects everything around it.   So what you're really drawing is the environment the object is in. Not

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Death Race Arrives in time for Halloween

Originally, the Death Race machine I won on Ebay was going to arrive last week but there was some mixup and it got postponed until today. It therefore has arrived on Halloween. Perfect timing.I'll update this blog post and add some pictures later. I did discover a few issues beyond what was listed in the action. The left shifter doesn't sound like it has a microswitch behind it. The one on the right clicks so it probably works. There also seems to be a pot on the motherboard that is broken

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One down, umpteen to go!

I think the forums are slightly wonky. First, daylight savings time hasn't kicked in yet. And second, October gained an extra day:And even though this is going to throw the Trick-or-Treaters into a tailspin, I like it. I can always use an extra day here or there.Since I wasn't really able to do any more work on RPS or the MiniGame MultiCart (pending various approvals), I decided to finish up the Solar Plexus label. Now I just need to get the Photoshop file to Jess, and that project's all wrappe

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What if you develop feelings?

I've always wondered how people felt about casual sex overall. What happens if you get so into it with someone, that you develop feelings? I don't mean FEELINGS, but there is some spark there. What if the girl doesn't want to go further than one night? Just how do you deal with it? I've been having difficulty understanding why I meet people like this. I always play it safe but there's always something in the back of my head to remind me of what could happen. I guess the difference between this g

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Let's look at this from a standpoint of status...

What do we have on the spacecraft that works? ;)The RPS Manual is nearly finished now. The only thing left to do is finish up the instructions on how to play, and list the game options.You'd think that would be most of the manual right there. But no. I wrote an introduction to the game, a "getting started" page, character descriptions, created new background illustrations for each page, re-formatted the label artwork to fit the cover, and then made the back cover.But that's all done now, so I'm

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Slot Racers, Atari VCS 1978

Just let me babble for a moment . . .   First point: Back "then", we just called it "the Atari", right? We left off the "VCS", because it was shorter, and before 1982 the "2600" portion of the title wasn't ever mentioned because there was no other Ataris from which to distinguish it. I've been calling it the "Atari VCS" because that's what it literally was, and to contrast it with its eventual title change into the "Atari 2600". I did the same thing with the Channel F/VES. No consumer in 1976

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Mini beer tour

I was bored earlier this afternoon, so I decided to go check out a brewery in Waterbury, VT. It is called The Alchemist and is run by John Kimmich. It's a 7bbl brewery run out of their basement. There are some excellent beers on tap. I enjoyed their Heady Topper Double IPA (7.2%ABV). The atmosphere is excellent. However, they do not sell their beers in growlers. That was kind of a downside.After finishing up my pint of Heady Topper, I decided to drive 11 miles away to Stowe and The Shed Brewery

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Signs of Life

OK, I know I said that the last entry would be my last update for a while. However, I couldn't resist tweaking the PoP code just a little more before I leave! I came up with a nice way to animate the objects in the game, so this update contains flickering torches and bubbling potions. The sprites were done in a hurry and will be improved later, but you should get the idea. I have done some initial work on the spikes in this version (see screenshot): they spring up when you get near, but

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