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Mostly Atari-related projects, and other ramblings. Home of the Artie the Atari comic strip.

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Zootopia - Spoiler-free movie review

Sometimes, working at CalArts is a good thing. Like on Thursday. Co-director Rich Moore (Wreck-It Ralph) held a screening and Q&A session for his latest Disney animated film - Zootopia - which opens in the U.S. Friday. So hey - free sneak preview! Now, I thought Wreck-It Ralph was excellent, so I was hoping for good things from Zootopia. As the first trailers trickled out for it, the film looked like it would be funny and well-animated, making for a nice, cartoony return to the "talking

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

You're buggin' me, man!

Well, it turns out that one is a praying mantis - not a cricket. But I was right - it is giving me trouble.   The hardest thing about making these sprites (so far) is that if I were just making vertical versions (as the sprite rips shown in my previous post below are), then I could make pretty decent-looking conversions. There's enough vertical resolution (14 pixels) in the sprites to be able to make neat looking legs, spots, stripes and other stuff.   And there is a lot of that kind of st

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You get what you pay for

Update: The domain info is now fixed! To be fair, the IT people where I work are desperately over-worked and under-staffed. Sure, it's annoying when something gets messed up, but they've been pretty good to me about fixing things when that happens. I didn't expect anything until next week, since they're off Fridays during the Summer months. So you can ignore most of the snarky comments in this entry... ____________   As part of where I work, I have free webspace for my CheepTech site. That's

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

You can't erase dirt

I spent more time fixing the RPS label today. There's been an area of the drawing that's been bugging me all along, but it wasn't until I printed it out and actually drew on top of it with a pen that I figured out how to fix it. It ended up being a line that needed to be moved, and an area re-shaded a little bit. Then all of the sudden that area seemed to "snap" into place. I was also able to make a couple of other areas work better, so it was worth the effort.Sometimes you just have to see it i

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Yet-another Tron blog

Yes, yes... another Tron-related blog entry.   Ah... but this one is completely different!   According to Tron-Sector, the original Tron is going to be screened in a number of theaters in special midnight showings around the U.S. in the coming months.   Here's the current list:   April 22 Nuart - Los Angeles April 30 Ken - San Diego May 6-7 Esquire - Denver May 13-14 Uptown - Minneapolis May 20-21 E Street - Washington D.C. May 27-29 Sunshine - New York June 10-11 Inwood -

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Yet even more further still behind

These showed up yesterday: Yeah... I know. Now I'm even further behind with my reviews. But it is nice to finally get my hands on some of the games I worked on. (I didn't have anything to do with Epic Adventure. But it's on my list of games to review.)

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Spoiler-free review

I'll admit I didn't have much interest in seeing the latest X-Men film. While I thought X-Men: First Class was good, the rest of the films in the series were very hit-or-miss. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was pretty bad, X-Men: The Last Stand was awful, The Wolverine was kind-of boring, and even in the first two movies which overall were pretty good, I felt that some of the characters were never really captured very well (Cyclops, Kitty, Rogue, Nightcrawler). The actors or writing for them just miss

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

X-Men: Apocalypse - Spoiler-free movie review

Well... I had completely lost any interest in seeing this movie after being completely underwhelmed by the trailers. But I was really bored yesterday evening, so I decided to go. I thought the last X-Men movie was good, and I'd finally rented Deadpool the other week, and thought that was pretty good, too. So maybe Fox was going to do okay with this movie. As an aside, how faithful Deadpool was to the comic, I couldn't tell you. He came along after I had stopped reading comics. His movie was en

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Wreck-It Ralph - Spoiler Free Review

Well, I've voted. So instead of sitting at home watching insipid coverage of the results, I've decided to catch Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D. Normally I avoid 3-D screenings, but since this is true 3-D and not some half-baked conversion I figured I'd fork over the extra money for the privilege of wearing an extra pair of glasses over my own for a couple of hours.   Speaking of forks and half-baked, at the moment I'm at Johnny Rocket's, waiting for my dinner to arrive. It should be along any moment no

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

WRC 2018

Well, the answer to last year's question was a pretty resounding "yes". For the first time in years, the World Rally Championship was truly competitive and unpredictable. Even though in the end, the same driver ended up winning the championship for the fifth year in a row. But he certainly had to work hard for it, since there were seven different winners last year. And best of all, thanks to Red Bull's excellent coverage, I could finally, actually watch the rallies using my AppleTV. So now

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

WRC - MIA... again.

Last year, after the World Rally Championship season started in February, it took until April for highlights to start showing up on TV.   This year, they may not show up at all. Assuming the season actually happens in the first place.   The problem is that the WRC's main sponsor - North One Sport - was sold last year to Convers Sports Initiatives - a Russian-owned company that in the end, turned into a $1.6 billion case of fraud. Ouch.   North One Sport provided the WRC's website, smartpho

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

WRC - MIA?

The 2011 World Rally Championship season has kicked off, and yet there's zero TV coverage of it so far.   So where I'd normally use this as an opportunity to recap the highlights, instead I'm going to use it as an opportunity to just talk about car stuff in general.   Until HD Theater gets off their thumbs, that is.   Currently, the rumor I've been eagerly following is the joint Toyota/Subaru TC-86 concept sports car. Toyota design, Subaru power train. Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Would you want to move here?

This is the kind of photo the Santa Clarita Chamber of Commerce doesn't want people to see:   (Top number is outdoors, bottom number is indoors.)   I used to think 89 degrees was unbearably hot when I lived in Seattle. That was 20 degrees ago!   Fortunately, the forecast says it will be back "down" to 99 next Monday.

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Working backwards

Recently, I've been doing some work for the forthcoming Harmony cart. In case you've missed it, the Harmony is a programmable cartridge for the 2600, which you can use as a multi-cart for playing nearly every 2600 game ever made, or for developing homebrews and testing them on real hardware.   The genesis of the project was in trying to come up with a way to produce homebrew cartridges in a more efficient manner, rather than Albert having to hand-solder and assemble every single circuit board,

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Wonder Woman - Spoiler-free review

Well, DC finally got one right! That's pretty-much all you wanted to know, right? We're done here? No? Okay. Fine... we'll do the review thing. By far, the best character in Batman v. Superman was Wonder Woman. She was the only one who looked like she was having any fun. Whether her limited screen time would translate well to a feature film was the big question. Fortunately, it did. Gal Gadot carries this movie. As she should, being Wonder Woman and all that. She does a great job

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

 

Will Tron: Legacy tank at the box office?

"Tank"... get it?     Tron: Legacy is a huge unknown, and a big risk for Disney. The original film, while widely 'recognized' as innovative, was hardly boffo box office. However, the arcade game was a huge success, and a dedicated group of hard-core Tron nerds have kept the digital flame alive for nearly 30 years. So Disney obviously must see some potential here, or they wouldn't take the risk, right?   Well, Disney has also produced its fair share of box office bombs over the years. T

Nathan Strum

Nathan Strum

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