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My decade long quest to make a 2600 game.

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Picked it up again

This past year I finished my thesis, had a second child and moved on from my old job. Kids are crazy, the commute is long for ND. I drive 85 miles to work every day. That's probably nothing for CA or NY people, but it's a ways for this place.   Anyway, I've been feeling a bit nostalgic these days, which caused me to take a gander at some of the 2600 designs I did a few years back. So I started back programming for the 2600 again. Picking up where I left off, I started working on a kernel that

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Project Darkstar

Sun Microsystems is planning to unveil Project Darkstar, an online game deployment system, at this year's Game Development Conference. http://blogs.sun.com/chrism#what_is_project_darkstar   The launch title for this new revolutionary game deployment system was modeled completely in Maya and exported to X3D using my open-source RawKee X3D Exporter for Maya. http://rawkee.sourceforge.net/   Visit Project Darkstar on March 22nd to see the future of online gaming. http://www.projectdarkstar.c

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RawKee Plug-in

Well, it took almost 6 months, but my X3D exporter plug-in for Maya was finally featured on the Alias website under their customer stories section. http://www.alias.com/glb/eng/community/cus...itemId=10300004There are some minor problems with the current beta release where metadata and texture mapping are concerned, but overall its a good plugin and those problems will be fixed in the next beta release.My only problem now, is that I can't get character skinning to export correctly. It's driving

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RawKee 1.0beta release

On the 6th of June I put out the release of the 1.0 beta version of the RawKee X3D authoring plugin (open source ) for Alias' Maya 3D authoring software. For those who don't know, I work for the Archaeology Technologies Lab (ATL) at North Dakota State University. I'm the computer visualization manager there, though my BS is in anthropology and my masters degree will also be in anthro, I do quite a bit of software programming. As such I am the lead programmer of RawKee.For those who'd like more i

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Stupid Appendix

So I purchased the 5200 version of MS. PacMan today. I was wandering around the antique stores in Crosby, MN. Sure I paid too much for it, $5.00, but after finding something Atari related in an antique store, I just got a thrill from buying it. Besides, I didn't have a MS PacMan cart for the 5200 yet, and it's pretty much the only game my wife will play if I coax her into playing a video game.Crosby is a remarkably unremarkable small town in the woods of central Minnesota. I was only there becau

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Sold my Nintendo to GameStop

Sold all of my Nintendo stuff to game stop.Complete N64 System6 N64 GamesGameboy SP3 GB GamesI was suprised, Mario Party 2 held its value the best, I got $8 for it.After selling my CC2 and all my Nintendo stuff I'm up around $210, only $40 more to go for a PSP. Birthday's next week, shouldn't be a problem.

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Sold a CC2

Well, I sold my CC2 tonight. Kind of sad as I lost a few dollars on it. However, I feel I still received a decent price for it considering that Chad Schell did a second run. Would have liked more but that's the breaks.I had originally purchased two CC2's. The second being a backup in case the first one tanked on me. I was hoping it would hold its value as well. However, I'm actually glad there is a second run. The more development carts out there the better.I have no sob story for selling my spa

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Where my Atari Stuff Sits

Well, its been a long time since I've done any game development or vcs graphics editor development.The Atari games are put off indeffinitely. It's a shame too, because I get a message every now and then from KC-135 pilots asking to play EB's KC-135. Now that the Flashback 2.0 is coming out, it would have been really cool to have that ready.My Qudditch game is also on hold, though its pretty far along on paper. Its basically a 2600 version of table-top hockey.Then there's my VCS Graphics editor.

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Fourth Post about the RawKee X3D Exporter for Maya

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Originally posted by me in the online forums of the Web3D Consortium.Originally titled: RawKee 0.4 ReleasedMay 16, 2005http://www.web3d.org/----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Well, this week I finally released version 0.4 of RawKee. It was a long road to get there, and about 2 months overdue.I'm very pleased that RawKee now runs on OSX. Other than the direct.h include

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Third Post about the RawKee X3D Exporter for Maya

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Originally posted by me in the online forums of the Web3D Consortium.Originally titled: It's been a whileApr 23, 2005http://www.web3d.org/----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Well, as the title suggest, it has been awhile since I last posted. Progress on the RawKee plug-in has moved more slowly as of late. In March, just before the Web3D Symposium, I attended the Comput

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Second Post about the RawKee X3D Exporter for Maya

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Originally posted by me in the online forums of the Web3D Consortium.Originally titled: Hey, I'm back for a second week!Feb 28, 2005http://www.web3d.org/----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Well, I'm back for a second week of blogging. As it turns out, I'm rather happy to see that last week's post had 38 views.As today was a Sunday, I was at work getting the kinks out of

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First Post about the RawKee X3D Exporter for Maya

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Originally posted by me in the online forums of the Web3D Consortium.Originally titled: Blog: RawKee X3D Exporter for MayaFeb 20, 2005http://www.web3d.org/----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Well, let's see if this lasts more than a week. I'm going to try something in the hopes that the Web3D message boards liven up a little and get some excitement built up for RawKee i

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First Entry

Well, I've been looking for a place to blog my game related stuff. I had been posting my RawKee Blog on in the Web3D Consortium's forums, but as AtariAge actually has a section for Blogs, I've decided to move my blog here.I will be moving my previous blog posts over to AtariAge. So if you're interested in reading about gaming developments in the X3D/Java3D/indie game movement, I'll try to have some interesting info from time to time.

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