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8BIT 1337

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About 8BIT 1337

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    Chopper Commander
  • Birthday 08/14/1971

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    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
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    High Score Club games on my 1200 XL
  1. Those. Look. Amazing! Well done lads. Deep Canyon shames my PUR-120 category I'm glad you're still entering vitoco - I meant no disrespect, I just hadn't seen much else of anything in the thread and there weren't any other Atari submissions as yet, so I was just wondering if I missed something Good luck to all!
  2. After submitting my entry I came here to see what was up (not having seen anything else submitted for Atari). So, besides the one coder who is pissed, what's up?
  3. My first Atari was the 400. We then got an 800 XL which is the Atari I fell in love with. I don't think I ever had an XE back in the 80s, only in the late 90s when I started to collect the stuff. So for me it has nothing to do with anything other than nostalgia. I spent the bulk of my Atari time in the 80s on an XL machine, so it's the XL machines I like the best. I picked up a 1200 XL with some OS hacks within it and that's the one I use today.
  4. Maybe someday I'll get ambitious and tackle something along those lines, but for now I'm content with what I did. Really I'm just looking forward to next year's NOMAM 10 liner contest, and playing around with code is just a way to stimulate the brain once I get there. I do appreciate the kinds words and suggestions for sure though. And I'm happy to see it's been downloaded a few times, as that was the whole idea of posting it in the first place (letting someone else play it rather than hogging it to myself LOL )
  5. I decided to take an old basic game that was published in one of the magazines and 'convert it' to Turbo Basic XL, just for the learning opportunity that looking at someone else's code would give. The one I chose was Speed Demon, originally published in Antic vol. 1 no. 4. My updated version is attached. http://www.atarimagazines.com/v1n4/speeddemon.html It starts up faster (thanks to TBXL's move command ), I changed the level select screen to be more visually obvious, I changed the track to look (IMO) cleaner, I changed the info pane to look (again, IMO) cleaner, I fixed what I think was a bug with turning (there was code there to make a specific sound while turning, but I don't think it was called), and I changed the crash animation to stop after a couple of rotations. I also changed the start/finish line graphics just because I thought it looked cooler. But it's really fundamentally the same game I might still tinker with it to add a high score table, and I did have a version with two cars running (it looked like the original author may have intended that based on his choice of variable names), but it was too slow and I am too lazy to try to make that work at this point FWIW, enjoy. (And if there's some etiquette I should follow regarding the original author and getting permissions or something please let me know. I just figured that since this was published in a magazine 30+ years ago that nobody would much care if I tinkered with it for fun and uploaded it for people to play if they cared to. But my thanks do go out to the original author as it was fun looking at the code, learning from it, and adding my own flavour) Speed Demon.atr
  6. This is cool, thanks for sharing. The whole experience has been cool to be honest. Anyone who has ever considered getting into something like this should consider entering next year's 10 liner contest, as it's tremendous fun.
  7. I love that our beloved machine medaled in each category and swept the 120 category. Doubly happy I could be a part of it, as I really enjoyed the challenge.
  8. I'm mostly a lurker here these days but I have been listening to the show since Episode 1 (although much less often now that I don't have to commute from Kitchener to Mississauga anymore). Anyway, I'm jumping out of my shell just to say thank you for this. Whomever he is, Glenn was a big part of my childhood much like everybody else's. I'm really looking forward to that interview, so thank you for putting the time and effort into tracking him down and sitting down to talk with him, as well as the effort you put in each month to the show.
  9. Well don't I feel stupid - yes it does for me too. I swear I tried that (and in Altirra) but obviously I must have been mistaken.
  10. I'm 99.7% certain they are/were bootable, but seem to remember that there was something very specific about what you had to do to get them to boot, and I can't remember. Hoping somebody else does. BTW: You can see the files on the disk no problem if I look at the disk in DOS. Which reminds me, I should attach one! I'll edit the original post.
  11. I've been going through my old Atari diskettes (which I had dumped to atr files a long time ago, but never really looked through) and I have come across half a dozen or so which are 'Noorda Disk' I think it's some sort of menu system, but I can't seem to get an emulator to load them properly. A quick Google search didn't reveal any information on what they are, so I thought I'd ask here. What are they and how do I get them to load? (FWIW, I'm pretty sure we were able to load these back when we just had the Atari 400. I did try a switch to OS-B and the 400/800 machine, but it still didn't load) EDIT: Duh, I've uploaded a diskette so you can take a look if you're interested. The first file on the disk is 'Noorda D.isk' according to MyDos (5 sectors in size). And yes, it uses mixed case and has a space in it. _M2.atr
  12. That was awesome! That's really all I have to say.
  13. Another go round: 38690. Got to Level 5. Wow was Level 5 tough - I had a huge stock pile of zeppelins left but burned through them pretty fast.
  14. LOL - and here I've thought I had a buggy version all this time! It never occurred to me you'd start at level 7 and then work your way to level 1.
  15. 16650 here, after a couple of gos. I also used the vjetnam (non cheat) version. But (and his is what I remember), when I start a game it says 'entering level 7' - how did you get to level 6 McKong? So far I haven't encountered any bugs on my 1200 XL running XL/XE Rev B (I have a multi DOS mod courtesy of Stephen Tucker installed, so that I can easily switch OSs if I need the ole' OS-B for something ) I'm going to try one of the atarionline.pl ones next, just to see if I can start at level 1. That vjetnam one has the letter 'k' on screen when you're loading, which I think maens someone made the atr from an xex image. I'm hoping the atarionline.pl atr versions are a little different (though i do see they have a k version too)
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