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  1. How are you guys who are producing boxed homebrew stuff packaging the games? we produce uk c64 games packaged in clamshells, which because of the beerbug and relations with china, are currently as rare as rocking horse crap. so we look for new methods like cartons and 2600 games were always cartons so i thought i would ask here.
  2. you post a "look at me" on a public forum mate, you get public opinion. its part of the deal. there is no other reason to post on a public forum a WIP.
  3. I am treating nobody like dirt. I am expressing a professional artistic opinion and defending it against numpties like you. I have every right to disagree with an artistic choice AND to say why i think it's wrong. personally, It doesnt matter to me if the coder finishes this or not. All I care about is that if it does get finished it is the most accurate version of PoP able to be done on this format.
  4. How do you work out that a screen showing a middle eastern arabian palace in a desert with arabic style filigree, arches and decoration, over which titles are displayed in a cinematic style, doesnt set the scene for PoP? which is a cinematic game, entirely based inside...an arabian palace. your logic escapes me...
  5. er actually I have been there and done that already 9 years ago
  6. here's my take on the intro from a graphic designer and "dev" perspective... to discard Avril Harrison's image would be a mistake. It's not just a bog standard loading screen, its part of the classic front end cinematic title of the game itself. It sets the scene and the feel for game using the games colours. To ignore this is to lose something of what it "is" to be a PoP game. Its what differentiates the game from something like a standard Ocean bitmap loading screen intro. oh and the steel jaw question on the other thread...option 6 without a doubt.
  7. yes thats what i meant by "varies wildly depending on what setting and bits bolted in" if the sound plays like the WIP3 movie its correct. if it sounds like Donald Duck like some of the live streams it isnt
  8. regarding the longplay videos, you cant trust the ones being played on c64 Ultimates, the 8 bit samples in the intro vary wildly in playback quality on this kit depending on what settings they have and what bits they have bolted in it. only Vice and real hardware can be trusted to play back the samples as intended. and yes the samples in the promo are the clean source sounds not the ones from in game but the ones in game are excellent quality for 8 bit machines and can be heard for real in this WIP video for proof
  9. Hi Guys, just an OT heads up that we released Fix It Felix for the c64 yesterday. I know quite a few of you on here "dual wield" but dont read the c64 part of this forum. download from https://brokenbytes.itch.io/fix-it-felix-jr donations are optional but all money goes to UNICEF
  10. ok its out and can be downloaded from here. donations are completely optional but are going to UNICEF. download from: https://brokenbytes.itch.io/fix-it-felix-jr?fbclid=IwAR1gYPG7epdOp8C6Q0riTl4etbxLIvoPpLQd6zYRgghHvgAPM3_SKp851fo
  11. errr.... i didnt intend to post again but i think i need to reiterate something from it... I never took ownership of being a friend of KH, indeed I have only met him once at revival. I actually said "friend, and sometimes colleague of Mr. WILKINS" 🤣 Indeed the only thing that i will take ownership of is the fact that it was possibly my questioning of his Thalamus articles which precipitated his vitriol against Chris and led down the path to where we are now it seems.
  12. change of plan on pressure cooker, its been delayed while we do this
  13. As a friend, sometimes colleague and other times advertising and PR adviser to Mr. Wilkins I have with the latter hat advised him to "stay the fck away" from posting on this thread. However, it would seem some clarification may help on the subject of the infamous "Thalamus Book". After the completion of the Amiga in Pixels book, Chris was casting around for the next project and I suggested a Thalamus book on the strengths that: We knew the original owners, it would be popular with the c64 scene which has the largest retro base of the computers, it had arguably the best "style" of any games packaging at the time which would translate well to a slick looking book, and not least...we would have a free run at all the cover art, no questions asked (the latter didnt turn out to be quite the case but thats another story). Anyway, Chris was firmly on the fence and so just said "sell it to me" so i produced several demo pages in a Thalamus style but to do it justice i needed some demo copy for the mockup game history pages. Enter Mr Hawken...who was asked to produce some content (I didnt know it was him at the time). Chris sent me Sanxion. Which i have to be honest i sent back with a remark like: "you have to be kidding me? It's a copy and paste job that's full of factual inaccuracies, has no "soul" at all, and I seriously doubt the writer has ever played this game in their life" He then sent it to Roger Kean who basically said "I agree with Steve" To contrast this I used a Review/history of Hunter's Moon from Lemon64 by former ZZap editor Gordon Houghton written in the 2000s which was full of passion and detail about that game. I literally begged Gordon to write other pieces for the book but he wasnt interested alas. He did however agree to let us use the Hunter's piece for free. Anyway, long story short Mat (Mayhem) Allen came on board and did a couple of speculative reviews/histories for free which were infinitely better than KH's attempts because Mat was writing about what he knew and was passionate about. However the book came to nothing because about 4 months after it was first mooted, came the fateful day in the Ludlow Beer Garden with Roger and Ollie where we thrashed out the initial idea for the Crash and ZZap annuals... Whats the point of all this bullshit you may ask???? Well the point is that KH was the ONLY one of us to get any money for this because Chris didnt want the aggro. The rest of the participants got not one cent because we all saw it as a "sales pitch" a speculative action for which we would be "seen alright" if the Kickstarter passed muster. However I am at least happy with the ending because even though Mat Allen ended up doing his bits for free, in vain, due to them he got the gig writing for ZZap and Fusion and KH got...this lot, so there is a bit of natural justice in the world. Steve edit low res preview of the Hunters Moon pages added
  14. hi folks, A couple of us are converting Fix It Felix to the Commodore c64 I am missing the sample "Fix It Felix!" chanted by the nicelanders in the building. anyone point me in the right direction for the assets for this?
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