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About Cammy

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  • Birthday April 4

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    Gold Coast, Australia
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    Atari Lynx, Amiga, Sega Mega Drive, everything else retro.
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    Strife (Amiga 1200)
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    International Karate (Amiga 1200)

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  1. How come the sprites are limited to 3 colours? That's not a limitation the Lynx shares with other platforms. Is it to save memory or something?
  2. I got mine shipped from the UK to Australia which is further than just about anywhere, sure it was a little pricey but it was worth it! There aren't many left, and I have a feeling after these are gone they'll be impossible to find and go up in value without a doubt. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mightymast-Galaxy-Professional-Pinball-Machine/dp/B0087Z56TA
  3. How is your home pinball collection going, did you ever end up adding to it? I would love to see some photos or videos of your War of the Gods machine, I have never seen one before except for an old black & white promo photo. I own several 3/4-sized pinball machines from the 2000s-onwards and must admit, the earlier models seem a lot nicer than most of the more recent ones, with the exception of the Zizzle machines maybe. The old Star Explorer would be my holy grail but they're impossible to find here in Australia (and the Zizzles were never released here). My most recent addition however is the Star Galaxy pinball machine, which was made by a company who bought some of the assets from Zizzle after they went under. The components inside and the layout have been improved, but the complex game modes are gone and it scores similar to all the other crappy home pinball machines.
  4. Ooh, I really loved this machine! They used to have it along with a few others (Back to the Future) at my local Supre discount clothing warehouse. It was full of cheap girls clothes, so they had these pinball machines and a NeoGeo arcade cab set up to give the boyfriends and husbands something to do while their partners searched and tried on clothes.
  5. I bought one of these several years ago but never got to play it because the power supply went missing. I'm surprised the Halex machine game overs when you reach a certain score, mine never did that, but I don't know if that's just because I never reached such a high score.
  6. Do you think RJ could be persuaded to go to Amsterdam? I get the feeling that won't be too hard, just let him know way in advance about it. I might even try saving up to fly over from Australia if it means seeing RJ again.
  7. How many of us are excited about our new copies of Alpine Games? I've wanted this game forever, but I was never really keen on the cartridge or packaging it used to come in. So I am absolutely in love with this re-release with the genuine cardboard box, regular sized manual and awesome little plastic cartridge-back. Not since I received Zaku have I been so happy about getting a new homebrew game (and I like to get them for a variety of retro systems). Finally Alpine Games can occupy my Lynx games shelf along with the rest of my Lynx game collection, and I can enjoy this incredible game for myself. And as keen as I am to play new games on old systems, I'm even more enthusiastic to create new ones! So, let's have a discussion about what we can all do to bring about great new games for the Lynx. Many of us aren't programmers (or at least not Lynx programmers) but are still very enthusiastic for new Lynx games and have our own skills we can use to help each other out. Here are some of my ideas: Starting a whole new game from scratch and pushing through to completion is a huge job considering the limited audience who will get to play the game in the end, so why not target multiple systems when starting a new game for the Lynx? More people will get to play (and even buy) your game. There are considerable markets for homebrew games on many other classic systems, some with similar hardware and limitations to the Lynx. If learning to code for another system isn't something you have time for then we can approach fellow homebrew developers who already know their respective favourite systems, bring them into the team, share the code and assets and have them port the game to another console or computer. If you like to code for the Lynx but haven't got a particular game in mind yet, why not look to the other homebrew communities for some recent or upcoming games to port to the Lynx? Others are producing games for the Commodore 64, Atari consoles and computers, NES and TurboGrafx16 and they all share the same processor family, so maybe the code is more portable from these systems. We have artists and musicians in the Lynx community who can work on converting the graphics, music and sound to work on the Lynx. Do you perhaps just want to attempt a smaller programming challenge at first? Coding your own basic mini-game, for example? How about we combine our efforts and all code an event each for a multi-event sports game in the tradition of California Games and Alpine Games? Maybe you already have some code lying around for something you could modify into a simple sports event that can be added to a compilation of other events following a similar theme. I'm sure with enough variety and a bit of polish another game like this would be welcomed by the community, especially considering how quickly Alpine Games sold out! Let's combine our talent and bring about a Lynx renaissance!
  8. Oh, and the blue pinball machine in the old photo with me in it is a Superman pinball machine, which is smaller than these other ones, including the Space Adventure and TMNT machines.
  9. Oh no, that's a huge screen TV that I use for the Amiga, PC, Mac, consoles and TV.
  10. Sure, I'd love to own a real machine some day, but I don't mind hunting down arcades, lobbies and milkbars that still have them and dropping in a few dollars to play. I'm happy to have these home machines tucked away in my garage games room for whenever I want a quick game, and visitors to my home love to play them too! They're often a highlight of any party whether I point them out or not. Although I already have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pinball machine still in its box, I saw this one being sold second-hand on Gumtree and snagged it for only $50! It has a few screws missing from the bottom at the back, and there is some water or moisture under the perspex towards the back of the playfield which I can wipe off once I unscrew it a bit, but apart from that it's in great shape! I had a great Turtle-themed day that day, because in the morning I was at the mall and I actually met the awesome foursome performing for the kids (I wish I had a camera with me to take a photo at the time). Here's a photo of the TMNT Pinball machine next to the Space Adventure Pinball machine. As you can see both games are exactly the same except for the colours and artwork. The sounds and music are identical too. Also if anyone is reading this in the next few hours, here's your last chance to grab the awesome, black Star Wars version of this machine, brand new for about half the retail price - http://www.ebay.com/itm/STAR-WARS-Space-Battle-Free-Standing-Pinball-Machine-NIB-battery-operated-/371230352867
  11. If you want to get some awesome, modern games for your Commodore 64, check out RGCD's shop. All their games are on cartridge and should work on any NTSC or PAL machine unless noted. I have a bunch of their games now and think they're some of the most impressive games ever made for the system! http://rgcd.bigcartel.com/category/commodore-64-29
  12. Aren't they cool? They are cheap Chinese knock-offs of Australia's favourite arcade stools, which were made by Caroma in South Australia from the 70s onwards, but were discontinued several years ago. The Force was with me a few years ago when I discovered the last batch of brand new, original Caroma stools in a hardware store, of which I bought four, but those are safely packed away as they're collector's items these days. The Chinese knock-offs are good enough for someone to sit on for a few minutes of toy pinball play, and are the perfect height for these machines. Here's an older photo of me playing one on one of the stools (there are two different Chinese knock-offs, the sparkly blue ones and the red & white ones which have concave lids, but all are the same height) back before we changed the grey garage into the retro-themed games room we have today. Here's a video about the original Caroma stools:
  13. Congratulations on finding the large Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles pinball machine! I was lucky enough to get one for my birthday, and for Christmas I got the Star Wars version (which is black and looks the best in my opinion). But since I already got the blue Space Adventure version for Christmas in 2013, I haven't taken either of the newer ones out of their boxes yet since the gameplay is exactly the same and I would like to clean and rearrange my games room first. Here is a Star Wars one currently for sale on eBay at a good price (BNIB): http://www.ebay.com/itm/STAR-WARS-Space-Battle-Free-Standing-Pinball-Machine-NIB-battery-operated-/371226804026 Anyway, I have found some videos which show some of the gameplay of these Moose Mountain pinball machines, both the Spongebob Squarepants version (which has different sounds and music to my Space Adventure machine) and the Transformers one (which has the same sounds as Space Adventure). Here are the videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVBUJd_VBa4 And here are some photos of my current mini pinball collection, which doesn't include the Star Wars or TMNT machines yet, or any of the extra decorations:
  14. Would you consider porting it to 8bit Atari computers or the 7800? Surely the hardware could handle the game a little easier, and those systems are hardly ever treated to good homebrew titles compared with the 2600 and C64.
  15. Wing Commander III and IV both came on four CDs for Playstation.
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