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  1. Watching 1966’s Tarzan and the Valley of Gold. Tarzan meets 007. It’s really not as bad as it sounds. 

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  3. Awesome news! I’d be happy to help with packaging on this if needed when the time comes.
  4. Is this done yet? What’ll it take? PayPal? Kickstarter? My credit card number? Social security number? Graphic help? I know people. My soul? Willing to talk.
  5. I'd sell my soul for a 2600 version of Satan's Hollow. Love that game.
  6. Very cool. I loved the password unlock during the reveal and the fact the password was distributed among various people. Plus the nod to Wargames. Pardon my ignorance, but I always heard Galaga would be an enormous challenge on the 2600. Why is that? The number of moving things onscreen? Compared to what I've seen you guys pull off in Ladybug & Mappy I'd think Galaga would be a cakewalk. I'd love to hear some juicy details of some of the clever things you had to invent to make this a reality.
  7. I suspect I know what it is actually. I know Nathan does many of the graphics for these arcade homebrews. I imagine he and John start to bounce ideas off each other, Nathan does some sample graphics, then John runs with them. Before you know it they have the beginnings of another arcade port. I also know there are 3 games Nathan has always wanted to see a faithful home version of. One of those games is Bosconian, which Draconian does an amazing job simulating. But for as long as I've known him, the game at the top of his list has always been Battlezone. Since the 2600 already has both a good Battlezone port and Robot Tank, the only logical choice is: Bradley Trainer.
  8. Crush Roller/Make Trax. I'm a sucker for a good maze game and that would be an awesome candidate. Judging by what Champ did with Ladybug, I'd bet Crush Trax could be amazing.
  9. Love the lineup! All you need now is a tiny crane game and token machine.
  10. If I recall correctly, the Ark II was repurposed as the shuttle in Space Academy. Fun facts, Jason, Craig Littler, was in a Gray Poupon commercial and is the current Gorton's fisherman.
  11. Unless Atariage decides to take part in the MGC again, I think this was my last year. My interest is mostly in Atari and arcades and every year those selections get smaller and smaller. There were quite a few bins of 2600 carts and goodies to go through but mostly commons. And while it was advertised there were "over 100 arcade games", I think 12 of them were various Pac-Man machines for sale. I was happy to see Asteroids Deluxe but disappointed it was missing the graphic overlay. I was happy to see Battlezone but disappointed is was a mini arcade with the sound too low to hear. I was happy to see Space Invaders but disappointed to see the screen was malfunctioning. I had fun with Blaster and Gorgar. It was nice to meet Jeff Lee (Q*Bert, Mad Planets) and Brian Colin (Rampage, Discs of Tron) and briefly talk about the industry: today vs yesterday.
  12. Heading to the Midwest Gaming Classic. Gonna hang out at the arcade for a spell.

  13. Robots Delta 2 and Rhomboid 4 attack!

  14. Thanks for the vote. Thanks to a last minute oversight on my part the D2 manual was actually printed out of order and looks more confusing than I had intended. That's not award worthy. Collectors item maybe. Its since been fixed. Yeah, the picture chosen to represent D2 wasnt great but I couldve supplemented some images in the thread like the others did. I thought that was a fun idea and hope to see more of those kinds of presentations next time. Pimping = packaging!
  15. Finally had a chance to scan through the show and wanted to share a few thoughts: ZPH crew, you guys clean up well! Suits, ties, dresses, and a fancy backdrop! Very well done. Actually everything about the awards was well thought-out, transparent, fun and a great boost to the homebrew scene. It was no doubt a big investment in time, money and patience. Even the design of the awards themselves is cool and I've already set aside some room for mine next year. Seriously though, pat yourselves on the back for a big job well done. Congrats to everyone including Team Mappy! I don’t think it was a surprise to anyone that Mappy absolutely dominated and rightly so. I think if Mappy was nominated ten years from now it would still be an incredible achievement and worthy of recognition. Each year I think there are a handful of great homebrews released but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one where programming, graphics, sound, music, packaging, all the details come together so perfectly and raises the bar for all the disciplines involved. Your love for these classics is evident and we all get to benefit from your teamwork.
  16. “Savage! Found floating down the Amazon in a hatbox.”

  17. Interesting read. I’m no programmer but I get the gist of what you’re describing. I’ve always been fascinated with mazes and I love a good maze game. Looking forward to taking a closer look at your game. Thanks!
  18. Sort of the last thing I want to do actually. As much as I like the nostalgia of the original joystick, I've become rather accustomed to the PS controller over the past couple decades. I'd even be happy with a PS1 controller. It's sort of the perfect layout and feel for me plus the quality and precision is great. I'd love to be able to go from PS4 to Atari with the same or similar controller. Anyone have experience with the above adapters?
  19. Sorry to resurrect this old thread but I've been seriously looking for a modern control solution for the 2600 and surprised to find nothing but cheap knockoffs of original joysticks. Am I to understand the 2 above adapters would allow me to control my 2600 with a Dual Shock controller? Kind of the holy grail, no?
  20. Thanks Al! This was another fun one to work on. David wrote a really elaborate backstory with unique characters, environment and secrets that is easy to lose yourself in. That attention to detail and how all those elements interacted was what helped inspire the art. And it's also what makes the game so fun and easy to lose yourself in. It may only be 4K but every bit has been thought out and packed with the kinds of cool details that make you keep coming back for more.
  21. DaveD

    GTA V

    All valid points. The older I get the less willing I am to invest the time and energy into these huge games. If I have an hour to dedicate to gaming I'd much rather play 20 games of Pac-Man 256 trying to rack up points and items instead of sitting through 2 cutscenes, 10 minutes of gaming, and 10 minutes of wandering around aimlessly trying to figure out controls. Having said that, it is a beautiful game with a huge and interesting environment. I keep it around since I like watching friends play it. I wish it had a straightforward "collect the packages" mission similar to GTA: Vice City had. Another game I never finished but still had fun wandering the streets and listening to the soundtrack. [Edit] Actually I understand GTA V has tons of similar Easter eggs to find but I'm unaware of a way to find them without playing through and "earning" the missions.
  22. That's a sad thought. A lot of time can go into making those things. Maybe we need to look into alternative ways to communicate the instructions. Like R2-D2 style holograms projected from the box. Or instruction chips that are implanted in the brain. Telepathy? Better yet, release the instruction manuals online for free before the game is sold. Then prior to anyone actually purchasing the game, quiz them on the contents of the manual. Be sure to include some really obscure questions too. If they can't pass the quiz, they can't purchase the game.
  23. In honor of this week's final commercial 747 flight I will be viewing Airport '77.

    1. Corby


      naw. watch Airplane, and Airplane 2 the sequel

    2. travistouchdown


      Original 747? They must be running the newer ones still..

    3. GoldLeader


      Kind of a blur but I'm pretty sure I saw Airport '77 in the theater as a kid.

  24. DaveTV night. Logan's Run or Silent Running?

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    2. Nathan Strum

      Nathan Strum

      Useless trivia: the actress who played Jessica in the movie (Jenny Agutter) has been in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier as a member of the World Council.

    3. high voltage

      high voltage

      Jenny Agutter naked, what more do you want

    4. GoldLeader


      You've reminded me, I still need to finish Silent Running....Logan's Run I've seen a bunch though...Classic!

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