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  1. Wow, great show, technical difficulties and all :). Looking forward to another great year of contenders. I really hope to see more games developed for the driving controllers (Tempest Elite a great start), and paddle controllers, mainly because those controllers are so unique to the Atari platform, and very challenging to fully appreciate via emulation. As far as a dream port title, I'd love to see an attempt at Zaxxon in its isometric glory. I remember being HORRIBLY underwhelmed by the Coleco version released when I was a kid, though in hindsight, their reworking was impressive considering the time/resources/memory restrictions they had.

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  2. This goes without saying, but the quality of these games is getting so good, thanks to amazing feats of programming ingenuity, that I HIGHLY recommend playing them on real hardware, on a real CRT (not modern LCD), in order to avoid adding any graphic/audio glitching or lag to the experience. Twitch games like these truly deserve it :). Personally, I use a Harmony cart for 2600 playing, and the SIO2PC universal interface (USB edition) to my Atari 130XE.

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  3. On 1/7/2021 at 1:12 PM, ZeroPage Homebrew said:

    Very very soon! 🙂  I will hopefully be putting up all the information today about the 3rd Annual Atari Homebrew Awards

     

    The public voting is scheduled to start on Friday Jan 15th after the nominee announcements on ZPH!

     

    - James

    Great to hear, James! Really enjoy your channel btw. Keep up the great work.

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  4. Tried the beta2, and it seems to be working fine. Not exactly sure how to rigorously test, as I simply ran original carts, as well as newer 32k homebrews. Let me know if there is a specific test plan to follow, and I'll assist more. Does this support holding port 2 button down to utilize that port for control? Etc.


  5. In case you're considering enhancements to the Harmony firmware, it would be great if it would accept menu navigation from port 2 as well as port 1. I love paddle games, but using them to navigate the menu is incredibly painful. And yes, my paddles are rebuilt and excellent (no jitter). The driving controller on the other hand is SUPERB for navigating! So my dream would be for the menu to use the port 2 controller to navigate if anything is plugged in there. Otherwise, it would default to port 1. I would then leave the driving controller in port 2 for menu navigation, and swap the port 1 controller with whatever type of games I plan to play :).


  6. Thanks for the update, Simon. I wasn't clear.. the mod I tried is the pre-made one on Ebay: Atari 2600/7800 A/V Composite RCA Audio Video Mod Kit " IMPROVED SOUND KIT " 1G, not yours. I think yours offers more flexibility, and I plan on trying one of yours in the near future to see if it works better on my 4k.


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    I was using an Atari 5200 with an Atarimax 128 In 1 cart. Wrong bin or setup? Great work and thanks for an help. Dying to try!

    This .bin is in cartridge format. For it to work on my modded XBOX running the Atari800 emulator, I have to set the config of the rom as type cartridge, or it will not load. I can also run this directly on my atari 130XE over my sio2pc and APE software boot screen. Hope that helps.

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  8. Supercharger CX022 Missile Command:

     

    Also, Reactor Trak-Ball is highly recommended by me!

    Edit: It comes it 2 Trak-Ball speeds, slow and fast.

     

    P.S. This New Pac-Man 4K with cut-scenes and arcade like enemy movement:

    Note: New Pac-Man 4K "TheOfficialPacMan Supercharger" is not a Trak-Ball game, it just rocks from the Supercharger!

    It is a graphic hack from DINTAR816's finished 4K New Pac Man with changed score font and seperated eyes.

    Along the lines of what The Official Frogger was, (except the Supercharger version could have used the additional 2K to become 6K, so somewhere between DINTAR816's 4K and his almost-complete New Pac-Man 8K.)

    Just played the iesposta pac-man 4k game... Fantastic! This is one of the only versions on any console that support diagonal movements, which is absolutely critical unless you are using a 4-direction arcade stick (yeah, right).


  9. Quick update on the simple composite mod I made to my 4 switch woody. As I said above, picture looks great on a CRT, and on most older (non-smart) LCD panels. HOWEVER, there are big image problems when sent to my 1st generation 4k LCD HDTV. While the color seem solid, there are major ghosting/double images occurring, no matter what settings I change on the TV itself. I blame the ever-worsening analog to digital chips in these newer TVs, which apparently can't quite cope with the hack's timings/signal strength.

    barnstorming composite On 4k (2)

    barnstorming composite On 4k (1)

     


  10. Oh boy.. Good question. I am using most of the available ram not being used by os and turbo xl. I only tested on stock 800xl and 130xe which have 64k and 130k respectively. I will test in an emulator with limited memory and provide some insight.

    Well, I tried every machine setting possible in Atari800Win+, including running Turbo Basic XL as a cartridge, but TBXL itself only appears to work on a machine with 64k of memory or more. I would provide a compiled version of the game, but the TBXL compiler throws an error on my code for some reason.


  11. Oh boy.. Good question. I am using most of the available ram not being used by os and turbo xl. I only tested on stock 800xl and 130xe which have 64k and 130k respectively. I will test in an emulator with limited memory and provide some insight.


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    So I went back to a game I created in high school called Hot Air in Atari BASIC, which played OK but was way too slow and graphically unappealing. So 30 years later I got back into Atari programming and restored my two Atari 8-bit machines (800XL and 130XE) to full working order. Then I pulled every programming trick I knew of to improve the game in every possible way (custom display list mode, display list interrupts for many more colors, vblank interrupt routines to move the main character liquid smooth, etc.). I never had Turbo XL Basic as a kid, but now I use it to autoload the game and increase the frame rate even more. I'm posting it here for your enjoyment and feedback. Yes, it's similar to Joust, so sue me ;)
    I have all 4 2-bit missiles left to utilize (either independently or combined for 5th player sprite), so I'm thinking of adding bullets or bird flying across the screen on later stages for added challenge. Let me know your suggestions.
    The game attempts to save your 5 highest scores to a file "D:HSCORE.DAT", but this will not work on some emulators that set floppy drives to read-only (i.e. XBOX Atari 800 emulator). If the game can't write to D: it will attempt to write to the H: (hard drive) device. If THAT can't be written to, then it will display the error and restart the game anyway.
    Enjoy!

     

    Sorry, but if you downloaded this prior to 8:45pm CST on 10/14, i had left test code inside only giving you 1 life and starting you with 5000 points, lol. Please re-download the ATR with the correct version if so.


  13. So I went back to a game I created in high school called Hot Air in Atari BASIC, which played OK but was way too slow and graphically unappealing. So 30 years later I got back into Atari programming and restored my two Atari 8-bit machines (800XL and 130XE) to full working order. Then I pulled every programming trick I knew of to improve the game in every possible way (custom display list mode, display list interrupts for many more colors, vblank interrupt routines to move the main character liquid smooth, etc.). I never had Turbo XL Basic as a kid, but now I use it to autoload the game and increase the frame rate even more. I'm posting it here for your enjoyment and feedback. Yes, it's similar to Joust, so sue me ;)


    I have all 4 2-bit missiles left to utilize (either independently or combined for 5th player sprite), so I'm thinking of adding bullets or bird flying across the screen on later stages for added challenge. Let me know your suggestions.


    The game attempts to save your 5 highest scores to a file "D:HSCORE.DAT", but this will not work on some emulators that set floppy drives to read-only (i.e. XBOX Atari 800 emulator). If the game can't write to D: it will attempt to write to the H: (hard drive) device. If THAT can't be written to, then it will display the error and restart the game anyway.


    Enjoy!

    TXL_Hot_Air.atr


  14. Funny thing is I have 4 drive set as D1: switching them on or off as needed but... the rest of the stack is doubled up as 1050 describes... using one of each pair switched on the other off, to further complicate it and to the complete loss of reasoning function of young ones... I switch them around using the BB, MIO, drive re assignment and sometime the logical re assignments within certain DOS versions. At that point the on lookers lose cohesive thought, start looking at the screen mouth breathing and looking like a skull garden...

    LOLOL.. this post officially wins the internet for today

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  15. Have been using APE with my Atari 130XE for a while now and don't remember having this issue until lately. I keep getting error 138 (device timeout) in DOS 2.0s (or any I've tried) whenever I issue a directory listing to D2:*.*. I am booting up on D1: which is assigned to my PC folder location via APE and my SIO2PC interface. I have my 1050 switched to D2 setting, and leaving D2: in APE blank (i.e. ejected) so it is not conflicting. Unfortunately I don't have another serial device to set as D1: in the chain so I can determine if it's the controller in my 1050 which is OK with D1 setting but possibly NOT with D2 :(.

     

    Any ideas? Shouldn't I be able to access PC via D1 and a real 1050 device on D2 within APE?


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    Thanks Gunstar

     

    Check out the new version of the buggy here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/282701-moon-patrol-body-shop/page-7?do=findComment&comment=4128856

    post: #156 complete with binary !

    Really enjoying all these buggy variants. Dumb question but why was the mountain range color not more closely matched to the arcade? Does it bleed too much with the buggy colors? And I will second the frustration with a buggy that isn't exactly the same pixel width. The collision detection is not PM-based, but locational, and it bugs me to blow up when the bomb never touched the front. In fact, IIRC the arcade Moon Patrol is overly generous in that regard, requiring a fully direct hit before registering a collision.


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    There are a couple variants of "Missile Command-TB". Make sure you're using the correct version. :)

     

    EDIT: Took a minute to find a link. This thread (linked) should be a sticky!

    Thanks for the link! I put them all on my Harmony, and they run great! Big props to the guys who made those conversions. I can finally put that trackball to good use.

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  18. It's just a missing AUDCTL command that turns 1.79MHz/16 Bit off.

    In the cartridge game, no SIO happens, thus no correction needed. Loading the game via SIO turn that 1.79/16 on, correction is missing...

    Wow, you really know your 800 architecture. So basically bits 3 and/or 4 of AUDCTL are being initialized counter to what the game expects. Therefore 8bit music being output as 16bit, or vice versa. Loading different OS versions might only "fix" the issue by leaving those bits set a certain way after boot up. But that would just be a happy accident. If that fails, I guess we can scan the program code area for 5 bytes where we can mask those bits to 0 (or 1), whichever it's supposed to be. This would be a nice enhancement to the improved graphic version of this game.

     

    I notice the same musical aberration playing Mario Brothers, which is another of my favorite ear-killers. As a kid I changed all the enemy bitmaps to names of my favorite bands at the time (Van Halen, Iron Maiden, etc.) to freak out my friends when playing. "Oh man, we're almost to the AC/DC stage!". Good times. Thanks to SIO2PC and APE, I saved all those disks to hard drive for posterity.


  19. I've always been underwhelmed/horrified by the original Moon Patrol 8bit graphics, and it's exciting to see the progress made here. Keep up the great work. I have an 800XL and 130XE, both of which utilize the latest monitor out to composite cable for excellent image and colors on my vintage 32" CRT. I plan on feeding back my play-through experience as this project continuesW

    Now I remember why I rarely plaid this game back in the day. The music is ear piercingly bad. What the heck were they thinking?!?!?

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