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phoboz

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  1. I am sorry, but I was never that impressed by the PS2, maybe a saw it at the wrong time. I had a Nintendo GameCube at that time, and it had a cell shaded Zelda title, and Metroid Prime.
  2. I am sure the developer finally managed to also push the PS2 to it's limits. And every console has its gems. But I doubt that anyone would make the effort today for the PS2 (without a lot of money upfront) By the way, is there a good library available for the Jag to draw triangles effiectly, e.g. if someone would like to make a 3D game for it?
  3. Regarding Pitfall, I think the limitations has to do with the fact that the game was originally developed for a 16-bit console, having a tile based 2d engine. I am also struggling with similar problems with my current game, that I am sure came up during the conversion of Pitfall. If the game would be developed like a NeoGeo game instead (having huge sprites instead of a lot of small fixed size tiles I am sure it would have benefited the Jaguar more) Regarding 3D. I could stay with only 2 early 3D games. These are TIE fighter for the PC, and Battlesphere for the Jaguar. Why, it has to do with a lot of factors besides from the number of polygons. I have tried a lot of space combat sims, including all the new ones. None could fill the void from TIE fighter until I came across Battlesphere (I don't know if Battlesphere is considered a homebrew, as it came out after the Jaguar was officially not supported by Atari anymore) But this game is the one that puts that Jag at the top of the game consoles in my opinion. By the way, from a technical point of view, the PlayStation 2 is by far the worst game console of all times (basically it is a PS1 with a co-processor, e.g. reality engine) I think the SEGA Dreamcast outshined the PS2 in every technical aspects. Still the PS2 is considered one of the most successful consoles of all time, but look at it today? No one will ever develop a game for it, and I am sure that people only developed games for it because they were paid huge sums of money by Sony. (No offense for the PS1 it was great for it's time, but PS2 weren't in the technical domain compared to the Dreamcast, and the Dreamcast did also have great arcade titles, like Soulcalibur, Crazy Taxi, House of the Dead etc.)
  4. Why keep the discussion about what was in the past. Look at the situation today. Look how many cool homebrews we are getting for the Jaguar, while the PlayStation 1, 3DO etc. are all dead. I didn't have a Jaguar back in the day (nor did I care about it), but I got one about a year ago and I absolutely love it (so much I even started to develop games for it myself) And it really shines in certain areas, one of it's perticulary strong points is it's Super Scaler capabilities, utilized by for example Super Burnout. That's why I decided my first game for it (e.g. Wormhole 2000) should be a game that really takes advantage of that. So we have seen so many lists about the most successful consoles of all times. Well I would like to see a list of the most successful consoles in the homebrew scene, e.g. the console that still have a life today. My list would definitely include two consoles that didn't do so well when they were released, but today they have a load of great games released for them every year. This is my list so far: 1. Vectrex 2. Atari Jaguar The Jaguar is a sprite beast that even outperforms the higly regarded NeoGeo. PS. Sorry for deviating from the Pitfall topic, but I respond to the discussion above.
  5. Looks absolutely amazing, very cool mix of vector-like raster-graphics, and traditional 16-bit style bitmap graphics.
  6. No this is a Jaguar Cartridge that you put into the cartridge slot of your Jaguar. The cartridge you have to buy, and it will be shipped to you.
  7. The cartridges I have sold to Songbird are the same cartridges as I produce.
  8. @Sargon, @Neogeoman orders are open again at: http://tjocktv.se/product/wormhole-2000-atari-jaguar/
  9. The game will be available for purchase in the future, I can promise you that. I will let you know as soon as that happens.
  10. I sell the game as a loose cartridge, @Gaztee intends to sell a kit containing: box, manual, and label for the game. So when you order from me you get the game cartridge (which is what you need to play the game). The cartridge you get has a very simple sticker on it, just for identification.
  11. I have now received parts to make a couple of more cartridges, so back-orders are accepted for a while at: http://tjocktv.se/product/wormhole-2000-atari-jaguar/
  12. No worries, the game will be available for purchase in the future. Currently I am busy with delivering the games already ordered, so I had to put the orders on hold for a while. Meanwhile I post the link to the Video of the released version of the game: (the most notable difference is the transition sequence played between the stages)
  13. The game is now released (with joypad support only) http://tjocktv.se/product/wormhole-2000-atari-jaguar/
  14. There are 2 types of power-up 1. Dual fire 2. Shield +3
  15. Yes controls is probably one of the most important aspects of a game. I also added another control method (which I prefer in some situations). Identical to the controls in the oscilloscope vector game "Gyrocks". This mode is called "rectangular" controls (you can actually switch between the control modes during game-play by pressing keypad "2", or "3") The nice thing with this control method is that you control the ship in a classical 2D fashion (so the ship actually goes in the direction you are pulling to on the D-pad) So you can get to any coordinate on the screen, and not only along the outer edge of a circle. Also the closer you get to the screen center, the further away the ship goes. The angle of the ship is automatically aligned toward the screen center. I prefer to switch between these 2 control modes depending on the situation in the game.
  16. Some people seems to be willing to help me looking into the rotary support. I wouldn't mind having it as a nice feature for those who has the opportunity to play with such controller. However, I am not ready to break anything else the game because of that. I guess most people do not have a rotary controller. (It could be possible to move in the Z-direction using the A, and C buttons, you could also navigate in the menus using these buttons A-up, C-down) So let's see what happens in the coming days, if we are able to work out a solution together, but I wouldn't like to hold back the game for to long, as all of the other stuff is already complete...
  17. I actually made a transition a little bit like you describe, please see the attached videowomhole2k_transitions.mkv
  18. There are a couple of more waves, and BOSS:es from what you see in the video. There is also a shield power-up that help you on the later, more intense waves. The power-up creates a bubble around your ship. Picking up one such power-up adds 3 hit-points to your ship, so if you pick up 2 you get 6 extra hit-points etc. Note that if you collide with an enemy that has 2 hit-points, this collision will take 2 hit-points from your shield. If you crash into the brown, non-destructive asteroid, your ship will be destroyed regardless of how many hit-points you have collected. The relative to the character (that might be familiar to some of you) from another space shooter also talks to you during the fight. So beware...live...
  19. Yes that was my fear also, because I understand the rotary has 16 steps for a full circle. The circle's angle is 256 steps, so the smallest unit you could move your ship with the rotary would be 16 steps in one go. So the game might be very hard with such precision.
  20. I have sent you a personal message.
  21. This game is actually inspired by an early Vectrex homebrew game called Wormhole. I guess that game was inspired a lot by Gyruss. There is a different plot in this game which will unfold when you reach beyond the Sun (what will happen is implied by the title of the game) The game is feature complete, and the entire memory for a cartridge game is now utilized. (There is music by Strauss both on the title screen, and at the end of the game) You will also meet a relative to a character that some of you might be familiar with from another space shooter)
  22. Basically the 68000 is to slow to poll the rotary controller fast enough using a timed interrupt. When enabling that game slows down to much. I guess the recommendation would be to use the DSP for this task, but the memory of the DSP is fully utilized by the sound engine (e.g. package buffering of samples that are stored in ROM) I use a library for the graphics, sound, and input. So this is just the way the library was made.
  23. I will attempt to answer most of the questions above: 1. The game will be sold as a loose cartridge, I currently don't have any plans to make a box, manual etc. 2. The price range will be 25-30 EUR (~ $30-$35), plus shipping 3. It will go live within a week, or two (depending on when the parts I need to make the cartridges will arrive) 4. Currently there is no rotary support, due to some technical difficulties 5. There was no intention that the ship(s) were to look like something from tempest, someone else compared it to the "derelict spaceship on LV-426 from Alien" There is a 2 player mode, then the second player pilots a blue ship.
  24. I am working on a homebrew called Wormhole 2000. Here is a video of the game:
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