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atari2600land last won the day on November 12 2009

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About atari2600land

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    watermelons are good.
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    Chris's Computer Workshop
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    Video games, primarily vintage, especially the 2600.
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  1. My local video game store wants $420 for an Atari Jaguar.

    1. Gemintronic


      Something to do with "420" I'm sure!

    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      What are they smokin'?

  2. Building a better burger:
  3. So I sneaked a look at Oric assembly. It looks way hard. All I could do was print words on the screen. I figured even adding circles and lines is better than this. So I guess I'm just doomed to BASIC for a very, very long time. Nevertheless, I made some improvements to what I had in the title screen department. My title screen now looks like this: I drew a little picture of a hamburger. Or as close to a hamburger as you can get in BASIC HIRES mode. But some sad news, all the items have to be the same color. So the burger will be shooting french fries at onion rings. At least it still plays the little tune I made. At least I will work with LORES mode for the in-game part. I'm thinking something similar to my GoSub game I made for the Oric a million years ago. I can simplify things by having onion rings be the letter O and a fry be the hyphen. Then all I'd need to do is change the letter Q to look like a burger. Or something. My program is only <600 bytes. I am thinking of just giving up altogether since all this looks crappy.
  4. So I got into dabbling with the Oric again. I am working with BASIC. Once I master it, then I will attempt to work with assembly. But for now, I made it play a little song on the title screen. I also made it so pressing a key stops the program. I think I can get the handle of drawing a sprite by changing an ASCII character to resemble one. But in the end, the burger will be yellow due to the color constraints. So one day I hope to make an Oric program. I doubt I will ever see it run because I am in the United States and I think the Oric is PAL (I don't think any Tangerine products were released here.) The manual, although in English, spells words like 'center' as 'centre'. Which suggests that it was released in mainly Europe. I had to figure out the emulator and make it save my progress. I eventually downloaded a better version or Oricutron that enables me to save "tapes". And the milkshakes will be magenta, which is good because that's the color of strawberry milkshakes. What made me decide to do this? I was bored and looking through the many folders in my website, I stumbled across one that is www.atari2600land.com/oric/ that had a few simple programs I made about 10 years ago. So it's about 2:30 a.m. here and I am not sleepy at all. If you have an ORIC, please let me know if it's possible to run programs made by computers on it, how this does. http://www.atari2600land.com/oric/burgersoric.zip has a .tap file for use, at least on Oricutron.
  5. Cruising eBay. Came across two things I have no idea what they do. This first one and This other orange thing. Excuse my stupidity, but curiosity got the best of me.
  6. I worked some more on the minigame and the bee moving code. Before I had it the bee moved every frame, but now it only changes direction when the fly does. Also, I made it so the bee flaps his wings better. There are two ways a game can end in the minigame: touch a bee, or make the fly swatting timer be 0. You have nine seconds to try to swat the fly without running into the deadly bee. I also took a few tries at redesigning a smaller bee. In the end, this is what people liked: The fly animation has three frames, while the bee only has two. I feel that if I designed a bee sprite with its wings in the middle, it would look too much like the second one. And the bee looks good flapping anyway. I was going to include an animated gif of the bee, but the background was black, even though it was transparent in Discord and looked fine there. I ended up going to sleep at about 4 a.m. and waking up at about 5 p.m. I don't know why. Also, every day feels like it's Saturday for some reason. I must remind myself it's Wednesday so I can live like a normal person.
  7. Today I spent some time working on the minigame portion of Frank the Fruit Fly for the Pokemon Mini. I think this will be my first full-fledged game NOT to get a cartridge release. There's just too few Pokemon Mini cartridges out there apparently. Someone told me it wouldn't be cost efficient to make a cartridge release of this. So I put a bee in the minigame where you swat flies. Yes, that's right. In the minigame, the object of it is to swat flies. I couldn't think of something to do involving flies and have it to be easier to program other than this. But I fear the bee is too big. I say that because he's hard to avoid and my high score is 7. I made the timer start at 5, but it was still too easy, so I decided to try and see if I could put a bee in it. I succeeded, but I need to make the bee smaller. The minigame is only accessible via password. So you have to be fooling around with it trying to make words out of it in order to see it if you don't know the password for it. The game is almost done, so I think it will definitely be done by September like I wanted it to be.
  8. So I had to go to the doctor's office today at 8 a.m. I stayed up until 4 a.m. Got a couple hours of sleep and then woke up at 6 a.m. Got there at 7:40 a.m. The check-in lady was asking me a bunch of questions I had no idea what to answer. Went and got a blood test. Right hand yielded nothing, but left arm got some, so they took some out of there. Afterwards, I stopped at Burger King. To my surprise, they told me they no longer have strawberry milkshakes. That is so sad because they are the best. So I got a large fry and went over to Carl's Jr. They fortunately still had a strawberry milkshake, albeit in a tiny cup and costing $4. So I had fries and a milkshake. A good way to end a fast I think. I had to fast for this blood test. The last thing I ate was a bunch of nachos at 8 p.m. So when I got home I went to sleep. I woke up at about 4 p.m. It's almost 6 as I'm writing this, so I've slept most of the day and have only been awake for a couple of hours so far. I talked with Uncle Tusk and we are at the beginning stages of putting together a small run of Hamburgers En Route To Switzerland for the Virtual Boy. Luckily I had been working on a manual. I just got done coloring the logo of the game for art purposes. (Of course, the game is still in shades of red.) Because red meat is good for you.
  9. No eating time for me. I have to get a blood test in about 11 hours. Hard to believe people get up at 7 a.m., and doctors are practicing at 8 a.m. I have to wake up very early tomorrow morning.

    1. Swami


      I'm typing this at 5:42am

    2. Classic Pac

      Classic Pac

      I have been through that myself, what helps is knowing a good place you can get breakfast once the test is over. Ordering your favorite foods helps.

    3. atari2600land


      I can eat again.

  10. I thought of that, but why does a computer that runs an emulator (or the emulator itself) not run afoul of patent infringement?
  11. I used to be able to "force" (for lack of a better word) members into PMs. Now I can't. Help.

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    2. Shawn


      It's the same thing.

    3. atari2600land


      Then why doesn't the guy I invited show up in the list of people in the conversation?

    4. bah


      OK Chris, I see this

  12. Try this. I think it's a bit more fair. nosehair58.bin
  13. Hm. That's sad. I wonder why nobody ever made an Atari 2600 using the parts they made when it was first made.
  14. OK, I think I figured it out. I added a mode where if the left difficulty switch is set to A, the nosehair demon moves faster. B is his regular speed. You can switch between A and B during the game if you want. nosehair57.bin
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