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@Mclaneinc Glad I got you to try it then!

 

@Heaven/TQA lol Ill never forget how disappointed I was when I brought home the cart and I was like nooo lol

 

@Sugarland Didnt know about ctrl+t, good to know!

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10 hours ago, Mclaneinc said:

Never knew Glenn worked for Atari, visited Atari in Slough a few times, wonder if it was there..

I have to listen to the interview again, but I don't think he worked for Atari! I was thinking this a case of Atari lifting the pirated conversion and calling it theirs... "well thanks for the work!" because well, legally it is theirs.... Who's gonna sue? Hehe

 

A similar more recent incident with Nintendo: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-01-18-did-nintendo-download-a-mario-rom-and-sell-it-back-to-us

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2 hours ago, Nezgar said:

I have to listen to the interview again, but I don't think he worked for Atari! I was thinking this a case of Atari lifting the pirated conversion and calling it theirs... "well thanks for the work!" because well, legally it is theirs.... Who's gonna sue? Hehe

 

A similar more recent incident with Nintendo: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-01-18-did-nintendo-download-a-mario-rom-and-sell-it-back-to-us

My memory is bad, too long ago, i think it wasnt him but a friend of his worked for atari or something. 
 

so curious how his work got onto atari retail. I wonder if they just downloaded and used and also didnt think of ctrl+g lmao

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It really is soooo much better than official release.  Who wrote the 5200 version originally?  It really is a work of art.  The original was really nowhere near as fun to play.

 

Glenn's 5200 conversions were certainly worth the effort.  The 5200 got a few enhanced versions of various games.  Also the only console that ever got a good Star Raiders port.  

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The Atari 5200 version of Dig Dug was also better than the official Atari 8 bit version.  Another one that Glenn converted.   I think Moon Patrol was different, too.  Any others?  I never knew about CTRL-G for all of these years!

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9 hours ago, Nezgar said:

I have to listen to the interview again, but I don't think he worked for Atari! I was thinking this a case of Atari lifting the pirated conversion and calling it theirs... "well thanks for the work!" because well, legally it is theirs.... Who's gonna sue? Hehe

 

A similar more recent incident with Nintendo: https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2017-01-18-did-nintendo-download-a-mario-rom-and-sell-it-back-to-us

Yes, after cwc posted the link to the podcast I listened and its clear he was a. US based and b. had no direct link to Atari other than modding their games. Atari however did miss a trick and not take the modded games and release them on the computer (bar the rogue Centipede in the UK). I wonder who the person was that he trained up in cracking techniques who then started a company to protect against cracking?

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3 hours ago, kogden said:

It really is soooo much better than official release.  Who wrote the 5200 version originally?  It really is a work of art.  The original was really nowhere near as fun to play.

 

Glenn's 5200 conversions were certainly worth the effort.  The 5200 got a few enhanced versions of various games.  Also the only console that ever got a good Star Raiders port.  

 

Its really odd because its actually pretty much the exact same OS bar stripped out computer based OS routines and modified keyboard and joystick calls. From what I understand its the exact same sound and display capabilities and OS calls. So it seems to come down to the quality of the programming, i'm stunned but happy that Atari didn't take the cheap way out and just port the unchanged computer version in some cases. I guess the only downside of Glenns ports was that IF the programmer used the analogue stick in its full proportional potential Glenn had to lock it to a fixed effect so it was either on or off with no graded increase of movement.

 

Still, he did a blinding job..And nice to listen to him quoting locations and programming techniques like moving the screen base after all this time..

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11 hours ago, oo7 said:

@Mclaneinc Glad I got you to try it then!

 

 

Thank you very much, me sitting down and playing is harder than it sounds with my spine and I really enjoyed the game, stay safe my friend...

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1 hour ago, Mclaneinc said:

Thank you very much, me sitting down and playing is harder than it sounds with my spine and I really enjoyed the game, stay safe my friend...

Very happy you like it as much as I do it sounds. Sorry for the spine thing.

 

 

Imagine my shock spending most of my life thinking that was Centipede for the A8 then getting a cart version and NOOOOOOOOOO lol

 

All of a sudden the slow loading tape was ok lmao (mind you I then downloaded the 5200 disk version)

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3 hours ago, rra said:

The Atari 5200 version of Dig Dug was also better than the official Atari 8 bit version. 

There were two separate cartridge releases of Dig Dug for the A8. The second version is the 5200 version back-ported by Atari themselves.  

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22 hours ago, cwc said:

How do you get to the actual podcast?  I've listened to quite a few various podcasts, but have had trouble finding the Antic Interviews on iTunes and YouTube.  Does anyone know if/where this one is still available?  I did successfully find and listen to the Bill Wilkinson interview several years ago, but I don't remember any details.

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6 minutes ago, Larry said:

How do you get to the actual podcast?  I've listened to quite a few various podcasts, but have had trouble finding the Antic Interviews on iTunes and YouTube.  Does anyone know if/where this one is still available?  I did successfully find and listen to the Bill Wilkinson interview several years ago, but I don't remember any details.

The link you quoted will literally take you right to the page where you can play it. If you use a separate podcast player app, you’ll have to search within the app. 

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Ah, I see.  Don't know how I missed the big "play" triangle, but I did.  Got it!  Thanks!

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6 hours ago, Mclaneinc said:

I listened and its clear he was a. US based and b. had no direct link to Atari other than modding their games. Atari however did miss a trick and not take the modded games and release them on the computer

Thanks for reviewing! I didn't have the time.

 

Makes me wonder if "Glenn" knew of his ports being used used widely by Atari themselves on the other side of the atlantic. Maybe a tidbit that can be passed back to him through their contacts. May give him a historical smile hehe.

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1 hour ago, Nezgar said:

Thanks for reviewing! I didn't have the time.

 

Makes me wonder if "Glenn" knew of his ports being used used widely by Atari themselves on the other side of the atlantic. Maybe a tidbit that can be passed back to him through their contacts. May give him a historical smile hehe.

I'd imagine he knows, might actually ask him as I left him a message on twitter

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