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Another AD screensaver module in the works!

 

I guess I should note that I can't guarantee these will work to prevent screen burn-in. Doubting most people leave them running on fancy OLED TVs. I believe the original AD screensavers were also guilty of this.

 

EDIT: Titlescreen/Last version can be found in first post (here.)

 

FTP_Starry2021.bas.bin

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These are bringing back a lot of memories. I was a beta-tester for Berkley Systems from '94 until they closed shop. I tested so many versions of After Dark and You Don't Know Jack it's ridiculous. Back before the internet was huge. When I started they burned them on CD-Rom and mailed them snail mail. We would submit our bug reports via email but broadband wasn't a thing yet so physical media was the easiest way to do distribution. The good ole days.

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Wow, love hearing about things like this...thanks for sharing!

 

I was a huge fan of After Dark in the lates 80s and through most of the 90s.

Can't tell you how many versions I bought - starting out on floppies, and like you said, moving on to CDs. Their Simpsons screensaver was another fave of mine.

 

It's my understanding the After Dark software is considered abandonware (Berkley bought out by Sierra On-Line) with neither company active/in business.

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Here's a quick update:

 

1) Strobing foreground buildings

2) Updated animations for building lights

3) Fire button working as 'reset'

 

Watch for the meteor streaking across the sky. 🙂

 

 

starry2.bin

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22 minutes ago, rsiddall said:

Watch for the meteor streaking across the sky.

I thought that’s what it was.

 

 

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1 minute ago, sramirez2008 said:

I thought that’s what it was.

Or falling star...since I can't make the graphic red (ball is tied to playfield colors). 🙂

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6 minutes ago, rsiddall said:

Or falling star...since I can't make the graphic red (ball is tied to playfield colors). 🙂

Can you have the meteor continue behind the building? It currently disappears after the building. Sort of looks like it’s striking it. 

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15 minutes ago, sramirez2008 said:

Can you have the meteor continue behind the building? It currently disappears after the building. Sort of looks like it’s striking it. 

Let me see what I can do. It's currently set for playfield collision.

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5 minutes ago, rsiddall said:

It's currently set for playfield collision.

Ah! 
 

Btw, your screensavers are pretty cool.

 

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8 hours ago, atari2600land said:

You could just do

if ballx>130 then goto balldisappears

 

Works perfectly...thanks! I had to make it >150 as it still was too close to the skyscraper when it left the screen.

Revised attached.

starry3.bin

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One last request. Could you drop everything down a couple scan lines to better center it.  Here’s how it looks on my CRT.

D592D744-C18A-43CE-927B-90F5832B45B0.jpeg

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I've got the score turned off, so part of the area below skyline is due to that. I also have no_blank_lines running (to keep the skyscrapers solid) and it kind of pushes everything up a line. When I get a chance, I'll see if turning on PFO will add anything (besides 2 columns of gray on either side).

 

Actually, atari2600land's suggestion for using "pfhline 0 9 31 on" (different project) works to add back the missing line below skyscrapper.

 

I think this is as centered as I can get it.

 

starry4.bin

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21 hours ago, sramirez2008 said:

Ah! 
 

Btw, your screensavers are pretty cool.

 

Appreciate it...thanks for sticking around! 😁

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10 hours ago, rsiddall said:

I've got the score turned off, so part of the area below skyline is due to that. I also have no_blank_lines running (to keep the skyscrapers solid) and it kind of pushes everything up a line. When I get a chance, I'll see if turning on PFO will add anything (besides 2 columns of gray on either side).

 

Actually, atari2600land's suggestion for using "pfhline 0 9 31 on" (different project) works to add back the missing line below skyscrapper.

 

I think this is as centered as I can get it.

 

starry4.bin 4 kB · 4 downloads

Looks great! I hadn't noticed the missing line, but now I see the difference.👍 Don't worry about the centering.

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