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Top 10: January 2007

Hey y'all. Here's my top 10 Atari 2600 picks for 1/07: 1. Trick Shot 2. Midnight Magic 3. Video Pinball 4. Dig Dug 5. Word Zapper 6. Grand Prix 7. Mouse Trap 8. Hangman 9. Freeway 10. Moon Patrol   Check out Trick Shot, debuting at #1! Another newbie is Mouse Trap, in at #7. I now have 112 Atari 2600 games, and still wanting more. I can't get enough of them, I'm addicted! I just posted a topic in the Wanted forum. I really need to finish off the Atari R2s so I can be just like every

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What do you think of this?

Since nobody can solve the mystery I put in the Mr. Frog topic in the Atari 2600 BASIC forum (or nobody wants to solve it,) I'm shelving it in favor of this game, working title "Smiley." The object of the game is to get points by getting the green things (what they are are to be determined later. Right now, they're just circles with a plus sign in the middle.) You have to be fast because if the green things get to the blue corners, you lose a life. (Of course, the colors are irrelavant if you're

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Score 2

I went to Value Village today and bought me some Atari games. I got Spacechase, Boxing and Starmaster. The rest of the games that were there I already had. The lady that checked me out said "You found some Atari games. You have an Atari game at home?" I assumed she meant Atari system, so I said yes. I didn't tell her that I now have 108 Atari games, 8 of which I bought at Value Village since apparently people are starting to dump them off there. I wonder how come you see all these Atari games an

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Mmm...fudge

Hey, kids. Welcome. I got a Vanilla Fudge album today, that makes 3, this one is on CD and bought it for the almost 20-minute long "Break Song", almost 20 minutes of instrumental late 60's rock. I like Vanilla Fudge. This is the first of their CDs I could find anywhere. And apparently, they're coming out with a new album in February! According to the website, it's a collection of Led Zeppelin covers. I wonder if they're going to do Stairway to Heaven? I also got the first season of Robot Chicke

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Unfinished Symphony

More like "Symphony I Gave Up On." I'm trying to make a MIDI and am having no luck on what notes to use in the bass part (calliope 8va, track 2) once I get to part B of the song. It's the music from level 1 of Rayman Raving Rabbids for GBA, but you don't really have to know that in order to help me out here. Pick some notes that sound good with what I have (track 1 - Vibraphone and track 3 - Whistle). I don't care which, just any that sound good. I'd really like to submit this to vgmusic.com!

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Pretty labels?

What do you think about these labels for the GoSub cart? Or should I just skip my own design and hold a label contest? The thing is, I want all my games to have the same kind of label, like Activision did in the early days. And since I'm working on another game which seems to be heading in the direction of actually being my second game, I want some kind of uniformity on my cart labels.

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They're coming to paint my house, ha haa!

First off, I'd like to thank NeoTokeo for the new frog sprite. There's now a second sprite for jumping, but I didn't do very good at it. I also added a new screen for Mr. Frog to get through. As you probably guessed by now, yes, that boulder will be in every screen, whether it be falling, rolling, or something else for Mr. Frog.   In other news, Cal-am is going to paint my house tomorrow. I live in a mobile home made out of what seems to be tin , apparently you can paint over it. I guess they

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Mr. Frog

This is Mr. Frog, a game I'm working on that's sorta like my old Super Maria Sisters. In order to move forward, you hop by pressing fire and move left or right simultaneously. To get to the next screen, you have to go to the end of the first one. Lives work, but once you get to 0, it goes back to 3. The number on the left is the screen number and the number on the right is # of lives. If you touch a boulder, you lose a life. And check out the code, I'm trying something new, code label thingees.

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I'm back!

I had to be gone for a few days because the stupid phone wouldn't work. In fact, when you picked it up, you got a radio station instead of a dial tone. So someone came over (again) and fixed it. I am so sick of phone problems. Well, anyway, I just wanted to say that I'm back.

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Minigame Compo 2007

Right now, I'm secretly working on projects for the Minigame Compo of 2007. This first project will be unveiled shortly after the compo starts on Feb. 1. Here's a hint though: I'm sure Rom Hunter would really love this one. Secret cutout of pic and blown up a lot is below. I'm hoping to rebound from a disastrous first year, where, as you may remember, Zyx and Ants stunned the world with how crappy a 2600 game can be. Last year, I was just programming for a month when I started those games, but

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BBB

I've changed the name of this little side project I'm working on to Batari Basic Billiards, or BBB for short (or even B3 for even shorter!) Since this is only the second Atari 2600 billiards game even attempted on the system (?), I think my firing method is a lot better. Doing away with a cursor to guide your shot, you just simply move the joystick in the direction you want the cue ball to go and press fire. This, of course, limits you to 8 directions, but I think it's a lot better because the f

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bBilliards

Billiards for bBasic is my next project once GoSub is done. I've been starting and tinkering around with the beginning of "bBilliards." I don't know how to make the ball go diagonally if it's hit by the cue ball at an angle, but I bet I'll figure something out, and if not, I'll go back to Maze of Pain . Here's a few screenies, I'll post the code once GoSub is finished. Right now, it's kind of like a practice game where you can set up the balls anywhere you please. I tried to put three yellow ba

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100 cartridges!

With the addition of Venture, Zaxxon and Mousetrap I just got in the mail today, I now have 100 Atari 2600 cartidges! And there's more on the way from another trade. There's a big snow/ice storm here and all the schools were closed and when I called work to tell them I wasn't going to make it in, the lady I talked to said there were only 3 people in my department there! (I work at the Oregon DOT. If you live in Oregon, I can see all your driver's license info. Kinda scary, huh?) Well, for those

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Arthur & the Invisibles

Keeping my promise of an Arthur & the Invisibles review soon, here it is in all its glory.   I wish this game was invisible. That way nobody else could play it. The setup is confusing, with B for jumping (in every decent game, it’s A) and the action button is A. (It should be switched around.)   I didn’t expect very much, seeing as how it’s based off a movie, and games based on movies are usually sub-par, and with this one, it didn’t disappoint.   The second level is impossible becaus

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About yesterday

Well, it seems I got really lucky with Blackjack. Among all the possibilities listed for Blackjack at the AA website, I got the rarest one, a Sears picture label. And since it's a rarity 4, it's tied for the second-most rare thing I have (#1 being Strategy X.) And why did it take me so long to find Football since it's a rarity 1? It's the first Football I've seen since I started collecting for this crazy system. And there's a little problem with Atlantis, though. I don't think it's anything seri

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Score!

Finally I get lucky at these thrift stores! Imagine my surprise when I found about 10 carts laying there begging for an owner. I picked up Atlantis, Carnival, Human Cannonball, Football and Black Jack. With the purchase of Football, that completes all my rarity 1s and brings me to 97 Atari 2600 games total. And with the 6 I'm expecting in the mail, that'll get me past 100! Yay me! Also, I found Arthur and the Invisibles at K-Mart, so expect a review out of me soon.

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I probably won't get anything new today

But, just to make sure, I'm going to both K-Mart to look at GBA games (and see if I can get my hands on a copy of either Polarium Advance and/or Arthur and the Invisibles for my chronogaming blog) and, what's next to K-Mart, a very handy Value Village (Goodwill-like store.) Last time I went there, they didn't have any 2600 games, but I did get a CIB Xevious for the NES, which I still have. Anyway, wish me luck!

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Dupes, I have them.

Even I have some duplicates, and I'd like to get rid of them. They're all common, though. Missile Command, Super Breakout, Ms. Pac-Man, and Barnstorming (no label). I also have 1 Berzerk Sears and 1 Berzerk Atari, and I don't care which one goes. There's a whole bunch of rarity 2s I don't have but want, like 3D Tic-Tac-Toe, Crossbow, Galaxian, Golf, Gravitar, Kangaroo, Pele's Soccer, Phoenix, Realsports Baseball, Slot Racers, & Surround, and that's just the Atari-made ones. So if you want on

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Phone's dead

...Well, most of the time it isn't, but sometimes it kicks me off the internet and when I try to log on, there's no dial tone. It isn't the computer's fault because we've had problems without it. So today (hopefully), we'll have the phone company look and see if they can fix it. And they said they'd be here from 8am to 8pm, so basically I have no idea. Anyway, since GoSub is nearing completion, I'm working on another project with a working title of "Maze of Pain" about a cat in a huge maze. It's

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Nearing 100...

As soon as I get all the Atari games I asked for in the mail, i'll have 98. My mom thinks that's too many, but I want to get at least 100. By the way, it snowed some more this morning and it actually stuck, but it was less than an inch and melted a few hours after. And still no Arthur & the Invisibles for GBA, even though the DS game has been there since at least Monday. I might have to look somewhere else this weekend, like Toys R Us.

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Snow it Will

...but it didn't stick. In fact, it snowed a lot, but it couldn't stick because it was above freezing. But it might snow tonight, and it'll be freezing and below. It'll be interesting to see what is on my front yard, but it'll probably just be barkdust. I know it's really early, but I bought my mom a Valentine's Day present. (It's also something I really enjoy, and I'm using it right now.) I'm not saying what it is in the off-chance my mom is reading this blog (though she probably isn't.) Expect

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Will It Snow?

Probably not, but if it does, i'll be happy. They're predicting an inch tonight into tomorrow. And an inch is better than absolutely none. The cold arctic air is slow, as it hasn't come yet and it's 49 degrees. They say it will come overnight and i hope it's enough for snow that i get to see, whether it sticks or not. i wish i lived near the great lakes so i could see snow all the time during the winter. It's like a tropical forest over here where it hardly ever snows in the winter. And starting

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Break is over!

Here's a modified version in which the octopus stops once the sub touches it so you have a chance to get away. I can also put in a couple more levels. I'll be switching the sub to player1 and the octopus to player0 so the octopus will be above the sub. Do I give too much time for you to get away from the octopus?   EDIT: A newer version has been posted in the Homebrew Forum with the name gosub010907.bin

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More Club House Games

I've discovered Rummy. It's a very cool game on Club House Games. Me and my mom used to play it, and now I can play it any time I want. Also, the threat of snow seems to be disappearing, although the arctic air is still coming in. That means sun and highs near 30 and lows near 15 for this weekend. Brr! Seems like I'll be inside playing Club House Games this weekend!

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Clubhouse Games

Finally, after years of waiting, Nintendo released Mah-Jongg stateside! Not only that, but solitaire, poker, billiards, bowling, and a whole bunch of other games in the Clubhouse Games collection. I need to play it more, but the only ones I've played so far are Mah-Jong and Solitaire, and if the other games are as good as these, I recommend this pack.   As for the new news. They're going to close the street I live on for a couple nights. I don't know why they have to close the whole street dow

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