Thursday, July 4, 2024

Test Drive Off-Road 3 (GBC) - see the RUMBLE PAK!



@john2001plus
17 hours ago
I am listed as the lead programmer on this game, which I only barely remember because it was 25 years ago and I worked on many different projects.

The sound seems annoying.   The game seems dated to me.  We jokingly referred to these games as bathtub races because they were 2D.  The hardware was too primitive to do 3D.

In the video game industry at the time, the emphasis was on getting projects done as quickly as possible to make the Christmas market which really starts in the fall.  It takes time to manufacture a game, so you had to finish during summer. If you didn't get a game done on time then it was a financial disaster.

So consequently, quality was a secondary consideration.  We did the best we could, but if we had more time I'm sure that we could have made better games.



@ZackGaz
24 minutes ago
Whoa! You made this game and watched my video!? Super cool. Any chance you can DM on Twitter or email? I would really like to ask/interview you regarding GB development, highlighting the GBC Rumble Pak. I am really curious to learn more.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Joe Rogan : The SKI Problem in USA ๐Ÿ˜ณ

https://youtube.com/shorts/xwTgjvnNkxM?si=YdrvP_4ANPdVjV-u

I used to see someone every year with a cast and I would ask them what happened, and I always would get a one word answer, "Skiing."

Thursday, May 9, 2024

Steven Spielberg is Lucas' ride or die?

Steven Spielberg has an Arcade1up Star Wars in his home, like me.  The other arcade machine in his home is an original Dig Dug arcade game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQAOn7x8Q6Q

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Rare Golden Ship Galaga Glitch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_58poXHxOg&t=877s

The golden ship reemerges when the game switches back to the second player.


The enemy ship switched to the wrong characters for that sprite but kept the same color palette.  If we assume that ship type is a single byte value, then that byte was somehow overwritten with a bad value, hypothetically a zero or a one which could be the value for the player ship.  Errors like this could be caused by a memory overflow where a value was written outside the bounds of a table or the limited stack memory was exceeded.

I learned that if Player 1 exceeds 999,999 points, it will not display the millions in the score.  It is not clear if the player's score still counts as being over a million, or if it goes back to zero.  However, the second player does not have this problem and his score can reach 8 digits.

Sunday, April 28, 2024

Easy Company Veteran on combat from D-Day to the Eagle's Nest | Ed Shames

Colonel Edward "Ed" Shames was the last surviving officer of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. A unit that would be made famous by the miniseries Band of Brothers.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Friday, April 5, 2024

The Day After The Moon Landing

Comforting Facts That Will Make Your Day - Part 8

I'll explain how it DOESN’T work

The customer is always right…

Did You Know These Facts? - Part 4

check on me in 6 hours please

Did You Know These Facts?

Satisfying Greek alphabet fact. How did I not know??

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Pure Imagination Piano Solo

I can't imagine having the skill to play so many notes so accurately.   I would have to do it by wrote because my brain doesn't understand music very well.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMqwsPM1gcc