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by Wouter Scholten
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed

When I built my arcade controller, it needed one of these: https://www.ultimarc.com/ipac1.html No ghosting, and really configurable, but over £25 if I remember correctly. Lee. Nice one, price is not an issue, a n-key rollover kbd is much more expensive so perhaps a good idea to use something like t...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed

I don't know about linux, but I checked A+Z+RETURN on half a dozen keyboards running windows, none would pass on the RETURN in an editor or using the "higher level" APIs, but all would give RETURN using the lower level messages. I suspect that you can get A+Z+RETURN with the "right&q...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Some answers

So, I checked what is possible with PC keyboards and there is apparently nothing that can be done at a lower level with them, but then why did I never have problems with many PC games such as Doom, Descent, Duke 3d, Sega ralley? Well, the answer from unicomp (pckeyboard.com) who make the same keyboa...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Feb 08, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed

Sorry, I didn't notice who had posted. I think the OS is "protecting you" from possible clashes. If you use DirectInput (just a wrapper on Win32) on windows, you can read A+Z+RETURN, but with normal input, the 2 (3?) key rollover holds onto the RETURN until one of the first two keys have ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

Re: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed

Most keyboards including the beeb work by having the switches in a grid (matrix) and then for say each row, checking which columns have keys pressed. With this arrangement, if you press three keys on the corners of a rectangle, the fourth key will also be "pressed". Try this on the beeb, ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed
Replies: 13
Views: 340

keyboards on PC to play games: Ignored keys with other keys pressed

I think this topic doesn't suit other subforums better so I'm asking here as I will perhaps get more response: So, yesterday I tried Defender on mame and immediately recalled why I didn't play it more on the PC when "Williams arcade classics" came out (1995). The issue is my IBM clicky key...
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Feb 03, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Bad news for all game players!
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Bad news for all game players!

I have bad news for all of you, on this page about the Donkey kong record: http://donkeykongblog.blogspot.nl/2011/12/donkey-kong-world-record-history.html there is an insightful comment: I can't believe that you all have proven that animals are smarter than men. Even they are smarte enough to use th...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - Champion - White Light
Replies: 60
Views: 1329

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - Champion - White Light

I just <SHIFT><PRTSCRN>, paste into Paint, crop in paint, close paint and paste again. It's cumbersome, quick and easy. Works every time. I've only had trouble this way with stuff I've taken with my camera which won't be happening any more because it's no longer connecting to my computer properly. ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Feb 01, 2018 7:30 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - Champion - White Light
Replies: 60
Views: 1329

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - Champion - White Light

I just <SHIFT><PRTSCRN>, paste into Paint, crop in paint, close paint and paste again. It's cumbersome, quick and easy. Works every time. I've only had trouble this way with stuff I've taken with my camera which won't be happening any more because it's no longer connecting to my computer properly. ...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:56 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Play or Not, previous challenge games?
Replies: 13
Views: 374

Re: Play or Not, previous challenge games?

Hi Folks, There's been a suggestion that any games that have been played during ANY of the previous challenges should not be played again to keep the challenges fresh. Could I please have as many people chime in on this quickly as possible so a decision can be made. I'll post mine right now, I agre...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jan 21, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

No idea if it's Master only. Here's the ROM dump. Does it look any different from the existing dump? I did a bdiff and it's exactly the same as rom 527 (which is the same as roms 525+526), so, this needs looking into as there are now multiple rom images that are the same and it's inconceivable that...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jan 21, 2018 4:36 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

Arcadian wrote:Here are snaps of the docs ... Phill HS successfully dumped the ROM earlier today, will post the image shortly ...


hmm, it's interesting that it's provided for the master, was it master-only? (then perhaps 65c02 opcodes were used, I've not checked the other ch200/chadfs rom dumps for this yet)
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

Arcadian wrote:20180119_032534.jpg


Those contain more roms to be dumped?
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:51 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R10 - Skirmish
Replies: 60
Views: 1677

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R10 - Skirmish

First time I played this, aside from briefly trying it out, while going through game disks to see what was on them etc. (long ago, ca. 1995). Scored 57k or so, then a game where I was going perfectly and at 29k all riders gone but 1 bird kept bouncing between the 2 top platforms and so the level cou...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: BCPL System Disc
Replies: 4
Views: 211

Re: BCPL System Disc

After expanding the SSD of a BCPL system disc into a directory on VDFS I noticed that it now seemed to have more files in than it did originally. I went to check against the list in the manual and also found the file EXMP3B file missing and even going back to the original SSD it is still not there....
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

As to the ROM images, I checked 525 and 527: 527 is 32K, first half is identical with 525 so is Challenger 2.00, will be interesting to check that out, then the 2nd half of 527 is "CHADFS 300M (C) Slogger 1987". So finally ADFS for the challenger. Might be the first time ADFS becomes pala...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

So the Challenger 3 DD BIOS v1.01 + DDCPM v1.01.fdi is the one I was curious about... Is it any different to these ? At that link is also RdDDCPM and WrDDCPM which read and write DDCPM disk images. From looking at the strings in there, it looks the same, so what you have is Z80-CPM Challenger 1.00 ...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score lists: Old magazines, web
Replies: 2
Views: 374

Re: High score lists: Old magazines, web

I mentioned having collected high scores from magazines already quite a while ago (though I miss some lists/scans from other magazines than those listed on my page below, that I am sure I made) and I saw again the 30M+ score for Zalaga, mentioned in TMU 1990. But others got to almost the same score...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

The original FDI files I created are linked below. Others: http://www.stairwaytohell.com/temporary/slogfdi/other/ Acorn CPM 2.2 BIOS 1.20 - System Disk.fdi CPM-DDOS Source Programs.fdi Challenger 3 DD BIOS v1.01 + DDCPM v1.01.fdi System Disk - Development Utilities.fdi Phill also imaged them with 2...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:46 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking
Replies: 35
Views: 1984

Re: Misc BBC/Electron Roms, for checking

Arcadian wrote:The actual ROM dumps from the original Slogger haul have now been attached to the top post in the thread.



There were also fdi's with source code, where is that? And documentation... Was there source code for the challenger rom?
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jan 08, 2018 11:39 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Kong from Beebugsoft
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Kong from Beebugsoft

Hmmm... I have just seen the advert Wouter. I see what you mean. It is interesting that they also show "Honest Joe" which *is* a real game... :-k Lee. hmm, I don't know that game, but, is that screen in the advert part of the game? If not then it's just a coincidence of names. If it is it...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:30 pm
Forum: archive requests
Topic: Kong from Beebugsoft
Replies: 5
Views: 227

Re: Kong from Beebugsoft

leenew wrote:I think someone mixed it up with King Kong from Micro User maybe??
http://bbcmicro.co.uk/game.php?id=1524

Lee.


No, see p. 5. However it's not a game, clearly it is a screen created with the 'telextext pack', the text of that is right beside the picture.
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:07 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes
Replies: 112
Views: 2829

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes

Moved up a bit more but still a tad short of your score Jools...... 288,900 Oh, this is being played on my Master, thought I would try it that way and I really like the control a person has. A person, as opposed to what control your cat has in the game? :) I don't see why you and others don't get s...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:07 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes
Replies: 112
Views: 2829

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes

But this is all in the context of people selecting games for the High Score Challenge. For that purpose, it only matters how many people like the game enough that they'll enjoy competing. You hate the game, whereas I'd never even heard of it and still hadn't played it so am completely indifferent. ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:11 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes
Replies: 112
Views: 2829

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes

Perhaps we should all get to give lists of not just of games we want to play, but of games that we don't want to play and then that game won't get selected :) It doesn't harm you if people play a game you don't like. I mean, I've not played any of these games and I'm just fine! Really? I died sever...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Dec 28, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes
Replies: 112
Views: 2829

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes

This game seems to be a 'limited' type of game, too bad as it's quite good. Not every game is going to suit everybody.....yadda, yadda, something I've also commented on before so.... Certainly, if you don't wish to play this game, it's ok with people on here, but the more the merrier and if you do ...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes
Replies: 112
Views: 2829

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R9 - Bug Eyes

See previous post ;) - the game goes blank screen and completely locks up, forcing a full reload of the game if you want to play it again. You need to be quick getting the screenshot. This might be one game where deliberately dying to gain points could be permitted - if you get to the last level an...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R8 - Pipemania
Replies: 48
Views: 1574

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R8 - Pipemania

Again some stupid oversight meant an early end. In another game I got to level 28 and it would be a 300 k game if I did that again. Main problem is just silly mistakes. I went for 4x 50k bonus and did that on lvl 1,2,3,4. Score 251,550.

This may be my last try with this game.
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R8 - Pipemania
Replies: 48
Views: 1574

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R8 - Pipemania

Made a silly mistake at level 12 but still 179,000
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:34 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today ZAP museum received....
Replies: 52
Views: 3031

Re: Today ZAP museum received....

If you want to lecture you should know what you are talking about and what is being talked about! Not good enough refers to esp. loads of his products before the micro era (that were not up to spec), and a lot of his products from the micro era that were returned because of being defective. That el...