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by Wouter Scholten
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:14 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Different idea for highscore season
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Re: Different idea for highscore season

I would be a little wary of comparing some of the BBC games to the arcade originals, Why? I'm curious about playability differences and how everyone views similar games. It may take a long time to get really good on a game and thus give a proper view, do you mean that? but I like the idea in genera...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:06 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?
Replies: 14
Views: 498

Re: Is there a list of games that use co-pros?

Is there a list that has all the Beeb games that use a co-pro? All I know of is Elite. I wrote a reversi board game ca. 1985-1986 (not finished in the sense that it didn't use time to control depth search etc., so depth is fixed) which I modified to run on the 6502 2p in 1987. I had no docs except ...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Different idea for highscore season
Replies: 5
Views: 244

Different idea for highscore season

So, I have a quite different idea for a high score season, I will not have time this round, doing other things and my BBC is in the attic until these other things that take my time are done. So, perhaps after this season I could make time. I will first talk a bit about general classic gaming and the...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:31 pm
Forum: software & utilities for the pc, mac or unix
Topic: New Disk Image Editor
Replies: 73
Views: 1919

Re: New Disk Image Editor

It's actually pretty unappealing that the .INF technique doesn't cope with spaces in filenames. Also, that the file has a .INF extension but isn't in INF format . Also, that finding a file by name is O(n) on the number of files in the directory. I mean yes, if it's become a de facto standard it has...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri Mar 02, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Bad news for all game players!
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Bad news for all game players!

Obviously the guy is thick as sh!t :lol: people with brains (ie IQ >1 :roll: ) know perfectly well that playing games & music are a freedom key. by this meaning forget the world / life problems, & take your mind to another dimension! :D No, he was right (in the cases that this dispute is ab...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:57 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Bad news for all game players!
Replies: 7
Views: 557

Re: Bad news for all game players!

Intelligence and common sense / self-preservation don’t necessarily go hand in hand... Correct. And then this: Intelligence is not just about puzzle solving, it is far more complex. This is a topic of my research on influence, manipulation and related issues. I won't yet tell my complete view/analy...
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: 490

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: 490

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: 490

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: 490

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: 490

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: 490

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: 7
Views: 557

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: 1735

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: 1735

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: 534

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: 2226

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: 2226

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: 2226

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: 2062

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: 290

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: 2226

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: 2226

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: 476

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: 2226

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: 2226

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: 296

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: 296

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: 3300

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: 3300

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. ...