Re: [stella] Programming Contest?
Subject: Re: [stella] Programming Contest?|
From: "Erik J. Eid" <eeid@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 19:20:45 -0400
At 06:19 PM 10/25/01 -0700, Chad Schell wrote:
The contest would involve the creation of a 2600 game which uses the
driving controllers. You see, my all time favorite 2600 game is Race /
Indy 500. The Tag and especially hit the box games are just too much
fun! However, these poor controllers were otherwise ignored and I'd like
to see them get used. (I know, Bob Colbert's Stella Sketch used them, but
that's not available anymore.)
*laugh* I've often thought the same of the keyboard controllers!
There is definitely potential for games to use the driving controllers, or
perhaps driving in combination with a joystick. Discs of Tron, anyone? :)
So I thought I'd ask the collection of people who do the most 2600
programming. Is such a contest worth holding? Would anyone here be
interested? Would it help if hacked versions of current games counted,
like Race with more courses, or tag on ice, or Gyruss with driving
This is definitely a contest worth holding - if nothing else, you get games
using driving controllers out of it. :) (Those of us without them will
make a quick trip to eBay or a dealer.) As for me personally, I haven't
finished my Euchre game yet (I have concentrated on a class and lots of
personal business in the last two months), so I might be out of the
running. However, I'd like to encourage other authors to get in on it.
Regarding including hacks in the mix, I'd be cautious about putting them
side-by-side with original works, primarily because starting with a hack
means a good portion of the work is done (although there is work in
disassembling or in identifying sprites, level data, etc.), and the goal is
different - enhancing an existing game rather than creating something new.
Then again, without hacks, we wouldn't have the arcade Ms. Pac-Man...
Maybe you could create a second contest with a different prize for the best
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- Re: [stella] OT: Programming, CS theory, (continued)
- Ben Larson - Thu, 25 Oct 2001 20:27:34 -0400 (EDT)
- Chad Schell - Thu, 25 Oct 2001 21:28:55 -0400 (EDT)
- Lee Krueger - Thu, 25 Oct 2001 22:29:08 -0400 (EDT)
- Roger Williams - Thu, 25 Oct 2001 22:45:17 -0400 (EDT)
- Erik J. Eid - Fri, 26 Oct 2001 19:30:26 -0400 (EDT) <=
- Chris Wilkson - Sat, 27 Oct 2001 02:35:37 -0400 (EDT)
- B. Watson - Fri, 26 Oct 2001 20:19:19 -0400 (EDT)
- Chad Schell - Fri, 26 Oct 2001 20:28:20 -0400 (EDT)
- Chris Wilkson - Sat, 27 Oct 2001 02:38:52 -0400 (EDT)