Re: [stella] he got game

Subject: Re: [stella] he got game
From: "Andrew Davie" <atari2600@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2003 23:32:18 +1000
Kirk congratulations.
A great start - and now you get to go through the famous #stella gameplay
optimisation process :)
I currently find it almost completely uncontrollable - movement is way too
rapid.  I'm playing with Z26.  I'd like to see gravity about half of what it
is now (or less!) and have much less powerful flaps (about 1/10th!).  I'd
really like to have to pump that button like crazy to overcome a freefall,
but yet have long enough to really do it.
Keep up the good work.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <KirkIsrael@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <stella@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, September 01, 2003 12:44 PM
Subject: [stella] he got game

> Milestone tonight: it's a game. It's not finished, but it's
> definately a game, with title screen, game select, and- tada-
> an end to the game when it hits 10 points.  (Now the graphic
> shows "W", not random images from the ROM.)
> As always, binary and source at
> I know I've been asking a lot of quetions lately, hope I haven't
> been too grating. But I have a few more, but not of the "look at
> my source and tell me how I'm being an idiot" type...
> * Looking at the .bin in textpad, I see a LOT of "FF FF FF FF FF",
>   like the last 2/3 of the file.  Does that mean I potentially have
>   like a 2K ROM on my hands?
> * Does anyone know a covenient way of telling how many cycles are
>   "left" when using the typical LDA #43 STA TIM64T , after all the
>   processing is done?  I guess there's always trying to figure out
>   that PCAE debugger (though last time it didn't go so well...)
> * I'm open to suggestions for some easy pizazz to put into this.
>   It is a bit minimalistic in presentation right now.  You can see
>   a lot of the enhacements I'm thinking of in the latest entry on
> * If a game is going on, and you hit game select, and it goes
>   back to the title screen, does that change the game level,
>   or does the first press just show you the title screen?
> * Anyone know a better Fuji symbol that fits in 8 pixels wide? ;-)
> -- 
> KirkIsrael@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>   A program should follow the 'Law of Least Astonishment'. What is this
>   It is simply that the program should always respond to the user in the
>   that astonishes him least.  --Tao of Programming,
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