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by scotland
April 25th, 2018, 6:15 am
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

Re: 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)

You are awesome, SpiceWare. Thanks. Multiply independent variables can rapidly explode the number of variations all right. Wonder where the menu /query system began? Probably early on, but without an interface. Type in code or access the code through the editor, change a parameter in the code for th...
by scotland
April 24th, 2018, 1:31 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

Re: 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)

I never considered that Space Invaders could have been the first game to use the concept of "lives". If it wasn't the first, it was the first to popularize the notion. Funny how lives transitioned to lives/continues, and then limited continues, and now unlimited continues. And now with Fo...
by scotland
April 24th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Flickr Sold; Terms Changing.
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Flickr Sold; Terms Changing.

Is it me, or is that complete double speak. You retain all intellectual property rights...except once you upload it you lose what amounts to all your intellectual property rights. That's like - you own this car, except I can use it whenever I want or let anyone else use it whenever they want, for fr...
by scotland
April 22nd, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: VentureBeat article "Consoles need to ditch discs and embrace digital downloads"
Replies: 13
Views: 1368

Re: VentureBeat article "Consoles need to ditch discs and embrace digital downloads"

I think he has missed the emotional joy of collecting. I don't collect to cash out one dsy, nor am Iiving in a disorganized heap of hardware. I collect because its fun, the items are tangible and real and ready to be enjoyed within a few minutes of the the thought happening. I like having a physical...
by scotland
April 20th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: 21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)
Replies: 8
Views: 1232

21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS (Book)

21 Unexpected Games to Love for the Atari VCS is a brand new book out by John Harris (a blogger on Gamasutra, I believe) The book is an easy to read tour of the VCS / 2600. It must be hard to write a book when your audience could be 15 or 55. I was excited to see a book about the 2600, because I fee...
by scotland
April 20th, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: Modern Gaming
Topic: Nintendo Labo
Replies: 23
Views: 2914

Re: Nintendo Labo

Here is an artictle on Labo on the Switch playing Paul Williams Rainbow Connection https://www.theverge.com/platform/amp/2018/4/19/17253688/nintendo-switch-labo-cardboard-toy-con-garage?__twitter_impression=true and if you are on twitter, the full song https://twitter.com/dami_lee/status/98707464274...
by scotland
April 18th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: Other Media
Topic: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread
Replies: 119
Views: 19808

Re: The Horror Movie Lovers Thread

Saw "I Bury the Living" this weekend. A man who's elected chairman of a cemetery discovers people die when he marks their plots as occupied. Interesting, but with a dissapointing ending. Well made. Some scenes are stagey, but that's normal for a 50's film, and they pull off some interesti...
by scotland
April 17th, 2018, 8:45 pm
Forum: Now Playing
Topic: The Art of Failure (video game book)
Replies: 0
Views: 638

The Art of Failure (video game book)

The Art of Failure is a 2013 book by Jesper Juul The premise looked interesting - after all, why do we play games we often lose, frustrate us, and make us feel incompetent at actions invented for a game? Yet if a game is too easy, we don't really like those games either. Is it emotional investment, ...
by scotland
April 17th, 2018, 2:51 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Billy Mitchell's Scores Removed, Including Donkey Kong
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: Billy Mitchell's Scores Removed, Including Donkey Kong

I'm more concerned with the records being accurate than with any punishment for bad actors.I suppose I see the records as history in-and-of-themselves; deleting a fraudulent record would be a correction; deleting a legitimate record would be an attempt to change what really happened. I understand w...
by scotland
April 16th, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Mobile games and privacy
Replies: 2
Views: 514

Mobile games and privacy

https://gizmodo.com/researchers-conclude-googles-play-store-is-likely-chock-1825281473/amp A recent article on mobile apps being a privacy concern. Tracking and transmitting kids data without parental consent is widespread. I mention it as this is something Nintendo could promote, if their 3DS and ...

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