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by Wouter Scholten
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:13 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 6502 second processor poll
Replies: 36
Views: 731

Re: 6502 second processor poll

I fully get your point. Also people need to be logged in to respond. If you don't have a second processor, it's very unlikely that someone will log in just to hit the "I don't have one" button. These people will not show up in all the forum figures. And there still appear to be people who...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

No, I don't agree at all with any restrictions on how I can play a game, unless it makes the game pointless. Toppling Kong multiple times is not unfair, it has nothing to do with the concept of fairness or unfairness. It is simply a tradeoff of lives for points which is how all games work anyway. An...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 6502 second processor poll
Replies: 36
Views: 731

Re: 6502 second processor poll

If you planned to make a game for a second-processor equipped machine, you might be interested in how many people are an in a position to appreciate it. For some purposes, the proportion matters, and for others, the absolute number. For other purposes, it's all just a bit of fun. I meant (I thought...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 6502 second processor poll
Replies: 36
Views: 731

Re: 6502 second processor poll

I doubt you will get a true proportion of people having/not having a 2p. Logically people who don't have one don't want to bother doing effort for what they don't have, and those who do have one will have a desire to 'show off' what they have (don't deny it, it's true!)... But in the real world, AL...
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Oct 14, 2017 1:22 pm
Forum: hardware
Topic: 6502 second processor poll
Replies: 36
Views: 731

This poll is flawed (Re: 6502 second processor poll)

I doubt you will get a true proportion of people having/not having a 2p. Logically people who don't have one don't want to bother doing effort for what they don't have, and those who do have one will have a desire to 'show off' what they have (don't deny it, it's true!)... The only way to get a true...
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite

Wouter Scholten wrote: As to the scanner, that was apparently not an idea by Braben and Bell but someone from Acornsoft... As Jordan knows, this is incorrect . David Braben had the idea for the final "ellipse" scanner and I coded it, after we took the original game (with two "box&quo...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:45 pm
Forum: wanted
Topic: WTB: 2716 EPROM
Replies: 11
Views: 224

Re: WTB: 2716 EPROM

Hi Has anyone got a spare 2716 EPROM? I need one to repair my Exidy Sorcerer BASIC cartridge.. Cheers JonB Yes, I have quite a number of them, no idea what they are worth, postage will be a few quid at least from NL to UK. If interested let me know how many you might want (I'd guess you could use m...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Early 70s Calculators
Replies: 34
Views: 1551

Re: Early 70s Calculators

Ha! I smell a whiff of calculator wars coming on. :lol: :lol: Ha, it's unlikely now :) Actually I wonder whether the fanatics at that time objectively compared all devices, or were just in one camp because "that is what they bought". Such issues strongly affect a lot of people, who identi...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:26 pm
Forum: other vintage computer hardware, software and games
Topic: Early 70s Calculators
Replies: 34
Views: 1551

Re: Early 70s Calculators

I recently saved three calculators from the bin and seeing this post I thought I would put them up here. I suspect this should be in the giveaway section but thought it might not get noticed. I think they are late 70's through the mid 80's but if anyone wants them they are welcome to them for the p...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High score challenge rules discussion.
Replies: 14
Views: 312

Re: High score challenge rules discussion.

Here are my initial thoughts on what needs adding, removing and altering: Alterations No cheating - at all! No cheat modes, pokes or exploits to be used at all. Anyone found cheating will be excluded from that round. Should exploits have a section explaining what is meant by exploits? How would we ...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Table - Guardian
Replies: 2
Views: 457

Re: High Score Table - Guardian

I don't like this game, Planetoid is much better. I esp dislike the too slow deceleration and too long life of bullets forcing extra turn arounds not as a tactic for high scores but as a necessity all the time. It is also ugly and sound sucks (1 channel, for the Electron?) However some skills from ...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner
Replies: 98
Views: 1427

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner

I means a temporary quick increase in score until you can get past further levels... This is the crux of the problem with it for me. How would you get to further levels if you used all your lives getting a 'temporary' increase in score. If you use 4 lives doing this you gain 8000 points which equat...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner
Replies: 98
Views: 1427

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner

In Rocket Raid, you do your best, if you die then you may end up with a better score. At times I did but my effort was always to get to the next level in the game. Overall, in Manic Miner it does make a difference. I blew Matt's score out of the water by doing that and then realized what I was doin...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner
Replies: 98
Views: 1427

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R2 - Manic Miner

So, no comments on my previous posts? ok, I'll assume that people have played and lost lives in a normal way and we'll keep whatever scores we have at the moment. Ed...... :-) I'm not playing as still away but disallowing this is silly. I means a temporary quick increase in score until you can get ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:32 pm
Forum: general
Topic: Today I received.....
Replies: 4200
Views: 223039

Re: Today I received.....

The newish cheaper flukes which were originally destined for the Asian market are pretty good value. I bought a Fluke 17B+ for around £90 IIRC and I've been very pleased with it. Yes but the AN8008 is really nice, small and accurate, and unbeatable for the price. I have a Voltcraft meter that I nev...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: High Score Challenge S8 - R1 - A Maze In Space
Replies: 34
Views: 824

Re: High Score Challenge S8 - R1 - A Maze In Space

Ok, I'm now officially blind and have hand cramps....120,600 Ed...... :-) MIS4.png I wish I could compete, but will likely be away at least 1 more week, I forgot to write before I left: "don't select the games I chose until I return!" ;-) I will try this game, finally for a proper gaming ...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:15 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 356
Views: 25954

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Hi, The sound improvements to all Electron games was simply altering the last 6 numbers in the Envelopes to the 126,0,0,-126,126,126 configuration as discussed on the forum some time back. For some strange reason, Guardian does sometimes seem slower than I remember. I can only test it on BeebEm and...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: archive issues
Topic: Electron to BBC Conversions
Replies: 11
Views: 564

Re: Electron to BBC Conversions

I think what's needed it to take the new version and load it into both BeebEm and b-em emulators and also load it onto a real BBC and compare the 3 and see where any jerky (if any) come into play. It may then be that altering that figure (&12) to say &11 or &13 makes for a less jerky ga...
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Aug 21, 2017 11:47 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers
Replies: 37
Views: 1160

Re: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers

Arcadian wrote:It runs nicely on B-Em?


No idea, I used beebem (unix version) and before that Xbeeb ca. 1995-1996, no others and none since 1997!

I just use my BBC B. Though it's been flaky lately, need to remove the ROM board and use contact cleaner :)
by Wouter Scholten
Mon Aug 21, 2017 10:36 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers
Replies: 37
Views: 1160

Re: White Light High Score Challenge for Beta Testers

Thanks for sorting that Ed, the download is now available to the beta testing team in the hidden forum. In addition to posting scores, if competitors could also post the level they reached for each score posted, that would be fab. As an extra incentive, the winner will be the first to receive a pac...
by Wouter Scholten
Sun Aug 20, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 356
Views: 25954

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Hi, The sound improvements to all Electron games was simply altering the last 6 numbers in the Envelopes to the 126,0,0,-126,126,126 configuration as discussed on the forum some time back. There is also the issue of sounds getting cut off as the Electron uses a single sound channel. I must say it's...
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Aug 19, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: archive submissions
Topic: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection
Replies: 356
Views: 25954

Re: 30th Anniversary BBC and Electron Collection

Just reposted Games Discs 14,15 and 22 due to the game speed of Electron Invaders, Guardian and Gauntlet being altered to run more closer to their original Electron Speed on the BBC. Also altered the Emulator detection routine for Guardian to match the one used by Sutty for Winter Wonderland. Sorry...
by Wouter Scholten
Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:09 am
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite

There are many ways to write 3D code and I don't doubt that Julian Bushell did it differently to Bell and Braben (and probably not quite as well). Aha, why "probably not quite as well"? I see no reason to asume that... Stylistically it's certainly a lot like Elite, particularly the scanne...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite

That's interesting, Wouter. Do you think there is scope for performance improvements? It was my intention to speed it up and make it smaller, not so much for use but more as an exercise to improve the code and to see what is possible. I don't think small code optimisations in that code will be noti...
by Wouter Scholten
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:15 pm
Forum: software: classic games
Topic: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite
Replies: 41
Views: 1927

Re: "Unfixable bug" in BBC B Elite

I was reading lwn.net the other day and came across this in the comments: I can think of two pieces of software that were completed. TeX, because Knuth decreed it (and bugfixes didn't stop even then), and BBC B Elite, which must be considered to eventually have been completed because there was lite...
by Wouter Scholten
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:07 am
Forum: software: games - high scores
Topic: Season 8 Game Nominations
Replies: 21
Views: 807

Re: Season 8 Game Nominations

All 3 are on the BBC Games Archive so we're good there. I don't discourage the 'standards' because there may be people like myself who never got a chance to play those only having a Beeb for about 10 months while in Iceland. For those that have played all those standards but don't want to, by all m...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:41 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale

:) - challenge the idea, not the person. As soon as the word "you" comes into a response it starts getting personal :D d. Well, it's not really possible to reply differently when someone writes "I" than writing "you", other than by writing it in a contrived way which t...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:32 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale

With reference to what I posted not 2 hours ago in another thread, civility please - if you don't like what someone's said, walk away. There's no need to be personal. d. Heh, if someone 'laughs at', then I have every right to point that out. If someone generalises for the 2nd time from a low price,...
by Wouter Scholten
Thu Aug 10, 2017 9:23 am
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale

I'm right about the prices, so if you laugh, it will show just one thing... Yes - that I have a good sense of humour. :roll: No, there was nothing funny meant, nor was it unintentionally funny in whatever way you interpret it, so your 'laughing' is laughing at which only tells me something very dif...
by Wouter Scholten
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: for sale / freebies
Topic: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale
Replies: 25
Views: 1213

Re: Brand new original BBC micro. Museum quality for sale

The last Beeb I bought was an issue 7 (supposedly "sought after") for £30 and it had twin disk drives and a WE RAM/ROM fitted. Came with a hundred or so disks and some ROMs (notably, Interword), with all manuals. Although to be fair, that would have been a short while ago. I just had a qu...

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