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For anyone who's interested, you can see the details of the development of my first Atari 7800 game right over here!

I've mentioned it before a few times recently, although it's progressing nicely and currently playable.

You will need either MESS/MAME or Prosystem in order to play it. MESS is included in MAME at this point it seems, and the latest version of Prosystem is linked on the atari age forum.

Prosystem is less accurate (particularly for the colors!) but I find it easier to run. MAME actually crashes/bluescreens my computers.

Anyway, the goal of the game is basically to graze against the enemies that fly on the screen without letting them score a direct hit. Essentially the white dot in the center of the character is what you can't let enemies touch. Your suit charges as you graze, and when it's strong enough it'll let you destroy the next enemy you hit instead of the other way around!

The next thing up will probably be adding powersups. I've got a bunch of ideas for them already, although I've been letting it drag out because I wasn't entirely sure how I wanted the powerups to work (how to obtain them.) Pretty much going to go with the idea that you'll have to destroy the enemy it's attached to at this point, which means you'll need to have some grazing done in advance!

Date: 2015-07-03 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kane-magus.livejournal.com
Is this the same MAME that you'd use to emulate old arcade games and such? I used to have an old-ass version of that and a ton of weird, custom characters (e.g. Fat Albert and Pop-eye (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUu-so8319w#t=0m51s) and a bunch of others just as crazy), but I deleted it a while back to free up hard-drive space. In any case, when I get a chance later on this weekend after the plethora of (i.e. two) children's birthday parties I'll be attending are over and done with, I'll redownload MAME and give it a shot.

Date: 2015-07-03 07:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kane-magus.livejournal.com
Aaaaaaand... previewing comments is broken again. Grrrrrreat.

Date: 2015-07-03 07:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kane-magus.livejournal.com
Wait, shit. I was thinking MUGEN, not MAME. Well, I had MAME and a bunch of games for that, but also deleted all of that for space.
Edited Date: 2015-07-03 07:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-07-04 12:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] owsf2000.livejournal.com
Yeah, MAME was originally for emulating old arcade systems - with MESS being used for emulating old computer & console systems. Up until the last release anyway where MESS was just merged into MAME so that MAME does it all. I think you require an extra file for running 7800 games with MAME.

This (http://atariage.com/forums/topic/197484-are-you-having-trouble-running-atari-7800-under-mess/) page shows how to get 7800 games running with MESS, including the extra file needed. Pretty sure you just substitute "MESS" with "MAME" these days.

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