The new Atari… wait for it… VCS. Atari VCS—for some reason of internet-searching confusion with the original Atari VCS product. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of Atari. A big one. (I still have our original 2600—repaired may times by my brother and I—which even became the center of some controversy over some retro tech. Perspective enough of my fandom?) But this new thing’s name… and place in the world… whaaat? So, let’s dig deeper and see where some honest criticism leads.
Aside from the name—which I don’t really find to be all that terrible—just oddly risky—I’m more concerned about Atari’s apparent business model.
Continue reading The new Atari what?
A complement to this guide:
Usual disclaimer: You follow this guide at your own risk and I accept no responsibility for damage you may do to your phone because it. That said, the procedure for WP 8.1 requires no permanent change to your phone and should be far less risky than the procedure for Win 10 (which requires what some call jailbreaking the phone). Thus, if at all possible, you should transfer scores from an 8.1 phone to an 8.1 phone and then upgrade the OS to Win 10. Even, revert a phone from 10 to 8.1, if possible, before beginning this operation.
I have no procedure for Windows Phone 8.0 and earlier. Some of the precursor tools to what are used in the Windows 10 Mobile procedure may be of help if you really need to go down that road.
Windows Phone 8.1
(Scroll halfway down this page for Windows 10 Mobile [⚡️] instructions.)
NOTE: You must “developer unlock” your phone to install the tools needed to gain access to the encrypted part of the SD card (D:\WPSystem) where the files of interest are stored. Developer unlocking is a standard, Microsoft-built procedure. This is a bit laborious but possibly not as bad as what one must do to an Android 😉.
Continue reading The complete guide to transferring Angry Birds high scores on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile (plus, other games)
I’m a long-time fan of Bushido Blade (1997) by Light Weight for the PlayStation. Huge fan. Likewise, with Bushido Blade 2 (1998) but, for simplicity of this article, I’ll focus on just the first game even though the same cheats apply to the second as well.
Continue reading How Bushido Blade Cheated!
Finally! Another post going back to what I originally intended this blog for, sort of: Supporting old tech for no apparent reason… other than to get the musings out of my head or the white papers off my old floppies.
The Short of It
It is “most excellent” to announce the return of some Windows 95 games by Sierra and Dynamix to Windows 7… and Windows 8… and even Windows 10! (Maybe Windows Vista too, but: Who cares?)
For those of you not interested in any long-windedness or boring backstory, here is the link to the current home of the patches wiki:
Continue reading Fixing Up Old (Sierra) Computer Games
Air hockey. I read some product reviews recently of an air hockey game on a large touch computer. Even though the game and hardware appear like they have a ways to go before they are ready for prime time (the game has difficulty keeping up with rapid gestures) the application of the game to table computers is obvious… and appealing.
Similarly, I have seen photos of more than one foosball game for table computers. While I have not read any reviews on these games, just imagining how the controls work makes a good study of what may be possible with table computers and simulations. It got me thinking about the subtleties of usability and control in simulators running on such computers versus the real thing. More specifically, and more importantly, it also got me thinking about the shortcomings of such simulators and how to overcome and/or move beyond them to increase their appeal in spite of themselves. Continue reading Board Game Simulation and 40-point Multi-touch Table Computers