Sunday, 25 March 2018

Updates for 2018 (ribbit!)

Hi again folks!

As many of you knows that 2017 wasn't very good on me and even a month ago on my-b-day (car accident) and that's part of life and can't be changed so case close as we can't change the past, only accept it.

So hopefully that 2018 and beyond will be brighter and for now, it is getting better as i have released two games and working on not one but two, as the first one is the most sought by collectors: Interplanetary Voyage, as this one is not only the last official game to be release but is the only one which comes with the cartridge #12.

So after i have release Interplanetary Voyage:, these are the remaining official game to do:

* Baseball
* Brain Wave
* Invasion
* W.I.N.
* Wipeout

And two of them (Baseball & Invasion) are still on the "WIP list" as i'm missing some accessories to finish them (anyone has one or both games ?). After which, only homebrews to do and there is a brand new homebrew game released this month called "Peacekeeper/Command-O" but more details coming real soon.

And speaking of homebrews, i've been working on a "port" for the OdySim. Just watch the vid:



More details coming soon on this one...just hoping that Konami won't have my head on a platter...LOL!!

And finally, i am sorry to anyone that i haven't replied on this blog and/or emails for the past year.
As in the beginning of this post, 2017 hasn't been quite kindly to me and i've taken some time to recover. So this week-end, i've tried to replied to everyone and if i've forgotten someone, don't hesiate to let me now because i'm getting older and i trend to forget (lol!).

So keep on posting your comments, suggestions, etc...always a pleasure to read everything! Until next post, take care & keep in touch folks! =)

--- Sly DC ---



Saturday, 24 March 2018

Soccer/Futbol finally released!

Hi folks,

I've just finished coding the "Soccer/Futbol" game this morning ad hopefully, without any bugs or misprinted text (i'm almost half a century old so bear with me...LOL!). I have put the two different overlays for this exclusive European & South American release:



And i also put not 1 or 2 scoreboards, but four to choose from: the mini-scoreboard and the regular scoreboard (as usual) plus these two:

 The "Newer" scoreboard


and the "Overkal" scoreboard.


And you can mix & match between overlays (or not) and scoreboards (or not). I also coded the "Cartridge #5" for the "11 Meters Kick" penalty as described in the manual. Just press "F6" and this what happens:


Player #2 is now in the left goal and Player #1 is in the upper-left corner and when you want to make your kick, the speed of the ball is almost at it's maximum speed (i've put 800 for ball speed instead of the usual 300) and in the upper-right corner, "CART 5" is displayed so that you know you are still playing with cartridge #5. To revert back to playing with cartridge #3, just press again "F6".

BTW, did any of you folks knew that "Uppy" from Atari Age forum wanted to release this game for the North American residents? He announced it in 2015 and was still pending in April 2017 but i don't remember if he wanted to release both overlays or simply one. 

And just a small fun fact, i have drawned the entire "Overkal/Undiscovered clone (name withheld for now)" pixel by pixel as i only had a poor picture of this overlay. 

So hope you'll enjoy this new release and "blog" you soon! =)

--- Sly DC ---


Saturday, 17 February 2018

Odyssey: Wear it, drink it, sleep on it and more!

Hi again folks,

I discovered yesterday a web site that sells t-shirts, baseball shirts, hoodies, coffee mugs, pillows and so much other things like his t-shirt picture:


And you can even choose among many colors.

So go at "TEEPUBLIC" and buy whatever you want at this URL address: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/2166706-magnavox-odyssey

I'm wondering if they could do a t-shirt with the cover of the OdySim ?! (heh!)


Have fun spending! =)


New release: Red Vs Blue!

Hi folks!

I "FINALLY" finish a new game for the OdySim after more than a year! The game "Red vs Blue" was supposed to be released about the same date last year but with many things that happened during 2017, i wasn't able to update or release anything.

So here's a screenshot of the game:


This game was created by Robert A. Vinciguerra, which is also known as Rev.Rob or Zodac or ZodacPaet and was included with Odball Limited Edition as a bonus/free game. The game can use either cartridge #8 or the unreleased #11 (but this cartridge is included with Odball & Odball L.E.) but in this simulator, i'm using cart #8. "Red Vs Blue" is in fact a handball game with restricted zones, simple as that. So in short, it's Handball with a twist.

To download this game and also any previous releases, all released games can be now downloaded on Archive.Org right here: https://archive.org/download/OdySim

Also, it took me time to reinstate all the source codes as i had multiple hard disk failures during 2017 but everything are back-up (more than 8 gigs!). So as February 17, 2018, there's only 4 original released games to do (Wipeout, Brainwave, Interplanetary Voyage and W.I.N) plus one European & South America exclusive release (Soccer, in fact x2 different overlays) and some homebrews like Odball, Odyssey Evil, ect...and finally, 2 original games that i can't finish until i have all the material: Baseball & Invasion.

Oh and in the meantime, i will also release some homebrews i've made (15 in all).

And before i finish this post, i will try to write down every bugs & suggestions that all of you made during 2017 and try too add/correct very soon. So keep sending comments, suggestions, bugs, etc so this simulator can be improved over time!

Have fun playing this new release! =)

Monday, 8 January 2018

Very late Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year!

Hi folks!

Last year wasn't my best year as many personal things happened but now it's a new year which just started and hopefully it will be (way) better than last year. So i'm back (for the better or worst...LOL!!).

But now all the files concerning the OdySim project are backed-up on a DVD somewhere (it's been 4-5 moths so a lot of water has passed under the bridge) but no fear, i won't have to dig too much. The only problem is to remember where i left off before all Hell broke loose.

I know that still need scans of some parts of "Baseball" and 'Invasion" to be able to finish the OdySim because there were only a few games left to simulate. So i'll be back very soon and in the meantime, here's a link to an auction which i find it a bit "disturbing":

Magnavox Odyssey 1 Video Game System Prototype Salesmen Sample

Look like it's a near mint Magnavox Odyssey but just plain ordinary as there is no paper or marks or indications that a "prototype" whatsoever...or even a salemen sample. If this would have been the Skill-O-Vision prototype than i would be drooling right now (LOL!!) but that's not the case.

So i wonder how much an Odyssey briefcase plus an Odyssey console both signed by Ralph H. Baer is worth ? Like i wrote, just wondering...

So "blog" you soon!

--- Sly DC ---

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Death in the family...

Last Sunday (September 17, 2017) my father passed away at the age of 75 of leukemia. He was
diagnosed with this cancer only in April and after 5 months, he his now in a better world.
As i would say, it's not a farewell but only a "next time" as we all must go one day.

So to my father, see you next time and until then, i'll miss you so much! :(

--- Sly "in mourning" DC ---

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Bad and good news

Hi folks,

I have bad & good news. Since i've moved (a month ago), my main hard disk (a 3 TB Seagate) has a (or more) bad sector(s) on it and some of my data are affected by this %?&%$?%& problem like my 1st generation game console database/Projects/etc...BUT! At least the problem didn't affected the OdySim folders and now these are already back-up on another hard disk (that's the good news!).

Now the bad news is that since the past month, i've been trying to save all the data on the 3 TB HD in my spare time and it's moving at a very slow (Turtle) paste and the worst is that even with 3 other hard disks, i'm beginning to have no more space and trying to back-up 2.75 TB (yup, it's almost full) on DVD-R's is completely insane as i would need more than 600 DVD-R's!! And no, i don't trust those "clouds" transfer service and all related as those sites are easely hacked.

So for the rest of July, there will be no new releases for the OdySim as i'm on vacation with my kids and if i'm lucky, work on the OdySim will resume in August "IF" i have saved all the data from my damn %?&?&$?! 3 TB Seagate HD and that's my priority for now as i don't want to loose a few years of accumulated data/other projects/information.

Like the Terminator says: "I'll be back!" (LOL!)

--- Sly DC ---