October 3rd, 2013


It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas....

Years ago, during a Christmas gift exchange with the gang, they surprised me with a wonderful gift -- the Sailor Moon game cartridge for the Sega Mega Drive.  They knew I had a passthrough that would enable me to plug the game into my Sega Genesis and play it.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be.  The Sega Genesis/Mega Drive had a regional lockout to keep people from playing games from any country other than the one they were in.

Only ONE MD/Genny game used it.

Yup. Sailor Moon.

I assured them all I appreciated the gesture.  I still have the cartridge to this day, in fact.  I understand it isn't the best game in the world, but it was a gift from friends who did their best.  It's the thought that counts.

So, why am I bringing this up?  Especially here, where I know they read what I write and are probably wondering what the point of this trip down memory lane is.

With the patent on the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive expired, companies are making clone consoles for people who still enjoy the games but whose original Gennys have bit the dust.

I have just found out that the $50 Retron 3 DOES NOT USE THE REGION LOCKOUT.

Guess what I just ordered?

Guess what I'll be playing in just a few weeks?

Rainbow Dash - So Awesome

Merry Christmas, indeed.

Status Report

Current status --

Unknown compiler bug is fixed.  Unlike EVERY OTHER PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE, batari BASIC doesn't read digital inputs as booleans.

Have incorporated all player controls except for starting the game.  No rapid fire or movement when the shot is launched.

Random number generation has been incorporated.

Animations for the builder and the thief have been incorporated.

Next objective --

Use the random number generator to determine if a builder or a thief is on the board, also the NPC's starting location.