Not totally convinced yet, but it's a start! Very few levels will have "windows", so not overly worried either.

Need to add some nice big background planets to the game. About 12 total, both blue-ish behind glass AND full color. Way too heavy on the memory.

I might have to look at making them procedurally. -- Did it before, but on a Z80 it's lot scarier. 🤔

Good progress today! While sleeping, I hope I can think of a way of porting this 3D effect to the 😅 😭

Lucky to find a couple of hours today for writing and testing code. _Time_ really is the most valuable asset. 😅


Other than that, good progress tonight. Enemy bullets are (mostly) in and some other bugs fixed.

Seriously though, what's with that one pixel? And how am I going to debug it? 🤔😅

Definitely full-on collecting the Japanese versions of the Konami games too now. Collecting for is dangerous. So many games! So many editions!

A trunk trade and a parcel pickup today got me three new Sony games. Especially happy with Choplifter! Yay!

"It's going to take all the driving skill" -- And also all the cringe skills when you chunkily jump from side to side and crash into cars you can't see coming from behind the hills. Still, the box is great and it's a classic. Really wanted Coaster Race in my collection!

ALWAYS use real hardware when doing retro coding! Left the openMSX emulator and on the right a real -- Spot the differences! I'm guessing it's a timing issue, writing too fast to the video chip. Or something.

The exit ship now has wings and a nice big lamp on top. Yes, I finally started adding hardware sprites which are cheap and fast for these kind of details. Good progress tonight!

Fancy workflow for development!

* Run/F5 from Notepad++ compiles the ROM and uploads it to my FTP server

* openMSX gets executed automatically with the game ROM (top left)

* The _real_ MSX with GR8NET (top right) a batch file can download the ROM from FTP and play it!

Came across this photo of my Philips VG8010. That's got to be one of the best looking computers. ( Although definitely not "the best" in any other aspect )

First time coding a line interrupt ( well at least this side of Y2K ) fun too see more colors than are allowed on the -- Now that I'm looking at it... could probably do with a smoother gradient in the subtitle as well. 🤔

Added the alarm effect ( good old palette glow! ) and the turrets wake up ( although they still don't actually shoot )

Also added at least 10 new bugs, so yay, more to do!

✉️Mailman just brought a new game! It's not the best Track&Field 1 I've ever seen for the but it's good enough for me. Welcome to the collection!

Had to do some work on the back - will show before and after. Using the tape on the INSIDE of the box makes a big difference! 😅

Just received another Yie Ar Kung-Fu 2. The box is really nice, clean and sturdy! But the top of the cartridge label is wrinkled. Again.

What's up with the European cartridges for YAKF2? Do they ALL have problems with the label glue letting loose???

When buying anything in the 80's, it came with a decent manual. In fact there was a big chance it actually came with a wiring diagram as well. "Here's our product and, if it breaks in the future, here's how to fix it." -- Imagine that in 2021 🤯

From my monitor:

Cost me a bit more than I wanted to spend on it initially, but it was well worth it; The box is in top shape and... what a box design! I just love 忍者くん阿修羅の章 ! (look at me copying Japanese words from the web!)

A quick addition to my spider bots. Now they've got a brain - kinda - just good enough to try and catch the player. Calling it AI would be a stretch. 🕷️

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