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by Joefish
Mon May 20, 2024 11:31 am
Forum: Design/Ideas
Topic: Context-sensitive buttons in ZX Spectrum game...?
Replies: 10
Views: 269

Re: Context-sensitive buttons in ZX Spectrum game...?

There are ways to get more out of one button. Holding it down, for example, to lob a grenade in Commando . And the charged shot in R-Type (note there a nod to good gameplay - when you first press the button you fire a shot, then it counts up the hold. Meaning not every shot is charged, and ordinary ...
by Joefish
Sun May 19, 2024 12:35 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Why didn't the Spectrum have many Roguelikes?
Replies: 20
Views: 447

Re: Why didn't the Spectrum have many Roguelikes?

I'm not sure I want to play something that's truly random, as then there's no guarantee that it's beatable. I mean, sorting falling Tetris blocks is one thing, but I want an adventure game with a few puzzles or side-quests. I guess you could take something like a Zelda dungeon and make the keys to g...
by Joefish
Sun May 19, 2024 12:03 am
Forum: Design/Ideas
Topic: Context-sensitive buttons in ZX Spectrum game...?
Replies: 10
Views: 269

Re: Context-sensitive buttons in ZX Spectrum game...?

I think one of the things to note is these examples are all 3D games, where it's your proximity to a particular object that triggers the context-sensitive button. To make that work there are range calculations going on all the time. I suppose with a 2D game you could tag tiles on a map for where dif...
by Joefish
Thu May 16, 2024 12:24 pm
Forum: Brand new software!
Topic: Pacman RX WIP
Replies: 78
Views: 3049

Re: Pacman RX WIP

I imagine it would be a doddle to design the aliens so they bridge two rows of attributes, so you could then have, say, the top 2/3 of an alien one colour and their lower few pixel rows and dangly bits another colour? Cheap effect without any multicolour hacking.
by Joefish
Thu May 16, 2024 10:43 am
Forum: ZX Spectrum Next
Topic: Lemmings on the Next
Replies: 14
Views: 782

Re: Lemmings on the Next

Damnit, I read that as ' Lemmings on the Net '. I was expecting some massive multi-player on-line Lemmings where the level is one massive scrollable browser window with thousands of people working away on random little corners of it making Lemming tunnels and bridges to bring them all closer to one ...
by Joefish
Thu May 16, 2024 10:39 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

ZXDunny wrote: Thu May 16, 2024 10:34 am Whence == "From where" so you don't need that "from" leading to it :) Not that I'm dsitracting from the question :p
Edited to '...from when and whence...' then. Better?
Although I hope no-one's further distracted by your spelling of 'distracting'... :dance
by Joefish
Thu May 16, 2024 10:06 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

That's not my understanding of what happened. However I would rather avoid this discussion since none of us have all the facts... Well I can present the bank statement from when and whence my money departed, if that would help anyone understand (or investigate) my position! :lol: But this is a dist...
by Joefish
Wed May 15, 2024 4:47 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

Einar Saukas wrote: Wed May 15, 2024 4:01 pmLet's be fair. AFAIK Paul Andrews never prevented free distribution of anything.
True. Many of us had actually paid a hundred odd quid for the stuff he prevented distribution of.
by Joefish
Wed May 15, 2024 2:55 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

Have to stress this, that is NOT EVIDENCE. It's a statement of an opinion; a statement of one person's side of an argument, and one that can not even remotely be considered a 'legal' opinion.
by Joefish
Sun May 12, 2024 2:39 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

You're right, you can't just say someone owes you a fee. But you're example isn't quite the same thing. If it were the case that you demand I answer your post, then I'm quite at liberty to say "I'll only answer that for 47p and a packet of Rolos. If you ask again I shall assume you agree to the...
by Joefish
Sat May 11, 2024 10:59 am
Forum: Design/Ideas
Topic: Today I rediscovered Tasty Static...
Replies: 4
Views: 181

Re: Today I rediscovered Tasty Static...

Tricky thing with the likes of Skyroads is the raised sections. When the surface is flat, as in Trailblazer and Roger the Pangolin , it's easy to present it in a pseudo-3D appearance. If you start from an overhead 2D view, really you're just distorting the view; squeezing and stretching it so it loo...
by Joefish
Sat May 11, 2024 10:47 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

OK, let's take that document though, and since it refers to two separate IPs, examine them separately: In relation to JSW, Mr Smith’s assertion of joint proprietorship with Mr Barton makes little sense at all in that he created JSW whilst with Software Projects Ltd, and in the absence of any evidenc...
by Joefish
Fri May 10, 2024 12:43 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

Those trademarks are useless. You'd have to be an idiot to actually use those as they appear as they're a complete mess, and using something that looks like a fragment of a trademark isn't a violation.
by Joefish
Thu May 09, 2024 3:23 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

One could always ask to see the assessment of the value of said intellectual property as declared for inheritance tax purposes when it transferred to the widow of the holder, since it's so valuable.
by Joefish
Thu May 09, 2024 12:11 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Why didn't the Spectrum have an FPS?
Replies: 33
Views: 918

Re: Why didn't the Spectrum have an FPS?

Catch 23 , The Eidolon . You could say anything like Battlezone was an open-world FPS. The underground sections of Mercenary were probably the closest thing, although there was nothing to shoot at. The limitation was rendering the 3D environment. Aliens was a really good alternative to 90° movement...
by Joefish
Thu May 09, 2024 11:52 am
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

What's sad about that document is it's written by a paralegal. Not a solicitor. It carries no weight whatsoever. Look it up. A 'paralegal' is a solicitor's secretary. Unless they work for a law firm with actual solicitors behind them, a letter from one means no more than from an angry meddler down y...
by Joefish
Wed May 08, 2024 7:55 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

In case anyone hasn't figured it out yet, the bit in The Haunting of Waterbelle End where you can take a shovel, dig up a corpse from its grave, and end up with a roll of printer paper granting you the rights to Harry S. Price's back-catalogue... https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X-cGCu4azEog1bml5J6z...
by Joefish
Wed May 08, 2024 6:17 pm
Forum: ZXDB Discussion
Topic: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available
Replies: 49
Views: 1834

Re: Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy no longer available

The 'legal response' is pathetic - it basically admits there's no evidence whatsoever to either support or contradict their statement of the history of the rights, so they're just going to side with whoever paid them. And they're not even a lawyer, just a paralegal.
by Joefish
Fri May 03, 2024 5:22 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Friday Quiz: SCRambled 6
Replies: 41
Views: 595

Re: Friday Quiz: SCRambled 6

How (T.F.) is that algorithm working then? The Boulderdash title panel is mostly blue with a few cyan pixels, yet that thing's rendered it all in cyan. Superkid 's head has all gone black except for one character in white. And yet the title has all gone red. It's not simply using the INK or PAPER fo...
by Joefish
Fri May 03, 2024 12:51 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Friday Quiz: SCRambled 6
Replies: 41
Views: 595

Re: Friday Quiz: SCRambled 6

Nope, not a clue. Always too late to these. Thanks, job.
Utterly convinced 16 was Penetrator, but it evidently isn't. It's not even going to be a cockpit view down a tunnel, is it? :cry:
by Joefish
Mon Apr 29, 2024 12:20 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: A crap version of...
Replies: 18
Views: 692

Re: A crap version of...

I'll call Transmuter crap if you like, but then that's largely because it really is crap! :lol: Mind you, Speccy Nemesis isn't exactly a miracle, so I'll concede that the relative crapness is questionable, but it is still distinctly downwards. At least in Nemesis when you blow up a mini-base, a flee...
by Joefish
Thu Apr 25, 2024 10:54 am
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Poll: Spectrum Users and their Zodiac Signs
Replies: 8
Views: 484

Re: Poll: Spectrum Users and their Zodiac Signs

Dara O'Briain has a brilliant take on this. He points out that, from a scientific and statistical point if view, if you really must take everyone in the world, divide them up into arbitrary groups based entirely on the circumstances of their birth (i.e. nothing they themselves have any control over)...
by Joefish
Tue Apr 16, 2024 5:39 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: New forum game -- Spectrum graphics in the real world?
Replies: 145
Views: 8177

Re: New forum game -- Spectrum graphics in the real world?

Err - can you perhaps photoshop one more brick into that image and re-post it? :?
by Joefish
Tue Apr 16, 2024 3:54 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: Article about Dinamic in the Spanish press
Replies: 4
Views: 491

Re: Article about Dinamic in the Spanish press

I was amused by the link at the bottom to a piece on "the genesis of Super Mario" - interesting choice of words!!! :lol:
by Joefish
Tue Apr 16, 2024 3:24 pm
Forum: Sinclair Miscellaneous
Topic: New forum game -- Spectrum graphics in the real world?
Replies: 145
Views: 8177

Re: New forum game -- Spectrum graphics in the real world?

Well this bit of the show is obvious: As for The Adventure Game , clearly not entirely obvious, they're still trying to work it out! Looks like it's RED or PENTAGON this week! :lol: Now that's from an early series, before the vortex grid. You had to get across that token board without setting off t...