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by Ralf
Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Could Amstrad have made tapes play faster?
Replies: 7
Views: 163

Re: Could Amstrad have made tapes play faster?

YES ;) But it would make most games with custom loader unable to load. So you would need to have some real switch for different speeds of tape recorder. And with some bigger speed increase the loading would become unreliable (if it ever was reliable :lol: ) You would get a lot of "Tape loading error...
by Ralf
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Programming
Topic: Swinging ropes in games
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Re: Swinging ropes in games

Thanks for that link.

So Matthew Smith is using some precalculated table for the points makeing the rope. Actually I could guess it.
by Ralf
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Programming
Topic: Swinging ropes in games
Replies: 14
Views: 285

Swinging ropes in games

Maybe we could talk more about programming tricks :) So some games have swinging ropes forth and back like here: https://orig00.deviantart.net/affe/f/2012/146/e/f/dixie_kong_swinging_on_a_rope_by_phyreburnz-d517e71.gif On Spectrum the obvious example is Jet Set Willy engine: https://upload.wikimedia...
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: The best classic Speccy game beginning with E: discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 437

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with E: discussion

Try this!
Great! Case closed!
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Game Backgrounds
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Game Backgrounds

Okay, I get it. Yes, you can use masked objects on background. First draw background from tiles and then in front of these tiles put some masked objects for more background variety.

It is rarely done but entirely possible.
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:38 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Game Backgrounds
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Game Backgrounds

What do you mean by "masking" here?

Masking, as most people understand it, is generally a technique used when drawing moving sprites, not backgrounds.
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: Poll: Best game of 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 265

Re: Poll: Best game of 2017

Sword of Ianna and remake of Crystal Kingdom Dizzy. They definitely stand out of the crowd. Didn't use my 3rd vote.

And I honestly didn't vote for my own games :)
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Programming
Topic: 60x44 low res mode
Replies: 13
Views: 322

Re: 60x44 low res mode

Why 60x44 and not 64x48? It's possible to do it full screen.
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Graphics
Topic: Game Backgrounds
Replies: 19
Views: 304

Re: Game Backgrounds

Nice to see you progressing. 32x192 pixel tiles? Rather not seen in real games as it would be ineffective. Please notice that you are storing a lot of the same data again and again - sky, pavement, windows. Check how much memory you need for your tiles and how much you would need if you did it the s...
by Ralf
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Games/Software
Topic: The best classic Speccy game beginning with E: discussion
Replies: 39
Views: 437

Re: The best classic Speccy game beginning with E: discussion

The link to the list I posted yesterday should now be accurate (It includes the year so you can tell if it's 'classic' or not. Please let me know if not. I'm keen to iron out issues before I start on the full A-Z. It's better. Games like "The Eidolon" are visible now but personally I would yet chan...