That laborious intro out of the way, onto less fanciful content: at today's meeting we continued a deeper look at Tautology 2 by Reservoir Gods, both the gameplay, and with Assempro's decompile function. It's always an amusing and fruitful idea to decompile programs written in C and try to understand the assembler output. I for one have no idea what's going on, but Andrew and our guest from the Microcontroller MelbPC SIG (this month, and last), Mohan Gupta, had some.
|Tautology 2, for the Atari Falcon|
Other random noteworthy happenings on the Atari scene over the last few months which were touched upon include:
- The rebirth of the Atari-legend website. The new version of the site is looking great and hopefully it can become a centre of collaboration from the Atari community again, in preserving and documenting the old games and software we all love!
- We watched this interesting, 25 minute, documentary by released by Wrestling With Gaming last month on the rise and fall of the Atari Jaguar. A nicely done, fairly balanced (some retrospective narratives on the Jaguar are overly critical in my opinion) review of the rise of the Jaguar, the cancellation of its ST-related predecssor, the Atari Panther.
- Daimakaimura / Ghouls 'n' Ghosts arcade port by AnimainCorpore (Sascha Springer). This is really quite an incredible achievement on the STE, eclipsing the original game graphically by a significant margin and causing some scratching of heads over on the English Amiga Board which is a rare and enjoyable thing for an ST production.
- We had look at a Wrath of the Demon game play video. We are meant to be nostalgic types, we're meant to view the past through rose-tinted glasses, however in my opinion this games appeal has been tarnished with age. The graphics are impressive for the time, but the game play looks tedious, repetitive, and recycled.