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thwill

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Hi Lance,

  lizby said  Approximately. I thought the "3 lives" meant the game was over when the apple was eaten 3 times, but it apparently continues, but at some point the number of lives is reduced. I guess what I should have asked is "What constitutes a 'life'?"


The player loses a life every time the "snake" hits the perimeter or eats its own tail - which isn't always obvious when a slip of the fingers occurs near the boundary, perhaps I should make the boundary flash when this happens? When the player has lost all 3 lives the game is over. The player's score is the number of "apples" eaten.

Is it possible you are not familiar with the phenomenon which is Snake? I thought it was ubiquitous due to its inclusion on generations of Nokia mobile phones.

  lizby said  And shouldn't the snake be eating mice--what's an apple got to do with it? In the snake and apple story I'm familiar with, it's the humans who eat the apple, not the snake.


It's a fruitarian snake.

  lizby said  Sorry, unmitigated pedantry.)


I wouldn't worry I'm sure I'll have opportunity to pay you back .

Merry Christmas,

Tom
Edited 2021-12-25 07:38 by thwill
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I think I had heard of a "snake" game, but never played it, though I did have a couple of Nokia phones. As a person approaching 30 (and a mainframe programmer) when I first read about these "personal computer" things in 1975 (I think in Byte), and said to myself, "I need to have one of these", I missed many of the things which occupied people on PCs while in their teens.
 
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  lizby said  As a person approaching 30 (and a mainframe programmer) when I first read about these "personal computer" things in 1975 (I think in Byte), and said to myself, "I need to have one of these", I missed many of the things which occupied people on PCs while in their teens.


I wish I'd been a few years older and on the other side of the Atlantic at that time; I've read a lot about the start of the "micro computer" industry (wasn't "personal computer" a later term introduced by Big Blue ?) and find back-copies of Byte to be a fascinating read.

Merry Christmas,

Tom
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  thwill said  on the other side of the Atlantic at that time


It was an exciting time. Everything was hard. It took me (with zero electronics experience and not much to go on in the way of guidance/information and not very much money to spend) over a year to build a suitable power supply with +/- 5V and +/- 12V for the S100 bus. Not the Silicon Valley degree of ferment, but there was a very active microcomputer club in the Washington, D.C. area.

But then when I took my finished product (in a wooden box that I made--portable: it had a handle) in to my place of employment, one of the more tech-savvy networking managers said, "What would anyone ever do with a toy like that?". Now we know.

I had said a decade earlier when I was in grad school, "I don't want to go to the library, I want the library to come to me". Now it does.

Merry Christmas.

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For anyone interested the code is now up on GitHub:

   https://github.com/thwill1000/mmbasic-polar-snake

I'll probably do another revision and (poor) video when I get the correct display.

Best wishes,

Tom
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thwill

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Posted: 03:50pm 14 Jan 2022
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Peter, Lewis,

The display arrived, thank you, I didn't realise quite how small it was, very cute.

Additional thanks to Peter for the PicoMite VGA PCB, it will (after a flurry of eBay activity and a wait for packages from the mysterious Orient) be displacing my CMM1 from its case - alas I think the latter's day have gone.

Best wishes,

Tom
Edited 2022-01-15 02:21 by thwill
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