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Offline Ken Chaney

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What are people doing for the show?
« on: July 30, 2020, 01:44:00 am »
Here is a thread for people who have something to exhibit or share for the 2020 online show.


"Ken and TJ" have a pair of games that have been exhibited at every CA Extreme.  They are the first game we bought together:  Targ, and the Atari prototype Freeze.
If you are a patron at our LVL Up location in Campbell and need to go inside to use the restroom, say "hi" to them, they're hanging out near there.
If not, you can watch them at https://www.twitch.tv/namerankserialnumber and see what gameplay is like and hear the Freeze attract sounds.
Thanks to Dookie for getting that working.



We have a few bumper stickers from the early shows that we're putting up for thank-you's to random Tip Jar contributors.
https://caextreme.formstack.com/forms/tip_jar

And Stern Pinball has provided some translights for thank-you's, too.



REMOTE PLAY A REAL PINBALL MACHINE
It's not perfect, but we wanted to let you try it anyway.
We've set up a Capcom Kingpin pinball machine on Surrogate.TV for you to try.  It can be found at https://www.surrogate.tv/game/extreme-kingpin
and you can try the Batman 66 and Octoberfest pins they have in Finland which you'll find at https://www.surrogate.tv
WARNING:  IT ISN'T PERFECT!!!!!!  (6 exclamation marks - really - so don't expect perfection.)
The whole technology is pretty new and there are a lot of inherent lags in the way it is set up, so expect round-trip lag to be on the order of half a second even if you are in California.  Adjust your play, there are techniques to manage it, but don't plan on scoring in the billions.  Yet, once you adjust a little it is oddly compelling to some of us.  Just the notion of playing a real pinball remotely has some appeal.
Also because everything is still rapidly developing, some elements don't work for everyone.  On one computer when I play, I get no picture or sound, while on another machine they work fine.  Sorry about that to those experiencing "Tommy" mode!
Give it a try if you like.  Being in development there are lots of interesting improvements to be made.  The team at Surrogate.TV have been great to work with and we (Ken & TJ) really want to express our thanks to them for this opportunity to figure out how to make an older machine work when you can't touch it.  If you are interested in helping out (after CAX) you can join their Discord and figure out how to improve things with them.

« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 07:50:08 pm by Ken Chaney »

Offline Jude

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Re: What are people doing for the show?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 11:08:08 am »
How about six Atari 2600s all controlled from the same Twitch Chat? This started with a shelf of 6 CRT TVs that I found on the side of the road (for tube swaps!) plus a pile of old Atari consoles that were gathering dust.  Toss in a webcam and an Arduino microcontroller and you get "Twitch Plays 2600".  It will be running here for the show: 

https://www.twitch.tv/twitchplays2600
« Last Edit: July 30, 2020, 01:24:13 pm by Jude »

Offline jkoolpe

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Re: What are people doing for the show?
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 07:22:20 pm »
My games were so sad to not be able to take their annual trip out of my garage to be enjoyed at the show.

But here are just some fun pics anyway.

Note: See if you can spot what's not quite right with one of the uprights in last picture.

Jon 

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Re: What are people doing for the show?
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 08:48:48 pm »
I made a couple crossword puzzles in honor of CAX. These are my first efforts -- I know some of the clues suck.

http://ts4z.net/xw/

Offline Mark Birsching

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Re: What are people doing for the show?
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 05:05:45 am »
A few pictures of the machines I have in my house at the moment that are not stuck in storage (including the Kingpin that is on remote play) - hint - click on picture to enlarge:







« Last Edit: August 01, 2020, 05:09:17 am by Mark Birsching »