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2018-08-02 23:35

Registered: Mar 2009
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Release id #166930 : Yoomp!64 +3PD

Moved the discussion to the place for discussions. :)

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Submitted by hedning [PM] on 2 August 2018
Backup board is invoked if one of the main boards is down during the whole 24h. How would it make sense otherwise? If Reflections was down one hour 03 in the morning just when you tried to upload your crack, the rest of the groups wouldn't notice, and lose just because one board was down for some time during the 24h. 24h rule must mean 24h. If one board is gone for 24h, the backup board goes into effect. That is logical to me. Especially as the race isn't over until 24h have passed.

If two or three (our four?) boards all have hickups during the 24h you mean there are no boards to be counted? Your view of the rules does not make sense. I will count the boards and the releases after 24h have passed. That will show who won the race.

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Submitted by Jazzcat [PM] on 2 August 2018
We were first on all boards and sites initially. During that time both Antidote and The Hidden were down, according to the rules, the backup site RapidFire is then invoked and we were first there (and Reflections) thus we were first on the majority of boards using the 24 hour rule. Regards. Note: you cannot re-invoke downed boards. When they are down, backup is in play.

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Submitted by hedning [PM] on 2 August 2018
Antidote and The Hidden were down for some time, but came up within the counted 24h when we tried to upload our crack, and we were able to be first on both. We also went with Reflections and the backup BBS Rapidfire, even if the latter is a bit redundant, as we already were first on 2 out of 3 counted boards within the counted 24h. Cheers!
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2018-08-08 16:05

Registered: Mar 2007
Posts: 129
Well yeah, game programmers would never use it for gameplay affecting stuff. You'd typically use it for something like an end of level screen fade, a star field, etc.

Has anyone (other than G*P) spoken to the coder of the game about this yet by the way..? Honestly, it would save everyone a lot of time ;-)
2018-08-08 18:20

Registered: Mar 2009
Posts: 1842
I have. This is the answer: "Two last changes: it was the passwords - remove digits from passwords and the next change was to block from crash when pressing restore key, your version has the same passwords as last version but crashes when restore key is pressed and it has no more changes."
2018-08-08 18:33

Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 869
Quoting Raistlin
Well yeah, game programmers would never use it for gameplay affecting stuff.

*dies laughing*

Well, ideally they wouldn't, but come on Raistlin, you've worked in the industry.
2018-08-08 20:01

Registered: Mar 2007
Posts: 129
Ah, how many days I hunted for that bug that sent Destruction Derby replays out of sync ;-)
2018-08-08 22:44

Registered: Aug 2004
Posts: 869
Oh gods, those fucking replays. Rinse and repeat for Driver 1-3 + Stuntman.

Anyway, about that Yoomp crack…
2018-08-09 00:39

Registered: Mar 2007
Posts: 129
Quote: Oh gods, those fucking replays. Rinse and repeat for Driver 1-3 + Stuntman.

Anyway, about that Yoomp crack…

Test Drive 4, PC version only, had a multiplayer bug (!) where if you drove on a certain piece of grass before a tunnel the game would go out of sync... we tried for a week to find the bug, and couldn't. It didn't happen anywhere else in the game on any other bit of grass, nothing ... So instead we moved the start point of the level to be past the bit of grass 8) ... "fixed, ship it!"

Getting back to Yoomp, though, well... I'm going to go bang my head against the wall some more as I try to figure out exactly what Jazzcat wants - if he even knows himself. I guess it's just "whatever will give us the most points - we'll just bore everyone with the argument until they agree... even though we make the chart and the rules ourselves and so can just do whatever we want."

Rumour has it that any group whose name is an anagram of "Snot Laugh" will get a bonus 1000 points every day just for hilarity.
2018-08-09 11:31
Heavy Stylus

Registered: Apr 2007
Posts: 60
Hello all! I missed all this drama, which is a shame as it looks like it was fun :D

Ok, so from my side, what I know is this:

Game was classed as complete quite a while ago, beginning of the year was when the last significant changes were made (passwords having numbers removed to make it easier for the end user to read with the game font). Release was held back significantly due to the graphic designer I work with going through some serious real life issues.

It's quite clear, and I am transparent about the fact that Jazzcat assisted us with testing the game (ONS) on various machines (he is even listed in the credits for this). In addition to this, of course, MCH is the musician (the GP connection here).

A few weeks before release, I noticed that the RESTORE key crashed the game. I asked the developer for that fix as a last minute change before making the carts and the sending the disk version to Kenz at Psytronik.

Obviously, GP had the version previous to this change. Other than that, as far as I know, there is no difference between the two.

I personally had no contact with GP about this game around the time of release - and I know that ONS 'released' their crack at exactly the same time I made the game available. So in my personal opinion, ONS release was really the 'firstie' in this case, but to call the GP one a 'preview' is unfair. Of course, it's obvious (in hindsight) that GP were expecting the first release as their musician was involved. But there was no contact with them to plan a joint release from my side.

What should have happened here is that ONS should have simply uploaded their crack to CSDB - as it was indeed released (digitally) for free/PWYW with all $ going to the developer. I/we really appreciate the store links, but no-one asked if I would object to the CSDB entry having a DL (and I don't).

Anyway, guys, can't we all just get along and declare this one a 'draw'? :D
2018-08-09 12:23
iAN CooG

Registered: May 2002
Posts: 2113
There can't be a draw on declaring a 1st release, there is only ONE first release, and GP version, even if it has a minimal difference, is a 99% version of the final game, so can't be a first rel.
2018-08-09 12:31

Registered: Dec 2001
Posts: 8920
plot twist::
- GP has the firstrelease
- ONS release is the "sales version" release
2018-08-09 13:23

Registered: Feb 2002
Posts: 961
groepaz: they gave a goof. :)
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