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Power Pad Demo Rom All Tests Have Been Successful

Oct 17, 2014 at 8:08:19 AM
Mega Mario Man (39)
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12/15
Just as a nice little teaser to keep everyone excited, I have attached a picture showing concept art of one of the playing screens. Remember, this is a very early concept and I pretty much suck at art. But, you can get a feel for what I envision the layout looking like.

Enjoy!

OLD STUFF
First off, thanks again to the testers. They seemed to enjoyed it.
As promised, I am releasing the demo ROM for my next game idea. Don't expect too much out of the ROM, it was designed to test my idea only and will be the basis of my next game (sorry, my first game sucks and I have no drive to finish it).

The inspiration behind my next game is the yard game, Cornhole. Basically, I will be using the Power Pad mat as a landing pad for bean bags. The tests included using actual bean bags in various ways to see how the Power Pad would react as the bean bags landed on the pad. I was very pleased with the results and they were all consistent. My vision for the game is to have 6-8 mini-games that will be multiplayer (2-4) with varying degrees options and difficulties. Single player modes will be my greatest challenge as I have little experience in programming a computer to imitate a human throwing a bean bag. I have a couple of ideas for this, but I will need to thorourghly test them. The other challange will be to conform some of these game to be played with a Power Pad and still make them as interesting as they would be with original hardware. For example, in Cornhole, if you land on the board, that's a point. On a Power Pad, there is a lot of real estate that won't register a hit. Thus, you will only be able to score by landing on a sensor. Thus, I must morph the rules of Cornhole to work with the Power Pad.

Here are a few ideas I have for games. Most or all will make the cut, but I hold the right to cut any game I want from the final version because I don't want to release a poor product.
(NOTE, I am calling the games by a name that most are familiar with. Chances are, I would change the names to be unique to my game)
Cornhole (with modified rules for the Power Pad)
Whack-A-Mole (Critter pops out of a hole for random amounts of time and you must hit him with a bean bag. Definitely single player mode. Battle mode with 2 power pads?)
Battleship (Each player places 4 targets and 4 bombs by using the Power Pad, the you win when you clear your Opponets 4 targets or your opponent hits 3 of your bombs)
3-in-a-row (Like Tic-Tac-Toe bag toss, but you can steal dots like Hollywood Squares)
Reversi (think Tic-Tac-Toe bag toss game but with reversi)
Ladderball (Not sure on game mechanics yet, but the Power Pad rows would serve as rungs on a ladder. Maybe some logic code where you could fall down the rungs at random?)
Beer Pong (Stepped up a notch to 12 Cups for the Power Pad, cause that's how we role! Will include options for reracks maybe some code to let your opponents "distract" or "blow" the ball out. We'll see how ambitious I feel)

That's all I have for now. Feel free to download the test ROM and try it out. This will work in an Emulator, Power Pak and Everdrive as demonstrated by the testers. Some emulators have an option for Power Pad and you can use keyboard buttons. Not so fun, but at least you can try it. For other's that may be interesting in seeing how this was made, I am thinking of releasing the code for the demo ROM.

Special thanks goes out to:
Ferris Bueller - Tester
NESMASTER14 - Tester
neodolphino - Tester
Jon Solo - Tester
Proveaux - Tester
bunnyboy - Nerdy Nights, Possible Tester
Mario's Right Nut - NES coding Tutorials, Tips, Advice Galore! has fixed my code a few times (Most of the code is derived from both of their tutorials. If you made it through all of them, you can read my code)
KHAN Games - Tips and Advice Galore!, has fixed my code a few times
And many others that have helped me along the way!


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EDIT 2: If you are interested but only lack the bags, you can use a standard 7x8 zip lock bags and fill it with about 1 pound of dried corn, dried beans, or small cat or dog food. Then, tap down the excess baggie to get about a 6x6 square. This worked for NESMASTER14.

EDIT: The demo ROM is ready. Please PM me or message this thread to be approved. I would like 5-10 if possible.

I am looking for 5-10 people to help me test a demo ROM I am building. To qualify, you must meet these requirements.

A. Have a powerpak or the ability to use your Power Pad on an emulator (at the current moment, I lack both)
B. Have standard weight corn bags for a game similar to Corn Hole. Don't know what Corn Hole is? Then you probably don't qualify. Each bag should weigh 1 lb.

WARNING! This test has the potential to damage you Power Pad, however very unlikely. Do not ask to participate if you are worried about it hurting your Power Pad. Remember, the Power Pad was built to have a Human Being running on it. In my opinion, tossing a 1 lb bag on it should have little effect.

I hope to have a working demo finished today and can send it along with details. If the tests are successful, I will turn this thread into an update thread for the homebrew game.

Thanks!

Confirmed Testers:
1. Ferris Bueller - Test Completed
2. bunnyboy
3. NESMASTER14 - Test Completed
4. neodolphino - Test Completed
5. Jon Solo - Test Completed
6. Proveaux - Test Completed

Possible Testers:
 

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Edited: 12/15/2014 at 08:59 PM by Mega Mario Man

Oct 17, 2014 at 9:10:51 AM
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Sounds neat! If I had a powerpak (and a powerpad), I'd definitely lend a hand. Good luck! Can't wait to see what you're making

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Oct 17, 2014 at 9:57:43 AM
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Sounds cool! I have an Everdrive and a Family Fun Fitness Pad if you need that tested somehow. I don't have any corn bags on standby though, but I am aware of what they are. I wonder if one could make a mock-up of one or use a similar weight/size object. Anyway, good luck!

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Oct 17, 2014 at 10:14:30 AM
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In a pinch, I bet a 1 lb bag of beans would work for a few of the tests. Actual corn hole bags are just more durable with less clean up. I'm mainly looking to test the sensitivity of the Power Pad. The coding really isn't an issue.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 10:21:52 AM
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Cool game idea!

Oct 17, 2014 at 10:24:53 AM
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I agree. That is a great way to think outside the box and use a peripheral in a different way.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 10:25:00 AM
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Neat game idea, but I am skeptical it will generate enough force to activate the powerpad.

I'd help, but I sold off my powerpad and zapper when I was cleaning up "unused" stuff in my collection.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 10:25:35 AM
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I'm a big fan of the power pad and I like to beta test. Let's do this!

Also, from my experience with the power pad, I think all you nay sayers are wrong. Anyone who has ever faulted on WCTM knows it don't take much to set it off. I think this might work.

And yes, I know what cornhole'n is. Are you up in Ohio?

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Edited: 10/17/2014 at 10:27 AM by Ferris Bueller

Oct 17, 2014 at 11:34:08 AM
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Originally posted by: arch_8ngel

Neat game idea, but I am skeptical it will generate enough force to activate the powerpad.

I'd help, but I sold off my powerpad and zapper when I was cleaning up "unused" stuff in my collection.


Looks like there may be a reason to get another power pad.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 12:30:05 PM
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Demo ROM is ready. Send me a PM or comment here if you want to test. I would like 5-10 but probably won't turn you down.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 12:36:12 PM
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I can test starting on Tues. From 8 bit xmas I know that the powerpad really doesnt take much force to trigger. I was stacking them and easily pressing through both without much weight.

Oct 17, 2014 at 12:47:04 PM
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Cool idea. I've played a lot of bags, but I've never heard it called corn hole.

Oct 17, 2014 at 12:53:34 PM
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Originally posted by: B.A.

Cool idea. I've played a lot of bags, but I've never heard it called corn hole.

I would say it might be a midwest thing, but I see you are from Minnesota.

I have also called it bags.


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Oct 17, 2014 at 12:59:06 PM
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Originally posted by: Mega Mario Man

Originally posted by: B.A.

Cool idea. I've played a lot of bags, but I've never heard it called corn hole.

I would say it might be a midwest thing, but I see you are from Minnesota.

I have also called it bags.
 

It's definitely referred to as "corn hole" on the East Coast.

I'm sure the innuendo is intentional.


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Oct 17, 2014 at 1:02:51 PM
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Bags sounds boring, but cornhole sounds like something I can really get into!

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Oct 17, 2014 at 1:15:42 PM
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We can all get into cornhole.

Started a private thread and posted the rom to the OP. I invited those that showed interest in testing. Thanks again.

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Oct 17, 2014 at 2:30:18 PM
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I've submitted my test results, waiting on others, we probably need someone with exact equipment! I've got mine roughly made as close as I could to official rules.

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Oct 18, 2014 at 9:13:41 AM
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Quick update. 2 testers are done and the results are promising. Both the Power Pad and the Family Fitness pad were tested, which is fantastic as I didn't even think about the Family Fitness fun pad.

If I could get 1 more tester, I would be forever grateful. I think 5 will be plenty to confirm that this is either a go or a flop.

The next step will be game design, graphics, and different game style I want to include. This could be a long process as graphics are not my strong suit. I also must decide the game play of each game, then I can code away!

Thanks again to those that are testing this. You guys are the best and hopefully I can return the favor in some way.

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Oct 18, 2014 at 9:28:42 AM
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With testing, can it be done on the carpet? If so, I would be able to help out.

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Oct 18, 2014 at 9:40:10 AM
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I did mine on half rug, half hardwood floor. I had zero issues and it pretty much registered every hit. This works and is genius. Very excited.

Oh wow, Bunny is a tester? You're on to something.

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My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at the Let's Play Gaming Expo last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

Oh, my WTB thread is very popular. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, Richard craniums - they all adore it. They think it's a righteous thread.
I'd also like to add that I've got my father's gun and a *scorching* price guide for aftermarket Nintendo games.
Between Dragon Warriors and nothing... I'll take Dragon Warriors - for any of my FT/FS/FO items.
 


Edited: 10/18/2014 at 09:40 AM by Ferris Bueller

Oct 19, 2014 at 3:26:42 AM
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Great call on carpet vs hardwood floors. Never thought of that.

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Oct 19, 2014 at 3:34:01 AM
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Originally posted by: Jon Solo

With testing, can it be done on the carpet? If so, I would be able to help out.
Added to the private group.

As of right now, I am good on testers. Once these 5 have gotten back to me and the results all look promising, I will post the demo ROM. It's nothing special, just something I whipped up quickly for this test.



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Oct 19, 2014 at 9:02:24 PM
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Gave the demo a whirl and had great success. This is a fantastic idea... Now if only we could find a way to make beer pong. Maybe stand further away and each time you knock out a spot, you have to drink. Could also test smaller bags to make it more challenging. I guess you could always put a bunch of different games with rules into a manual!

Oct 20, 2014 at 7:57:26 AM
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Originally posted by: neodolphino

Gave the demo a whirl and had great success. This is a fantastic idea... Now if only we could find a way to make beer pong. Maybe stand further away and each time you knock out a spot, you have to drink. Could also test smaller bags to make it more challenging. I guess you could always put a bunch of different games with rules into a manual!

You and I, we think a lot a like.


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Oct 20, 2014 at 8:40:35 AM
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Originally posted by: Mega Mario Man

Originally posted by: neodolphino

Gave the demo a whirl and had great success. This is a fantastic idea... Now if only we could find a way to make beer pong. Maybe stand further away and each time you knock out a spot, you have to drink. Could also test smaller bags to make it more challenging. I guess you could always put a bunch of different games with rules into a manual!

You and I, we think a lot a like.