Release Notes – Super Hyperzap (C64)

After the release of Hyperzap 2018 there were a few comments about it’s simplicity; that was a deliberate design choice on your correspondent’s part – the intention was to replicate the kind of game a newly-minted C64 assembly language programmer would possibly write – but in an effort to make people happy, those features were duly added around a week after the game was released… and promptly forgotten. Fast forward a little to a couple of days ago and your correspondent remembered that he was planning on releasing a couple of C64CD things during 2018, so nefarious “plans” have been laid to push them out of the door during the “festive season”.

So dear reader, the first of those deliveries is Super Hyperzap, a slightly upgraded version of the original Hyperzap 2018 which, along with swapping the soundtrack out for a more recent one, adds some variety to the enemy designs and allows them to animate , includes explosion graphics when enemies or the player are destroyed and, most importantly of all considering the aforementioned feedback, has the enemies moving horizontally as well as vertically. This latter amendment fixes a fairly major design flaw in the original which it in turn had inherited from the first Hyperzap.

Super Hyperzap (C64)

The author recently made the rather amusing but false claim that he “tell[s] it like it is, trying to uncover the mysteries that Commodore created surrounding the C64” but the main problem with that statement is that there aren’t any mysteries because Commodore themselves and the various third parties have documented it extensively and, because of that, there’s a plethora of games similar to Super Hyperzap out there from programmers learning their craft and actually putting it to practical use in the process.

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Talking about your correspondent

The author has recently been talking about your correspondent so here is some of what he had to say;

TMR is a C64 supporter who writes the blog “C64 Crap Debunk” on https://c64crapdebunk.wordpress.com/ . The initials TMR stand for The Magic Roundabout, a classic kids’ TV show.

So far this is generally speaking correct, although your correspondent sees himself as a fan of all 8-bit systems rather than merely a “C64 supporter”.

He’s a C64 programmer

This part isn’t strictly true however;  although there’s more C64 code out there with your correspondent’s name on than anything else there are also plenty of examples for other systems including the Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari 8-bits and indeed other Commodores as well. There has also been quite a bit of dabbling in graphics for an even wider range of platforms, along with the odd attempt at what we shall charitably refer to as “music” too so it would be more accurate to use the wider, less specific term “8-bit developer”.

and a mathematical genius

This particular falsehood never stops being funny… it’s a lie that the author has been  rather desperately trying to convince people of for a while in part because he presumably feels that his own inability to program actually stems from struggling with mathematics but, as stated on several occasions previously, it doesn’t take a “maths whiz” or a “swot” to program the C64 or indeed any other 8-bit and your correspondent is proof of that, much as the author would like to believe otherwise.

TMR has been promoting my blog by criticising it, as explained on https://commodore64crap.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/good-news-from-wordpress-thanks-tmr/ , but he doesn’t think that’s what he’s doing.

By that “logic” the author has been promoting Brexit by criticising it. Your correspondent happily drives traffic to the author’s blog but that’s because he feels it will be amusing  to others and, judging by feedback that’s been received over the years, that certainly does seem to be the case. It really is a mistake to believe in the old adage that “all publicity is good publicity” because there are far too many cases where it’s not, for example it would be extremely doubtful that Donald Trump was pleased about the publicity he received after porn star Stormy Daniels’ recent references to a certain intimate part of his anatomy resembling Toad from Nintendo’s Mario Kart franchise… nobody seems to have asked Toad how he feels, but presumably he wasn’t happy about being connected to Trump in that way, as it were.

And that rather gratuitous paragraph above does mean that your correspondent can use a number of tags that wouldn’t otherwise be valid for this post…

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A Brexit-flavoured surprise

Well here’s something unusual for C64CD dear reader, your correspondent directly penning a post about the annoyingly-named “Brexit” – a term presumably created by tabloid journalists who believed an annoying portmanteau would somehow be less confusing to their readership in the same way that Paul Gascoigne being called “Gazza” supposedly was – and it’s actually on topic for this blog, at least in a tangential way!

When C64CD started releasing programs your correspondent decided it needed some storage space for the files and set up a subdomain off one he already owned; that domain had a .EU suffix and at the end of last week a missive turned up in your correspondent’s inbox from the company he uses for domain registrations which began thus:

We are writing to inform you that EURid (European Registry for Internet Domains) has decided that anyone without an EU postal address will no longer be able to own a .eu domain name once the UK leaves the EU.

EURid will therefore be terminating all .eu domain names registered to UK addresses on one of two dates:

30 March 2019 if the UK exits the EU with no deal

1 January 2021 if the UK exits the EU with a deal

The email continues, answering the question “what if I don’t have an EU postal address” with the following…

Unfortunately, this means that you will lose your EU domain, but we will keep you updated on next steps and provide you with plenty of guidance so that we can help to minimise the inconvenience caused.

…which, after profuse swearing at considerable length about “bloody Brexiteers” under his breath – certainly not  the first time that’s happened dear reader and highly unlikely to be the last all things considered – left your correspondent pondering how to deal with the soon-to-be-disappearing domain; after some deliberation a replacement was duly registered for the domain’s primary purpose – it acts as a link shortener for assorted projects – but, rather than merely tack the C64CD file space onto the end of it as before, the decision was instead take to splash out a few quid on C64CD.co.uk and set up a new subdomain from there.

That easier to remember address is also wrapped quite neatly if somewhat cheaply around this very blog using “highly advanced” iframe technology, because your correspondent isn’t exactly a rich person at the best of times and really couldn’t justify the monthly fee required by WordPress.com to connect things properly! No doubt something has been forgotten during the migration process, so your correspondent apologises in advance and will endeavour to fix issues as soon as they arise.

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