8bitrocket's Asynchronous News Round-Up : Mochi Achievements, Pepsi+Atari, Mindjolt News

Welcome to our "Asynchronous" news round-up.  It's the Daily Interweb Mash-Up, but not daily, and also not really a mash-up, and, well, who knows what it is, but welcome to it.

Mochi Achievements API Launched

Something we've been waiting for a long time, a  distributed "achievements" API.  Here are the directly from Colin Cupp from Mochi Media:

Just like Mochi Media's other tools and services, Mochi Achievements work anywhere the game goes across the internet with the achievements information being stored in a local Flash cookie. Flash game publishers can also collect site-specific data for their players' achievements (for players logged in to the Mochi network) using the same Mochi Media Bridge API technology that provides them with their own site specific high scores!

Some key features:

  • No branding/links in Mochi Achievements UI
  • Fully customizable
  • Flexibilty- 2 toaster sizes and 9 placement options

This blog post explains the features in more detail. Please feel free to contact me (Colin: colin@mochimedia.com) directly if you have any questions about this exciting new product for Flash game developers and publishers.

Pepsi Throwback Atari Arcade: Win A Flashback 2 or an iCade!!

Pepsi has a new promotion celebrating classic Atari!   Here is their press release:

Pepsi Throwback and Atari are teaming up to launch the Pepsi Throwback Atari Arcade onPepsi Throwback’s Facebook page. From June 17th through the end of the year, fans will be able to play a different classic Atari game each month and each week’s highest scorer will win an Atari Flashback 2+ gaming console.  On top of this, fans can enter to win an iCade and iPad loaded with Atari’s Greatest Hits just for stopping by the tab.  We’re kicking it off with the all-time favorite Asteroids game.

As well, here is a neat story from Gizmodo about the promotion .

MindJolt News Update!

Mindjolt.com has relaunched and they are really trying to court developers.  First off, they have a new blog designed to highlight great new games.  You can see it here:


Also, Minjolt are now offering licensing  deals instead of rev share.  Here is what they say:

We have recently received a lot of feedback from you, our amazing developers, about how you’d like to work with us. With this in mind, we want to offer you an alternative to the current rev share system. If you’d prefer, you can license us your games instead. If you choose to license your games to us (and the game is approved), we will pay you a 1-time, upfront fee for the game. While there is no rev share involved in a licensed deal, you are guaranteed payment for the game, regardless of the game’s performance on MindJolt.

For more information, or to submit a game to MindJolt for licensing, please email developer@mindjolt.com.






8bitrocket Daily Inter-Web Mash-up – Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Daily Briefing has been re-named back to the Inter-Web Mash-Up of old. Steve and I have both made it through 6 weeks with the new game development company, and although the hours are long, we are trying to find time for daily updates here on 8bitrocket.com. The focus will be on web-based, retro, and indie games, but we will also cover transitional console and computer games as well as technology, and other stuff we find interesting, useful or cool.

A New Flash Book By Someone We Know And Love

Michael James Williams has just written his own book on Flash and Facebook:

Great job Michael, it looks really good!!!

And Another One By someone Else We Know And Love Too!

Emanuele Feronato!  Looks awesome man!!!

Richard Davey Codes Atari 2600 Breakout In 20 minutes

With Flixel.  Watch him do it here.

What Has Iain Lobb Been Up to Lately?

A lot.

The Corona SDK Adds Nook Color Support

We dabbled in the world of the Corona Lua scripting API for mobile development earlier in the year. It is a very nice tool that allows IOS and various other mobile device  cross-platform development. Now Corona has been chosen as the recommended framework for color Nook development.

Flash Game Distribution Game We Like
Robot Emergence - A very well crafted strategy / builder game based on semi-autonomous robots.

Insect Onslaught - Fun arcade / plaformer where you blast bugs and obtain better and better weapons.

Another one of these movies makes a lot more sense now
The Onion finds the actual screenwriter responsible for the 5th fast and the Furious movie.

Atari Nerd Atari History Summary For April 1983 (28 years ago)

  • 1983 April : SSI Releases Cosmic Balance II For Atari 8-bit Computers
  • 1983 April: SSI Releases Knights Of The Desert For Atari 8-bit Computers
  • 1983 April: Nintendo approaches Atari about licensing Famicom
    • Atari would have rights to sell Famicom (NES) all over the world except Japan.  Nintendo would get a royalty and the rights to produce games for the system
    • Atari’s Ray Kassar is very interested.  Even though GCC is currently working on the 7800, the Famicom could be a great back-up plan.
  • 1983 April 4: Spectravideo first publicizes Mangia for the Atari 2600
  • 1983 April 12: Atari finalizes prototype of 2600 game Gravitar
  • 1983 April 13: 20th Century Fox creates first prototype for unreleased 2600 game Planet Of The Apes
  • 1983 April 15: Amiga first publicizes Power-Stick controller for the Atari 2600
  • 1983 April 19: Atari has first quarterly loss in 7 ½ years
  • Loss of $18.9 million on $869.4 million revenue
  • Competition is blamed
  • 1983 April 20: Mattel Electronics creates only known prototype of  unreleased 2600 game Rocky And Bullwinkle
  • 11983 April 29: Imagic releases Moonsweeper for Atari 2600
  • 1983 April 29: Imagic releases Fathom for Atari 2600
  • 1983 April 29: Imagic releases Solar Storm for Atari 2600


The 8bitrocket Daily Inter-Web Mash-up Briefing is compiled and edited by both Jeff D. Fulton and Steve A. Fulton.  We cover the world of retro games, new games, indie games, Flash / Web games, game coding, the toy industry, and anything else we find cool. Send news items that you would like covered to info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com


8bitrocket Daily Briefing – Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Game Picks From Mochi Games

Cactus McCoy : A Western-themed platformer with nice music and neat graphics.

Homerun In Bezerkland :  Hit the geek as far as you can. More than a decade ago played this with penguins.  Because of that, this game probably falls into the "retro Flash game" category.   Production values are a solid A.

Old Podcast We Missed

The Retronauts Live Discuss Arcade Games.

Nook color To Have Android Apps
Barnes And Noble plans to add Android App functionality to the Nook color.  This effectively gets Flash and Air support on the platform and created a cheap alternative to the iPad.

Ars Technica Declares Apple The winner In Adobe/Apple War
Because Adobe will now support HTTP streaming with Adobe Live Server 2011.  Sounds like a thin argument to me, but...

Ready to Play The PS3 on a Tablet?
Wired is reporting that Sony will have two tablets in the fall.  They will come in 9.4 inch and 5.5 inch models and will be "Playstation Certified".

When is the last time you read Retrogaming Times Monthly?
If your answer is "never" or "not lately" and you have even a passing interest in awesome retro and classic gaming, take a stroll on over. It has a very cool fresh new look and is always packed with cool articles.

A Couple Ideas From GameStorm

A multi player 'cook it' style game set 'in a frozen wasteland' featuring 'a worlock' with elements of 'Diner Dash' .

My daughter has been asking me to create a "smoothie" making game for some time. Why not have it star a Worlock?  Set the game in the Arctic, with cute penguins as your customers ordering things like a "herring and apple shake" and other treats.

A multi player 'rescue it' style game set 'on a hiking trail' featuring 'a half-elf' with elements of 'Pipe Mania' .

OK, a game like my old Track Mod for Hot Wheels, but set on mountain where you are saving hikers before they fall off a cliff?  That could work.

php SMARTY Template Tip
Pretty much anywhere inside the SMARTY tags {} you can embed $variables to create dynamic templeting.  One use of this would be to embed s style sheet based on a parameter passed in. For example, if you have passed $foo="version2" into the template, you can easily append this value to the name of a css file embedded at run-time:

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/css/main_{$foo}.css" />

This would link to the /css/main_version2.css style sheet.


The 8bitrocket Daily Briefing is compiled and edited by both Jeff D. Fulton and Steve A. Fulton.  We cover the world of retro games, new games, indie games, Flash / Web games, game coding, the toy industry, and anything else we find cool. Send news items that you would like covered to info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com


8bitrocket Daily Briefing : Monday April 25th, 2011

Top Of Mind Jolt

Here some neat new games from MindJolt.com :

Green Archer : Aim and shoot arrows are various objects.  Simple and derivative, but intriguing none-the-less.

Bi-Plane Bomber :  Addicting, easy to control (and wholly unrealistic, but still...) bi-plane dog fight and bombing game.  Nice scrolling, and great action.  You've played similar games, but this was pretty good.

Hopi :  Nicely drawn game that you have played many times before.   Jump to pop a a star star/ballon and that pushes you higher.  Get as high as you can before the time runs out.   Nice job.


Random Game-Storm Game Ideas:

Game-Storm is a random game idea generator that we made a few years ago.  I plan to update it for 2011 soon.  However, here are some random game ideas that it generated for me.

A single player 'bomb it' style game set 'in ancient China' featuring 'a cave man' with elements of 'Dungeon Master' .

I was just thinking how great a game Dungeon Master was and how much I'd like to play a new version.   Not sure how you would bomb things in ancient China though...

A multi player 'wash it' style game set 'on a lake' featuring 'a motor home' with elements of 'Mouse-Trap' . (8bitsteve)

Hmm.  A game where you assemble the elaborate parts of a Rube-Goldberg like car wash to clean dirty motor homes before they fall into the Grand Canyon.  Maybe even that car washing tower-defense game I've always wanted to make (8bitsteve)


AS3 Code Hint For today

Use the "is" keyword to determine if an object is a particular class type at run time :

example: (where EnemyShip is a custom class you have created)

<em>if (myObject is EnemyShip) {
</em>    //do some cool stuff hopefully with explosions and junk


PHP Code Hint for today:

$GLOBALS is an associative array that stores a reference to all global scope variables. You can also store data directly into it. For example:



The Chinese Ban Time Travel In Movies

Finally, something I might agree with the Chinese govt. on. Time Travel ruins everything. See the 3rd Harry Potter book/movie for a good example. Of course, Back To The future was pretty darned good though, but still full of holes. Can  anyone think of a good example of Time Travel that holds-up under scrutiny?


The 8bitrocket Daily Briefing is compiled and edited by both Jeff D. Fulton and Steve A. Fulton.  We cover the world of retro games, new games, indie games, Flash / Web games, game coding, the toy industry, and anything else we find cool. Send news items that you would like covered to info[at]8bitrocket[dot]com


The 8bitrocket Daily Briefing – Sunday, April 24, 2011

First off, Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it.

Try out these new Flash Game Distribution games.
We liked them the first couple times we played them.

- X Missile (once you find the game through all of the ads and Free Tower defense logos). This is fun shooter / physics puzzle mix.

-Pryoscape 3 - Not the greatest game ever made, but these guys are pretty funny and creative.

-Temple of Death - Well crafted over-head zombie shooter

-G Blocks - The best puzzle game I have played all day.

-Rapid Machine - A fun, over-head racing game. (Seems familiar though)

Once Upon Atari Documentary @ IGN
A good portion of Howard Scott Warshaw's Once Upon Atari documentary is now available in multiple parts at IGN. Actually, it's been there since 2008. If you have not seen this yet, it's a fascinating look into Atari from the golden age.

Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, Vol. 4 & Vol. 5, Vol. 6 & Vol. 7, Vol. 8 & Vol. 9, Vol. 10 & Vol. 11, Vol. 12 & Vol. 13

By the way, both Dad Hacker and Chris Crawford had some interesting things to say about it too.

Speaking Of Chris Crawford...
Chris Crawford just posted an in-depth account of his talk at The games academic group at UC Santa Cruz . He now thinks games are not dead any more.

"The causes of my positive outlook are simple: the publishers have been eclipsed by a passel of creative new actors. There are gobs of startups hawking all manner of new ideas. The indie games movement is showing wonderful creative energy. And the maturation of the web has made it possible for indie developers to earn a living just by putting their stuff up there. Indeed, the single most salient factor in the reversal of my opinion arose when Jason Rohrer told me that he was earning plenty of money selling his products on the web."


Atari recently announced a new version of Centipede for the Nintendo DS
Last week, Atari and developer WayForward have announced the upcoming Fall release of the re-imagine legendary video game franchise Centipede for a new generation of gamers with Centipede: Infestation. The game will be available on Nintendo 3DS™ and Wii™ Systems.

See the trailer. It looks pretty bitchin'!   Here is the rest of the press release.

Centipede: Infestation is a post-apocalyptic action experience that features run-n-gun shooting style gameplay with tower defense-style objects, paying homage to the original Centipede while bringing the brand into the 21st century.  Players assume the role of an orphaned teenager hero named Max as he trudges through the wasteland, fighting off giant bugs.  During Max’s travels he encounters a young teen named Maisy who possesses a collection of seeds that hold the secret to bringing plant life back to the wasteland.   Max and Maisy join forces to grow these gardens and protect the last natural resources on earth.

There are a lot of rumors about a new Nintendo Console
1Up Says that it could cost $400 and have 2 distinct controllers.
- Kotaku says that Miyamoto doesn't want to talk about it
Then 1Up says that Miyamoto says it will just be a few days

Hmm, very interesting. I wish Atari would put out a new console.

What does Atari mean to you?
Head on over to the Atari Age Forums and let your voice be heard. There are some great stories and posts already in this cool thread.

Ever wanted to learn 68000 C or Machine Language?
You could do much worse than firing up an Atari ST emulator and then going through these two Abacus books full books posted at AtariMania.com: Atari ST Basic to C and Atari ST Machine Language.

Popular Movie Scenes Re-Created with Legos
My sons have pretty much every available surface in the house covered with Legos. No matter how much time my wife and I spend organizing them, they always end up right back where they were. The boys tend to re-make scenes from movies and TV shows with them, but if they ever made a Clockwork Orange scene (or some of the other's here), I would have to take them to a therapist.

The full, uncensored Beastie Boys Fight For Your Right To Party Revisited Short Film
I have to admit that I absolutely hated this shit when I was 16, but I have grown to appreciate a lot of things that I never thought I would.  This new video Comedy Central  kicks ass though.

Nerds Ruin Everything
There is so much right about this site.

Galaxy Win!
The Galaxy, sporting their first choice team for only the second match this campaign, beat the upstart Portland Timbers 3-0 on two Landon Donovan goals and the amazing tally from Chad Barrett.

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