Red Alert: Building a PICO-8 Shmup

Sometimes, you need to make a shmup to learn how to make other games…
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I updated the code of my PICO-8 clock to make it so that the clock and stopwatch displays refresh at the same time. This was a request from Jonathan M.H. and it brings the version number up to 0.02.

In other news, I am now also hosting a web version of the clock here on the website. You can also use it on mobile phones!

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The PICO-8 Retro Clock

I released a tiny tool for the PICO-8 fantasy console!
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As a long-overdue follow-up to my first PICO-8 game recommendation, I want to recommend one of the most impressive games ever to be made for the platform: Paul Nicholas' remake of the classic RTS game Dune II (which famously started the RTS craze in the ’90s). It is called UnDUNE II and it’s a so-called multi-cart game, meaning it utilises several cartridges that are daisy-chained and together make up the whole program. When you start playing, you’ll quickly figure out why this is needed. It is amazing that Paul managed to fit a full RTS game into PICO-8’s stringent limitations, even with this trick.

UnDUNE II is a faithful recreation of the original and includes almost all of its features. I’ve included a copy of the initial cart here, but to play the full game, you need all of the carts. You can get PICO-8 carts as well as stand-alone versions of the game on itch.io for free. But I would advise you to donate something to honour Paul’s efforts. He worked on this game for years and it is truly a monumental achievement of the PICO-8 world!

UnDUNE II

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Today marks ten years of war in Ukraine and I thought I’d write a commentary piece about that:

Eye on The Press: Ten Years of War

Reflecting on ten years of war in Ukraine and our reaction to it in the West

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Trojan Win32/Znyonm

For the first time in about twenty years, I catch myself a virus infection on my main computer system.
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I watched the Putin interview so you don’t have to:

Eye on The Press: The Interview

What Tucker Carlson’s interview with Vladimir Putin says about the war in Ukraine, the US government and Putin himself

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Last week, I wrote the following about the EU’s new regulation on “artificial intelligence”:

Eye on The Press: How Not to Pass a Law: The EU’s AI Act

Oh no, the Nazis are coming! I guess the way to stop them is to act very clueless, very quickly!

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I’ve updated my Retro Achievements Page. I’ve got 26% of the achievements for Mystic Quest now.

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I was watching Irene Aldana vs. Karol Rosa from UFC 296 the other night. Joe Rogan called it “probably the fight of [2023], period” and I think I agree. What a banger!

I have so much respect for both of these women. Absolutely amazing. Tough as human beings come.

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