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RVG Interviews Elektronite
« on: August 29, 2012, 19:42:31 PM »
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Elektronite act as game developer, collaborating with several programmers around the world.

RVG would like to thank, William Moeller, Valter Prette and Carl Mueller, Jr. for all taking timeout to do this interview.


Zapiy
 
For people not familiar with you or your work, tell us a bit about Elektronite?

William Moeller

Elektronite is an Intellivision publisher that was founded in 2005 by Valter Prette from Italy.

Valter Prette
 
I also run the http://www.intellivisionworld.com web site and am the author of the appreciated Intellivision Collector's Guide (14000+ pdfs and a hundred of printed copies have been distributed).

William MoellerGrefox

What drew you into developing solely for the Intellivison , why not Coleco Vision or Atari Lynx or Atari 5200 etc..is there a steep learning curve in creating games ?

William Moeller

Elektronite is staffed by people who love the Intellivision. It was my first game system, and remains to this day my favourite. It may not be the most popular,
but we think there is a market for GOOD new Intellivision games.

Carl and myself have been involved in Intellivision development for many years. Carl wrote the world's first Intellivison emulator for DOS (published by Intellivision Productions, Inc.) in the mid 1990s. Carl is probably the most skilled Intellivision programmer alive today. That isn't an exaggeration. When Carl started writing the first emulator, there was literally no technical information freely available. He chipped away until we learned more and more about the Intellivision. I was involved in compiling the Intellivision information and obtaining technical support for Carl.

Valter Prette

From my perspective, Intellivision is not only my first step into the gaming world, but the best example of a classy retrostyle product, due to the quality of the package and manual contents compared to other consoles of the same age.

Greyfox

What is your favorite game on the IntelliVision and why?

William Moeller

I don't have just one favourite game on the Intellivision. However, some of the games I keep playing are 1. Baseball 2. Astrosmash! 3. Burgertime 4. Beauty and the Beast 5. Buzz Bombers 6. Utopia
Lately, I have been playing a TON of D2K Arcade :-)

Valter Prette

My favourite is Tron Deadly Disk because he remind my of the cultural shock introduced by the movie at the time.
Burgetime and Lock'nChase to mention more.

Carl Mueller, Jr.
 
I really couldn't begin to form a list, but Astrosmash!, Night Stalker, and Baseball would definitely be at the top.
 
The Laird

Are you planning to update any more games?
 
Wiliam Moeller

D2K Arcade is based on D2K Arcade Jumpman Returns which is an unofficial sequel to Donkey Kong. Nintendo is aware of D2K. The Intellivision version was done with the blessing of the arcade author. Carl knocked on Nintendo's door in Kyoto Japan to show them our game. So far they have been unresponsive. If we can get the rights, we would love to do a better version of Ms. Pac Man for the Intellivision.

The Laird

Are you working on any original titles?

William Moeller

Elektronite is gong to be publishing 'Paddle Party' which is a very original game for the Intellivison. It is a group of 'pong' like games. It is hard to describe but it is original that is for sure!

Next year, we are doing a version of 'Caverns of Kroz' an Apogee game from the 1980s. Although it isn't an original concept, it will be an homage to the original, not a port. It is officially licensed.

The Laird

Have you thought about making a better controller for the system?

William Moeller
 
Yes. If we get the support, we would like to produce one. We may do a kick starter to see if there is enough interest.

zapiy

Would you consider making games for others systems?

William Moeller

Elektronite is owned by Classic Game Publishers, Inc. Our goal is to publish for other classic video game systems. We hope to become a publisher for people who have a quality game, and want to get it made into a real product. If you are looking for a publisher for your original game, let's talk!

TrekMD
 
What did it take to bring such a good port of DK to the Intellivision? What kind of special software/hardware was needed to develop the game?
 
Carl Mueller, Jr.
 
D1K/D2K does not require any special hardware. It uses the stock capabilities of the Intellivision.
 
Early on in the development, I tried to do the game with the built-in operating system of the Intellivision (the exec), but it was clearly not up to the task. I designed a game engine that could update the sprites at 60 frames per second, supported multiplexing, and "half-pixel" positioning, which all combine to allow for much smoother motion than one would expect from an Intellivision game.
 
The sound engine also allows for overlaying of multiple streams of sound effects and/or music with support for volume and tone effects. It's prioritized, so more important sound effects may replace less significant ones. It may be the most sophisticated engine out there for the Intellivision.
 
TrekMD

Have you considered programming for the 2600? Any chance you'll make a better DK version for 2600?
 
Carl Mueller, Jr.
 
The 2600 is an impressive machine, but I'm afraid I would not want to put in the years of study it would take to really do a game like DK justice. I suppose if another programmer wanted to take up the task for Elektronite, I could help him to perfect the gameplay.
 
Greyfox

How hard is it to concept a game from paper to screen and roughly and how long does it take to achieve this from a developers point of view?

Carl Mueller, Jr.TrekMDWilliam MoellerTrekMD

What was the first homebrew game you released? How many homebrew games have you released since you started? What are they?
 
Carl Mueller, Jr.
 
Nothing officially published, but I wrote the first homebrew demo in 1995, called "Running Men". :-) This was before hobbyists had the ability to load and test code on a real machine. I also wrote a "Sound Effects/Music Demo" that's basically a jukebox that plays music from various Sega Master System games, such as Phantasy Star.
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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2012, 19:56:18 PM »
Very nice!  They've really done a superb job with the DK games they released, so I'm sure they'll keep up the good work. 

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2012, 19:57:18 PM »
Really interesting stuff!!!!  8)

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2012, 23:58:59 PM »
Wow..very impressed on how well they answered my questions, very informative :)

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 10:55:36 AM »
Yeah, i loved this one.. Very approachable guys thats for sure..
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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 17:06:53 PM »
Very Nice!!!

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2012, 17:14:02 PM »
I love the fact that they are in partnership with us now.  :)  Maybe they should join our forum also!  Heck, that is one question we should ask these folks we interview!

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2012, 17:16:27 PM »
I like that postive note on helping someone with a new conversion of 2600 DK! Maybe someone will take up the challenge of a new Atari Donkey Kong.

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2012, 17:20:25 PM »
Quote from: "onthinice"
I like that postive note on helping someone with a new conversion of 2600 DK! Maybe someone will take up the challenge of a new Atari Donkey Kong.

I like that too.  If only someone would accept!

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2012, 17:29:17 PM »
Quote from: "TrekMD"
I love the fact that they are in partnership with us now.  ;)

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2012, 17:30:56 PM »
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I love the fact that they are in partnership with us now.  ;)

Maybe you can ask these Elektronite folks.  They are members of other forums so they may be willing to join.  :)

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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #11 on: September 10, 2012, 17:55:05 PM »
I don't mean to be indiscrete, but since it was written in such a way I have to ask...

What does Mr Mueller mean when he says he can not type and has to program by voice? Is he handicapped? If so, it's all the more impressive to do stuff like this.
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Re: RVG Interviews Elektronite
« Reply #12 on: September 10, 2012, 18:43:14 PM »
That's actually a very good question and yes that is massively impressive.
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