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Re: [Enigma-devel] Looking for Oxyd info

From: Marcio Luis Teixeira
Subject: Re: [Enigma-devel] Looking for Oxyd info
Date: Thu, 12 Dec 2002 12:25:30 -0700
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You know, that name does ring a bell. And I think it was a Commodore 64 that 
my friend had. Cool. I think you nailed it. It is indeed "Spindizzy" that I 
was looking for. I remember the graphics looking a whole lot better than 
those screenshots, but memory plays really weird tricks on us :)

Thanks for the information. I'll read up on Spindizzy and see if maybe I can 
figure out where I want to take the game from here :)

Marcio Luis Teixeira

On Thursday 12 December 2002 06:31 pm, you wrote:
> Your game looks very like Spindizzy, a classic from the 8-bit era.  It was
> published for, among others, the Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad and Commodore
> 64 computers.  Spindizzy was itself inspired by the arcade game Marble
> Madness.
> More info here:
> http://www.zzap64.co.uk/zzap14/spindizzy.html
> http://www.mjwilson.demon.co.uk/crash/29/spindizzy.htm
> You can download the music from here:
> http://exotica.fix.no/tunes/unexotica/games/Spindizzy_Worlds.html
> Cheers,
>         Nat "8-bit trivia buff" Pryce
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "marciot" <address@hidden>
> To: <address@hidden>
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 12:44 AM
> Subject: [Enigma-devel] Looking for Oxyd info
> > Hi everyone,
> >
> > I'm looking for some historical information about Oxyd.
> > Many years back (maybe twelve years ago, I think) a friend
> > showed me a cool little game. It was a short demo and I don't
> > remember much about it, but it had been enough to motivate
> > me to write a version of it for the Macintosh, which I had
> > called "Stratocubes". Though I had made it playable, I
> > pretty much had abandoned the project, because I have this
> > horrible habit of not finishing what I start.
> >
> > This year, I was in need for a project for a college level
> > AI course and I resurrected the game and ported it over to
> > Linux using SDL. The AI part of the project had involved
> > adding a neural network control to the marble, which didn't
> > work too well. To make a long story short (too late!), the
> > surprizing part is that after my presentation someone asked
> > whether my game was inspired by "Oxyd." I didn't know, since
> > I had never caught the name of the original game that I had
> > seen.
> >
> > Anyhow, I haven't been able to find much information about
> > Oxyd, although I did come across this project. It's pretty
> > clear from the description that Enigma is very similar to
> > the game that had inspired mine, although there are some
> > differences. I've attached a screenshot of my current Linux
> > version. Obviously, the major difference is that the playing
> > board is in 3D, whereas Enigma uses a 2D playing surface.
> > I'm pretty sure that the game which I had seen before had
> > the 3D playing surface and this wasn't something I invented.
> >
> > Can anyone on the list offer some insight as to what this
> > game was? Also, I would love to know what the original
> > objective of this game was. As it stands, my version is
> > sort of pointless and all you do is move around bumping
> > into walls and falling into the water (mostly falling into
> > the the water :). It's not very interesting right now, and
> > although I think it has a potential to be a cool game, I
> > really don't know where to go with it from here.
> >
> > Any pointers and/or information about the original game
> > would be appreciated (I would love to see screenshots
> > if anyone had it).
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Marcio Luis Teixeira
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