Zerocron – enemypointer

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I added an enemy/bonus pointer (the red thing floating around the player) which shows you the direction of the nearest enemy or, if not available, the nearest bonus item. You already have a radar, but especially at the end of the level it makes is much easier to find what is left.

Free FRAPS Alternative: Open Broadcaster Software

Since my PC is too slow for most game-capturing software (Core2Duo E7200/Radeon HD5700) while running Zerocron, I finally seem to have found a nice and free open source alternative: Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).

All others I tried either were too CPU-hungry and/or had trouble recording sound.

OBS also didn´t perform so good out of the box, I first had to tweak the settings a bit. Basically I changed the H264-encoding to “ultrafast” with medium quality, resulting in low-cpu and hdd-usage. In case you have the same problem, I thought I´d share my settings with you, relevant stuff is marked yellow. Screenshots are from OBS Version 0.657b.

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Zerocron Joypad Controls Update

Joypad-Controls are now finished, tested with two Xbox controllers. With fallback for older joypads, tested with a logitech playstation2-like-controller. Also, joystick-detection slowdownbug fixed.

And for your amusement: I somewhen accidently incremented engine smoke size instead of decreasing it. Looks even more funky in movement.

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Ikea Arcade Cocktail Table

IMG_7466 IMG_7465I´m still working on my real arcade-cab, but at least I functionally finished my Ikea Ramvik Arcade Cocktail table. It still needs some decoration and something stylish under the glass to cover the ugly sawed edges.

To build it was simple,  I sawed a monitor-shaped hole in it, screwed two boards below to support the monitor, placed the monitor in and connected everything.

It is powerd by an energy-saving TFT-Display and a raspberry pi running RetroPie and generic USB-Joypads.

The only obstacle happend all was done and I wanted to play a game, sat down on my sofa  – and then had to realize that the picture was nearly not visible due to the low viewing angle.

I read a bit and voila – if you turn the monitor upside down it works just fine. And if you add “display_rotate=2” to RetroPie´s boot/config.txt it rotates everything accordingly.

Very decorative :)!