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FSanches 2018-10-18 07:27

Digital Archaeology: studying the source code of old game engines
 
Hi there!

My name is Felipe Correa da Silva Sanches and my most commonly used nickname is "Juca". I am a 34 years old Brazilian computer programmer and software freedom activist. I've been first invited by Alexandre Fontoura (xesf) to join the Magic Ball Network forums back in 2010 or so. Apparently I did not do so back then... :-P

I have contributed (just a tiny bit) to the development of the Twin-e project on GoogleCode (nowadays on GitHub). That's how I first met AlexFont online.

I have a strong interest in old computers and games, but most of my interest is in the technical aspects of the games, rather than actually playing them. I have just a small number of games that I really loved playing, and it obviously includes LBA2. (I never played LBA1 completely though - yet?) The other few titles that shaped my childhood gaming experiences are:

* Pinball Fantasies
* Another World / Out of This World
* Lemmings
* Stunts
* Prince of Persia

But as I was telling you, what I really love doing on my freetime nowadays is studying the inner working of those magical pieces of technology from the past. For that reason I have been contributing to MAME (the all-famous arcade and retro-computer emulation project) for some time.

I have developed experimental coding projects related to most of the games mentioned above, some of which I already talked about at https://forum.fiozera.com.br/ (most of the content there is published in Brazilian Portuguese, though).

Last week I got back to hacking on the Twin-e codebase for fun and I ended up noticing that another person was also becoming interested in the project in the same week. I am happy to see that Solarix is also joining the MBN forums with similar interests. (I wish I could mention users by nickname - such as doing @solarix - here and have them receive email notifications) I hope we can have more fun exploring these things together.

Happy Hacking,
Felipe "Juca" Sanches

FSanches 2018-10-18 07:55

I also have a youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/HappyHackingVideoBlog

solarix 2018-10-19 00:24

Quote:

Originally Posted by FSanches (Post 458014)
...(I wish I could mention users by nickname - such as doing @solarix - here and have them receive email notifications)..

Yes, that would be a nice feature (atlassian confluence style). But I'm here anyway :D.

Yes you're right: I'm just here to hack a little bit. Summer is gone and i need a new project for long and cold nights :). I grew up with OS/2, DOS, Warcraft2, C&C, LBA, Quake2, Earthworm Jim, LucasArts and all this stuff. So playing around with old game data is 50% childhood and 50% learning..

So, welcome Felipe/Juca, nice to meet you!

FSanches 2018-10-19 00:37

Quote:

Originally Posted by solarix (Post 458016)
Yes you're right: I'm just here to hack a little bit. Summer is gone and i need a new project for long and cold nights :).

Cool! I will soon write a new thread about one specific coding puzzle that I got on twin-e for scratching my own itch... :-)

Quote:

Originally Posted by solarix (Post 458016)
I grew up with OS/2, DOS, Warcraft2, C&C, LBA, Quake2, Earthworm Jim and all this stuff. So playing around with old game data is 50% childhood and 50% learning..

Oh! Yes! Warcraft 1 and 2 were great! Forgot to mention those, but yes, I played those as well.

And on the SEGA Genesis I've been always absolutely in love with Mickey Mouse's Castle of Illusion as well as Galaxy Force II.

By the way, take a look at this:
https://forum.fiozera.com.br/t/repli...-mame-e-rpi/25


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