April fools: The Braybrook type-in

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April fools: The Braybrook type-in

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You've probably talked about this before on the old board but, damn, that bugger got me!

In issue 24 "Mental Procreation" by Andrew Braybrook detailed his work on the forthcoming game "Morpheus". He mentioned during his writings that he found out that the 6510 in the C64 could be made to run a 2Mhz just like the 8510 in the C128. He even gave a basic program to prove this - the program, when run and new'd would allow any C64 game to run at C128 speed!!!

I was looking forward to playing Alleykat fast. Not to mention Elite (my fave game then)

Only having a C2N (One of those dark ones with the adaptor) I had to endure it not saving properly. I tried SO many times. Eventually it saved. I had a dodgy power supply (I thought) so getting the prog in quick was essential.

After much effort I had the program saved.

Still it had errors.

I had to edit it many times until it started to run...

I was sooooo excited.

I ran it and prepared to load Alleykat...

April Fool!
!
!
!
(I dont remember the exact wording, just my emotions)
!
I couldn't believe that I had spent so much effort on this, for no reason.
I gasped.
And, to be honest, I really wished that I had thought of it first!
Christ he's got me,
Bastard!
But I kind of admired him.

That's one of my Zzap! memories.

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Yeah one of my friends at the time typed that listing in - He was pretty gutted too! :lol:
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Personally I'd like to know how so much code produced so little visible result ;)
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This must have been the first time that any mag got the listing printed right. Since when did these things actually work?
You guys were lucky to actually be able to see that it WAS an april fool! :)
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Yeah, I think it working was the most surprising thing of all! :P
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Post by mammoth »

Yes I remember it well, git.......

Took me an hour to type in and what did I get??? April Fool!!!!

On the subject of april fools remember the Blu-Tec Amiga Emulator for the C64 in 1988? I was so excited at the thought of an Amiga running on my C64, turns out it was a Datel Sound sampler and some BLUE TACK!!!!

(Blu-tec, blue tack, geddit?)

OOOOOOOO I curse thee Clancey, Evans, Houghton and Hamza!!!!

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Well, I got the Blu-Tek thing right away, but not the Braybrook one. Mind you, I couldn't get the listing to run anyway.
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Pfft...
I recall that listing well.... it was one of the RARE occasions my family all went out for pizza and I declined because I was so busy typing that rubbish out...

Andrew Braybrook owes me a pizza!!!!

As far as I remember it was a border flash with april fools on it... no more that a 30 byte program... yet the listing for that simple effect was huge

Ahhh well...
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Post by Mangram's Tippex Thinner »

I was too lazy to type it in and be fooled!

Was a better AF than the Datel-sampler-with-bits-stuck-on peripheral that was supposed to make the C64 Amiga-compatible or something.
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Post by MajorLag »

It took me hours to type in, and just as long deciding which game to try it on first... When you ran it, it asked you to "press play on tape" to load the game, and where it would normally say "found ..." it said "April Fool"

That really knocked me back! Great stuff.
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I never typed in anything from a magazine that was more then a couple of lines. They never worked. Hardly. :|
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andy vaisey wrote:I never typed in anything from a magazine that was more then a couple of lines. They never worked. Hardly. :|
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Professor Brian Strain wrote:
andy vaisey wrote:I never typed in anything from a magazine that was more then a couple of lines. They never worked. Hardly. :|
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andy vaisey wrote:I never typed in anything from a magazine that was more then a couple of lines. They never worked. Hardly. :|
hi andy, er you're supposed to type in the whole listing to get it to work functionally lol.
heheh i'm messing, what with the hours i spent doing them when i should've been outside kicking a football about or hassling some poor old codger (as some unfortanately might), but it was all pre-megatape era then so the listings were the best we had (a shame Zzap didn't have them although eventually more than made up for it with the tapes)...some of the listings were actually pretty good, and some were erm...not so good.

but i have as yet to type a c64 listing out from a magazine, unless you count in 'the insult construction kitt' from CU which was multi-format (worked on c64/128 and c16/plus4), and quite funny as i remember. i was one of those slightly neglected c16 owners at the time before upgrading.
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Baz wrote:
andy vaisey wrote:I never typed in anything from a magazine that was more then a couple of lines. They never worked. Hardly. :|
hi andy, er you're supposed to type in the whole listing to get it to work functionally lol. heheh i'm messing, what with the hours i spent doing them when i should've been outside kicking a football about or hassling some poor old codger...
I guess I was just really lazy! :lol: It was all I could do to raise a finger to press the little red button on my AR Cart. 8)
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