I have started to work on the playfield artwork. It should be noted that I am not good at artwork by any stretch of the imagination. But in the end, the main point is just to have some colors thrown down on the playfield, right? At least I won’t have to think about inserts etc. (since this is not a pinball machine)
I need a simple layout and stuff that is easy to hit. Lower part of game is shown. But the mechanical side has to be kept simple. Only few coils and open space. Yes, no outlanes. It is time to get rid of outlanes for ever.
I have aimed for a working ‘proof-of-concept’ version of Moon Attack! before the end of this month. For once, I have more than enough time. However, I need parts. They are inbound and they are eagerly awaited. I have been ready for them for more than a week, but I cannot proceed before they arrive. I really hope I can meet my deadline before the months end.
The mechanical side of my video game, Moon Attack, features a pop bumper. Due to size challenges I am thinking about a smaller bumper cap size to increase the visibility around the bumper. Maybe in the style of Sterns earlier smaller ones (picture).
I have always been somewhat annoyed by the usage of general illumination in backboxes; first of all, you have a shitload of bulbs. These are spread out in a fashion that fits the given backglass and its dark areas the best. This is probably held against cost of sockets + bulbs. I remember when I had a No Good Gofers pinball machine. The translite had no dark areas and behind it were countless bulbs, lighting the translite from edge to edge. It was beautiful. I wanted something similar done for my older machines, like my Stern Meteor. I decided to use 5V LED strip for the job. See the pictures below:
I have just started to re-play Hotline Miami – and once again, I am hooked. I absolutely love the style and feel of the game. I wish I could get merchandise for it. One of my favorite games from the last decade.
Normally I am against the public outcry when a celebrity dies. It is as if people feel more for random celebrity than people close to them. However, I DO like this representation of Leonard Nimoy as Spock. There’s something sweet about it.
I am starting having problems with my MOSFETs getting weak and heat up. This is strange, since I use almost the same setup as the last time I jerked around with this stuff. I know that the heatsinks will not fix my problem, but they do look cute. Maybe I should try an alternative, like IRLZ44N.
For some reason, Bally/Stern MPU’s are very difficult when it comes to installing new sockets (machine strips). This makes it horrible work. On the other hand, the boards are very well designed, and the self-test system is great.