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I think there's more to this Gary stern chat than meets the eye. Batman games on the shop floor with earlier code than normal, very strange!!Can't say I'm overly confident on a code drop today but it'll be interesting to hear what Gary has to say about the whole thing.
Yeah it was $0.Got it shipped via electrocoin just in case.About time Hope they marked it as $0 value with UPS!
Got the signatures on it . Just need to install it and check the inserts and all the other stuff. See if anythings come loose.You checked it had signatures yeah?
Nice insight you give there Jim.So I thought i'd share a few thoughts on possible delay reasons for the coding. I've posted similar over on pinside. Trying to offer some more constructive comments again now and not just get mad regarding the software delays!!
When people say 'Game Code' they usually mean just 1 of the layers that go into making a pinball game. For example with a linux based system you have:
Firmware Control Layer
As a minimum really, so that's 3 layers straight off. The System menu in the spike games looks like a direct port from SAM/Whitestar days or even an emulation, so there's work to do there...
Then adding the LCD Graphics Screen, you could now argue the layering is:
Firmware Control Layer
So now your up to 4 layers! If you are Stern then your best programmers get more work to sort out the more complex issues at any given layer including still working on their own game layer projects, so you can see how delays can happen. We know that there are 'issues' with the firmware layer and possible node failures. The solution usually is to hire more people and off load some of the simpler coding tasks on to more junior people, or create teams of coders around 1 main senior guy. I think this is what is happening now, as we heard more people were being hired to assist programmers.
Sometimes you can offload the graphics section to someone else and coordinate between the two (graphics and game), but as with anything coding together with multiple people doesn't always work nicely. There can be many conflicts both with style of writing, organisation, commenting, layout, timing, hours or work patterns etc etc
Anyway, just a few comments from my life of working with code and hardware!
Wow, whoever sorted that out for you, I would buy them drinks for life!Yeah it was $0.Got it shipped via electrocoin just in case.
Got the signatures on it . Just need to install it and check the inserts and all the other stuff. See if anythings come loose.
Great to see it here though.
No problem Neil happy to help out!my GB play field is arriving tomorrow! Jon - thanks for the info you shared.