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(Spy Ship Sighted)   ALARM ALARM: You're old if you remember Namco's 1981 arcade game Bosconian. BLAST OFF: You feel young if you can play it again. BATTLE STATIONS: ...in your browser, in 3D   (nolannicholson.com) divider line
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2426 clicks; posted to Geek » on 25 May 2020 at 8:18 AM (5 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2020-05-25 1:25:21 AM  
This is not a bookmark!
Too cool, subs
 
2020-05-25 3:06:05 AM  
It always bums me out when these games won't let you remap the controls.  I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD.  It's too awkward for me to do with my right hand.
 
2020-05-25 3:48:18 AM  
i play elite: dangerous. fark off
 
2020-05-25 3:56:12 AM  
It's no Donkey Kong Jr., but I'm in.
 
2020-05-25 5:30:53 AM  

fusillade762: It always bums me out when these games won't let you remap the controls.  I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD.  It's too awkward for me to do with my right hand.


Dick hand is busy?
Gotta learn to swap...
 
2020-05-25 8:08:29 AM  

Redh8t: fusillade762: It always bums me out when these games won't let you remap the controls.  I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD.  It's too awkward for me to do with my right hand.

Dick hand is busy?
Gotta learn to swap...


How about a simple remap to the directional arrows as they are better placed (usually) the the askew WASD.? Hell ESDX would be better when you think about it.

/Dick hand busy?
//Now you know full well, your mom doesn't need help when she's got her mouth full
///Did I do the "Your mom's a >insert derogatory comment<" thing right?
 
2020-05-25 8:51:15 AM  
...Still can't play the damned thing.
 
2020-05-25 9:05:14 AM  

isamudyson: Redh8t: fusillade762: It always bums me out when these games won't let you remap the controls.  I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD.  It's too awkward for me to do with my right hand.

Dick hand is busy?
Gotta learn to swap...

How about a simple remap to the directional arrows as they are better placed (usually) the the askew WASD.? Hell ESDX would be better when you think about it.

/Dick hand busy?
//Now you know full well, your mom doesn't need help when she's got her mouth full
///Did I do the "Your mom's a >insert derogatory comment<" thing right?


Baahahahaha!
Touché!

All in jest farker...
 
2020-05-25 9:06:32 AM  
Nice, was always a favorite.
 
2020-05-25 9:06:35 AM  
booked
 
2020-05-25 9:22:15 AM  
Neat! One of the first games I fired up on MAME.
 
2020-05-25 9:51:34 AM  

Redh8t: isamudyson: Redh8t: fusillade762: It always bums me out when these games won't let you remap the controls.  I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD.  It's too awkward for me to do with my right hand.

Dick hand is busy?
Gotta learn to swap...

How about a simple remap to the directional arrows as they are better placed (usually) the the askew WASD.? Hell ESDX would be better when you think about it.

/Dick hand busy?
//Now you know full well, your mom doesn't need help when she's got her mouth full
///Did I do the "Your mom's a >insert derogatory comment<" thing right?

Baahahahaha!
Touché!

All in jest farker...


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If we can't poke fun at each other, what else is Fark good for ? I mean aside from news, sports, funny stories, turning it into your own personal erotica site, etc. Seriously though, I think the idea behind the game was OK but it kind of feels like one of those weekend projects or "24 hour programming challenges". A bit more polish and this could actually be a really fun game. As it is, it just makes me want to fire up Namco Museum Vol.1 to play the arcade version. (would have said my Pandora Box or RetroArch but those units are over at my parents house for killing time between seeing about my Dad during the day)

/Now someone give us Rally-X & Time Pilot!
 
2020-05-25 10:10:16 AM  
tried it, the space bar is "fire" alright. More like self-destruct.
game sucks
 
2020-05-25 10:15:08 AM  
And I am young again, despite myself.
 
2020-05-25 10:44:30 AM  
Never heard of it. I looked at the title and thought it was someone who works at Boscov's.
 
2020-05-25 10:48:23 AM  
They didn't even map the arrow keys. Whoever did that is a complete moron.
 
2020-05-25 10:54:24 AM  
Texture mapped vector graphics in 1981? Was this a thing that happened?

Battlezone came out around the same time and it was vector wireframes. Tron came out a year later and it was also vector wireframes (textures were rotoscoped in post production, along with the cast and scenery, which were filmed in black & white. 99% of the film is actually a cartoon.).
 
2020-05-25 10:57:07 AM  
Aloit! Aloit!
 
2020-05-25 10:59:25 AM  
I played it about 3 weeks ago. Still damn fun.
 
2020-05-25 11:09:51 AM  

Ishkur: Texture mapped vector graphics in 1981? Was this a thing that happened?

Battlezone came out around the same time and it was vector wireframes. Tron came out a year later and it was also vector wireframes (textures were rotoscoped in post production, along with the cast and scenery, which were filmed in black & white. 99% of the film is actually a cartoon.).


The original was 2D sprite graphics, like Pac-Man or Galaxian
 
2020-05-25 12:01:02 PM  

RoLleRKoaSTeR: tried it, the space bar is "fire" alright. More like self-destruct.
game sucks


git gud
 
2020-05-25 12:09:51 PM  
If one has a gamepad, Joy To Key is a godsend for browser gaming.
 
2020-05-25 12:11:17 PM  
Hey one of my childhood favorites! Luv u subbstrr
 
2020-05-25 12:42:29 PM  

Optimal_Illusion: If one has a gamepad, Joy To Key is a godsend for browser gaming.


This. Also essential for many a indie game.
 
2020-05-25 1:12:24 PM  

fusillade762: I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD


My keyboard is in Dvorak layout, and I don't feel like changing it just to play a game.
 
2020-05-25 1:16:52 PM  
The 3D makes targeting hard.
 
2020-05-25 2:43:48 PM  
It was good, but it's no Gorf, space cadet.
 
2020-05-25 3:01:49 PM  
Been looking for this game for a while, awesome
 
2020-05-25 3:05:53 PM  

LeftisRightisWrong: Been looking for this game for a while, awesome


Oh man I did not read the 3d part of the headline. This is neat
 
2020-05-25 3:40:37 PM  
I'm old (born in '77) but even I don't remember this game...
 
2020-05-25 3:57:06 PM  

deadsanta: It was good, but it's no Gorf, space cadet.


I loved that game. I could run thru all the ranks three times on average per game. Might need to fire it up and see how I do now at it. Maybe try Phoenix too.
 
2020-05-25 6:04:42 PM  

t3knomanser: fusillade762: I know it would probably be a pain, but I simply can't use WASD

My keyboard is in Dvorak layout, and I don't feel like changing it just to play a game.


Not the only keyboard layour that breaks this game. Anyone that hard-codes WASD into a game should be punted in the balls.
 
2020-05-25 6:51:05 PM  
Cool! A game that never had a crowd of kids around it in the arcade!
 
2020-05-25 8:01:48 PM  
Way cool!!  Thanks for this one, subby.
 
2020-05-25 10:14:58 PM  
That is nothing like the original.

/goes back to MAME
 
2020-05-25 10:19:27 PM  
I'm so pissed they never re-release this game hardly ever.  It isn't even on the Switch.  farking assholes.  I had to write them a sternly worded letter about Bosconian
 
2020-05-25 11:45:16 PM  
Old? Pffft. I played Pong in a bar when I was old enough to drink and it was out for just a few years. Granted, the age used to be 18 in some states then.
 
2020-05-26 2:59:31 AM  
Never heard of it and firing with the space bar just blows the ship up? I'm stumped.
 
2020-05-26 11:54:48 AM  

StarshipAngel: Ishkur: Texture mapped vector graphics in 1981? Was this a thing that happened?

Battlezone came out around the same time and it was vector wireframes. Tron came out a year later and it was also vector wireframes (textures were rotoscoped in post production, along with the cast and scenery, which were filmed in black & white. 99% of the film is actually a cartoon.).

The original was 2D sprite graphics, like Pac-Man or Galaxian


Bosconian (Arcade)
Youtube 8SYK8NaAG-4
 
2020-05-26 2:48:42 PM  

abiigdog: Never heard of it and firing with the space bar just blows the ship up? I'm stumped.


Get off my yard, youngster!

And I don't understand what you're saying about firing.  When you fire a shot goes both forward and backwards--necessary as enemies will chase you.  As far as I can tell nothing in this actually fires at you, the only way to die is to run into something or something runs into you.  Given the kamikaze nature of the enemies the latter is the main threat.
 
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