TheShadowsNose's brand new video series of going through all Automation's menus has inspired me to finally get around to doing this. Thankfully it's not been as hard as I imagined it might be; it's just going to take a while. I mean they only did ooh 520 odd menus, plus doubles. And a few triples... I've done up to #100 so far which you can find here:
...with more to come when I feel up to it again. Please give me any feedback on what you feel I need to address or if you want any of the menus in their decompacted forms.
There's also a folder of associated files from the disks here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lCgK6N3HG4hN-zSUX-defrFjAtDeUTZN
I've encountered a few problems while doing all this so if anyone can help I'd be mucho appreciated:
- Some menus can't be decompacted and I can't figure out why this is. #76 was the first of these. There's plain-text in the (compacted) file and it uses an older version of the packer but I've deduced that neither of these things is the problem. Anyone any idea why they're not recognised as even packed at all by all unpackers?
- #94 is another one of these disks but I can't even get it to run on any emulator because it has a "NO TOP AND BOTTOM BORDER INTRO". Both STEEm SSE and Hatari soft crash when loading these types of menus; the first one being #89. This style goes on for while and has a resurgence some time later which is frustrating but I can't understand why they don't work after how many years of emulation now? Unless I'm doing something wrong, which is highly likely, of course. Oh and I should mention that when you explore disk #94, all the file names are garbage. This is on every one of the three alternates I've tried. Are there more dumps out there?
My future plans for this laborious but rewarding (for me anyway!) project are possibly a website that uses Canvas(?) to recreate the scrollers although I realise this is an even greater task what with ripping fonts etc. I of course would like to eventually move onto other groups' disks and even demos, perhaps. The history of computing is a hobby of mine and I find the little things and the ins and out of the lives of those involved fascinating. I think I can say I prefer CD menus over the games on them and the scroller is an integral part of them. Yes, there's repetition but every few menus you get a new surprise so, when I can, I'll extract a few more and carry on for who knows how long. Well at least I'm way ahead of Nose! ;D Cheers guys.