I'd be more interested on how it affects home roms already out there. I
doubt that WMS as a company would have those or would let them out.
"kirb" <kirb...@yahoo.com> wrote in message
Having said that, the prospect of a fix for the Johnny Mnemonic spinner rape
however remote is tantalizing.
I used to entertain a fantasy whereby WMS would release the source code for
older games under GPL or something, so that those of us who had the inclination
could setup a 6809 development environment and tinker around to our hearts
"Mr Pinball Australia" <sa...@mrpinball.com.au> wrote in message
> Hmmm, I question whether the return for such a fix versus the effort
> required would be financially viable. Especially considering that the
> effort might be better off spent crunching code for a new machine/OS
By iteself, it's fairly worthless (from a business standpoint). But you
have to learn how to work the system and debug it on something; might as
well start with a relatively good known codebase.
(i.e. nothing sucks worse than trying to learn the language without a good
Why not just release the source code? Everyone and his dog already has
the ROM images, and if you release a new ROM and try to sell it, the
first guy that buys it will spread it around the world in 2 seconds.
There's no money to be made screwing around with those, do the right
thing and make the source public domain.
Joseph "Tony" Dziedzic
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Only the uber-dedicated pin geeks will *work* on source code. So
there's little to worry about in terms of who gets it. However, Wayne
might have concerns about what ends up being presented as a Bally
product on route. A compromise might be to license rights to tweak the
code of certain games to a group of dedicated people with the
understanding that any 'release' has to be approved.
That way, game code could be adjusted to 'perfection'. And, perhaps,
someone might attempt an ambitous re-write to create a home ROM version
of Arabian Nights...
"JC" <jhe...@clappmoroney.com> wrote in message
The idea that some manufacturer is suddenly going to spring out of the
woodwork solely because they got their hands on the WPC OS is
delusional thinking at its best.
There's nothing magical about it, and plenty of other programmers
figured out how to drive a DMD on their own.
Wayne won't make a dime off of that code and it sure would be a shame
to see that box of floppy diskettes get lost.
pinballjim at hotmail dot com
I think you'll find that Wayne doesn't OWN the code but has the license
to use it. I would think that it will still be up to Williams to release
it into the PD. I may be wrong.
I thought the only reason that Wayne would have the code would be to
convert it to his system if he decided to remake a pin.
Again, I could be wrong!
It's all about patent portfolios. Williams has patents covering concepts
implemented in the WPC base code. Those might be useful someday if Williams
needed to defend a patent infringement lawsuit. Don't snicker; a lot of that
type of swapping goes on in the software-related industry all the time.
Perhaps no magic lies in Lyman's code, but some pretty sophisticated stuff
there none the less; WAY more than simply driving a DMD.
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