[Blindapple] Accessible games disks

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Thu Nov 7 10:35:42 EST 2013

Well, it's a long, slow process.  A lot of games look like they should work,
especially card games, but most use graphics, making them impossible to use
with speech.  I still haven't found a decent Integer menu system, but I
think I have a pretty good start on a base disk to which games can be added.
 It is self-booting, talks and has a good menu program.  The only serious
problem I've ran into is that Pronto DOS apparently doesn't have a verify
command, so a few programs generate errors even though there isn't actually
anything wrong with them.  Somewhere, I found a newer version of Kidnapped
on Asimov, but I can't remember what disk it's on.  Without exaggeration, I
have at least 300 to 400 disks to look at, just from the public domain
libraries.  Most don't have any descriptive names, like apdd001.dsk.  I'm
not going to bother too much with Eamon since others have already made
working master disks.  If I get an ftp account somewhere, I'm happy to
upload them there, otherwise I guess I'll either post them here or not at
all, depending on interest level and what kind of progress I make.

On 11/7/2013 3:47 AM, Jayson Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd be interested to have a look at what you come up with. I know there are
> probably thousands of BASIC games which are perfectly accessible using
> Textalker, that we never knew about.
> Jayson
> On 11/7/2013 3:41 AM, Tony Baechler wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> As you probably know if you've looked at Asimov and Jayson's emulator disk
>> library, there are tons of disk images out there to sort through.  I've
>> begun going through some and have found a few games that talk, but aren't as
>> such on talking disks.  In other words, they work fine with Textalker but
>> aren't specifically made for the blind.  I remember some of them from a long
>> time ago while others are new to me.  Some require Integer and others don't.
>>   I was thinking that it wouldn't be hard to copy them to my own set of
>> talking game disks as I find them.  There are literally thousands of disk
>> images with public domain and free games on them, so it would be next to
>> impossible for one person to find only those games that talk without
>> spending many hours.  Believe it or not, I find it fun to sort through them.
>>   Even though Jayson doesn't give me credit, I was the one who sorted through
>> most of the disks in the emulator section of his site.  As I find games
>> which talk, I can copy them to my own games disks and share them so people
>> don't have to go through the same sets of disk images multiple times.  If
>> people are interested, I can either post them here as I finish them or I can
>> upload them somewhere.  I thought about setting up my own disk library for
>> the purpose, but if someone else already has something set up, no point in
>> reinventing the wheel.  Contact me if you want me to upload my talking games
>> disks somewhere or let me know if I should just post them here.  In other
>> words, I'm interested in an ftp account if there is a working disk library
>> server, but I can just as easily post disks here as I finish them.  They
>> would probably be in the form tbgam001.dsk and the games would be copied in
>> the order I find them.
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Have a good day,
Tony Baechler
tony at baechler.net

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