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Commodore Vice 64 Instructions:

It is now allowed to use the C64 Emulator Vice 64 for submission on HARP. So feel free to start recording with it.

Get Vice 64 here



HOW TO RECORD:

  • If you want to play with Joystick, then choose [Settings / Joystick Seetings]. Now choose your Joystick in Port 2. Most games uses Port 2, but there are some like H.E.R.O., that uses Port 1. But a good tip is to start with Port 2.

  • Choose [Snapshot / Select History files] to choose where it will store your recorded game.

  • Attach Disk of the game you want to play by choosing [File / Attach disk image / Drive 8]. Now choose the Disk file of the game that you want to make a recording of. With some games you need to use [File / Attach tape image] or [File / Attach cartridge image / CRT image...] if the file we use for competition is a TAPE or CARTRIDGE file.

  • Uncheck [Options / True drive emulation]. This does that the file loads a lot faster. If there are games that can't handle this, and therefore won't playback, we'll let you know in the Special Rules for the game.

  • Go into [Snapshot / Recording start mode] and choose [Start with reset]. This does that the recording starts with a reset, and that you'll need to Attach the disk of the game before you playback your recording later. In other words, it doesn't create a start.vsf file, in which it stores the disk image. If you don't set this to [Start with reset], and your game only can playback with a start.vsf file, your submission will be DQ'ed, cause that way you can make the recording with a poked disk.

  • Finally choose [Snapshot / Start/Stop Recording History]


Now the emulator makes a reset, and you can start loading the game by entering:

LOAD"*",8

This is the way to load most games, but some games needs to be loaded by typing this:

LOAD"*",8,1

If this is needed it will be mentioned in the Special Rules. If the Special Rules doesn't mention it, always load the game with the first method.

The above methods are for loading disk games, if you need to load a tape game you just need to type this:

LOAD""

When it has loaded, and it says that it is ready, type:

RUN

When you are done recording, then choose [Snapshot / Start/Stop Recording History] and it will stop recording.


HOW TO PLAYBACK:


  • Attach Disk of the game you want to playback by choosing [File / Attach disk image / Drive 8]. Now choose the Disk file of the game that you want to make a recording of. With some games you need to use [File / Attach tape image] or [File / Attach cartridge image / CRT image...] if the file we use for competition is a TAPE or CARTRIDGE file.

  • Uncheck [Options / True drive emulation].

  • Go into [Snapshot / Recording start mode] and choose [Start with reset].

  • Choose [Select History files/directory], and choose the directory where the end.vsf file is stored that you want to playback.

  • Now [Snapshot / Start/Stop Playback History], and the emulator makes a reset, and starts your playback.


If you want your playback to run faster than 100%, then you can either choose [Options / Maximum Speed / 200%] or [Options / Warp mode] which also can be activated by ALT+W.


SUBMITTING YOUR RECORDING:


If your recording plays back as it should, all you have to do is ZIP up the end.vsf file that was created, and upload that to HARP the normal way you always do using the SUBMIT tab.


IMPORTANT:


The files used for competition must be the exact same as mentioned in the games description to each game. Let's take H.E.R.O. as an example:

H.E.R.O. [cr REM][t +9 REM][Docs][148] (D64)

The file name of the version to find and use is:

H.E.R.O. (1984)(Activision)[cr REM][t +9 REM][Docs][#148]

That would be the file to download and make your recordings with. We always take out the # sign, as that is causing download problems when a recording file is created at HARP. We also take out the year the game was released, and the company who released the game to shorten the description. In rare cases we mention the company name. That is when two different companies released a game by the same name.

The infos at the end of the file in () is to tell you what type of file you need to look for, so that you don't waste your time looking for an image of a disk, when you should be looking for an image of a tape :)

(D64) Disk
(T64) Tape
(CRT) Cartridge

Another example is:

HARP game description - 007 Car Chase (D64)

Here you must search for a Disk game, that has no extra information besides year and company attached to it.

The file you would need to find is - 007 Car Chase (1985)(Coplin Software)

That's it. Have fun playing :)
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