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John Hattan
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Lives in Southlake, TX
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(my byline from the Gamedev Collection series, which I co-edited) John Hattan has been working steadily in the casual game-space since the TRS-80 days and professionally since 1990. After seeing his small-format games turned down for what turned out to be Tandy's last PC release, he took them independent, eventually releasing them as several discount game-packs through a couple of publishers. The packs are actually still available on store-shelves, although you'll need a keen eye to find them nowadays. He continues to work in the casual game-space as an independent developer, largely working on games in Flash for his website, The Code Zone (www.thecodezone.com). His current scheme is to distribute his games virally on various web-portals and widget platforms. In addition, John writes weekly product reviews and blogs (over ten years old) for www.gamedev.net from his home office where he lives with his wife and daughter in their home in the woods near Lake Grapevine in Texas.
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I've written the following commercial games for various discount game packs or the web. Adjacent See, Arcade Poker, Backgammon, , BaffleBees, Bulldozer, Bulldozer II, Bulldozer III, Um El Bagara, Black Box Chess, Brain Bones, Cheesy Pursuit, ChessCards, Checker Connector, ConFusebox, ConFusebox II, Core Meltdown, Countdown Dice, Cryptograms, Deductive Logic, Dice-A-Rama, Double Twelve, Duck Tiles, Elementris, Engulf, Head-on Collision!, Hex, Hexapawn, Hexapies, Invaders From Neptune!, Kizbot, Laser Clash, Make4 3D, Meltdown, CardMatch, MazeRace, Moku, Neutron Trails, Nim, Olive Wars!, Pangki, Pegopolis, Poker Patience, Poker Machine, Pop Pies, Pop Pies 2, Pop Pies 3, Push-Pull, Quinto, Reversi Plus, Robottack, Sechseck, Shi Sen, Siege, StackBlitz, Suzy Sushi, Think Tank, Tic Tac Toe 3D, Ultimine, Vanishing Cross, Voracity, Wari, Winding Standoff, WordGrid, Worm Sojourn, Zap Pod!, Zombie Kitten Attack.
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I write games
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  • The Code Zone
    His Ownself, 1996 - present
  • About a dozen companies, none of which still exist
    Programmer, 1989 - 1996
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  • Swipey Rogue
  • Adventure Xpress
  • Deep Dungeons of Doom
  • Disney Crossy Road
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Did Ted Cruz not own tedcruz.com, or did the site get hacked?
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Is there a reason the picture is off to the right of the center?
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Tank controller. The middle number is fuel. Side buttons rotate. Top button hops forward. Crosshairs fires.
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Wasn't planning on it. I'll see if it needs it in testing.
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Woah, Tripeaks Twelve is actually doing quite well in that Amazon Underground system. It's a system that hands out cash based on how long you play, and it appears that I have a nice core of users who will happily play Tripeaks Twelve for hours.
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Wal Mart appears to be selling a Star Wars-themed bike that's made out of Lightsabers.

That seems kinda dangerous.

Dunno why they even bother to put training wheels on it, as your kid is gonna get sliced to ribbons long before he falls off.
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FYI, Saturday is a good day to drag your kid(s) to the local comic shop for some freebies.
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Woo hoo! Blastoff Comics is participating. I can get free stuff AND embarrass one of my critters.
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Good grocery deal if you're in their delivery area.

1. Go to https://primenow.amazon.com/
2. Buy $15 worth of groceries
3. Select shipping 2+ hours from now, so it's free
4. Use the code 10PRIMENOW for $10 off

Note that they add a $5 (optional but don't be a dick) driver-tip. Even with that, you're getting $15 worth of stuff delivered for $10.
Skip the trip. Prime Now offers household items and essentials you need every day plus the best of Amazon, with FREE 2-hour delivery.
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Looks like Little Richard is about to die. He's 83, has had a heart attack and a stroke and has been wheelchair-bound for years.

Call me cold-hearted, but I ain't gonna get all Bowie/Prince over him. If you make into your 80's riding the coattails of songs you performed 50 years earlier, you've officially had a good run.
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785 BC!!!!!!

(that scene is one of my favorites in BD)
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The board with controls for four tanks. Controls will be color-coded to match each tank. This is the maximum, though. Most levels won't have four tanks.
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Oh, I see now that the controller is not ON the tank. As a consequence, my other question seems silly now :-)
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Went to the Ted Cruz For President page to find out what happened to that free bumper sticker he was supposed to send me.

And then I saw this.
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Oh crap. How low can these people go? How ironic the Rosie the Riveter image means compared to what that bitch did.
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Okay, I'm officially calling it. Barring some kind of existential crisis (alien attack, tsunami, Godzilla), Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the US.

Now I can focus on real stuff for the next six months. Yay!
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If you're into those lovable-dumb teen fantasy stories, this is a nice list of what you oughta read next.
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Old science-fiction magazine ads were cool.

Although I don't wanna unlock the secrets of my mind. Screw that! I wanna eyeball-pyramid tattoo, and I wanna secretly control the world!
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Brewed in Piedmont, Georgia?
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Discount Tuesday is the best thing ever. The old dollar-theaters showing second-run movies aren't dead! Certainly not the newest place in town, but when there's a movie playing that just doesn't quite seem like it's worth full price, this is the place to go. I'll never forget paying a buck to see "Battlefield Earth" and laughing along with everyone else in the theater.
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Very clean. My dog's been happy there every time I've brought him in. Not as happy as home, mind you, but it's a nice facility.
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Very nice beer selection, but pretty pricey compared to the chains.
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Really enjoy their pizzas. I usually get the take-out, but I've eaten in a few times. Good atmosphere and beer. No complaints.
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Good parking, good selection. Checkout line is a nightmare, but I don't think other Costcos are any better.
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Good food and I really like the in-house beer. It's not heavy and syrupy like most brew-pubs. Their house beers are tasty and enjoyable.
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Nice inside, but the drive-thru is usually really busy.
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