Fun & Games - Pong mini

Description: Pong mini is a Dashboard widget that is a replica of the original Pong Cabinet Prototype. It is made as a tribute to Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari. By popular demand we made this version much smaller...

http://www.kunstambanner.de/2005/08/dashboard-widgets-pong-mini.html
Author: realzeit
Version: 1.0
Uploaded on: August 8th 2005 at 11:57 PM
Rating: (4 stars)   [Show Detailed Ratings]
Downloads: 2390
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Very nice update. From what I can tell (i've never played the original pong) it seems like the most accurate rendition out there.

A few bugs left: Hovering over controls/credits causes it to flip rapidly between to Back to Game and controls/credits.

Also, the ball seems to miss the edge of the paddle sometimes.

I think it would be better to put the controls and credits on the back, where they usually are.

Posted by: zweben on Aug 09, 05 (7:25 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

Also, click here to play is activated by a hover in the current version, so I think the only problem is that you got hover mixed up with click in the code.

Posted by: zweben on Aug 09, 05 (7:30 AM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

Miss the edge of the paddle, hell. It sometimes misses the *middle* of the paddle. A few times I had it straight-on, ball hitting the middle of the paddle, and it "missed" and lost the point. Not to mention that the controls for the paddles is so slow that it is sometimes literally impossible to catch the ball. Is that just me?

Good basic idea, good design--but not very well implemented in terms of controls and visuals.

Posted by: BlogD on Aug 09, 05 (1:46 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)   View Detailed Rating

The problem is the buggy implemantation of the flash-plugin in dashboard. you cant trigger clicks (on buttons, for example). the only workaround is to trigger hovers, which are only registered, when you click. strange...
and its the same with keyboard inputs, the widget often looses focus...
but we are investigating all these things, the next update will bring smoother controls, 2 player mode, variable difficulty, etc...

Posted by: realzeit (developer) on Aug 09, 05 (4:00 PM) for version 1.0 (current version)  

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