Breakout (Arcade)

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Breakout is a classic game that has been around my whole life. It is a discrete integrated circuit game, which means that it doesn't use a microprocessor. It was co-designed by Nolan Bushnell, creator of the first commercial arcade video game, 'Computer Space' (1971), and founder of Atari (1972). A prototype was implemented by Steve Wozniak in collaboration with Steve Jobs, who, according to several sources, cheated Wozniak out of most of the payment for the design. Same year, Jobs and Wozniak co-founded Apple, and Wozniak went on to design the Apple I and Apple II, and Jobs went on to take the credit. The development of Breakout was clearly a sign of things to come.

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Breakout

SCORES

Other scores:
 75 ..............  on 2014-02-07
 33 ..............  on 2014-01-27

Scores - atari50:
 72 ..............  on 2024-04-20

Log entries

    2014-01-27
  • Got the score 33. Thanks to the cool DICE emulator, some of the classic discrete integrated circuit games are now playable. Breakout is one of the few single-player games.
  • 2014-02-07
  • Got the score 75.
  • 2024-04-20
  • Got the score 72 in atari50.

    This is impossible to play well with a controller.

  • 2024-04-26
  • I think I'm losing my mind.

    I tried playing Breakout on the DICE emulator and I wanted to reduce my mouse sensitivity. I went to the Windows mouse settings and turned mouse speed all the way down, which didn't change anything in DICE. The emulator don't have any options for this. I looked at my mouse, it's a Razer Deathadder Essential. It's the cheap model that doesn't have any buttons for sensitivity. Then my thought was to install the Razer setup software from their website. The setup software download page states:

    FASTER. SMOOTHER. SMARTER.
    Rewriting the rulebook on efficiency, the next evolution of Razer Synapse boasts a fresh, multi-threaded architecture that's up to 30% faster. Experience unparalleled speed, fluidity, and stability with a streamlined interface that empowers users with swift navigation, enabling independent installations and precise settings configuration.

    FASTER SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
    Overall processing is 30% faster than Synapse 3. You will be able to get things done quicker with improved speed on some of the most popular tasks like macro creation, settings configuration, and driver installation.

    IMPROVED SYSTEM STABILITY
    There’s a brand new multi-threaded architecture, enabling processes to function independently. Devices are compartmentalized for increased stability. Now, installation and upgrading of one device doesn’t interrupt other devices that are currently in use.

    BRAND NEW MODERNIZED USER INTERFACE
    We designed a brand-new interface that sports a modernized IU with simpler navigation, making navigation and customization faster. There are also floating tips, making it easier to quickly configure settings. You will also be able to manage additional settings in one place.

    I decided against installing it. What has mouse setup software become?


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