Saturday, August 27

Bitva O Databazi ( Part 4 )


Introduction
General Motors, and a new person to research. Today is an interesting day.







Hex2Dec (Widget)


Input
Output







Continuing from Part 3


16. General Motors) Calling General Motors at 320-55-023 welcomes you with:


Here lies one of the more trial and error section of the game. We have four of the five characters of the password. After calling and trying "AQ890", "AQ891", "AQ892", "AQ893

  • Czech
    • osobni oddeleni
    • Heslo
  • English
    • Personnel Department
    • Password
"AQ894" finally lets you see the next prompt:


  • Czech
    • Zadejte jmeno pracovnika
  • English
    • Enter the name of the employee
This is a great time to again impersonate Mr. Tony Stevens. Apparently there is a fair bit of information waiting for Tony.






17. Francis Norton) Thanks to General Motors we have a new person to look into.
  • Francis Norton
    • Phone Record
    • Police Report




    17.B) Connecting to Francis Norton's home computer at 034-59-112 presents us with this welcome screen.

    • Czech
      • Soukromy Uzivatel
      • Heslo
    • English
      • Private User
      • Password
    Thanks to Francis Norton's police report we know his password is "XERKES."

    • Czech
      • Kod je O.K.
      • Vase Jmeno
    • English
      • Code O.K.
      • Your name
    If there is one thing this game has taught us, it's we never enter I real name, so this time we will pretend to be "Carl Stone."




    Part 3... Continued in Part 5

    Friday, August 26

    Bitva O Databazi ( Part 3 )


    Introduction
    Welcome to the online police department. This is not exactly the most secure police department. Since it actually shows the password in hexadecimal value, and all you have to do is convert that to it's decimal value and your in.

    example: EB16 = 60182



    Hex2Dec (Widget)


    Input
    Output







    Continuing from Part 2


    13. a) Calling The Police Station ( 101-99-947 ) presents you with the following screen.


    And if you enter the password in wrong you are presented with the following screen. And it disconnects you back to the main telephone screen.


    • Czech
      • Policejni Evidence
      • Kod
      • Heslo:
      • Heslo Nesouhlasi
      • Spojeni Preruseno
    • English
      • Police Registers
      • Code
      • Password:
      • Password does not match
      • Connection Interrupted


      13. b) Successfully entering the right password briefly presents you with a black screen with a single line of text,


      before going on to display the screen with "Top Secret" on it.


      • Czech
        • Heslo Souhlasi
        • Evidence Osob Zijicich Na Uzemi
        • Zadejte Jmeno:
      • English
        • the password is correct
        • Evidence of people living within
        • Enter the name :


      13. c) Collecting the information on the people we know so far. If there is no information for that person we are presented with a screen similar to the one bellow. Which happens when we search for "Major Powers", "Philip Marlowe", "General Motors", "Policie".

      • Czech
        • Neni v evidenci
      • English
        • Are not registered


      14.a) Tony Stevens Police Information for "Tony Stevens" we are given this screen of details.







      14.b) Carl Stone Police Information for "Carl Stone" we are given this screen of details.









      15. Tony Stevens Calling "Tony Stevens" 287-56-021 presents you with a screen prompting for a password.

      Password Accepted!

      After you have entered the password "ARAMIS" which you acquired from the Police, you will be asked for your name, which you will give as "Carl Stone."
      • Czech
        • Vase Jmeno?
      • English
        • Your Name?
      You are presented with the following information:






      Thursday, August 25

      Bitva O Databazi ( Part 2 )


      Introduction

      It took me far longer then I expected to figure out how to disconnect from the "Informace O Telefonnich Cislech." After figuring it out, I now realize, the answer was staring me in the face the whole time. I had forgotten one major difference of playing this game in an emulator...my keyboard is not actually like the keyboard on ZX Spectrum.

      What this means is there are key codes that are not normally sent by an PC keyboard. These extra keys are typed using a combination of either the left shift, right shift, or both shift keys and then pressing one of the other keys. I also noted that I could not type any numbers with my number pad.

      So that line on the main menu "..A+SYMBOL SHIFT RUSI SPOJENI..." roughly translates into "Hold 'Symbol Shift' then press the letter 'A' to disconnect."



      Continuing from Part 1


      08. Disconnecting by holding down my right shift key and pressing the letter "A" displayed the line "Spojeni Preruseno" centered at the bottom of the screen. Then a few seconds later brought me back to the main screen.

      • Czech
        • Spojeni Preruseno
      • English
        • Connection Interrupted


      09. Philip Marlowe. Dialing the number 313-86-590 connects us to Philip Marlowe Detektivni Kancelar. Detective Agency for those of us who read English.

      • Czech
        • Detektivni Kancelar
        • Vlozte Sve Jmeno
      • English
        • Connection Interrupted
        • Enter Your Name


      10. Entering "Powers" on the prompt from Philip Marlowe presents us with a screen full of text.


      After disconnecting you are presented with the line "Spojeni Preruseno" which roughly translated means "Connection Interrupted."


      11. Now we have a couple more names to run through Information.

      1. Tony Stevens
      2. General Motors
      3. Policie
        • The Police Department



      12. a) Calling Tony Stevens presents you with the following screen.
      • Czech
        • Soukromy Uzivatel
        • Heslo:
      • English
        • Private User
        • Password:

      12. b) Calling General Motors presents you with the following screen.
      • Czech
        • Osobni Oddeleni
        • Heslo:
      • English
        • Personnel Department
        • Password:


      Still no Disrupt Game ( Surprise Surprise Surprise )


      Original Post

      In February of last year I wrote a post about this "game" called Disrupt by North Rock Games. The game had been posted to steam greenlight on February 10th, 2014. and last updated on steam on March 4th, 2014.

      Now the subject of the original article was how other then a few screen shots, and a little video, there has been nothing but empty promises since this game was announced.  Since over a year has past, I thought I would revisit this game, and see what has happened since.



      The bare Timeline

      • 2012
        • September
          • North Rock Games - Founding date according to disruptgame.com/press/
        • October
          • Disrupt - First (old) demonstration video posted on YouTube by Lek√ę Dobruna
      • 2013
        • June
          • 19 - disruptgame.com registered date
          • 21 - disruptgame.com/ html page title changed to "Disrupt - Coming Soon"
        • July
          • 22 - DisruptGame user joined YouTube
      • 2014
        • February
          • 10 - Disrupt is on Steam Greenlight, waiting for success
          • 14 - Disrupt reached 50% of the way to Steam Greenlight's Top 100 in just 4 days
        • March
          • 4 - @disruptgame tweeted "Happy to announce that Disrupt has been Greenlit in Steam along 49 other titles. Thank you for the support!"
        • July
          • 9 - Steam User "North Rock Games" last played "Black Ice Demo" on Steam
      • 2015
        • January
          • 22 - Lord Piggleston created a discussion on steam labeled "Where are You." The website is down, nothing from twitter. Is this dead? The length of time with no update is what will kill your game before it even comes out. People are have already forgotten that this exists.

      Timeline Updates
      • 2015
        • June
          • 27 - Twitter User @RomireVids asked @disruptgame "How long do you think your ready to release? Lotta people wanting to be hackers here lol"
        • July
          • 4 - @disruptgame replied "@RomireVids Not sure on the release date. Definitely sometime this year though. Might be in a month, might be in 3. Not sure."
        • September
          • 17 - @disruptgame replied "@ItsGime It's not dead. More info on release will be released soon I hope. No eta."
        • October
          • 5 - @disruptgame tweeted "@mrlolba @CausticSodaNaOH Price tag and release date will be announced with a new trailer."
        • December
          • 24 - @disruptgame tweeted "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! It's going to be an eventful January. ;) #gamedev"
      • 2016
        • February
          • 13 - @disruptgame tweeted "Apologies for lack of updates in January. Good news is that I've started preparations for the release date trailer. #gamedev"
        • July
          • 4 - @disruptgame replied "@FrederikBolding Development hasn't stopped and I hope to post some updates about it soon. I've just been busy with my university studies."
        • August
          • 11 - Steam User "Ronin", last played "Rust" for 1.1 hrs.

      My Two Cents

      It is quite remarkable how, with very little updates, and little to prove anything is happening, there are still people out there who take the developer's side and say this is still coming out. I hope for those who are still excited for this game, that it actually gets released some time. Hopefully before the platform it's being developed on becomes obsolete.

      Since the original post was only the second I posted on this blog, I feel a bit of an attachment to the out come of this game.

      Unless this game actually gets released before next year, you can expect another follow post.

      Until then 
      ...
      We Wait

      Wednesday, August 24

      Bitva O Databazi ( Source Code )


      Introduction

      Thanks to tools like Tapir1.0, and the fact that the game Bitva O Databazi is written in ZX Spectrum's basic, we can actually see how the programmer programmed this game.


      Source Code

      The game is made up of two separate files. The first file is initially loaded when you insert the game tape. It is responsible for loading the actual game code.

      01. Loading.



      01. Game Code




      Bitva O Databazi ( Part 1 )


      Introduction

      Bitva O Databazi is a game published for the ZX Spectrum 48k in 1990. It was published by Alesoft (Czech), and authored by Peter O'Ley. It was also written in Czech.


      I have been interested in games involving computer hacking for many years. My small problem with playing some of the classic hacking games, like Bitva O Databazi, is that I do not speak, or read, Czech.

      With the advent of the internet, and the capable Google software developers, a solution has shown itself. Using a software emulator, and Google's translate software, I am going to try and play some of these games. And in the process, roughly translate them. With Bitva O Databazi being my first attempt.

      Starting the Game

      The game starts, with a screen that just shows "Powers III" at the top of it. After which it shows the title screen. "Alesoft's Presents Bitva O Databazi",



      02. After pressing a key, you are presented with a green screen displaying "Treti cast powersovych pribehu." Google Translate detects this as Slovak for "
      The third part of the story Powers."


      03. I am going to assume that this screen is to help explain the game.


      Google detected this as being Czech.



      04. Press any key and you are finally presented with the main game interface.

      • Centralni Pocitacova sit
        • T - Telefonovat
          • Informace .... 121-56-122
        • ..A+Symbol Shift Rusi Spojeni...
      Translates to:
      • Central computer network
        • T - Call
          • Information .... 121-56-122
        • ..A Symbol + Shift interfering with the link...

      05. Press the "T" key to call, or phone, and you are presented with this update to the above screen.

      • Czech
        • Vlozte Telefonni Cislo:
      • English
        • Enter phone number :

      05. Calling 121-56-122

      Slowly typing in the phone number "121-56-122" which sounds like your dialing a rotary telephone, you reach "Informace."


      06. Informace o telefonnich cislech.
      • Czech
        • Informace o telefonnich cislech
        • Udejte Jmeno Osoby Ci Organizace
      • English
        • Information about phone numbers
        • Give the names of persons or organizations


      07. With the little information I know at the moment, The only thing I can see to enter here is "Philipu Marlowe." Unfortunately, since I do not read Czech, I it took me longer then I want to admit that what I needed to fill in here was actually "Philip Marlowe."

      I do not know why there were extra characters around the name, but entering "Philip Marlowe" seems to work. And rewards me with the new telephone number 313-86-590.

      • Czech
        • Philipu Marlowe
        • Neni V Evidenci
      • English
        • Philip Marlowe
        • Are not registered