Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

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Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by DRS » Mon Oct 26, 2020 11:28 am

Hello all - hope you're staying safe and well. My next interviewee is a name you probably haven't heard of but I think her story will be really interesting. Betty worked at GCC, the company that produced the Missile Command hack Super Missile Attack and then Ms. Pac-Man... if you have watched High Score on Netflix, you'll know the story.

Betty collaborated with key people there like Doug Macrae and Mike Horowitz on a number of Atari console conversions but for me, the reason I'm really excited is that she was the key person behind the absolutely wonderful vector coin-op Quantum. It is a thing of beauty and so original. Great game.

As always, ask whatever you like and I'll get your name in the mag. Women were under represented in the videogame business back then so it will be interesting to get her take on that too.

Cheers all - this is for RG216.

Paul

Betty's credits:

Quantum (coin-op)
Dig Dug (Atari 5200/7800)
Pole Position (Atari 2600/5200/7800)
AtariLab (Atari 400/800) - worked with David Crane on this
Millipede (Atari 2600 - unreleased version!)

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Re: Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by NorthWay » Mon Oct 26, 2020 4:59 pm

I myself want to hear more about the 7800 that they did. Was the use of a linebuffer established practise already, or did they come up with it? With 20/20 it is glaringly obvious to me that the Amiga should have used a design like that as it would have enabled the disconnect between the image buildup and the output of it. (Like you get with scandoublers anyway.)

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Re: Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by Eric » Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:51 pm

Did you enjoy working on the various versions of Pole Position (2600/5200/7800) and was there a version you favoured more?

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Re: Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by merman » Wed Oct 28, 2020 2:23 pm

Were you good at playing the arcade games you converted?

Did the men at Atari listen to your ideas?

Do you remember any of the opcodes/commands?

How much did you plan out on paper before coding?
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Re: Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by bounty bob » Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:00 pm

Was you treated differently being a woman in a very male dominated world and how did you approach changing people's views and outdated beliefs. Or was you able to use this to your advantage? Have you thought of getting back into making games, especially as retro gaming is becoming more and more popular.
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Re: Questions for Betty 'Quantum' Ryan Tylko

Post by DRS » Mon Nov 02, 2020 8:46 am

These are great. Thanks so much. I'm talking to her via Skype this Friday (Nov 6th) so post any other questions before then folks. Cheers.

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