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Spider-Man rolls at...?


By BangBackula

4 years ago



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#10 3 years ago

As I found out the hard way, the Gottlieb DMDs all roll at 10 bil--and don't save that fact. Womp womp, no high score for you.

Quoted from mbaumle:

Actually, the number 2,147,483,647 is the highest possible number for a 32-bit binary integer. I'm guessing that 4 billion was just an arbitrary number that was chosen during programming.

Scores are unsigned integers, which gets you another factor of two.

#14 3 years ago
Quoted from mbaumle:

Makes sense. Thanks for pointing that out. It's still an interesting thought to think about a simple game of pinball maxing out a core component of the 32 bit architecture!

It's not, really, with no way to modify the ones digit of the score. You could go to 2^32*10 pretty easily by manipulating the display strings. It does highlight that scores of 2-4 billion are dumb: 2^32 is plenty enough resolution for darn near anything.

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