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Retro Gaming and Hardware / It was bound to happen - PlayStation Classic!
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:52:23 PM »
[PlayStation Classic]

Sony is jumping on the classic console release bandwagon and is releasing the PlayStation Classic. For $99.99, you get a miniaturized PS1 with 20 games built in. It's available for pre-order at Best Buy, GameStop and Wal-mart. However, looks like Best Buy is out of pre-orders as of this post. I had to get it from Wal-mart.com.

Here is some quick info -

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Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.

Available for pre-order at select retailers across the US and CAN, each unit will also come with an HDMI cable to connect to their TV, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles. PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018 a historic date for all of us at PlayStation.

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So NVIDIA announced recently their new RTX 20 series. Besides bringing the usual improvements, this time NVIDIA is adding a new feature, real time Ray Tracing.

What's real time Ray Tracing? I'm going to let Digital Foundry answer that one.



I'm not going to lie, I'm seriously excited about these new cards. They definitely have early adopter prices and I can see why there are people don't feel these would be worth it. However, this is the next evolution in games and that alone makes me want to save up and get one.

[GeForce RTX 20 Series]

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Microsoft - Xbox One and Xbox 360 / Xbox All Access
« on: August 31, 2018, 07:58:09 PM »
For those of you who haven't heard of this, Microsoft is financing Xbox One consoles for two years and includes two years Xbox Live Gold and two years Xbox Game Pass. This is very similar to purchasing a phone these days where you buy it now but spread the cost of the phone for 2 years.

I'll be honest, I'm very tempted by this. To be clear, you won't be saving a ton of money (it depends on which console you end up getting, the S has more savings than the X) but if you want a console now, you can walk out with a console for as little as $22 a month. I'm looking at getting the X for $35 a month. The fact that you get Game Pass as well, which includes tons of games, makes this seem sensible even though it's all at just slightly lower than MSRP prices.

[Xbox All Access]

This is only available in the US and at Microsoft Stores.

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One of the greatest series of all time is back and remastered. Shenmue I & II can now be played on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Releases Aug. 21st.

I have so many fond memories of these two games and I backed my one and only kickstarter for Shenmue III. For those of you who know, I don't back kickstarters at all. This game was ahead of its time and truly made me feel a part of the world. Not many other games have made me feel that way. Can't wait until this unlocks tomorrow.

[Shenmue and Shenmue 2 re-releases coming this August]

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So like, yeah, it's happening. Some cool stuff. For example -


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Resident Evil 2 Remake!!!!!!!!



I think it's called E3. Might be something worth checking out if you have time.

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[Hacker gets Super NES games running on unmodified NES]

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At this point, we're used to modern computers being able to perform near-perfect emulation of older gaming hardware via software trickery. The latest project from Tom "Tom7" Murphy, though, seems poised to coin its own definition for "reverse emulation" by running a playable Super NES game on actual unmodified NES hardware.

Murphy breaks down this wizardry in a pair of detailed videos laying out his tinkering process. Though the NES hardware itself is untouched, the cartridge running this reverse emulation is a heavily customized circuit board (ordered from China for about $10), with a compact, multi-core Raspberry Pi 3 attached to handle the actual Super NES emulation.

Not very practical but I love reading about this types of projects. Some of these games he emulates are really trippy.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Atari VCS Pre-sell crashes Indiegogo
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:14:21 PM »
[Atari's Retro Console Launches Pre-Orders, Quickly Crashes Indiegogo]

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We finally have more details on what this thing can do and apparently more people are hyped up about it than we expected. On Wednesday afternoon, Indiegogo was struggling to keep up with the influx of traffic...

...The VCS runs on the Ubuntu OS (Linux), includes a Radeon R7 processor, a 32 GB hard drive, 4 GB of DDR4 RAM, and expandable storage. It connects to the internet and will support streaming video and online multiplayer games. Voice control is handled by four front-facing mics and two new controllers (one retro, one modern) connect via Bluetooth.

This piece of kit is starting to sound really nice. I can see why there is such a high demand for it. This might be more flexible to mod than an NES or SNES Classic.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Neo Geo Mini
« on: May 20, 2018, 02:23:10 AM »
Now this is something I can get behind. SNK is making a mini version of the Neo Geo MVS arcade cabinet called the Neo Geo Mini and comes with 40 preloaded games.

No date or price announced yet but this thing is looking mighty sweet.  ;D


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General Discussion / Non-gaming hobbies
« on: May 18, 2018, 01:13:43 AM »
I saw Kinikko likes to knit and that's pretty cool. I personally really enjoy music, so I tend to collect headphones. I have quite a few in my collection and always take time to listen to them. I just wish it wasn't so expensive, lol. But I really love to nerd out on audio. And if there's one thing that I like to collect more than games, it's music.

Do any of you have hobbies that are just as big, or bigger, than your gaming hobby?

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General Discussion / Favorite Video Game Soundtracks
« on: May 14, 2018, 11:42:46 PM »
I think every board needs to have a topic like this. I've been listening a lot to the Katamari Damacy OST (always brings a smile to my face, it's so weird!) and the Castlevania: Symphony of the Night OST. The SotN soundtrack is just so amazing, it's one of those soundtracks where I hear a song and pretty much know exactly what level I'm in.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night


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General Discussion / Cobra Kai - Youtube Red Show
« on: May 10, 2018, 11:54:30 PM »
If you're a fan of the '80's Karate Kid trilogy, you'll absolutely love this show. Wow, this show is an absolute pleasure to watch. What I love about it is that it doesn't try to be like those older karate kid films. It's a well done continuation of the main characters and where they are now in life. I highly, highly recommend this show.

caveat - you do need a Youtube Red subscription to watch beyond episode 2. However, you can sign up for a free 7 day trial and binge it. Or if you have a Google Music subscription you get Youtube Red included.


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Humble Bundle has a Capcom bundle for your PlayStation consoles. All mostly PS4 but a couple of Vita and PS3 titles as well. [Humble Capcom Bundle]

Pay what you want
  • Dead Rising - PS4
  • DustForce - Vita
  • Crazy Taxi - PS3
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz - Vita

Beat the average
  • Resident Evil HD Remaster - PS4
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection - PS4
  • Resident Evil Code Veronica X - PS4
  • Sonic Generations - PS4
  • Binary Domain - PS3
  • Alien Isolation - PS4

Pay $15 or more
  • Dead Rising 2 -PS4
  • Valkyria Chronicles Remastered - PS4

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Anybody getting one or even heard of this? This does not use software emulation like most clones and it isn't NOS of original hardware in a new chassis. It uses a special chip that can be tuned to run like the chips that were used back in the original system. So you can use your carts with it and play them on an HDTV with accuracy.

Analogue Super Nt




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General Discussion / Black Panther Movie
« on: February 27, 2018, 01:27:28 AM »
Anyone watch this yet? Saw it opening weekend and thought it was a really solid movie with very few flaws. Not sure if it matches the hype but it gets close. Michael B. Jordan really drives this movie to greatness.

I seriously hope there's a sequel.

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Retro Gaming and Hardware / DF Retro
« on: February 25, 2018, 05:46:56 PM »
Anybody else familiar with this series? It's a sub-series of Digital Foundry (who have some great technical videos.) What's great is that it's not just a nostalgia video, it actually goes back and dissects the technological techniques used to make these older games. I love it and I recommend any other retro fans check it out.

The latest episode is on Panzer Dragoon for the Sega Saturn.


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