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Retro Gaming and Hardware / Polymega
« on: April 01, 2021, 10:37:45 PM »

Been considering getting one for a while now and after missing out an all the analogue stuff I talked myself into it. There was a $50 off code because of some snafu with and a light gun that pushed me over the edge.

Lots of gripe over social about how long the project has taken, orders being stalled, business issues, blah blah blah... I'm hoping it happens, this thing looks pretty awesome.

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / President's Day Sale Gamestop
« on: February 14, 2021, 06:36:41 PM »
I've been watching just about daily seeing as how its one of the few places I can find the GI Joe classified figures. I've also been watching their older stuff as when new generation hits two generations ago get culled. I've been buying xbox 360 and ps3 games for sub 1.00 each and right now there's a buy 2 get one free on the low price stuff and a 4 for 20 on 9.99 and under games. I've probably ordered 40 games this weekend and spent well under 80 bucks.

The president's day sale seems to feature different games on different days but the stuff two generations ago seems to stay on sale.

A Winner Is You / Rygar - FINALLY
« on: August 16, 2020, 09:58:59 AM »
I've mentioned this game in the Evercade section and in the Loser section, talking about how I've never finished it and wanted it to come out on in some sort of rerelease or compilation, the Nintendo Gods heard me!

It's one of the NES games you can play on the Switch with their online service. From memory I was able to find all Indra's treasures except for the coat of arms. I did use a map twice, once to find Lapis (where the coat of arms was) and I just couldn't remember where the floating castle was.

I bet the game in one sitting. As a kid in the 80s I couldn't beat Ligar, the final boss. I assumed it was impossible and never tried the game again. Earlier this week I finally got my win, turns out the game is fairly easy.

General Discussion / New Thread
« on: July 20, 2020, 11:39:03 PM »
seems good

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Polymega
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:59:09 PM »
Holy Crap!

I really need to do some fundraising this summer... Lots of new crap i want coming up...

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Intellivision Amico
« on: May 03, 2020, 10:48:45 AM »
I found out about this system last night. Late march preorders went out for a VIP Founder's edition in three different colors, white, black and woodgrain. It looks like preorders are closed at the intellivision website but gamestop has the white and the black version and an exclusive galaxy purple version for 249 (299 for the purple).

The president, Tommy Talarico, has been in the video game industry since the 90s. Originally a game music composer he's also been a tv personality, creative director, sound designer... He's talking about the group he's put together like they're the Traveling Wilburys.

I want it, but it's 249 - 299... for what looks a console to play cell phone games. I never had an intellivision so there's no real nostalgia there for me. I'm a sucker for mini consoles and exclusives, but 299 and purple... I would have jumped on the woodgrain set up had I seen it, but purple..... and with meh games so far. There's been an Earthworm Jim tease but it could turn out to not be a platformer.

Its hard to deny the collectability but the cost, the games, and the not so great exclusive that's available now just isn't selling me. I've subscribed to the mailing list in hopes they'll reopen preorders for the founders edition OR a new cooler looking exclusive console.

Help / Issues / Windows Mixed Reality Headset Issues
« on: April 19, 2020, 11:43:33 PM »
Not wanting to fully invest in a VIVE or Occulus VR set I chose the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset. I got in a few Christmases ago with a gaming computer at a pretty good rate. Now well outside the manufacturers warranty I've discovered a design flaw, the stupid cable to connects the computer to the headset. theres an unintended pivot point where the cable goes into the headset that eventually cause the cord to fray. It's pretty well complained about in forums and reddit but HP refuses to sell the replacement and it's being scalped for well over 200 bucks. One end is display port, the other hdmi and usb 3.0. I've yet to find any replacement from any 3rd party.

940814-001 is the hp part number. If the replacement is going to be that high i'll just sell the headset for parts and put that towards the vive but first I wondered if anyone here knew if there was a way to terminate display port and hdmi, essentially repairing the cable, or if anyone knew of a place I could ship the cable to for repairs. HP obviously is done with it so i'm having to go third party.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Evercade
« on: February 20, 2020, 10:06:54 PM »
Here's a switch wannabe about to release that's dedicated to the 8 to 16 bit era. The packaging is bland, battery life is meh, but it takes everything good about the switch and focuses it on the retro game collector. The carts (YES CRAP TO COLLECT) are by publisher and run 20 each while the console is at a 80 - 100 dollar price point depending on the number of pack in games. So far it looks like you can skip a date night and preorder the whole lot.

Evercade has sent a bunch of youtubers advance copies of the console and the game so it's pretty easy to find gameplay and reviews if anyone wants to look into this thing. There's not been a ton of buzz about the Evercade but i'm excited and I know there are several that lurk here that can appreciate what the Evercade is and what it can potentially do for our hobby. There's a lot of cool stuff there, and a lot of potential but it had me at Earthworm Jim

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Sega Saturn
« on: February 19, 2020, 12:08:48 AM »
I've had a modest Sega Saturn collection in the past and didn't pay it much attention. Now that it's gone and worth 20 times what I sold it for, I've started looking for one on eBay.

The stand out games are few and far between, paying $400 - 700 for a copy of panzer dragoon saga makes me want to puke (I sold it for 150ish back in the day) and light gun games don't work on my televisions... I continue to talk myself out of it but just barely. Outside of revisiting Panzer dragoon saga I want to play Dark Savior. It's one of the few that I've never laid hands on, but its even 60 dollars (15 if I could read Japanese).

I think the hope of a mini has kept me in check but the games I wanna play have NEVER been ported, rereleased, or popped up on a collection of any kind. I can understand Dark Savior not coming back but Panzer Dragoon Saga? There has to be some licensing issue...

Any love left for the Saturn in 2020? Any hope of a mini console or a way to play Panzer Dragoon Saga without shelling out the majority of a house payment?

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Contra Rogue Corps
« on: July 06, 2019, 11:03:42 AM »

I'm so ashamed of Konami on so many levels.

General Discussion / Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 03, 2019, 11:13:38 PM »
It doesn't look like Sonic fans are very happy over this one. It's hard to blame them, with that long line of filth that ran in between Sonic Adventure to Sonic Mania. There's really not been much to cheer for in a long time. Sonic Mania seemed to be a turning point. Sonic Mania was pretty good, and recently Sega punted AT Games from developing their official entry into the retro mini market... Sega fans were starting to be rewarded for their Bostonian like drought. But now we get a trailer to the goofiest CGI Sonic ever is out. This thing is so bad that the net nerds are in a rage! They've made such a stink that the director is promising to change things up.

Changing the character design will be a start, but my gosh there's so many things to pick on. My favorite though is the choice of Gangsta's Paradise accompanying the trailer. Sonic hasn't had street cred since being voiced by Steve Urkel... and crap why didn't Jaleel White reprise his role as Sonic?

Seriously, if you've not seen the sonic trailer do yourself a favor and watch it. If you subscribe to intoxicating substances, partake first. It's amazingly bad. SO bad that I want to own it as is. It'll be in rotation with Garbage Pail Kids and Howard the Duck. Its so bad I think Troma is involved. It's so bad Toxie may be able to help. It's so bad people will go and watch it just to see how bad it is.

Sega has made some boneheaded decisions in the past but how many times does one have to pee on the electric fence before they realize they're putting the M in stupid.

Sonic is an IP just begging to come back. He's edgy, cool, and stupid fast. There's a lot that could be done with the Robotnick /Eggman - Sonic banter, especially with Jim Carey playing Eggman. Think back to the cartoons, Sonic foiling Eggman and giving him crap the whole time... Thrown some charismatic, witty voice actor behind sonic and let him and Carey go to it. Instead the trailer focuses on cringe worthy dialogue and a piss poor character design.

Watch the trailer and join in my ranting...

One of the stand-out Call of Duty games is on PSN for free for the month. This might CGD multiplayer worthy

General Discussion / Limited Run Games
« on: December 18, 2018, 12:26:43 AM »
Has anyone ever heard of these guys?

I picked up a physical copy of golf story without looking at the price. I flipped when it rang up for twice what I sold digitally but got it anyway. When I went home and opened it I found INSTRUCTIONS?! Extra $15 well spent!

Sarcasm aside, I like what this company is doing. I started looking through their catalog (of course it's all sold out and being scalped heavily on eBay and Amazon but they're taking those cult classic game snob kind of games and putting out limited edition physical copies. Right now their version of Night Trap for the Switch is being sold for $90...

Their library is a little strange but some of it is iconic. It looks like they're going to do a limited release of Windjammers next.

Collectible wise these guys may be worth keeping an eye on, I've signed up for their newsletter and I think I'm going to try to get a copy of that Windjammers!

Check out their website and tell me what you think.

CDG Game Night / Meetings / Clan / Tourneys / Snow Days 12/8/18
« on: December 08, 2018, 01:31:07 PM »
The winter storm just started here and i'm planning on getting snowed in. As long as power and internet stay good all i'll be doing a lot of gaming and watching movies. If anyone is interested I shouldn't be too hard to find.

I know people are pretty down on Gamestop. They take advantage on trades, they treat their employees pretty crappy, they make it difficult for the smaller boutique stores, etc. I will give them credit for trying to stay relevant in the retail space. Their online presence has been getting progressively better, they've tinkered with expanding their inventory to gaming related items (and in some cases still trying to see what fits), and they've included a retro offering online. A few years ago i gave them a second chance and have been mostly glad I did.

They are being competitive when sales at the moment. At times Best Buy eats their lunch, but at least for thanksgiving and black Friday there's some reasons to check GameStop out.

199 1tb ps4 / Spiderman or 199 Xbox one s 1tb w/ Minecraft
$50 gift card with the purchase of any new console (outside of the above mentioned)
299 switch w/ Mario kart preinstalled
$38 bops 4 @SpartanEvolved (really just riding BVs joke till it's dead)
$17 god of war
25 farcry 5 (bestbuy is cheaper right now)
20 diablo 3 (only xbox one and ps4)
10 horizon zero dawn complete (if anyone in the world doesn't already have it do yourself a favor and snatch it up)
several headsets 1/2 off
crash trilogy 29.99
29.99 sea of thieves (should be awesome with a group of friends)
99.99 preowned 32gb wiiu (although i feel whoever wants one has one - cheaper than replacing controller though)
free with rebate 4gb slim 360 pre-owned (69.99 visa prepaid card)

the store credit on systems and 199 bundles seem to be all over, and there's a game or two bestbuy is doing better on, but there are some deals to be had. The biggest test will be if the online portion works for the black friday sale. I remember a year or two ago i had a heckuva time getting best buy and gamestop and toys r us to work right. Most have some issues, with my highest rate of success still being amazon.

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / SNK 40th Anniversary Collection
« on: November 18, 2018, 10:27:39 AM »
Yesterday I impulse bought SNK 40th Anniversary Collection. I knew it was likely disappointing, but got it anyway.

The box cleverly hides what's included. The only identifiable character on the cover was the ship from Alpha Mission, the rest I couldn't make any sense out of. On the back all that is mention is Ikari Warriors and Crystalis a la "Enjoy some of SNK's finest classics in 1080p, from Crystalis to Ikari Warriors." Fans with a memory much better than mine can pick out most of the games from the box art and in game shots on the back but most gamers wouldn't be able to identify much, if any.

Included are Alpha Mission, Athena, Crystalis, Guerrilla War, Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road, Ikari III: The Rescue, Iron Tank, P.O.W., Prehistoric Isle, Psycho Soldier, Street Smart, TNKIII, and Vanguard with claims that Chopper Fantasy, Munch Mobile, Sasuke vs Commander, Time Soldiers, Bermuda Triangle, Paddle Mania, Ozma Wars, Beast Busters, Search & Rescue, and World Wars will be added mid December.

Adding another lot of games will help to ease the sting of paying $40 for a 14 game compilation, but most of the add ons i've not heard of. This contents of this game seem to be SNKs B ranked arcade and NES / Famicon game list. I'm sure theres some mix of liscensing costs and stepping on other recently released nostalgia based products but it makes for a dissapointing collection.

The upside is the rewind feature. The arcade ports make staying alive for long periods of time difficult. Even in early stages, games like POW can suck all your lives away in one section. Being able to rewind and rework is Game Genie level cheating BUT rewarding. It feels a little like getting payback for all those lost quarters so many years ago.

Unless I get sucked into Crystalis I wont play this for long. Crystalis was the tipping point in my decision to purchase. I dig the Zelda-esque adventure rpg games and don't remember playing Crystalis when it came out, and I really didn't miss a lot of NES stuff. I'm saving that after I get my fill of the other games in hopes of stretching out the experience a bit.

I've never been able to attach a reason as to why the last few decades of mega man games didn't appeal to me but they didn't, and a large chunk of the blue bomber's fan base agreed. It looks like with 11 Capcom may have just righted the ship.

The difficulty is on par with a NES platformer, and it can be turned up to pretty freakin' hard if you're a massochist. Every jump seems like it's just within Mega Man's range, every enemy is placed in the most annoying spots, and even the mid level bosses tend to kill you a lot before you get the timing down, or even figure out how to hurt them. Ditto for boss fights.

In what seems to be an attempt to make up for the difficulty, Capcom has introduced (they may have done this before, just not in any mm game i've played) Dr. Light's shop. As you get your blue butt handed to you over and over again, you're amassing parts from random enemy drops. This are used as currency to buy upgrades and one time use items. Burning through a stack of five lives seems to get me anywhere from 150 - 500 units of currency which can purchase a lot. If you've not broken your controller (my ps4 controller is not chipped from being thrown on the floor) after a couple of stacks of lives, you've earned enough money to buy something that helps.

This game is currently on sale brand new for 19.99 with a game stop rewards card during their pro day promotion. Its frustrating, especially if your home theater set up causes video game input to be off by any amount, but it's a solid game that early mm fans would likely enjoy.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Analogue's Mega NT
« on: November 09, 2018, 11:14:25 PM »
I really want to grab Analogue's Nintendo and Super Nintendo models but the snes and nes classics were enough... This will by my first Analogue console because there's nothing else close. At games eat your heart out!

I'd always heard really good things about this game but never tried it. Yesterday was rainy, I was bored, so I picked up a copy.

I'm really impressed with the game. Side by side, this game is better than Metroid. Metroid, having come first, gets the nod for creating the genre but this game really takes everything Metroid accomplished and turned it up to 11.

The music is creepy sci-fi perfect for this type of game. My home theater subwoofers really get a workout when I play.

The difficulty is at what I would consider a perfect level. You die, a lot, but it's not controller throwing hard. There's usually a save point really close to where you'll probably die, a lot, that really cuts down on the frustration. I figured this out after moving from save point to boss battle through about a dozen rooms for 10 - 12 times then realized there was a room just to the left I'd not explored. The 13th trip to this boss I decided to hang a left just to see what was there... The doors to the boss's rooms are red too, so if you see one of those and haven't found a save point look left!

The weapons are awesome and it seems like there's going to be a ton. In about 30 minutes of just getting into the game I'd expanded my health two or three times, found two tools that could be used as weapons, found two more main weapons, and increased damage once or twice.

The story is the polarizing point. The premace seems cool but I was so eager to get into the game I wound up skipping through. I later went back and watched and found it meh. Metroid had the right idea here. There were 6 pages in the instruction manual explaining what was going on. When you turned on the game, you got a few seconds of intro music and were off. Some people said the story was great, others thought the characters were forgettable and story underdeveloped. One way or the other, it doesn't detract from the game, at least for me.

Any metroid fan should have this game. It's an obvious homage from an adoring fan.

General Discussion / Skylanders
« on: October 29, 2018, 12:27:38 AM »
Anyone know where the flood of Skylanders crap went? Surely it's not all on eBay...

I have yet to see anything at a yard sale, thrift store, or goodwill. There's one used book store here that takes media and games in on trade that has a few from time to time but I've just not really seen these floating around in used condition.

Toys R Us kept a wall of these things. I bought tons for .60 - .99 cents during their closure.

I know these thigns sold well, just look at gamestops endless supply of the game and portal.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / C64 Mini
« on: October 06, 2018, 11:14:02 PM »
Anyone have one of these on the way? Admittedly $80 seems high for the games included, but this thing looks prime for tinkering, and it's yet another piece of nostalgia tugging on the love of the rainbow clad electronics of the 80's. It releases on October 9th

Nintendo - Switch, 3DS, and Wii-U / Starlink Battle for Atlas
« on: August 27, 2018, 02:17:35 AM »
Does anyone have any opinion on this game? It seems odd that Ubisoft is bringing another toys to life game out after so many others have made their way past their prime with this last iteration moving to the clearance bin with a quickness.

The Switch version has a Star Fox cross over exclusive that has me leaning in Nintendo's favor.

The second url is a 17 minute gameplay video from IGN. None of the weapons were switched out so that mechanic wasn't featured and the gameplay looked really vanilla. I can't decide if it looks like its worth $75. I want to be blown away, but I'm not.

General Discussion / Arcade 1UP
« on: August 20, 2018, 10:13:01 PM »
3/4 arcade cabinets hitting the market soon... I'd have several if I had some spare room... I'm still considering the track ball one and I'd sell a couch and put one in my living room if there was a light gun one.

General Discussion / Frog Leap Studios
« on: July 31, 2018, 12:37:22 AM »
I just stumbled on Leo Moracchioli's youtube channel and I'm sure its something several of us can appreciate. He does some really cool metal covers of popular songs. Last Friday he did an amazing rendition of Ballroom Blitz that has inspired me to put in Wayne's World after I finish this post.

Help / Issues / HP Stream Computer (if you can call it that)
« on: May 29, 2018, 10:06:46 PM »
A coworker handed me his daughter's laptop saying that it ran really slow. Looking into it the thing only has a 32 gb hdd (meaning under 30 useable) and runs windows 10, and came with office 365.

Windows 10 ver 1703 can get to 24 GB (windows 10 says minimum space 20 gb) + 1 gb for office + hp bloat and you're looking at 27ish gigs of drive space used...

Disk clean up saved about 500 mb of space and the computer still wanted almost 3 gigs worth of space before it would let me reset the pc both from windows or from hitting escape after turning the computer on.

Still not enough space to do anything... This time I ran disk clean up in an elevated command prompt and there was the option to select windows update, which was good for 16 gigs...

I'm guessing that streamlines (for lack of better term) the winsxs file at the cost of not being able to revert to past versions and / or kills restore points?
I tried it, and it ran for a while but would never finish. It seemed too good to be true!

Any windows gurus know a good way to gain some space? HDD is integrated on the board and this thing is almost netbook sized, meaning there's no easy upgrading. (that's a lie, i can remove the wireless nic to free up a pcie slot that could potentially house an ssd - all at a cost that would not be justified when weighed against the value of the device.

There's no docs, pics, movies, applications (outside of office, and minecraft - which combined is just over a gig) and everything that's usually stored on a hdd isn't here, apparently the user is a firm believer in the cloud.

Gaming / Movie / Media Deals / Toy's R Us - Gamer Toys Deal
« on: May 24, 2018, 07:36:44 AM »
I just purchased a bunch of Skylander Supercharger vehicles for $.79 each, a Paulette Amibo for $1.98 and a 6" Metroid figure for 7.49 from Toy's R Us last night. The deals are 40 - 60% off but there are also markdowns in the case of the skylanders and the paulette toys where were marked down to 2 and 4 dollars then discounted on top of that. Originally I'd heard there was wasn't going to be future shipments to the stores, but according to one of the workers there's a liquidator involved helping move old stock. (I saw a lot of winter clothing, fleece throws, easter baskets, etc.) My local Toys R Us didn't have a lot of empty shelf space, but there was a lot of the same thing spread around.

Manage expectations though, do go in expecting legos at 60% off and you'll be ok. The worker I talked to said they were still receiving trucks, I may be making a weekly pilgrimage

I caught a killer sale before Christmas and got an Omen with a HP Mixed Reality Headset. While the Vive and the Rift have more game options and a little better tracking, this thing makes a great entry level set. Its easy to connect, it works well with steam, and doesn't require a ton of usb connections. 1 hdmi and 1 usb connection and you're good to go. There's also no need to put sensors all over the play area, like with the other guys.

I am currently sending this back to HP to have fixed, my kid used it so much he wore out the connector coming from the headset. It's nice that it unplugs for storage but it seems like since the headset is essentially tethered by this cord it would have been more prudent to have it built into the headset with tons of stress relief. Instead, there's a short cord coming from the headset with a female end. The male end that plugs here is pretty secure but from just 5 months of use you can see a fair amount of wear. Finally, and the reason I'm having it sent back, the female end is a little bigger, causing movement and a disconnect from the computer. In my case, the wear was so great the movement actually bent two of the pins on the inside of the female connector. I had a heckuva time explaining this to the HP guy on the phone, but finally convinced him it wasn't the cord from the computer that was the problem.

We'll see if they fix it, or try to screw me on warranty (there's a 1 year warranty on the headset, that doesn't cover "abuse"). Hopefully, all will go well. if not, I'll have an excuse to go VIVE, although since this is used in the living room i'd hate to add a bunch of sensors all over the place.

Help / Issues / Router Issues
« on: April 29, 2018, 12:30:26 AM »
Has anyone ever seen a router just stop DHCP? Anything already connect to it was fine until it was restarted (which makes sense to me). Same problem for both wireless and wired. Power cycling the network didn't work, swapping ports, all the tier 1 crap was unhelpful. arp -a showed every device on the network except for the gateway. Pinging devices gave a timeout general error.

After tinkering with the router a bit more i realized when i moved it around the 2.4 and 5ghz lights went on and off, as well as the lan lights and the internet light (which during this time all showed like they were supposed to). After moving it around a bit and watching the lights do funny things the "oops you're not connected" went to the initial router set up page. After rerunning the setup its working fine, or at least has been for the last hour. I am scared to touch the stupid thing in case it decides to go out again.

I'm thinking short BUT the power light stayed lit during all this. I couldn't really find somthing similar on Toms Hardware, but at this point i'm assuming the router is quickly becoming a toaster. Its an Asus RT-AC68U so there's newer but it's not super old. Has anyone ever experienced this? Any ideas what could be wrong?

General Discussion / Lost in Space on Netflix
« on: April 14, 2018, 03:18:25 PM »

Pureists will be pissed. Liberties have been taken with the origin story and the major players. Show runners have definately taken the social climate into consideration in casting and writers have pandered to the social justice warriors in how race and gender (i'm only 3 episodes in so i can't speark for sexuality yet) are represented. The social justice appeasement doesn't feel shoe-horned in so it seems more natural than in other recent sci-fi oriented movies and television. The new characters have tons more depth than the characters in the last two LIS iterations... although I will miss Heather Graham as Judy Robinson! Molly Parker makes a fantastic Maureen.

I started watching LIS really late, and couldn't stop watching, I had to force myself to go to bed at 430am. I'm hooked, I can't wait to get back to watching.

General Discussion / Favorite 80's Toy / Cartoon
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:06:33 AM »
I'm such a nostalgia freak its ridiculous. This talk around a Hasbro cinematic universe has really gotten my hopes up, only to have them continually crushed, put on hold, and crushed again.

I has ignited tons of people like me as well as hardcore toy collectors, buying up 80's toys for insane prices on eBay. I've been watching auctions, reading fan pages and online articles and frequenting thrift stores and yard sales as often as possible just to get back some of that old 80's magic.

I would imagine a large part of the CDG group grew up in the 80's, not only living the video game resurgence but also the last great age of toys and Saturday morning cartoons of said toys.

After spending an hour looking at M.A.S.K. toys on eBay I was really curious about what toy / cartoon line does everyone else remember fondly?

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