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General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Mai Valentine
« on: May 06, 2019, 10:07:09 PM »
A very Happy Birthday to you!!!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Blade Buster on the NES!!
« on: May 05, 2019, 11:29:10 PM »

As a gamer, I love these types of shmups. From what I can understand this is a homebrew game especially designed for the NES and put on a reproduction cart. It is a vertical scrolling shooter in the style of Super Star Soldier, Blazing Lazors, with that warm fuzzy Hudson Soft sort of feel. It even seems that it has that music of Super Star Soldier in the first stage. Gameplay is so fast with no slow down similar to Summer Carnival. Graphics are standard fair of these arcade shooters of the past. This is true retro arcade shoot’em up love expressed in this wonderful game. You get only the choice of a 2 or 5 minute “high score attack” sessions, but that is okay. It is one of those games that you can sit down to if you only have a moment and addictive enough if you want a long play. High score survival is my thing. I have only been able to make it into the second stage so far. This and Summer Carnival are the closest you are going to get to a bullet hell shooter on the NES. I want so much to have more of these type of homebrew games. To me, they are worth every penny. Been a great and exciting weekend spent with this highly recommended NES game.

General Discussion / Re: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 05, 2019, 08:55:05 AM »
So there is still a shred of hope? Maybe something to not be ashamed of if you are a Sonic fan? That would be a relief.

General Discussion / Re: Sonic the Hedgehog Movie
« on: May 04, 2019, 02:24:12 PM »
I'm not really liking the obsession with live action movies when it comes to video game or cartoon characters. I would rather see a good CGI animated movie.  Pixar Animation Studios where are you?

General Discussion / Re: Gaming Headsets... why must you suck?
« on: April 30, 2019, 07:54:02 PM »
SO … my Logitech G35 died.  Technically the plastic piece that has G35 on it broke... therefore, the headphone on the right side keeps falling off.  I'm thinking of a duct tape way to fix this. 

General Discussion / Re: Avengers: EndGame
« on: April 28, 2019, 09:35:27 PM »
I have heard that the movie did not have the same feel as previous Avenger, or Marvel, movies. And I have heard that it felt rushed to the theater. I am seeing negative reviews that it is not the best Marvel movie and that, as dark as it was, that Infinity wars was a better movie. How do you see this movie without giving any spoilers?

General Discussion / Re: Avengers: EndGame
« on: April 26, 2019, 07:01:07 PM »
I had a worker that went to see it last night. He told me that you cannot pee, there is no intermission.  :o Three hour movie, so beware, all the popcorn you want but no soft drink.  :))

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Hyperkins RetroN 1 HD= NES Gaming
« on: April 25, 2019, 06:15:47 PM »
Not sure. Could it be the chips surrounding the NOAC on the PC board, don't know. I do know that everyone does have their particular twist when it comes to the NOAC that they use in their clone consoles. Some characteristics are inherited as it seems that everyone has built their take on the chip from the same root source tech. Hyperkin has been very successful with the Genesis on a chip being that it is playing Virtua Racing, a first as far as I know. It is evident that they are working on the NOAC to make it better. It seems that the NES is a very hard system to backward engineer. One of the characteristics of the NOAC is that there are 23 games in the NES library that it will not play. Been that way for any clone that was out there. Only recently are you starting to see compatibility with Castlevania 3. There are some clones that are better with the color pallet, Gamerz Tek clone NES has a better color pallet than the Hyperkin unit here. There have been a lot of improvements over the years. I still have my Generation NEX which it has trouble and issues with certain games, graphical glitchs for example.

Most hardcore purests hate the NOAC "as it is" due to the flaws in game playback, or compatibility. I find the gameplay intact even though there are the sound effects that may be off in pitch. And the grass may be brown in some games instead of green, like Jurassic Park. Instruments, notes, in some of the in-game music is very different than what they should play. I personally have an advantage, or it may be a dis-advantage, all according to way you look at it. I have never owned the original NES. So I do not really know how the games should look and  sound. Even though there are those issues I'm having fun and that is what matters to me. People out there, mostly casual gamers, are purchasing these things and having fun. I sometimes look at youtube just to see how far off a game it. Gives me an idea of the unit's compatibility.

edit: Oh no!! The money bags in Castlevania have a pink tint! We're all gonna die!!

Over the Holiday weekend I started moving my stuff around and packing away some things. Right now my console gaming focus will be NES, Sega Genesis, SNES, N64, and Gamecube. That is the way my gaming area is setup now. What really lit the fire was going through my carts and making a list of every game that I have on the NES, Genesis, and SNES. I was shocked to realize that I have more SNES games than I do on the Genesis, but that is mainly due to my large Super Famicom library I now have, much larger than my US library. I am gearing up to increase my NES library as it stands at a little over 80 games. That is just not right, so much out there that is good.  ;)

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Targetrasp!
« on: April 22, 2019, 06:31:07 AM »
The Studio Ghibli collection is good. I have the same thing and my Family and I love the whole anime work. Great collection.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Targetrasp!
« on: April 12, 2019, 11:05:07 PM »
Happy Birthday! And may you game on into your sixties!  ;)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Hyperkins RetroN 1 HD= NES Gaming
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:55:38 PM »
Castlevania 3 has been a troublesome game for clone systems. Only recently has there been a breakthrough. Most still cannot play the game. There are about 23 games in the NES library that clone systems will not boot, or play. Castlevania 3 has been on that list as is Rad Racer 2, and my Gauntlet. My Gauntlet game will boot, but the graphics are rearranged in the first board. You cannot finish that board because of that.

Clone systems have been backward engineered to mimic the original hardware. They are not perfect and they do not necessarily play the games perfectly . But I find it interesting just how close they are getting. These latest Hyperkin consoles are great for the budget minded gamer wanting their retro gaming on an HD TV. They offer the best option for those who can't afford the more expensive route. You just have to overlook that maybe some sound effects might be in a higher pitch, music a little off, graphics might be a different tint, or completely different colors. But the game still plays the same.

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Re: The Linux Topic
« on: April 10, 2019, 11:36:14 PM »
I use to love Debian. Depending on GUI spoils. Those write ups could be a refresher course.  :nerd:

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Re: The Linux Topic
« on: April 10, 2019, 08:56:47 PM »
in case the GUI ever crashes on me.
Hey! Don't say things like that! Bad vibes there!   :o

(rubs hand across desktop) Be nice. Big bad man didn't mean anything by that comment.  :-\

LOL I really do need to get back into it.

PC Rigs, Builds, and Peripheral Devices / Re: The Linux Topic
« on: April 09, 2019, 11:29:57 PM »
I used to mess around with command line but I have grown very lazy. Haven't used it in years, GUI only now.  :-[

There has been that occasional program install that needed command line. But that too has been way back there.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Hyperkins RetroN 1 HD= NES Gaming
« on: April 07, 2019, 10:12:35 AM »
Okay I bit the bullet. After such a positive experience with the Hyperkin Mega Retron I just had to pick up the NES console. And I am very pleased with my purchase. Been trying NES games all week.

Very small console. I already had the game carts. Both of these carts and the console equals great gaming in a very small package. And it is an added plus just to be able to power this from my TV's USB. What an awesome idea.

I had to try it. I tried Rad Racer 2 and this is the first clone console that I have had which will boot the game. Even though the graphics has its issues, I was still able to play the game. Road scrolled toward me and I was able to maneuver around the other vehicles.

I understand that it will play Castlevania 3 with no problems. I do not have that game..............................yet.  ;)

Just an update on things concerning this clone.
I am using reproduction games in this clone by plugging them into my Game Genie. They work great that way. I am able to play hacks and those unlicensed new releases for the Genesis.
One biggie that I finally realized is plugging the power cord into the HD TV. Well duh, it never dawned on me until it was mention in a review of the console.
This is really the best poor gamers solution to the HDMI thing. Other choices are putting out the money for a good HDMI converter which are $100 plus. There is that little inexpensive block of a converter that is very cheaply built. The range from $5 to $30. They are a rip off, basically. It is nothing compared to what they are putting in these clone consoles. 

You can connect to your HD TV with them but....................

The included controller is very good. I find no problems using it with any game that I have played so far. I have had only one game that did not load and that was Ecco 2. I have around 200 Genesis games and I am going to play through all of them just to get an idea concerning compatibility. To me, it is not just if it plays a game, but graphics and sound, audio, plays a part. I am really no one to judge the music correctness in a game. There are upper frequencies in which I am totally deaf. Example I cannot hear certain cell phone rings, alarm clocks, kitchen timers, etc. There are certain musical notes of certain instruments that I either can't hear or they sound like static. But I do know that MUSHA did not sound right at all when I was playing it.

Just my thoughts on the subject. I think the real question is, what is viable for the present state of gaming in the marketplace? I fear that the Nintendo Switch has changed everything and Nintendo has killed their cash cow. (Replaced by a prize bull.) Really, what market is there for a portable at this point? Those gamers that you would not want to fork out $300 for, and then hand to them the Switch. A young audience, maybe. And how big of a market share would that be? What age group would  we be looking at? Nintendo has always reigned as king in portable gaming. Sony has only been able to get a chunk of that pie. I don’t think Sony is willing to step out onto that limb anymore, especially with the success of the Switch. Unless Sony can do a "me too" thing. Nintendo on the other hand will need to assess the situation that the Switch has created. I am hoping and thinking that they have something in the wings to fill that void soon. The last time I checked into it, the 3DS, its support, was waning with little being released in the way of games. Nintendo would have to be sure of themselves that the market was big enough to continue with a system pointed toward the younger gamer. I would be standing in line with all those kids, I like the portable price point, which would need to be low enough to entice parents.

I would love to have another PSP Vita thingy from Sony. But I am not sure they are even considering. Any rebuttals? Any new insight?

Someone please have a rebuttal! Give me a little hope!

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: March 31, 2019, 08:18:31 PM »
Bloodlines was a Genesis exclusive.

No... I understand that @retro junkie ... I meant,  does that mean it wasn't released on any other platform...  ie steam or remastered?  I thought it was released on something else...  but guess I'm wrong on that. 

Sadly, no. It was only released on the Genesis, and to my knowledge, this will be the first time since, that it will be available again.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: March 31, 2019, 03:53:20 PM »
I might just have to pick one of these minis up. The Genesis was unique in its gaming content. There was a lot games that just was not found anywhere else, and some stuff, it just did it better. The arcade feel was so strong with this system and the big reason I got my Gen 1 back then. That was Sega's strong point and a key to their success with the Genesis, its arcade library.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: March 30, 2019, 11:43:37 PM »
Bloodlines was a Genesis exclusive.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Sega Genesis mini: it is happening!
« on: March 30, 2019, 11:41:47 PM »
Nice line up of games so far. I hope they include virtua racing. And of course they need some shootem ups in there somewhere.

General Discussion / Re: Alita: Battle Angel
« on: March 27, 2019, 06:30:00 AM »
We really don't go to theaters anymore. Maybe once every two years. We usually wait for Vudu release for rental or DVD.

General Discussion / Re: Alita: Battle Angel
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:25:03 AM »
This looks like it is going to be a good movie.  8)

General Discussion / Re: Avengers: EndGame
« on: March 26, 2019, 06:24:19 AM »
Right now I am suspicious of the trailer content being misleading containing stuff that is not in the movie. I think they are just hyping to build up excitement. Which is okay.  ;)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Gamecube pulled out and playing!
« on: March 20, 2019, 11:07:44 PM »
Recently I started watching someones youtube video which showed a clip of every gamecube game. After watching that I felt that I was asleep during that period of gaming. I saw so many games that I did not know existed that I now want to play.  :o

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Retro-Bit Sega Genesis Controller!
« on: March 15, 2019, 05:11:41 AM »
Sega partnered with Retro Bit to produce these controllers. They are officially licenced by Sega. There are a whole series of controllers coming out this year for Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast. The controller has become my favorite to use. Yes it is solid.

For some strange reason I just rediscovered my Sega Genesis collection again. Been spending a lot of time playing through those games. Trying right now to form a list of games that I have so I don't up and purchase something I already have.  8)

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Retro-Bit Sega Genesis Controller!
« on: March 09, 2019, 05:41:13 PM »
This is the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter 2 Ryu controller from Retro-Bit. This controller feels very solid with clicky buttons, awesome. I have been enjoying playing Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition. Great fan work with the artwork of Ryu across the face.  The size is good. One thing that puzzled me as I actually took out a tape measure to the cord, 5" 8"? Come on! 5" 8"? What's 4 inches? Somebody tell me what is it with four inches? Why couldn't it have been 6 feet? Or maybe 10 feet. Sorry for the rant. Almost lost my cool.

Mode button on top sort-of in the place you would find a shoulder button.

This is the big plus about this controller, two hookups. Made for the original, or clone, Genesis system, but can also be used on a PC, or the Altgames Genesis mini.

I do highly recommend this controller to anyone that needs a Genesis controller. This is the bomb. And a special thank you to Retro-bit for the love.

Just thought I would do an update.
I have stopped using china reproduction games in this clone. The PC board is too thick and they are getting stuck. Some of them won't work anyway. The system will play the game but the repro won't play.

Some games the audio, well I can except the "Elvis" sound bite missing from the SEGA intro of Comic Zone, but Musha's music? Now you are messing with my stuff, awful does not describe.  :'(

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