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That is totally insane.

Do you think that the next generation will be any better? I haven't looked into the situation to know what the new consoles offer. I have seen the pictures of the PS5 being flashed around. It is negligent on the part of the industry to not address the two achilles' heel of modern systems, load times and broken games that need updates. And the constant system updates to the consoles, I find it irritating. And I get it that it is mostly hacking issues and security. Too bad they can't close all the holes before they launch a console.

I haven't turned my XBOX ONE on in over a year, maybe two. Can't remember. Sorry but it be like that with me. I should have known. It needs to make an update before I can play a game. The update is almost 4g. This is one of the reasons I hate modern consoles. Retro gaming is so easy, push in a game and flip the switch.

This so rubs my fur the wrong way, if it isn't a system update then it is the game. And I am not sure at this point whether the game I want to put in has some sort of update or install period I will have to endure. Just purchased Pacman Championship Edition 2. Surely not, please.

If there is anything the next generation needs to resolve it is the loading of the game. There needs to be some changes in the technology. That issue needs to be addressed badly. Back to carts? Not sure. But the DVD, Blu Ray are outdated as a gaming medium with the amount of data that needs to be juggled for modern gaming. I have gotten my fill of it during the PS3 and XBOX 1.

Not sure what they can do about system update, they are such a pain.

General Discussion / Re: Happy 4th of July - 2020
« on: July 04, 2020, 07:38:04 PM »
Enjoying the Holiday. Yo-Kai Watch on my 3DS. Hotdogs, slaw, and fries with the family.

Happy 4th to everyone!

I liked that last movie, thought it was good, even though there were those moments that made it fit in with the rest. I am talking about the stuff that I felt was hard to swallow. But every Star Wars movie has had its little quirks. Those moments that make you say "Whuuut?" "Why did they do this?" But to erase something from cannon? Especially because you didn't like it? Or because you thought it failed?
I thought the plan was to move on into a new adventure and leave the Skywalker legacy behind. Create something new, fresh. Go back to the original three and study them, understand why they worked. They were based on a "time period" of cliffhanger serials stuffed into a space opera adventure. As we can see it is hard to repeat that stuff. Trying to evolve that into a normal movie has its issues and problems. Back then they even created new ways to use in making special effects to use in the movies.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Evercade
« on: June 25, 2020, 07:11:11 PM »
I got mine earlier this week but just opened it today. I was kind of waiting for my July forth vacation time off. It started a little earlier than expected. Someone tested positive for COVID-19 at work, so I decided to add a few days. Just opened this today. I have collected some odd handhelds through the years, imports. Most have been a mixed bag.
@targetrasp I will have to agree with you on this one. This will only appeal to a niche market. Very limited in what it has to offer, nostalgic, retro gaming interests, and stuff for collectors. 

Out of the box I found myself playing Centipede in the Atari collection, Fighter's History on the Data East, and Earth Worm Jim on the Interplay cart.
Yeah and removing the cart from the console is a major ordeal. It brings back memories of the old 1950's Day the earth stood still movie, I know I saw a door here somewhere, but it is now seamless. They should have spent a little more time on fixing that.

I am impressed with the screen because I was not expecting much at all, console has a sturdy feel in the build.

I will also look forward to collecting all of the games. The system, as a whole, offers me one of those items that I would pull out and fiddle with occasionally. And that is just because it does contain games from a bygone era that I do not have in my collection. I never owned or played the Atari 2600, or any of the Atari systems except the Jag.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Famicom Classic Mini
« on: June 20, 2020, 09:17:04 AM »
Celebrating 43 years, my wife and i this weekend. My wife knows me very well and got me this as a gift on our anniversary.
After my experience with Genesis, Neo Geo, and Turbo Grafx minis, I have been wanting the NES and SNES minis. I have been also eyeing the Famicom mini.

Game list:
Donkey Kong
Balloon Fight
Ice Climber
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Atlantis no Nazo
Makai Village (Ghosts n' Goblins in the US)
Solomon's Key
Adventure of Link
Bumping Sumo
Super Mario Bros. 3
Ninja Gaiden
Mega Man 2
River City Ransom
Double Dragon Ⅱ The Revenge
Super Tamashito Luo (Super C in the US)
Final Fantasy Ⅲ
Dr. Mario
Downtown Nekketsu March Soreyuke
Mario Open Golf
Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2 in the US)
Kirby's Adventure

One thing that hit me right out of the box are the tiny controllers. But these things work great. I am impressed. The original Famicom had the controllers attached to the console. This is a con in that the cords are short and you need to be near the console in order to play. I have no problem with my set-up, but this could be a deal breaker with some gamers. They work for me. But they are the only controllers that you can use.

As I was trying out games, I noticed a file that said more games. Clicked and it opened up a ton of surprises. My wife knows nothing about this stuff. She just happened to get one of these things that someone hacked. It has over 900 NES games most in english. This thing is brand new in the box with all of its wrappings.

The games look great over my flat screen. I really don't like the scanline mode. There is too much fuzzy blur, I think that is the best way of describing it. Rather play on the other modes. The sharp  clear images don't bother me.
The console is a pretty solid build. Loving this thing. Nintendo done good.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Icy
« on: June 18, 2020, 10:21:25 PM »
Happy Birthday?

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: June 12, 2020, 06:26:48 PM »
the addition of that back piece did make the power and hdmi cable attachment a little odd.

I really didn't mind the back piece, easily removed, if you ever owned one. It was the little cramped area you had to negotiate in order just to plug in. That is unacceptable.

Really it is not a bad price for a complete package. It offers a very positive out of the box experience vs the purchase of the just the unit. And there is just enough difference in the game list that it causes me to want one even though I have the International version. Not sure what color.

I have been working at my job through the whole pandemic shutdown. We have government contracts and they simply put it, we don't care what your governor says we want our stuff. My group, we kept working. Our company at one point did reduce the workforce. Right now they are trying to recover and bring everyone back, but I personally don't think they will be successful in doing that. I think there are going to be changes.
I have mixed feelings about the whole COVID-19 not being as intensely wide spread as they had supposed. It is bad if you come into contact with it and fatal to certain people my age especially combined with medical issues. I am not sure if our correct response was to shut everything down for as long as we did or to consider the herd immunity thing. I am watching to see if we suddenly have a bad spike as people become more relaxed during the summer months. People will forget and become more comfortable, and careless. Not knowing anything about the new virus, I don't consider anyone being an expert. I do weigh every bit of information.
I continue being cautious myself by wearing a mask and gloves when I need to be out, and while I work. Not sure how effective those items are. If you stop to think through everything about how you can become contaminated, it becomes overwhelming. And being out, I limit myself to work and purchasing necessities. My wife and daughter have not ventured out from the home during this whole thing.  I get stripped down and washed at the door. Anything I bring into the house, like groceries, become quarantined and dwelt with in that manner. We are not paranoid, just taking precautions.
I have no idea at what point we will ever eat out again, or get takeout for that matter. It may be next year if there are no bad repercussions from everyone enjoying their summer fun. I have been making my own pizza from scratch.

General Discussion / Re: Star Trek Picard - is it good?
« on: June 07, 2020, 04:48:48 PM »
I have not yet seen it. I do not have CBS All Access. I have seen one episode that CBS threw up on Youtube. It really did not leave me with wanting more. But it might be one of those things in which I need to see several episode before it pulls me in. I got to have a reason to want to see an elderly Picard.
I think my big question when being confronted with shows like this, is, why do we have the need to look back? Is this some type, or form, of nostalgia manifesting itself. I am starting to cringe when I see them pull a character out of mothballs just to have a continuation of something we felt back then. Can writers and directors not come up with something unique while recreating the same type of magic that we felt in those series? Is it too much to ask for something fresh in perspective of a future sci-fi that does go where no man has gone before? Maybe this time have them to actually explore the far reaches of our imagination? I don't know, I really only want to remember these Star Trek characters the way, I remember them. From those old episodes, that I pull out and watch, occasionally.
Before, the characters, in their future, was left to our imagination. I guess without watching the series, my question, has my imagination been molested, to those who have watched it?  :o

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: June 06, 2020, 02:49:41 PM »
@BLUEVOODU Honestly this is well done. Love it. I am impressed with the visuals. Jaggies are noticeable but that is the nature of the beast.

I had no intention of saving my original TG16 box. Just so happens that it is a storage box for photos and negatives.
I don't know if it is just me but I had a difficult time plugging the power cord into the system. Fat fingers I guess. I know the whole nostalgic thing but that could have been designed a bit better than what we got.
First game I played was Lords of Thunder. I found no slow down, good experience. Nothing like many interviews that I have watched.
One of the warnings caught my eye. "Do not wrap the controller cable around your neck to avoid risk of suffocation."

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:49:02 PM »
Got mine today!!!

I have started Star Trek: Enterprise. It is another one that I bailed on back then. It started losing me after they changed the intro song. And another series that had a war that dragged on and on and on.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Polymega
« on: May 23, 2020, 10:09:55 PM »
@BLUEVOODU I don't know. This is mainly for those who have the carts and disc, hard copy. The support would depend on how quick they can deliver on all of the promises, every gaming system on their list. (Biting off more than they can chew?) Compatibility would be the big issue, how faithful to the real thing. The issue could easily kill it. The casual gamer is not going to invest heavy into a console. The clone system is enough for them. The concept is unique and heavily depends on that homestation's durability. That would be a lot of investing if you got into a lot of those systems. It is totally a niche system that is assuming that I am looking for something like this for my gaming collection.  The big question, is there a market out there for something like this? Is retro gaming that big? I know it is with me, but...............

I didn't mean to be skeptical and analyze this console. This is just the way it hit me when looking at their site. The price point is the achilles heel for wide acceptance, and for me. I know a few retro gamers around me, but it is difficult to know just how big the love of old stuff really is. I have a local game store that carries a lot of the carts & discs, at least I am hoping they have survived the virus. But I am not sure of  how fast the games move off the shelf. When forums, in our present culture, are no longer a place of sharing the love, it is difficult to find people that are into the retro stuff. And it causes a question as to how hot retro gaming is in our present generation. Let's face it, forums are no longer a connection point for gamers. That is why we do not have a flood of members, sorry.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:53:14 PM »
@BLUEVOODU @targetrasp mine is showing June 3rd.  :(
lot of jealousy here  ;D

Star Trek Discovery, I have the first two seasons on DVD.  8) I do not have CBS all access.  ;D

@BLUEVOODU I finished Star Trek Deep Space Nine last week. I really did not like the last few Seasons due to the war with the Dominion. It put a somber mood over the whole series. And I did not like where they took a lot of the characters, and some were just out-of-character. Miles had the most dysfunctional family. Sisco and his son was the best representation of a family they had on the show apart from the Ferengi. I now know why I stopped watching the series during its hay-day. It is not that I cannot enjoy a continuous serial story plot that extends throughout a series, case in point, I am really into Star Trek Discovery. It takes some good writers to make it happen and not kill it for me. I don't think Deep Space Nine had that.  :(

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Evercade
« on: May 17, 2020, 10:46:16 AM »
Okay, I presently have no hope.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: May 15, 2020, 07:21:07 PM »
@BLUEVOODU just got an email today and it looks like a "New" estimated delivery date:
Friday, May 29, 2020 - Wednesday, June 3, 2020

@targetrasp looks like we are getting our orders earlier than anticipated!!!

I think you might know how I feel about new hardware. I am forever stuck in retro gaming. Unless it is that one game that grabs me. It was Cuphead that motivated me to get the Xbox one. And it has been a couple of years since, I think, I have turned it on. I am totally excited about the Turbo Grafx 16 mini.

General Discussion / Re: Happy Birthday Mai!
« on: May 12, 2020, 06:54:54 PM »
Happy Birthday!!!!

@BLUEVOODU Looking back in retrospect, I do not think we should have ever shut down. We are all adults, and I know that there are many who will not follow anything you put out there. We know what must be done, mask, gloves, distance. Really, there is a large part of our society that never shut down, grocery stores, hardware stores, dog groomers, many factories, etc. The factory where I work has had a partial layoff, but still we are open. I think the shut down has done irreparable damage. And I am not just talking about our economy. But also how we handle any pandemic from now on will be with authoritarianism. That is not good. I do not consider my loss of freedom and liberty a fair trade for my safety. The struggle right now is not necessarily "if, or when" we open, but the Government's relinquishing their new found power. And the virus is very real for those who have it. I know of one situation that the individual are in 34 days and still recovering. But there are no experts on this thing. And now the feeling is this thing is going to be with us for 2 years at the very least?
In light of the fact that we are taking precautions with the mask, gloves, etc, it is still spreading. I think what we do right now, whether it be, open up, or not, will not change the spread of this virus. It is here and that is not going to change. I am 65 years old with medical issues that is a target for this virus that means death. My Wife is 70 and with the same issues. I have had to continue to work and stand in lines through all this. I really at this point don't know how I should feel about this. I have ordered washable masks with a pocket for filters. I will be wearing them for a very long time.
I do also feel that people working and dealing with this is a lot better than being in a soup line and still dealing with this.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Evercade
« on: April 30, 2020, 08:03:40 PM »
What!!? Delayed?? My preorder will be released on June 5th!!!! What is with these people?

@BLUEVOODU the newest present generation system that I own is an XBOX one. It has so much dust on it I could plant a garden. If they would release this for the xbox1 it could revive some interest in modern gaming.(that looks like it might be a long wait) What could easily kill it  ??? is waiting two days for updates to download. The game does look very interesting. @Mai Valentine is the battle system sort-of turn based? What did they do with that part of the game? I know changes were made.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: April 16, 2020, 08:15:23 AM »
@BLUEVOODU @targetrasp
Okay this is getting me in the mood for a rant!! I am seeing all these Turbo Grafx 16 minis up on ebay. Price gouging from Japan and US. Why are they releasing MY mini over seas but I have to wait?!

One example,

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Turbo Grafx-16 Mini Pre-Order
« on: April 12, 2020, 07:16:31 AM »
If this does happen in December, this goes in my living room beside my NES.

Retro Gaming and Hardware / Re: Evercade
« on: April 12, 2020, 07:15:03 AM »
@BLUEVOODU for me it is an addiction. Looking for that golden ticket. And besides I love chocolate. And I have a funny feeling about this thing that it is a shot in the dark. It may or may not happen. If it does, I have one. I hope our current situation doesn't effect the launch.  :(

Cloud Gaming / Re: Cloud Gaming - The Future of Gaming?
« on: April 11, 2020, 08:01:42 PM »
I had to really think about this. This type of gaming is totally dependent on the quality of your internet connection. Which is based on location in many cases. Where I live, the city is the best you can get. Outside our city limits it gets hairy to none. Many in our rural areas can't even get a cell phone signal.
I think this is the push of the industry and I think it appeals to younger gamers. I do not think that it is practical unless 5G is the magic wand. As time progresses and the support grows for 5G it is supposed to revolutionize everything.
I personally have no plans of my own to ever take advantage of anything where I can't hold it in my hands. Just the type of gamer that I am, stuck in retro gaming.
I really don't see much how cloud gaming would effect consoles. You are maybe talking about a brand name offering games that will no longer be cross-platform. Maybe specific licensing. When I think about the consoles it brings back memories of VHS and Beta Max. Every manufacturer offered their VHS player.

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