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Retro News & Chat / The joy of CRT
« on: April 13, 2019, 14:36:42 PM »
I've always kept a CRT for my retro consoles.

Recently my lovely 25" 4:3 Panasonic packed in - the horror!

I found a local CRT repair guy ane left it with him - unfortunately he identified the part required which couldn't be located any more :(

But he did sell me a 21" Panasonic for £40 so I took that. It was bittersweet dropping my old one off at the recycling centre.

The 21" is gorgeous though. The screen is smaller but it seems more vibrant. It's still the classic 4:3 shape too.

SO I had that set up and then noticed another one for free on Facebook market.

Picked it up Thursday and wow - it's a 28" 4:3 Samsung. A monster of a thing and it's GREAT!

SO I have rotated my 21" to play shooting games with a TATE mode and use the Samsung for all the other retro games.

The old 2600 hooked up via RF - looks great! The Samsung's tuner may be superior to my old Panasonic. The 2600 looked good on it but not as good as this - of course it might just be the bigger, brighter screen that is causing this.

I'm in heaven!

At some point I will admit defeat and get an OSSC to connect them up using HDMI - but not as long as these two beauties keep working.  :)

Retro News & Chat / Dead CRT
« on: February 16, 2019, 21:23:54 PM »
My beloved 25" 4:3 CRT with RGB SCART and s-video has died on me!!

I have found a local electronics repair guy who works on CRTs so hoping he can sort it for me,

If not I need to think about getting an upscalar. The OSSC is the front runner at present.

For now though - keeping my fingers crossed. The guy is very bust right now but he'll text me when he's cleared his backlog.

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Re: Importing a classic arcade to the UK
« on: February 16, 2019, 21:19:42 PM »
Hows life with the Arcade mate, any regrets now?

Nope. I still love it. Asteroids is a real slow burner game for me. I just keep coming back to it.

I don't play as much as I did but it still gets played each week - usually around the weekend. It's nice to come in from work on a Friday night and play a few games and fill up the hi score table.  i also like playing the 2 player mode myself - for some reason I seem to get my best scores that way. 

I need to play more often if I want to get better - but for now I'm enjoying it just playing semi-casual. My top 3 scores are in the 50Ks now but I'm happy if I get a 40K score at the minute. :)

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Re: Importing a classic arcade to the UK
« on: February 11, 2019, 22:16:22 PM »

Liking the look of that t-shirt.

Robotron is another stone-cold classic.

Atari Chat / Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« on: January 10, 2019, 21:49:45 PM »
Excellent video that. Answers some questions I had about the 7800; particularly the poor sound.

Atari Chat / Atari mugs going dirst cheap in GAME
« on: January 10, 2019, 20:55:22 PM »
Picked these up today - £7 the lot. There's others on offer too - a 2600 console one, 2600 Asteroids (which shows the boxart when heated up). There's Pacman going too and some modern game themed ones.

Great for the office. :)

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Re: Importing a classic arcade to the UK
« on: December 13, 2018, 15:52:05 PM »
Working well - it's a tough old game though - my 3 top scores are over 50K but I usually only score 30K or so - it gets really tough when you hit the 30,000 barrier.

I've had some sticky button problems but that's been easy to resolve. The control panel is held in place with 2 bolts and wingnuts - undo those and the whole panel tilts forward on a hinge letting you see the underneath of the panel connectors. The buttons and contacts are really big - really easy to work with and clean.

Sega Chat / Re: Power supply issue with megadrive
« on: December 13, 2018, 15:48:00 PM »

Fun fact - you can use a Jaguar power supply with a Megadrive.  I've been doing so for years.  :)

Announcements and Feedback / Re: Forum Changes
« on: December 09, 2018, 12:51:27 PM »
That makes sense.

My Asteroids article got over 600 views for example  - I'd imagine even 5-10% might have posted if there had been a link to a discussion thread.  Hard to say of course.

Homebrew Chat / Re: New Atari 2600 Homebrew - Zoo Keeper
« on: December 08, 2018, 20:57:53 PM »
That looks incredible. I never cease to be amazed at how far that hardware can be pushed.

Sega Chat / Re: Power supply issue with megadrive
« on: December 08, 2018, 20:55:38 PM »
I'd be very surprised if that couldn't be fixed. Don't be afraid of opening it up (with the power off) and having a look - it could be just that something has worked loose inside.

Announcements and Feedback / Re: Forum Changes
« on: December 08, 2018, 14:14:33 PM »
Creating a thread in the forums for each article and providing a link from the article might get people to comment as well.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: October 11, 2018, 22:55:25 PM »
Thought I'd bump this with a few of my other favourites.

Mischief Makers - original platformer/puzzler from Treasure. Very unusual game and the character has a host of moves to master.

Mystical Ninja 2 - no.1 was a 3rd person Mario 64 style game - but no. 2 is a return to the series' roots as it was on SNES. Some really nice fake 3D graphics bolster the 2D gameplay. Looks and plays great. Pretty tough too. The 2 player co-op mode returns too.

Star Soldier Vanishing Earth - didn't get a PAL release but worth a look. A 2D shooter - a rarity on the N64 but is worth getting if you are a fan of the genre. Has the classic main game and 2min and 5min caravan modes. Lots of secrets and score tricks to find which is the series' hallmark.

Atari Chat / Re: The Atari 2600 VCS Thread
« on: October 11, 2018, 22:38:46 PM »

If you dried it out it would probably still work.


Retro News & Chat / Re: Why do you keep retroing?
« on: October 11, 2018, 22:25:32 PM »
There are a few reasons.

Older games are what some would say are simpler. For me it really means they aren't time sink games. I Only have the time and inclination for pick up and play content. And while that can be obtained on new consoles there's a lot more of it on older ones.

I like collecting. Modern games aren't very collectable. The box art is uninspiring and attractive game manuals are vanishing. Also a game on a disc isn't very interesting is these days of standardisation. When every console looked different , had different controllers and media etc. it was more interesting.

DLC and online - older games don't need this.

There's nostalgia too - but not so much for me. I'll only play a game if I still find it enjoyable to play. Old graphics don't put me off as long as the design is solid. Nostalgia alone won't really cut it for me.

Same room multiplayer. Most modern games don't deliver this.

Replay value. A lot of modern games are "won and done" affairs. Doesn't appeal to me. A lot more games on older consoles are not like that.

Design aesthetic - too many modern games try to look like the real world. I can get that looking out the window. I want video games to look like video games. And older games do that.

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