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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.

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. :)

Sega Chat / Megadrive repro carts
« on: September 20, 2018, 20:57:36 PM »
Got this off an eBay seller.

MUSHA is a damn expensive game - £400 or so original CIB. No way I could justify that and I don't really like ROMs.

Here's a decent compromise. £25 delivered. There may be better offers than that but I took a punt.

First off - the game works great. It's a cracking game  - a rock solid 2D shooter. The box feels a bit cheap but I suppose I could harvest one from a cheap game. The cart looks fine as does the manual. The print inside the manual is the weakest thing but it's readable. Overall - I'd do this again if I want some really expensive game - Snow Bros and Wardner for example. :)

Retro News & Chat / davyK collection Redux
« on: July 26, 2018, 20:14:32 PM »
Had a bit of a prune of my collection a while back (around 250 games I sold). I used the money to partially fund the purchase of my Asteroids Deluxe cabinet. My old website where I hosted my pics was Virgin and they dropped that service a year ago or so. So starting again.

I own a modded SNES that lets me play any region and it has a 50/60Hz selector. So I play most of my PAL games at 60Hz. Those that don't work at 60Hz I have swapped for NTSC versions. I've tended to go for US versions to avoid any language barrier.

PAL Battletoads glitches at 60Hz. I only keep this for collecting purposes. I play the US version which I own cart only.

Pilotwings is the US version.

Space Invaders is US-NTSC.

PAL Super Mario World glitches at 60Hz. I only keep this for collecting purposes.

Tetris & Dr. Mario is US-NTSC.

Here's a selection of Tetris games for the Super Famicom. No language problems here.
With my US copy of Tetris & Dr. Mario I think I have all Tetris games for the SNES.
The black box version of Tetris 2 + Bombliss is the limited edition that was a later release. It has extra puzzles and remixed music.

Caravan Shooting Collection is a compilation of 3 NES shmups with improved scrolling and no flicker.

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Importing a classic arcade to the UK
« on: July 03, 2018, 13:54:54 PM »

Made an account of my adventures importing a classic Atari game from the US.

It's a happy ending so hopefully it will embolden someone to do this.

Any comments and questions, just fire away!

Homebrew Chat / Harmony Cartridge
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:57:18 AM »
The Harmony cartridge is a home-brew product that looks like a regular 2600 cartridge but has an SD card slot and a built in menu system turning it into a multi-game cartridge. It works brilliantly and supports all 2600 games  plus most of the new home-brew games. The Harmony supports all games up to 32K - one or two home-brews exceed that but I haven't come across them yet! I recommend it highly.

It is also a boon for PAL 2600 owners. There are people now creating PAL60 versions of the most popular games. I have created several of these myself.

The ROMS I have created are here : but you can find those and all of the others at the PAL60 thread in the atariage thread. In fact I think someone has created a zip archive of every PAL60 ROM.

As usual, PAL gamers got screwed with shitty PAL ports. Atari did optimise a few of their own games, but Activision made no effort at all. You notice this most with Kaboom!

2600 emulation is excellent today but if you still want the real thing it's well worth a look.

Retro News & Chat / Having a clearout. Don't be scared - it'll be OK
« on: January 09, 2016, 22:19:37 PM »

Retro News & Chat / davyK's collection
« on: November 05, 2013, 20:02:20 PM »
A bit out of date but here we go.


p.1 (zelda, metroid, viewtiful joe, monkey ball and donkey konga series. Rest of the Mario sports - see p.10)
p.2 (have Mario Party 7 now too)

p.3 (have 2nd copy of 1080 as it supports LAN mode)

p.4 (have since swapped the platinum edition of Smash Bros Melee for an original edition - pictured later on. Also have 2nd copy of MKDD in red box for LAN mode gaming. Have a 4th Wavebird now).


p.6 (SSX and PoP series)

p.7 (have Code Veronica X now as well. RE4 is in another pic.)

p.8 (some JPN imports - Castle Shikigami 2 - lovely shmup, Puzzle Collection with GBA cable downloading GBA versions of the games, and Kururin Squash - hyper addictive version of the GBA game)

p.9 (some odd ones here that divide opinion - Killer 7, PN03 and Eternal Darkness)

p.10 (Mario party 7 as mentioned earlier and also original edition of Melee as referred to earlier. Namco's Mario Baseball is gorgeous)

p.11 (couple of US imports here - US Ikuraga and Namco Collection that has some nice arrange modes for Pacman and Galaga etc.)

p.12 (another US import here - Pacman World 2 comes with the Pacman Vs bonus disc)

p.13 (PAL Pacman Vs with R:Racing. PAL Pacman Vs is 60Hz only though. Have 2 mats and 2nd copy of the Dance Game)

p.14 (Bongos for Donkey Konga and DK Jungle Beat...)

p.15 (dancemats)

Sega Chat / Sega Saturn must have games
« on: February 18, 2013, 00:07:01 AM »
Saturn Bomberman Gorgeous main game mode for 2 players, up to 10 player battle mode, and an excellent single player master mode. Best version ever.
Bubble Symphony Majestic sequel to Bubble Bobble
Athlete Kings Sega does Track n Field. This plays great and I believe it still looks really solid today - and it is better fun than the DC followup.
Fighters Megamix Great fun cross over fighting game - all sorts of weird characters to unlock and loads of content.
Digital Pinball One of my favourites in the genre. Well designed tables and an extremely solid engine designed to make the game very accessible - more so than any other pinball game I've played.
Sega Rally Famous port of the arcade game - things may have been very different if this had appeared sooner in the Saturn's life
Virtua Fighter 2 Same here - Still looks pretty good today. Would take a lifetime to master.
Galactic Attack aka Layer Section Great old school shmup that got a PAL release. Gorgeous visuals and great level design stands up to repeated play.
Darius Gaiden Another top notch shmup that got a PAL outing.
Marvel vs Streetfighter, Xmen vs Streetfighter 2 stonking entries in Capcom's vs series. Excellent ports and the 4MB cart means no loadtimes.
Baku Baku Lovely puzzle game - an original take on the symbol matching genre sees you matching food to animals.
Tilt Another quality pinball game - nice ability to flick between 2D and 3D views on the fly. Excellent themed tables.
Virtua Cop 1 & 2 Lovely light gun game series gets a great port from the arcade.
Sega Ages Vol.1 Outrun, Space Harrier and Afterburner 2 on one disc - pity we didn't get to see Vol. 2
Panzer Dragoon Zwei Glorius sequel to the launch original. Looks a lot more solid and plays silky smooth.
Sonic Jam Packed compilation of the Megadrive Sonic games - has loads of content and extra modes. Supports the lock-on feature of the originals.
Parodius Deluxe Pak, Oshaberi Parodius, Sexy Parodius This great series gets a spot on conversion to the Saturn. The 1st title has Parodius1&2 on one disc and got a PAL release. Oshaberi is content packed with loads of nice extras and Sexy Parodius introduces some changes to the series and its a shame this was the last one.
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Lovely puzzle game gets the star treatment with lots of extra modes.
Soukyugarentai, Radiant Silvergun, DoDonPachi, Game Paradise Four import shmups of the highest calibre - why you get a Saturn.
Twinkle Star Sprites Odd puzzle game/shmup hybrid which looks and sounds great - comes with a 2nd disc stuffed with fan art etc. Finish the game once to unlock selectable slowdown!
Sega Ages : Fantasy Zone Lovely port of the cute arcade shooter that has a few nice extras if you delve around in the options.

Retro News & Chat / Office Gaming Tourney
« on: February 17, 2013, 13:04:21 PM »
I look through the retro event area with jealous just don't get that happening in Northern Ireland. (Maybe it does but I've no knowledge of it). I started a gaming league in work a year or so ago to make up for it. I work in IT so I believed I would some sort of response and there are between 12 and 20 of us who now take part on this. Details below.

I'll post here from time to time reporting on how these events go. We have access to a projector and screen which really makes this a great fun event and I can recommend this to anyone.

Other Systems / The VM Labs Nuon
« on: February 09, 2013, 13:16:58 PM »

Introductions / Greetings from Northern Ireland
« on: February 07, 2013, 22:51:04 PM »
Hi folks....

I'm been around for some time (mid 40s) so remember the rise of the arcades and the arrival of pong machines in the home.

Had a 2600 (still do!) and had an Oric-1 and an Amstrad 464 (with green screen!) in the 8 bit micro days. Then I kind of got a bit disillusioned with gaming because I believe that while the 8bit era was a great incubator for talent - the dodgy difficulty curves and tape loading of the day kind of put me off.

The NES got me back into gaming - then had s SNES, then an N64 (was bit of a Nintard for a while) - then a Saturn (wanted to play some shmups) - then my world opened up - also have a PS1, PS2, Atari 7800, Megadrive, Dreamcast, Gamecube and Wii. Have around 600 titles all boxed and complete - not a collector - more of a hoarder.

Have been a programmer (not games) for 20 odd years - wrote my first "app" on an Apple II in school when I was 14 and have never looked back. Don't get to code in work any more but I dabble with Java, PHP and Blitzbasic in my spare time.

Love gaming - especially retro and "retro style" games like puzzlers & shmups and not really into narrative led games. FPS games I think have kind of ruined the market - they suck in too much resource and talent that could be better used in other genres. Still will play the FPS but not all that much -I think they are opiate of the gaming masses I am afraid.

Used to be a Ninty fanboy - but i'm still quite a fan - still believe they are the only real big inventor now that the likes of Sega, Namco, Konami and Capcom seem to fallen into oblivion or a rut. Still ever hopeful for the future though even though the HD remake seems to be de rigour with everyone now.

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