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Retro News & Chat / Re: SNES Mini Hacked
« on: June 11, 2018, 22:28:05 PM »
I could've got a raspberry pi setup with a wireless controller for less.

I find the "emulation" of the SuperNES and NES games so much more superior than anything that is on the RPi and you get real official Nintendo controllers. I think these are an absolute bargain. Converting into 1991 dollars, this $80 system in 2018 is only about $44 in 1991 dollars... AND it comes stock with 21 games and two controllers... AND a nice interface... AND you can load tons of other games on it... pretty great.

My only issue with it is it would be great to have it connect to a CRT through RGB.

I'm in the far minority here, but... in 2008 when the signal changed to HD broadcast, I stopped watching TV. I really haven't watched for 10 years and I haven't had any TV service since. HD TV is good. I just really liked the dark contrast tubes. LCD always seemed cheap and fake to me... except for computers. There is no motion-trail for sprites. It isn't alive like analog. For older games, the motion-trail added so much depth to the graphics... so much so that they were even FEATURED in the NES box art, especially for the black box NES games.

Eventually, possibly all technology will return to analog when we learn to control it. Analogue has a sense of "undefined" and there is magic/power/beauty in it. When we understand analogue, we'll see just how limited and basic digital is. Compare a 35mm camera film. The amount of megapixels it takes to match the quality is incredible.

Basically I agree with you on analogue being better than digital aesthetically. It's true for vinyl over CD's and it's true for CRT televisions over LCD.

Announcements and Feedback / Re: Reviewers from RVG wanted.
« on: June 09, 2018, 23:08:58 PM »
We need a few members who fancy doing some writing for us, mainly in the form of software and hardware reviews, we are more or less in a position to supply the games and the hardware to you without cost, these will be at out discretion and only to those that review often to make it fair.

Please reply here if your interested.

I've been hugely distracted this past week but in general I'm up for reviewing games and hardware if it suits, I think I said that in a pm anyway; for now I'll be doing some Colecovision :)

They've got to change those awful controllers!!! But it's a nice sentiment bringing a forty year old name back in an industry as quickly moving as this.

Spectrum Chat / Re: Sinclair Vega Plus
« on: May 13, 2018, 23:52:36 PM »
The twelfth of May has come and gone, and none of the Vega+ consoles have been sent out. Apparently not one person has even been contacted about their shipping address to send them out to!

Spectrum Chat / Re: Sinclair Vega Plus
« on: May 09, 2018, 14:07:48 PM »
Here's the latest excuse for the delays:

Firstly, many thanks for all the lovely messages and offers of support. We are a little bit overwhelmed and feeling the "Speccy" Love - keep it coming we appreciate it.

We are working our way through a few last minute obstacles, but we still plan to get the very first units out by the 12th as promised.

Also a games list has been "leaked" - this is NOT the final list, and it contains some games we removed many months ago. Because of this we have put back the release of the final list.

We are also fixing the Roll of Honour and updating the name changes you have requested. It is taking a little longer than expected but we will get to you.

Back again tomorrow.

Happy Sunny Wednesday.

— Retro Computers Ltd

Atari Chat / Re: Retron77
« on: May 08, 2018, 20:40:16 PM »
The argument of "atari vcs games are poor quality so its better to have a poor quality picture to play them with" doesn't make much sense to me tbh.

Atari Chat / Re: Retron77
« on: May 08, 2018, 16:47:28 PM »
The quality from SCART to HDMI adaptors is very poor in my experience. Probably a direct HDMI input would be better.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: May 07, 2018, 07:27:09 AM »
Where did you get it from, and is it a collection of reviews of homebrews this century?

Retro News & Chat / Re: Richard Dickinson dies.
« on: April 27, 2018, 19:04:51 PM »
Terrible news because it was so surprising. RIP Mr Dickinson.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: April 26, 2018, 08:22:44 AM »
Man, you could make that the badge on a football top! ;D

Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare - S.T.U.N. RUNNER
« on: April 20, 2018, 22:34:34 PM »
I never liked the game, was not into those early 3D games, plus I played it on the Amiga, which was nearly unplayable, very slow. But for that time, the game was stunning, pun intended.

We had a discussion yesterday about early 3D games, as somebody mentioned Lara Croft on the PSX, OMG, what did I dislike that stuff. I think that a lot of game companies forced themselves to make everything in 3D, but in my opinion the visuals were suffering from it. I loved isometric games so much, I loved the pixel art, I could also just have lived with 2D, and now everything gets swapped because there was the technology which allowed it? Not for me.

Eventually the 3D gaming became better and better, introduced with the PS2 and XBox, and we are where we are now. But the early 3D gaming years, don't wanna hear about them ;)

The very early 3D perspective games have an interest, though I get why people today won't want to touch the Spectrum version of Hard Drivin', for example. I admit I still like to play it every so often, especially now I can load it instantly using an emulator or one of the flash card devices currently available. Stunt Car Racer is the best of the 3D racers back then IMO. A game like Driller though - which got 97% in Crash (!) - is just too darn slow.

Spectrum Chat / Re: New Product: divMMC Future - SD Card interface.
« on: March 10, 2018, 18:57:56 PM »
Would you fancy doing us a review fella?

I would love one but the Retro Funds are light at the moment lol..

Yeah I'll do you a review if you like. Send me a pm if you want and let me know how you want me to do it ie rough word count etc  :)

Spectrum Chat / Re: Underappreciated ZX Spectrum games.
« on: March 09, 2018, 22:02:38 PM »
There was Jonah Barrington's Squash from 1985, a neat little squash game with excellent speech calling out the score after every point :)

Spectrum Chat / Re: New Product: divMMC Future - SD Card interface.
« on: March 09, 2018, 22:01:27 PM »
I've got one set up right now... and it rocks the house!

Other Systems / Re: The ugly face of ColecoVision
« on: June 06, 2017, 16:29:54 PM »
I got the Pac-Man Collection cart for the Colecovision and it was brilliant from the packaging to the cart and game itself. Maybe my single best buy in retro, but I did wonder how he was able to do it, getting all those licences and everything. Finally it seems, it's all  coming to an end, in terms of presentation anyway.

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