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Marketplace / Wanted: 1541, Silver GC pad, Old PC parts
« on: September 12, 2014, 21:25:53 PM »
Couldn't edit my old thread. Some things I'm (still) looking for....(marked some of the more important things in bold but if you have any for sale/trade let me know).

1MB ISA VGA card
384mb of 66mhz SDRAM (either 256+128 or 128x3)
3DO/CD-i/Saturn controllers (good condition)
64 Magazine Issue 40
Acorn Archimedes A3020
CD-ROM drive(s) - anything faster than 4x. Must be beige though.
Commodore 64 Disk Drive
Creative CT2230, 2290 or CT2830 ISA sound card
Mega Drive Mouse
NTSC NES (console only)
Razer Boomslang 2100 mouse
Silver Gamecube controller
SNES mini (console only)
Voodoo 3 3000 AGP

Games:

Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain (PC) - big box
Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver (PC) - big box
The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap (GBA) - cartridge only
Wario Land 4 (GBA) - cartridge only

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Retro News & Chat / LED Triforce
« on: September 04, 2014, 23:57:25 PM »
So I made a triforce out of LED's for my sister's birthday. It's on a piece of vero-board that's approx 6x4 inches so the actual triforce is about 4x3.5 inches.... if you were wondering about the scale.





Looks even better in person.

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Retro News & Chat / VHS Top-Loader
« on: August 14, 2014, 17:22:56 PM »
I bought a really nice top-loading VHS player a while ago for a fiver. Played tapes fine, but the idler tire had completely disintegrated so it wouldn't fast-forward, re-wind or most importantly reel the tape back up before ejecting so a bit would be hanging out the back.

I couldn't figure out how to get the actual thing out of the VCR to measure what size idler tire I needed, so I just bought a lot of 6 different kinds and tried to get one on there. It's not a perfect fit, but I did manage it.



It now works properly.




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Retro News & Chat / Your Gaming History
« on: August 14, 2014, 01:07:15 AM »
Don't remember if there was a thread like this on this forum. Thought I'd start it after seeing some of the posts in my 386 thread. Mine starts with....

Amstrad PC1512 (1986?) - I doubt any gaming was actually done on this, I just know it was around. It's in a picture from when I was 1 or 2.

286 (1987? - 1991) - It had big round buttons and a really nice LED numeric display. The first game I played was most likely on this. What that was though, I have no idea. Could be Sopwith, Rogue, Alleycat, 3-Demon which I know well from those days. Or possibly one of the more obscure games that I have vague memories of like Beast or Pango. It could even be Boppie's Great Word Chase which apparently we got in Canada - which would make it July 1987.

386 (1991-99?, 2014-) - This was the main machine. The one from the 386 repair thread I made. Most of the old-school PC gaming that I can remember clearly was on this. Commander Keen, Crystal Caves, Jazz Jackrabbit, Galactix, Kilo Blaster, Lemmings, Major Stryker, Lotus, the Dizzy games etc. It was still in use after it was replaced by a newer computer until around 1999.

Game Gear (1994-Present) - Despite all the computers we'd had my parents weren't fans of me or my sister spending lots of time playing video games and refused to buy a console that was specifically for gaming. For years I kept asking for a Master System or Mega Drive. I eventually had to settle for a Game Gear. It was cool at the time though but I only got a few games for it so it didn't have a massive impact on my gaming history. I still have it, caps replaced and in pretty nice condition with the original box.

P166 (1996-2001) - This was a significant upgrade at the time, having completely skipped over the 486. It meant the internet and online gaming. I first tried this with Hellbender and Quake 2 around 1998 I guess. I ended up playing a lot of Quake 2 online, initially with a 28k modem. It also meant getting up at 5 in the morning before school to play Destruction Derby. Oh yeah and CARMAGEDDON - I spent so much time playing that game.

N64 (1998-Present)Various PC's (2001-2010)Various Consoles/Computers (2010-Present) - This is when the whole "retro" thing started. I'd had enough of modern gaming so I bought a nice 21" Trinitron, got my N64 out and so it began. Almost all of the systems in this picture were purchased from October 2010 onwards. The modding started soon after. In 2010 I couldn't use a soldering iron.

Other:

Acorn Electron (198?-199?) - Inter-weaved through my early gaming years was the Electron. My dad bought it before I was born. If the first gaming I did wasn't in fact on the 286 then it would have been on this. It was in use until some time in the early 90s when the PSU wire needed fixing. I recently fixed the wire so it is functional. However, like my original Game Gear & N64 it just sits in a box.
Mega Drive/Saturn (2001) - I did actually buy both a Mega Drive and Saturn from Cash Converters in 2001 but didn't really use them at that time.
Dreamcast (2005) - Same as above.
Gamecube (mid-2000's) - My sister bought a Gamecube in 2003 which I played a few games on. I got one a couple of years later but again, didn't play much on it at the time.

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Retro News & Chat / My 386
« on: August 12, 2014, 14:52:24 PM »
Wasn't quite sure where to put this - Tech lab, retro computers or gaming collections. Anyway...

When I think of gaming in the old days - even though there were computers before and after this, my dads 386 is what I remember most. For most people nostalgia is some kind of console or one the home computers. For me...this is it. I used it from when I was about 6 to 12 - which is one of the most memorable parts of your childhood gaming.

Kept in a loft for many years, the battery leaked and damaged the motherboard:



Probably seems weird that I'd be that attached to a PC. For most people, you change the parts... it doesn't matter. With any other computer I would



I'm not going to be too optimistic about how well it'll work once it's set up properly....or how long it'll last, but it's something.

Didn't get too many pictures of the process this time as I just wanted it to bloody work, but I'll see if I can find a couple more to upload.

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Retro News & Chat / N64 2D Controller
« on: August 06, 2014, 20:08:18 PM »
I've been planning this for a while. There aren't many games that a 2D (Saturn in this case) controller would be useful for, but there are a few - a couple of 2/2.5D platformers and fighting games. Anyway, I had no idea if this would actually work - I gathered some info/pictures that described how the N64 controller board can be cut, but didn't see the end-result.

Here's how it went:


This is what's left of the N64 board:


....with the Saturn (PC) controller board:








It does work and at the moment the button config is:

A=C-Down
B=B
C=A
X=C-Up
Y=C-Left
Z=C-Right
L=Z
R=R

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Retro News & Chat / The Video Game Quiz Thread
« on: July 31, 2014, 19:31:05 PM »
Like the screenshot challenge, but with random trivia (anything gaming related). Person who answers correctly asks the next question.

First question:

In which game will you find Gordon Quick?

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Retro News & Chat / Mega Drive Multi-Controller
« on: July 29, 2014, 18:28:04 PM »
As you may already know I hate joysticks and I've made several kinds of modified Mega Drive/Saturn controller for use with other systems before. There's this PC controller that I quite like - I have several already for the PC. I also have a drawer full of spare Mega Drive controllers that are unusable due to being completely worn out, so I made another "new" controller for my Atari/Commodore/Spectrum systems.

This controller is a later revision of one that originally had switches where I put mine. One is to connect/disconnect pin 5 - which lets you use it on an Atari ST. The other is to switch Up between the C button and Up on the D-Pad - since most of the games I'll be using this with have up as jump due to them being made for joysticks.









I made one like this a while ago using a Mega Drive style controller from a Plug & Play game system (don't think I posted this one before).





I use these on my Atari ST, 130XE, 2600, C64, Spectrum and Amiga.

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Retro News & Chat / N64 Tie
« on: July 26, 2014, 00:10:33 AM »
Wasn't quite sure what thread to put this is, what section or what to call it.

I recently found this tie design that was drawn by a friend of mine back in the day. Can't actually remember who or why (except for the fact that we all had N64's).



As a birthday present my sister actually MADE me a tie based on this design.


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Posted this over on a DOS games forum. I know there aren't a lot of old school PC gamers around here, but perhaps it was released on another system.

I'm looking for a game that I think was called either Boppy/Boppee or Bop-It/Boppit. Something like that.

I remember very little about it myself so I asked my sister for some help. Here's what she said...

"I think all the gameplay took place on one screen, on which there were several platforms. There were letters to collect to make a word, like on Word Rescue. I think you played as a ball*, a bit like the 'Bounders' from Commander Keen 4. The graphics were either CGA or Monochrome."

It looks something like this:



*Possbly a Pac-Man like character I think.

There's nothing else I remember about it myself. Just that it would have most likely been played on a 286 in the late 80's.

PS - It's not Boppin'

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Retro News & Chat / Boooooring
« on: June 08, 2014, 22:43:22 PM »
Have you ever played a game that you didn't hate, maybe even liked the idea of but the gameplay just bored you to death?

I was trying to play Syberia the other day. I quite like point & click games and this one has pretty good reviews but I just found it so boring that I gave up after about an hour. I actually tried to play it 3 years ago and only made it about 30 mins back then.

Tomb Raider I also just found boring. Again, I tried a couple of times to play this hoping that it would get more interesting but I just couldn't take it.

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Modded several Master System 2's before like this one. I always used to follow other guides pretty strictly so I used an MD1 style 8-pin din socket as was the common way to do it. Never really thought about why. Eventually I wondered - surely just putting a SCART connector in there would be better, right? No need to buy an expensive MD SCART lead or make yet another cable.

Here's how it turned out. Red, Green, Blue, Composite via 220uF caps & 75ohm resistors. C-Sync via 220uF cap and audio via 10uF.





I started this mod a while ago and had to leave it because I had a problem with the Master System I was using. I eventually got round to swapping the board and picked up where I left off (hence the change in the following pictures). Also, it took me a while to figure out exactly how I was going to have this all wired up so some other changes were made after this picture was taken.



...almost finished



...and from the back:



I'll post some more details on the wiring of the SCART pins when I get time.

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Retro News & Chat / Video Game Music Quiz
« on: March 16, 2014, 00:39:35 AM »
Thought I'd try this as a forum thread for everyone else (did it in the chatbox earlier). Just name the game. Here are the first 5.

VGM Quiz 1

VGM Quiz 2

VGM Quiz 3

VGM Quiz 4

VGM Quiz 5

Answers:

1 -
2 -
3 -
4 -
5 -
6 -
7 -
8 -
9 -
10 -

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Retro News & Chat / 8-Bit vs 16-Bit
« on: March 06, 2014, 19:56:40 PM »
So, I think I'm actually starting to prefer 8-bit games. Why? graphics.

Obviously, from a technical standpoint 16-bit games have better graphics. But that's the problem I've been having.

When a platform is just a row of blocks, I can clearly see where it starts and ends. When it's a tree branch covered in leaves or an animal or some other crap, How the hell am I supposed to know which pixel is the end? I don't. *falls off*

Also, sprite size. Everything seems way too big on 16-bit games not giving you enough time to react to what's happening. It's like playing zoomed in.

I don't know, maybe it's just the games I've been picking but they've been giving me some real trouble lately.

Anyone else have this problem?

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Retro News & Chat / Favourite Video Game Names
« on: March 05, 2014, 16:34:19 PM »
Some of my favourites:

Beneath a Steel Sky
Dynowarz: Destruction of Spondylus
Metal Storm
Totally Rad

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