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Retro News & Chat / Game Room Tour 2017 video (New)
« on: December 20, 2017, 19:26:23 PM »
Hi guys!

After my game room tour was so well received here last year, I've filmed a new one this year, updated with my expanding collection!

Video -

Thanks for checking it out. Much appreciated!


Retro News & Chat / Good, cheap MAME machine?
« on: September 26, 2017, 00:00:03 AM »
Hi guys,

I'm wanting to get a MAME machine, like a desktop arcade if some little box I can plug into a TV and use a controller / fight stick with. But I don't want to break the bank. (And I don't know much about these things so I thought here would be a good place to enquire)

I've used MANE on the PC, but I found the experience lacking, and I don't like having to set up the controls. I'd like something that turns on like a console, with no fuss, and in an ideal world had HDMI out so I could stream / record it.

Any recommendations / advice appreciated. Thanks!


General Retro Chat / Retro Freak or Retron 5?
« on: April 03, 2017, 11:14:58 AM »
I know it sounds sacrilegious. But I'm struggling for space with my gaming setup, I do physically own all the systems these consoles emulate, but I'd like a quick and easy option as alternative. It'd also make for better HD recordings.

So I'm looking for testimonials from those with experience from either consoles. I'm leaning towards the Retro Freak as I've heard quality complaints from the Retron 5 construction. And I have compatibility concerns from both systems.

What do you guys think I should go with?


Sega Chat / Game works on Megadrive Model 1 but not Model 2?
« on: February 26, 2017, 23:18:00 PM »
Hi guys,

Got a loose Megadrive cartridge for Double Dragon, pretty bad port I know, but I wanted two player control at the same time. (For making a Youtube video) The cart its self is one of those big Accolade unlicensed carts.

When I put the cartridge into my Megadrive (Genesis) model I got the initial white text and then it cut out to black. Going through the paces I always go through when a new cart doesn't work, I applied some isopropyl alcohol with a cotton bud tip, and then cleaned it with a dry cotton bud. Still no joy. Rinse and repeat and still nothing.

I tested other Accolade games, like the Bitmap Bros 'Gods', and they were fine.

So the cartridge is broken me thinks, disappointment sets in and I start looking for a replacement. But then I remembered in a Cinemassacre video, they stated problems with the 32x Sonic game not working on a Model 2 genesis. And as I'm using a Model 2 Megadrive, (as it sits pretty next to the Model 2 Mega CD) I dust off my Model 1 Megadrive and give it a shot.

Sure enough, the game loads fine every time.

Never encountered a compatibility problem before. I didn't think this was a thing. Anyone else bumped into a similar situation?



General Retro Chat / Turbografx card plastic sleeve issue
« on: February 11, 2017, 23:49:54 PM »
Hi all,

Not sure if anyone else has had this problem. Seems to me that the transparent soft plastic of the HuCard protective sleeves degrades fairly quickly. Had a bunch of loose cards in sleeves, that when I checked them recently had stuck to the sleeves. I removed them, but they all had unremoveable stains from the sticky plastic.

Something similar actually happened to our Amiga500 from its keyboard sleeve / protector. Ended up with yellow streaks on that system, so it looks like it's painted with a tiger skin.


Retro News & Chat / Game Collection Video
« on: December 30, 2016, 20:09:40 PM »
Hi guys,

I made mention on my last topic of doing a game collection video. I do pickup videos every month, but showing everything (even though my collection is quite small) was a little daunting.

I filmed a game room tour. But I forewarn, that it is quite long, and features many jump cuts and handheld camera shaking.

Video -

Thanks for looking!


Sega Chat / Mega CD Ram question
« on: November 21, 2016, 13:26:17 PM »
Hi there,

I'm slightly at odds, as every time I debate putting some searipus time into Shining Force CD, I realise I won't be able to save my progress, or more specifically, the unlocked game.

As a PAL back up ram cartridge seems to be ghostly rare, does anyone know if a US or Japanese ram cart is useable?
I know the system is region locked for CD's.

Thanks for your time.


Commodore Chat / I give up on datasette gaming!
« on: November 10, 2016, 14:40:38 PM »

I'm an avid Commodore gamer, but I've received too much sadness from my C64 in recent memory to bother booting up the system.

To be clear, I have 3 Commodore 64 computers, and at least 4 working Commodore cassette players. Last time I played, everything was fine. Now, none of those cassette players will read correctly, and only one of the C64 computers will boot up!

Its quite a frustrating experience, waiting hours for the game to read successfully and launch. The first time I put in a copy of Lazer-Force, and pressed rewind, the tape snapped!

So I'll admit, I have taken to emulating the system, and keeping the physical games for collection purposes only. At least when emulated the games launch more than 10% of the time, and are not damaging during use. And, I can skip the lengthy loading process.

So yes, I just wanted to vent a little. I'm a little envious of the fact that US Commodore systems used floppy discs, where as we in England stuck to cassettes. Which whilst much cheaper, are failing me now.


Retro News & Chat / My meagre game collection
« on: October 09, 2016, 20:13:49 PM »
Hi there,

The best way I can show my collection is via a collection tracking website, so here is a link to what I've documented on Darkadia:

If you click on Profile at the top, it shows my latest acquisitions. And shows how many titles for each system, etc. I had a lot of water damage some time back, and lost many games, so I'm currently rebuilding.

I can add some pictures of consoles, special editions etc, if people are interested. I am also thinking of doing an entire collection video at some point.



Retro News & Chat / MVL Gaming on Youtube (My Channel)
« on: October 09, 2016, 20:04:07 PM »
Hi guys,

Just wanted to let you know I've a channel, and here's the link:

I just uploaded a pick up video, which features gameplay footage for almost all the game I bought this month. (Yay, cheap games at car boot sales!)

I also have a ton of other content, Lets Plays (MVL Plays) and edited content, in a more professional format. (Danger Zone) I also have some Magic the Gathering videos, and will be putting up some Warhammer battle reports.

Thanks for taking the time to look, its very much appreciated. Getting the word is a little daunting, but I'm committed to making a new video every week.



Introductions / Hellow everyone, I'm MVL
« on: October 09, 2016, 19:51:37 PM »
Hi everybody, I'm MVL. (Victor Lazarus)

I'm seeking to converse with like minded individuals, and even though doubtlessly many of the users of this forum will have collections that dwarf mine, those in physical throwing distance of myself, think I have too many games.

I was first introduced to games at a young age, waiting what seemed like eternity for my father's Commodore 64 to load a tape. From then on I was hooked, working my way up to the Commodore Amiga computer, and eventually bought myself a Gameboy. I still own my original N64. Over time, I have ended up an adult, surrounded in gaming resources. I now boot up my Xbox One, and wait what feels like an eternity, for the games to install. Nothing changes.

Cheers all!


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