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Homebrew Chat / Re: New Atari 7800 Homebrew - Pac-Man Collection XM
« on: May 22, 2020, 10:29:46 AM »

The version of Pacman Collection I have then was based on the official Atari release - isn't that right?

Homebrew Chat / Re: New Atari 7800 Homebrew - Pac-Man Collection XM
« on: May 21, 2020, 23:52:36 PM »
I see this version has introduced scrolling to avoid scaling artifacts. I have the original release of this which doesn't scroll - it is scaled to fit but it's a great job. My version is PAL and it didn't seem to get any optimisation applied to it unfortunately and a PAL60 version wasn't on offer at the time (although that may not be possible on the 7800). The PAL colours hadn't been translated all that well either and one of the ghosts can be hard to see sometimes which is a shame but not game breaking. It's still a nice compilation but the slower speed, borders, colours and the poor RF signal of the 7800 compromised it. Still very playable though.

The Megadrive version of Ms. Pacman has scrolling too - it doesn't hurt the game too much but it is a compromise.

How has this footage been captured? This looks and sounds great. I wonder if a TATE mode could have been an option to avoid scrolling?

Homebrew Chat / Re: New Atari 7800 Muddyvision Games in Development
« on: May 16, 2020, 18:32:17 PM »

Very nice stuff on show there.  Lot of attention to detail.

Retro News & Chat / Re: One Console For Life
« on: May 15, 2020, 17:01:49 PM »

I'm April - so Genesis. Not the biggest fan of the console but I could live with it.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: May 14, 2020, 13:32:33 PM »

I've always been wary of licenced games - even way back in the early days it was never a sign of quality. The 8 bit micro days used shameful use of licences to sell any old shit.

It has always served me well thinking like that.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: May 13, 2020, 21:17:50 PM »
This has a story mode but it's in Japanese and is no doubt nonsensical.

PS1 got a version of this too.

The soundtrack is excellent - the Ps1 version probably sounds even better.

Any licence branding tends to put me off anything. N64 also got the superb Pokemon Puzzle League which is an update of Tetris Attack on SNES which itself is a Mario-ised version of a JP-side puzzle game called Panel De Pon. The Pokemon branding is unfortunate as it's a hardcore puzzle game and the Disney branding on this and the Pokemon branding tend to convey the impression of a kids' game when nothing could be further from the truth.

The AI in Magical tetris is brutal.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: May 13, 2020, 12:53:24 PM »
Just received this under-rated gem in the post.

It's a rare thing - an actually good tetris variant. The Disney branding is offputting but filter that out and you see a really solid and challenging game underneath with a well thought out attack and counter attack system.

Another one for my JP-N64 and Tetris Collections. 2-in-1 !! :)  Splendid soundtrack too.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Underappreciated N64 Games.
« on: May 12, 2020, 18:57:01 PM »

They are all real pure 2D "ladders and levels" games - even on PS1 and Saturn. The N64 port introduced 3D and it was done quite well. There's another on the Gamecube with plays 2D but has a really nice looking isometric look. Don't own that one though.

Homebrew Chat / Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« on: May 11, 2020, 14:40:43 PM »


Homebrew Chat / Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« on: May 11, 2020, 14:35:57 PM »
Heh - just read the OP!!!

So it's a module that you plug into the cartridge port. Very clever.

Will it work with a PAL system?

Homebrew Chat / Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« on: May 11, 2020, 12:35:33 PM »
I have had a 7800 for a long time but it's a PAL unit and I've been loathe to invest too much in games for it; reason being the usual PAL compromises from that era giving us a less than optimal game experience here. It's also not that great as an RF video device - my 2600 gives me a better picture. I use a 4:3 CRT with RGB SCART for retro gaming but I still use RF for my 2600 and 7800. :)

So I'd be interested to know exactly what all this entails. I really like the look of it. I have a PAL 7800, a US 4 switch 2600 with composite mod and a PAL 6 switch + a Harmony. I've also bought a few homebrews such as Pacman Collection and Medieval Mayhem from the atariage site.

I was quite active for a while there creating PAL60 ROMs for 2600 games on the atariage website as well. Have given some feedback on projects that were asking people to run demo programs and give feedback on overscan etc.

So I am somewhat invested in old Atari tech - but I'd be in for this alone if it gave me a way of playing 7800/2600 games using composite with high score support for 7800 games. The real bonus is the homebrew scene. Really like the look of some of the homebrew games - stuff like the Circus remake look great for example.

Given what I have I can jump a few different ways. Is my best way forward to get an NTSC 7800 (modded for composite) and XM or is it an all-in-1 unit?

Homebrew Chat / Re: Atari 7800 eXpansion Module (XM)
« on: May 11, 2020, 09:25:44 AM »
I've been lukewarm to the XM as it's not really a 7800 any more but I have to say I'm getting a trifle excited about this now.


That's it. :)


Heh...just noticed my typo - meant Dropzone but I guess you figured that out!!!

Sony Chat / Re: Playstation Games That Disappointed You?
« on: May 10, 2020, 20:24:31 PM »
A huge disappointment for me was God of War on PS2.

It's a technically superb game. Gorgeous graphics. I love the setting and theme. Presentation is top drawer.

But I found the game deadly dull. The boss sections were OK but even they were basically QTE sections and the between boss combat was just endless button mashing. The spectacular moves and animation were no compensation for the total absence of any sense of control.

I went back to it a couple of times and but just eventually gave up. I really really wanted to like it.  :(

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