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« on: June 05, 2019, 20:51:34 PM »
I've got both a cuttle cart (which is a modern supercharger) and the Harmony cart which plays the games, and I played them back to back again this week. There is no real comparison. The supercharger version plays a LOT better as well as obviously looking better. It basically makes the original redundant, and even gives the great Colecovision version a run for its money.
« on: May 26, 2019, 13:07:11 PM »
I was quite surprised when going through other issues that in September 2017 he headlined with an article on "Manic Miner's Forgotten Conversion!" I thought, "Eh?" Manic Miner is a British
game, and more than that, a British ZX Spectrum
game!!! Why would he do an article on that? Everyone knows the ZX Spectrum is rubbish! In fact, it's even more rubbish than soccer!!
So I read it with gritted teeth, but no, he was incredibly complimentary. He said the following: "Unlike a lot of the rose-tinted perspective concerning early home computer games, and ZX Spectrum games in general, Manic Miner is honestly a very polished and fun to play game.
" Well, how about that! While ZX Spectrum games in general are rubbish and it's just a rose-tinted perspective that makes British people think they're any good, Manic Miner is actually quite playable! Well, for a British game anyway!
Sorry Mr Lundin, but you don't know what you're talking about. I think you should stick to what you know best, like Nintendo, Sega and... er, Nintendo
« on: May 07, 2019, 22:29:45 PM »
On the other side, there was a really interesting article on the story behind and merits of the Atari 2600 classic, Yar's Revenge.
« on: May 07, 2019, 15:54:20 PM »
David Lundin Jr is certainly very upfront with his views, particularly his hatred of British gaming. Personally I think he's talking rubbish, and the mag suffers from being too Yank-centric. He mentions Robocop 2:
"one thing will be instantly apparent: that bleeding in your ears, yeah, that's the sound of a British game developer. Sure enough, Ocean Software developed RoboCop 2 for the NES, and it plays like a bog standard British-developed platform game of the time" and "a mess of over-animated graphics, flashy and overly bright colors, ridiculous enemies, garish background patterns and all the other out of place garbage generally associated with British developed games of this era."
Yes, British programmers were terrible at programming games because they were British. Especially Rare who did Donkey Kong Country and so many other awful games at that time!!
« on: May 06, 2019, 12:27:23 PM »
I don't remember a Rally Racer on the 2600, must have been one of the late 80s releases. Will need to check it out.
« on: April 30, 2019, 08:07:43 AM »
There was a lynx multicart that came out last spring which I bought that I think may have the edge over this as it gives you the game file names on screen to scroll down rather than pushing a button, but this still looks like a solid alternative.
« on: April 26, 2019, 16:41:25 PM »
I'll review it if you like
Might take a while for it to get here though, as I've heard there's a slow turnover of processing orders. Will be worth it in the end though I'm sure
« on: April 25, 2019, 19:43:50 PM »
I just ordered a Harmony Encore cartridge. I will now pray to Jesus that it makes its way safely to the United Kingdom from America over the next few weeks...
« on: July 28, 2018, 18:44:04 PM »
The LCD screen kills it for me though, because I hate the way they take apart pixellated graphics to make them look blocky.
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:04:31 AM »
That multicart looks great. I'm tempted to get one myself!
Pretty good value for money, but you can't play Pac Man Collection on it!
« 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.
« 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
« on: May 30, 2018, 15:37:49 PM »
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.
« 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!
« 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