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General Retro Chat / Re: The NEC PC-FX
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:24:51 AM »
I just got around to watching this, and I have to say I think this console is a bit baffling.  Was it really any more powerful than the Neo Geo? I kind of feel like that niche market was already served by another console, then you add in the rise of 3D and it was doomed from the start (at least the Jag was serviceable at both).  It looks to have some great games though, I hope you get some more of them translated, Kidgamer.

Introductions / Re: Hi.
« on: May 05, 2015, 03:21:31 AM »
Welcom joeyjoe! I am an old school PC gamer myself, now getting back into a lot of these old games via GOG, glad to have you here. 

Also, I think a retro pc gaming sub-forum might not be a bad idea with the way GOG is going these days.  Part of the reason I signed up here is that a lot of the gaming forums are full of kids (as opposed to older gamers who played these consoles when they were current), and I kind of get the same feel from a lot of the PC gaming forums.  It couldn't hurt to try it out.

Sega Chat / Re: The Sega Saturn Thread
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:38:11 AM »
Quote from: "Akuza"

However, I do enjoy the system, to me it's one of those systems I look at and think I should love this system, but I just think it's good, maybe I think I should love it since I have so many games, but maybe it's because most of the games were available on playstation...   
The Saturn actually has more exclusives than any other console from the 32 bit era, it's just that most were Japan only.

Anyway, I bumped this thread because I don't think anyone ever posted this:  A level of the cancelled Sonic X-Treme game leaked.
Quote ... c-x-treme/

Sega Chat / Re: The Sega Dreamcast Thread
« on: May 05, 2015, 02:27:48 AM »
Quote from: "hamie96"
I'm impressed the modding community for the Dreamcast is still going strong. Keep up the good work!
There is just a lot of Sega nostalgia still out there, I think (including on my end), and the DC is relatively easy to develop for. It also has native VGA out, meaning that if you want a proper retro console that will look great on even a relatively new HDTV (before they stopped dropping higher VGA resolutions or VGA altogether) it's a good platform.

General Retro Chat / Re: Most Over Rated & Under Rated Console?
« on: March 02, 2015, 19:36:34 PM »
I think people are missing my point about the Jag a bit, here.  You can't talk about the nostalgia factor of the Jag as it was in 1994 when AVP hit in light of playing it later - because it had an insanely short period of time where it was a big deal.  Looking back now as a "retro" gamer, it's easy to gloss over what the 90's were really like once the 3D craze hit, and for a really brief moment, the Jag had a couple of killer FPS games that were well hyped.  I'm not talking about the quality of the library, or where it was even a year later, but there's a reason AVP was a system seller at that time.  You kind of had to be there, as they say.  Anyone who says AVP wasn't impressive in 1994 is kidding themselves.

General Retro Chat / Re: Most Over Rated & Under Rated Console?
« on: March 02, 2015, 04:12:23 AM »
Quote from: "WiggyDiggyPoo"
quote author=SnakeEyes link=topic=4259.msg76054#msg76054 date=1425213651]

Yeah, sorry, never happened.
See, I have to disagree a little bit.  We knew the Neo Geo very well in the U.S., it was always advertised in our gaming magazines (in the back, SNK stuff wasn't getting prime ad space), up to the end of the Neo Geo CD era (I could post scans if anyone is interested).  I think maybe it was different in the U.K., but it wasn't a super obscure thing here, just not many people could have one.  But, here's my other point on that:  It was 2D only, 2D was over by 1994 (I'm a 2D first guy, but it just was).  AVP running on the Jag was pretty big news among my friends at least, I can only speak from my own experience.

EDIT:  Again, I'm NOT saying the Jag is better - because it isn't.  But the Neo Geo CD was not on anyone's wish list after the mid-90's, no one cared about 2D anymore in the U.S. anyway.  There were huge markdowns on those consoles as well, it's just that their value (and appreciation for them) has gone back the other way.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Friends being into retro too
« on: February 28, 2015, 21:34:50 PM »
I have one friend who is also a Sega nerd (and my cousin), who I still play a lot of games with.  We were playing against each other in Street Fighter II 20 years ago, and just never stopped.  Outside of that, not really, that's mostly why I became interested in retro forums.

General Retro Chat / Re: Most Over Rated & Under Rated Console?
« on: February 28, 2015, 21:33:23 PM »
I'd like to say one thing in response to the Jag talk.  That console was mightily impressive in its day, and a had a lot of hype surrounding its launch.  It replaced the Neo Geo as that elusive, expensive console you had to have for a little while.  The port of Doom and Alien vs. Predator were very impressive in their day, and showed off what the hardware might be buildling towards - and then that was pretty much it.  I think the love for the Jag (at least for me, in the U.S.) comes out of the fact that it did have a few gems in its early life that left you wondering what it might have been capable of.  There is a nostalgia factor, too, but it's easy to forget that for a moment in time the Jaguar wasn't an also ran, but something you wished you could have.

General Retro Chat / Re: The Philips CD-i
« on: February 28, 2015, 21:30:02 PM »
I would just say one thing:  Those Zelda games were being goofed on fairly soon after release.  I remember GamePro in the U.S. at least taking them to task in the mid-90's.

Introductions / Re: Hey guys
« on: February 26, 2015, 23:47:15 PM »
Hey Darren, and welcome.  I promise not to hold being a Nintendo fan against you.   :2:

Introductions / Re: hey
« on: February 26, 2015, 23:46:37 PM »
Welcome! I checked out a few myself before settling on this one.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Review of the Week - Pulseman Sega Genesis/MD
« on: February 23, 2015, 00:43:45 AM »
I responded in the reviews thread too, but I am 100% with TrekMD on this (great review, by the way).  This game is really a great example of what the MD could do; the music plays on the strengths of the console with a heavy metal/techno soundtrack that sounds great, the control is tight, the sprites are well animated with vibrant color and the gameplay is more complex than the Sonic games while still being managable and fast paced.  I think it may just be the best MD platformer.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare - Earthworm Jim 1 & 2
« on: February 23, 2015, 00:37:40 AM »
Quote from: "zapiy"
I have to agree, the MD/Genesis version looks slightly better than the SNES version.. could that be the video quality though??? Eitherway its a close run thing. I have to say the Gameboy version looks pretty good also.
I think it is definitely a factor, the Sega consoles could do good RGB out without any mods (even the US versions), whereas the SNES had horrible RGB and the SNES Jr. has to be modded to even do RGB.  You won't see that in an emulator, which is why I appreciate shows like Game Sack that try to show the best version of a game on real hardware, with an unmodded console, when they do these comparisons.  I'm not sure with this video, but it looks like you are seeing the benefit of MD/Genesis RGB with the color palette.

Retro News & Chat / Re: New Retro Game Console
« on: February 22, 2015, 22:50:03 PM »
Quote from: "zapiy"
There is shoulder buttons?
Those work okay, but ask anyone who is into 2D fighters if you want to take on someone playing with a Saturn style controller with a PSX or SNES style controller, and the answer will be an emphatic no.  We're a minority, but I figured I'd at least mention it.  Of course, an arcade stick peripheral, or being compatible with something like the X-Arcade is also a good option.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Video Game Music On Real Instruments
« on: February 22, 2015, 22:30:07 PM »
I'd been meaning to post this, but kept forgetting.  I recommended the Zillion games, which were based on the anime, in the SMS thread.  Well, I think they had the best soundtrack of any SMS game, and in fact the songs were adapted from the anime.  Here are a couple of examples of those songs on real instruments: ... cV&index=1 ... 4HHYj9iycV

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