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Introductions / Re: G'day Cobbers!
« on: February 17, 2020, 10:44:28 AM »
Liking the looks of Last Strike there.

Never owned a Jaguar but I've always thought it would be something I'd pick up eventually.  Are Jaguars region locked?

Retro News & Chat / Re: The History of Tempest
« on: February 17, 2020, 09:31:09 AM »
Love Tempest. I consider myself privileged to have played a lot of it in the arcade. That display and spinner controller make it quite unique.  Playing it emulated is a waste of time in my opinion. The XBL port is a faded shadow of the glory that is the original arcade game.

Tempest 2000 is a superb update but the controls let it down a tiny bit. The Saturn got a great port of that. The original Jaguar version supports a homebrew controller update that adds a paddle control and the excellent Tempest X3 on PS1 can work with the NegCon twistable control on Ps1 but it isn't quite the same.

T3K is supposed to be great but only people who own a Nuon DVD player got to try it. I own a Nuon and still have a mint controller sealed in the box - but the version of the Nuon I have has NO GAME PORTS!!!!!!! It could be modded as the connections are on the mother board but it would mean butchering the proprietory connector on the controller :(  Also don't have a copy of the game - maybe one day.

What I'd love to see is a compilation of original, T2K, X3 and T3K with a proper controller.
Will never see that of course.  :(

Space Giraffe is quite a different game and a standard pad is fine for that though.

EDIT: Had forgot about TXK and didn't know about about T4k!!! :)

Sega Chat / Re: The Sega Mega Drive & Genesis Thread
« on: February 09, 2020, 15:48:00 PM »
I had the SNES version!!  :)    Had it on MD too.

Sorry to say in a Sega thread but it was a bit better on SNES - or at least I preferred that version. It moved faster (which surprised me) but looked and sounded a bit better too. But a lot of this comes down to taste.

I played it to death - was able to complete it. I found some hidden sections including one that gave you an enormous weapon that gave you a chance against the last boss.   But I liked the fact it had lots of little hidden treasure rooms and secret bonuses etc.

After looking at that video it looked like it ran at similar speed to the SNES version as I remember it. Assuming that video is of the NTSC version, I wonder if the SNES version was optimised for PAL.  Or maybe I just remember things wrong. :)

Retro News & Chat / Re: Preserving Carol Shaw's Polo
« on: January 09, 2020, 13:44:48 PM »
I had heard of this game but  I didn't realise it was tied in with the Ralph Lauren brand.

Carol Shaw is a bit of a legend. She was particularly good at implementing AI in games. Her version of Checkers/Draughts was able to beat the Activision version if I remember right. She also did a version of Othello and 3D Tic Tac Toe for the 2600.

She is probably more famous for River Raid though. :)  That has a clever algorithm for generating the scrolling layout with the ever changing river. The level isn't stored as there was no way that would have been affordable back then - instead it is generated on the fly using random numbers in a repeatable way - in a similar way to the method used to generate screens in Pitfall.

Nintendo Chat / Re: Nintendo Wii Anyone ???
« on: December 27, 2019, 14:44:20 PM »
It is still a great same room MP console - maybe still the best.

Announcements and Feedback / Re: Merry Christmas 2019
« on: December 27, 2019, 10:16:20 AM »

Belated Merry Christmas ...  I'm back in work today :(

Off all next week though.

No gaming so far. I'm still trying to 1CC Raiden III on PS2. Have got to the last level a few times though. Need to get back to it!

Introductions / Re: PatmanQC would like to introduce himself
« on: December 24, 2019, 09:53:57 AM »


Pretty sure I have watched some of your stuff and enjoyed it. Welcome to the forums.

Atari Chat / Re: The Atari Jaguar Thread
« on: December 03, 2019, 16:06:04 PM »
Jaguar is one of the few consoles I don't own and have never owned. It's becoming an expensive thing to buy into now so I'd find it hard to justify spending on given the library which largely isn't to my tastes. I also have Saturn T2K so that itch is scratched.

However if an opportunity came up that would let me experience it at 60Hz with RGB and be able to get the likes of T2K and Raiden then I would probably take it.

Atari Chat / Re: The Atari Jaguar Thread
« on: December 03, 2019, 10:21:36 AM »
Jeff Minter always said he was disgusted with what he was forced to do with Defender 2000.

His direct remake of the game and the plus mode on the D2K cart look great and what he wanted to do was blocked by management because he was using similar sized sprites. He was forced to make things bigger which really hurt the playability of the game.

I can't say I have ever played it but looking at it the main ship is far too big for what is going on - esp with the speed it can move at. I watched a video of a guy who beat the game and he says he looks at the radar scope the whole time because its the only way he could react in time - leaving the main game display redundant. What a waste.

What a missed opportunity that era was. Management were even sniffy about T2K at the time because it didn't fit in with what they were expecting.

Imagine what Minter and others could have gone on to do with the Atari (and Williams?) IP - remakes of Robotron, Super Breakout, Missile Command, Asteroids, Black Widow, Xybots, Gravitar et al - all with a new look and enhanced gameplay.

Robotron 64 proved there was a market for it. It wasn't a blockbuster but it did OK.

The proposed new Atari console , if it does exist, could have been a new platform for this style of game.  Not retro games - but retro/classic style games - non timesink "won and done" games.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Atari Box
« on: November 29, 2019, 09:52:48 AM »

That's actually looking a lot better.

I may have to eat my words. Will see.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare Peter Pack Rat
« on: November 28, 2019, 15:56:42 PM »

It tanked in the arcade unfortunately but it's a nice game.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Let's Compare Peter Pack Rat
« on: November 26, 2019, 11:23:23 AM »
Was a bit of a MAME favourite for me this one.

I also remember it in the arcade but didn't play it much there due to the difficulty.

Sega Chat / Re: The Sega Saturn Thread
« on: November 22, 2019, 21:37:09 PM »

Saturn us 25 today.

Still a splendid console. Has aged far better than its contemporaries.

Arcade & Pinball Chat / Large Japanese arcade now closed
« on: November 20, 2019, 14:49:35 PM »
Always sad to hear about this. Even though I have no arcade near me I was always comforted that somewhere in the world they were financially viable..

I wonder who will be buying up all those cabinets....

Plenty of candy cabs for sale anyhow.

Have watched the video and I like the design of that game. It has a real nostalgic feel to it and a nice smart look.

A quick question - does the winner wear the shades into the next match?

There's a feature of Bomberman Generations on the Gamecube where the winner of the last match is golden and shiny - such a simple thing but it adds huge bragging rights and spice for targeted revenge vendettas in multi-player matches.

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