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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!


Nintendo Chat / Re: The Retron HD
« on: September 02, 2017, 17:10:37 PM »
This is very cool. My unreliable NES was a large contributing factor on getting a Retro Freak system. (Which is awesome!) If this had been out before I bought that, I may have been swayed.


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: August 08, 2017, 23:27:06 PM »
I didn't realize the games were packaged so differently in Europe.  Why are the cases larger for the PS1 games?

(Sorry it took me so long to reply. The image wasn't working.)

I attached an image and did a bit of comparing.

To the left is a game in a standard CD style case, didn't have any US Dreamcast or PS1, so I used a light gun bundle copy of Virtua Cop 2. (Saturn games are mostly in cardboard longboxes over here, but I digress...)

Next to it is a PAL Dreamcast game. Charge N' Blast. Didn't realise the rest of the world used smaller cases for these until recently. These are very annoying, and the hinges break easily and cases are hard to come by to replace.

Then there are a few single disc PS1 cases. Like the Dreamcast jewel case, they are about twice the width of a CD case, so you get half as many on a shelf. No idea why, maybe for easy visual separation from the other territories, or safer shipping. Who knows.

First case is Crusader, slightly shorter with black plastic at the top and bottom. Next is Wild Arms, a little taller with clear plastic on the top and bottom, this is much more common. Finally Tekken is in a cardboard case. Which is very strange.


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: July 30, 2017, 18:06:26 PM »
(I'm back after not being able to log in for a few weeks)

So much envy for US games. PS1 cases are better, fits on the shelves better than our EU thick PS1 jewel cases, and more easily replaceable. And the PS2 games have better artwork. Not to mention all the above play at 60hz.

Cool games, I just looked around my game room thinking I had Atari Anthology, but I don't, so now I must get it!


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: June 29, 2017, 18:36:15 PM »
That is a very good idea. The stick on the controller keeps dropping down, and I have to pull it hard to turn left. Seems like an easy fix though, as I can probably stick something under the joystick section to keep it up. Still playable as it is, so I might not bother fixing it. Looks like it was previously repaired as the controller is held together by tape.

Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: June 28, 2017, 19:12:03 PM »
Just got Mine Storm for the Vectrex, and... a Vectrex!

Wanted one of these for quite a while, a local seller had one. Isn't in the best shape, didn't get the best deal, but I'm still pretty happy.


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: May 29, 2017, 19:12:19 PM »
Just got a load of old PC games at a car boot sale today for £15. When I got home it appeared that there were a few extra games inside one of the boxes as well.


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: May 18, 2017, 23:34:21 PM »
Just added a Phillips CD-I to my collection. It came with the light gun and the elusive gamepad controller. (the controller that actually looks like... a controller)

I've got some good games for it (was waiting for a system to play them on) including Mutant Rampage Bodyslam, which is a neat 2D side scrolling beat em up. Also thought I had The Apprentice, (platform game) but when I opened the case it seems that a Merlin's Apprentice disc was actually inside.

The console was not working when I received it. I had it playing for a few minutes by pressing the lid sensor with a stylus. But later it died. After I wedged up the disc spinner with some force (and trial and error) it came to life again and started working normally.

I intend to do a video about the console and my pickups. Assuming it's still working when it comes to recording it.


Retro News & Chat / Re: My collection (Mr1280)
« on: May 01, 2017, 15:00:27 PM »
Sweet collection! I really like the handheld display with the figures, a very nice visual touch, and it makes the consoles stand out.

Of all the games on display for some reason my eyes were drawn to Zool on the Megadrive. A lesser known platformer that I used to love playing on the Amiga. (Before I lost the code wheel)


Retro News & Chat / Re: Latest Retro Purchases (Games or Hardware)
« on: April 20, 2017, 14:20:27 PM »
Some great finds. I do a pickup video every month, but I'll also post images of anything sweet on here seperately,

I just got this controller for £4 at a car boot sale. Looks great, like a PlayStation console with buttons on it. I wanted an arcade stick for shooter games. Played it with Mobile Light Force and it was good. The size makes it sit on your well whilst gaming. The guy who sold it wanted rid of it quickly because it was big and clunky.


General Retro Chat / Re: Retro Freak or Retron 5?
« on: April 03, 2017, 13:23:19 PM »
I'm compelled towards the Retro Freak as it also supports Pc Engine. It's controller setup is less than ideal though, with the accessory only having one of each console controller slot. Where as the Retron 5 has two of each built in.

They both now support Game Gear, which is cool.


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 / Re: Turbografx card plastic sleeve issue
« on: February 15, 2017, 22:58:43 PM »
Environment could be a factor, as I live close to the sea. And I've had water damage before. But I also remember the card sleeves being yellow and quite sticky when I got them. I then thoroughly cleaned them. But they must've got worse over time.


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.


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