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Jess Ragan

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#3825042 New Gamecube HDMI adapter

Posted by Jess Ragan on Thu Aug 10, 2017 2:56 PM

Wow all this useless arguing about warezing games so you can be lazy and play a warez dump on a WiiU or a Wii because it's too challenging to plug a system in and exert oneself to put a disc into a machine and push the power button.  Such hardships.


If you don't like arguments, that tone certainly isn't going to help you avoid them. Who peed in your Corn Pops this morning?

#3819131 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Aug 2, 2017 1:28 PM

Wow, it even comes with its own companion cubes!

#3809146 Another way to use a spinner to play Tempest 2000...

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:58 AM

Don't be so quick to scoff at this. There's no commercially available spinner under $40... believe me, I've LOOKED. It's frustrating to try to make one of these yourself and any help is greatly appreciated.


I've seen mouse-based dials like this, except they didn't use a fidget spinner as a flywheel... the maker just drilled a hole at the bottom of the mouse, set a dowel in the hole, and threaded a cardboard circle with a hole in the center through the dowel. Of course, there would be friction with that design... the fidget spinner would greatly reduce it.


Right now, I'm using a VCR head glued onto a wooden box, with a cardboard circle screwed onto the bottom. There's a mouse glued inside the box, which reads the movements of the circle as it spins. It's extremely difficult to find the right distance between the mouse and circle, but gluing some fuzzy felt on the circle gives you extra tolerance without adding too much friction.


I just want someone to mass-manufacture a jog wheel for a computer that doesn't cost a fortune and doesn't look like it was thrown together from spare parts. Currently, that just doesn't exist.

#3802584 Handheld game in Threads 1984

Posted by Jess Ragan on Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:11 AM

Looks a lot like this, the GameBox Penta. It looks like you collect turds while avoiding monsters for some reason?


#3802567 Help me remember the name of this handheld!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Jul 9, 2017 11:31 PM


Here's the ad! Scream in agony as the hand throws away a perfectly good Super NES cartridge, only to replace it with this LCD disaster!



#3802389 Help me remember the name of this handheld!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Jul 9, 2017 5:07 PM

I don't remember the name (it was something 2000 I think) but I do remember the INFURIATING commercial on television with the voice over shouting "never buy those expensive game cartridges again!," complete with a clip of a housewife throwing Street Fighter II in the garbage. How DARE you disrespect the classics that way!

Edit: Probably something like this. http://thumbs4.ebays...GnEUgfTXE-A.jpg

#3800200 Irata Jaguar for Android devices

Posted by Jess Ragan on Thu Jul 6, 2017 4:29 PM

I just posted this as news, so it may appear on the front page of this site tomorrow. We'll see.


Anyway. I'm tempted to try this. I have no great love for the Jaguar, but there are a few titles which pique my curiosity (Ultra Vortek, Defender 2000) and a couple others which I'd like to try again (Tempest 2000, supposedly better than the Saturn version I had in my 20s).

#3799717 Irata Jaguar for Android devices

Posted by Jess Ragan on Thu Jul 6, 2017 1:36 AM


I just saw this when I fired up my Android TV for the first time in a month. It's a Jaguar emulator, believe it or not, and it seems to be getting positive reviews from those who've tried it. It requires a pretty powerful Android device, though, so don't go in with high hopes unless you've got incredible hardware.

#3798434 House of Random Goodies - Take these priceless goods in exchange for Atari!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Tue Jul 4, 2017 5:22 AM

What is that Pacman thingy in the first image?


That'd be Pac-Man GOLD according to Amazon. Not sure what makes it so golden but I do like the design!

It's a plug 'n play with Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Exciting New Pac-Man Plus!, and Pac and Pal, along with Galaxian, Dig Dug, Bosconian, and Rally-X.


https://www.amazon.c...wse-bin:Pac Man

#3793438 Things you dislike about CV: Symphony of the Night

Posted by Jess Ragan on Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:34 PM

Okay, I'm up for a challenge!


Galamoth is almost impossible to beat without the Beryl Circlet.

Some magic spells are annoyingly hard to perform, particularly the heal which brings to mind Geese Howard's Deadly Rave.

Later games in the series (on the GBA and DS) never quite lived up to Symphony of the Night, although the two Dawn of Sorrows came close.

The Saturn version seems kind of phoned in by comparison.

People complain too much about the voice acting, which has a goofy earnestness lacking in the Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP.

You have to unlock Symphony of the Night in Dracula X Chronicles for the PSP.

Other things from the 1990s don't hold up as well as Symphony of the Night (ie Zima).


Beyond that, smooth sailing on calm seas.

#3784317 RetroN 77

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:52 PM

I wish it were a Retron 87, honestly. I don't LOVE the Atari 7800, but a system that plays games for both formats would be better than a system that just plays games for one of them.

#3784300 RetroN 77

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Jun 14, 2017 4:31 PM

Wait, the author suggests that you can "fry" cartridges the way you could with an original 2600. That's pretty accurate emulation if it's true!

#3784067 RetroN 77

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:02 AM

I just found out about this. Apparently I'm a little late to the party, but I submitted this as news to AtariAge anyway.


It's... kind of ugly! It looks like they tried to capture that 2600 aesthetic while keeping the boxy look of its previous Retron consoles, and it's not a good combination.

#3782339 Sega Master System "Alf" hint sheet found

Posted by Jess Ragan on Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:52 AM

Hint 1: Don't play this.

Hint 2: We're really, really sorry for this.

#3781707 Official Custom Controller Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:52 PM

So this is what I've got so far. That wooden box I found at the thrift store was a real disappointment... it looked like it was built from quality parts, but punching into it with power tools revealed that it was a made from LIES. Also plywood and cardboard. Man, that shit splinters in a hurry. The velvet inside the box complicated matters, too. I'm tempted to hit reset and put it in a different box, but damn the torpedoes... I've already got it working, so it's too late to turn back now!


Questions. The encoder I bought included wires that were entirely too short. The situation is so dire that the encoder is just floating inside the box, hanging by the wires... I can't actually anchor it to anything. Where can I get longer ones? Also, the clips on the ends of the wires hold the microswitches in a death grip. If you make a mistake or need to replace the wires for any other reason (like, because they're too damn short...), it's nearly impossible to remove the clips. You dudes have any tips for loosening them without ripping out the wires?

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