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Jess Ragan

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#3939787 Do you use a "Homebrew Joystick"? - Post your pics!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Yesterday, 9:24 PM




   Did you ever finish this joystick project.  I'd like to see how it turned out.




I got mixed results. The "wood" in the box was actually some sort of light plywood, and the acoustics in the box are such that the buttons make a deep "klong" noise whenever you hit them. The joystick is great for maze games, but not so much fighters, which is kind of why I built the damn thing in the first place. (I might have to invest in a Sanwa next time... it's what all the cool kids are using.)


I never got custom artwork on this, so what you see is what you get. I'd probably have to disassemble the joystick before I could make the box more presentable... and I might do that, since its performance was never entirely satisfactory anyway. I was happy with the home button... I purchased an ignition button designed for machinery, and it's great for this purpose because it not only takes more effort to press the recessed button, but because there's a glowing circle around the edge that turns on when you plug it into game systems. It's a nifty touch. Also, I like the encoder I used... I was warned against that brand, but I was happy with it. It works with both USB and PS2, and it seems responsive enough. I just wish the wires it came with had been three inches longer.

#3939587 PC Controller

Posted by Jess Ragan on Yesterday, 4:54 PM

I generally use adapters, but when that's not an option (or I'm too lazy to dig one up) I've got my Logitech F310. It's a hybrid of the Dual Shock and Xbox 360 controllers, and while it doesn't work with the Xbox 360 by default, it can be set to either DInput (classic USB) or XInput (the input used by the Xbox 360 controller). The buttons have the same color and layout as they do on an Xbox controller, but the thumbsticks are parallel and the rounded D-pad reliably responds to diagonals. It's a decent back-up joypad.

#3926973 The Official NEO-GEO Thread!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Jan 3, 2018 11:59 PM

Lol! I just realized that my M.A.M.E. arcade has Neo Geo Games! My cousin built it for me a couple yrs ago.. So this is what I`m doing today..


Any chance I can convince your cousin to build me a dial controller for my PC that works worth a damn? I want to play Arkanoid and similar games so badly...

#3906651 Which system do you think has been pushed the most?

Posted by Jess Ragan on Thu Dec 7, 2017 3:03 PM

The Atari 2600 gets my vote, with the Intellivision close behind. The 2600 in particular was never supposed to be more than an evolution of the Pong units Atari had been selling, with a small amount of RAM and no video memory... everything had to be drawn on the fly. Yet despite that, the 2600 was supported through the 1970s, 1980s, and even a tiny bit of the 1990s, playing games that probably should have been well beyond its grasp. Commando! Ikari Warriors! Fatal Run! Solaris! Midnight Magic! Even Secret Quest, which was the 2600's answer to The Legend of Zelda.


The machine's quirky hardware and the ways developers took advantage of it was a big reason it was supported for so many years. It just seems to hold up better than its late 1970s contemporaries. The colorful layered graphics of the 2600 seem more subtle and clever than what you'd find on the Intellivision, the Astrocade, or the Odyssey2.


Intellivision games don't look great in 2017, but you have to give the system props for the complexity of its games. Even early ones like B-17 Bomber and Utopia have loads of depth, more than what you might find in the early NES library.

#3903544 Deep Zone Gorf

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Dec 3, 2017 3:43 PM

That music... it's from the NES version of Gyruss, isn't it?


Looks pretty good (and sounds better still), by the way. I wouldn't call it Gorf, though... doesn't seem to have anything in common with it.

#3892190 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:20 AM

Weird what you find at Menards at times. ( for those of you who do not know what Menards is its like Home Depot or Lowes.)

You can save big money. At Meh-nards. =D

#3889058 Pac-Man on the NES

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Nov 12, 2017 12:48 PM

That looks way better than the original NES game! Man, arcade faithful Donkey Kong and Pac-Man on the NES... where was this stuff when I was growing up?

#3881417 FS: Cheap PS1/PS2/XBOX Betas + NES/SNES/Game Boy Prototypes

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed Nov 1, 2017 11:52 AM

Idea? Lock the thread.

#3881004 The Official NEO-GEO Thread!

Posted by Jess Ragan on Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:19 PM

I recently added a custom version of Hypervision to my hacked Xbox. Now in addition to everything else it can do, it's a slick Neo-Geo jukebox. Pretty sweet having all those titles at my fingertips.

Regarding the reviews from that UK magazine, I gotta agree with some of their assessments. Cyber Lip really was a sorry Contra clone, far below what we would get from SNK years later with Metal Slug. Top Player's Golf is also pretty shabby next to Neo Turf Masters. I guess the moral of the story is that SNK made a smart move buying Nazca.

#3879076 16 years later, has the Xbox v. GameCube debate changed for you?

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:54 AM

Xbox has the edge for me, but I've got my system hacked and it plays like a jillion arcade and console games. The GameCube is not nearly as flexible, although there's a lot you can do with a Wii, and it plays all the old GameCube games on top of that.


If we were strictly talking official games... I'm still picking the Xbox. The machine was more powerful than its contemporaries, and it shows in both the exclusives and cross-platform titles. Beyond that, there's a pioneering spirit in Xbox games that you don't see on the Cube or the PS2. You can tell that Microsoft was new at this, but that brought a sense of daring and freshness to Xbox titles. Not every one of their experiments paid off, but then there would be something like Phantom Dust or Crimson Skies or Voodoo Vince that would make it worthwhile. You pretty much knew what you were getting out of Nintendo, and to a lesser extent Sony.

#3872743 Spartan: Ataribox meets Dreamcast 2

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sat Oct 21, 2017 3:58 AM

The logo looks like a close-up shot of a buttcrack.

#3868517 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:13 PM

Ooh, ooh! Am I late to the shaming? I brought my bell!

#3867734 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:00 PM

One thrift near my house sells them for $17-ish. I gambled on two of them, and they both had overheated themselves to death. At least the RAM and HDDs out of them were useful.


I had one of those computers for college (lower specs but the same case). Using that machine was its own punishment.


But yeah, if the cashier screwed up and undercharged you, it's their fault, not yours. I think I've had that happen to me a couple of times... when I see a discrepancy like that, I say "you sure that's right?" If they don't correct it, I assume either my math is off or they meant to do it.

#3854566 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Sep 24, 2017 5:25 PM

Emoticons help, but they only go so far. Context also helps... if the other person you're talking to doesn't get the reference, you could be in a lot of trouble. I remember making a quip about the James Woods episode of Family Guy to an AtariAge member named James Wood... that didn't go over so well. Heh.

#3851188 Interest check - 70s and 80s TV shows/TV movies/commercials - trade?

Posted by Jess Ragan on Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:31 AM

A noble pursuit to be sure. I have three hours of television from the early 1980s that I found on a torrent, but I have a funny feeling you have it already. It's a CBS Saturday morning broadcast, complete with the short-lived Peanuts cartoon.