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#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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#3781696 The Official "Thrift finds" Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:40 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, it's the incredible disposable game system!


I found this in the free box at the local church thrift store. The lady running things that day was convinced that it was a mistake, and suggested a donation. I gave her two bucks, and everybody was happy. That makes three Wiis in my collection so far!

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#3779552 No Man's Sky developer sending out mysterious cassette tapes.

Posted by Jess Ragan on Fri Jun 9, 2017 1:34 AM

Whoever watches the tapes will die in seven days... of boredom.

#3774499 Official Custom Controller Thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Fri Jun 2, 2017 12:45 AM

I have a starplex ebay watch, but they always want more than I'm willing to spend.  They look a bit flimsy too--a custom would certainly solve that.



Mine's more of a referb/conversion of the world's worst psx controller, into a neo geo conversation piece.  


I didn't go with the usual scantily-clad anime girl theme that many do these days.  Seemed gay.  Nothing less gay than a dudestick, though, amirite?

A suave, handsome dude, who oils up his throbbing, veiny muscles in the cool evening breezes of summer.

A dude who, incidentally, didn't sell out his best friend, but rather tried to save an entire city in the clouds for the low, low cost of 'some space farmer.'

A dude who has responsibilities now, and a passion for classy malt beverages.

Lando makes the tough decisions.


huh, where was I?




Referb before/afters:



So you're the Colt 45 controller guy? Wow, that thing is legend. I've seen it pop up around other forums, particularly Cheap Ass Gamer. I... honestly wouldn't have thought about putting Billy Dee Williams on a joystick, but hey, whatever works!


I had a Red Octane joystick; one of the later models for the PS2, with the black case and red buttons. It wasn't as terrible as you're describing this one to be, but it felt a little less than arcade perfect. Also, the edge of the plexiglass needed to be sanded down. IGN wasn't kidding in its review... those damned edges really will do some mischief to your wrists if you let them.

#3773750 Coleco strong-arming homebrew publishers and fan sites

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed May 31, 2017 8:51 PM

So it seems HissTank has been polluted with... his stank.

#3773748 Final PS3 rolls off the assembly line in Japan

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed May 31, 2017 8:43 PM

And here's how that headline is displayed on the front page of the forum!


But seriously, I didn't like the PS3 much at first, but I've made peace with the system. It ultimately proved its value, and it's been more receptive to alternative controllers than its competition. (Ahem, ahem. Xbox 360.)

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#3773141 The Official video game tombstone thread

Posted by Jess Ragan on Wed May 31, 2017 2:29 AM

It's just sad that the kid died before his fourteenth birthday. Tragic, even.

I've thought about this before. Seems like it would be amusing if my stone had a game over screen carved into it, with a continue countdown and zero credits listed on the bottom.

#3772296 Android Emulation - What Emus Are You Running?

Posted by Jess Ragan on Mon May 29, 2017 9:03 PM

Broglia does decent work (aside from Neo. Emu, which has noticeable lag), but I tend to default to cheaper emulators if the option is there. John emulators are a no-frills but effective means of playing games for Nintendo systems. They're also compatible with Android TVs, so that's a big plus.

The cut off point for emulation on Droid seems to be PSOne. N64 has always been tricky to emulate and while Dreamcast and PSP emus are available, they're far from complete.

#3770769 Coleco strong-arming homebrew publishers and fan sites

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sat May 27, 2017 1:59 PM

Yeah, anyone who uses Encyclopedia Dumbassica as a source deserves as much serious consideration as the kook on the corner brandishing an "End of the World" sign.

#3770468 The ColecoVision trademark

Posted by Jess Ragan on Sat May 27, 2017 2:05 AM

Well, if Klingon food is too strong for you, we could always have one of the females breastfeed you!

#3770209 CoolCV emulator for Mac OS X, Linux, Windows and Raspberry

Posted by Jess Ragan on Fri May 26, 2017 3:57 PM

Idea: How about an Android version? Like, for Android TV too. Think about it, would 'ya?