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#4261510 it's fun to play on the F. P. G. A.

Posted by Newsdee on Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:07 PM

Great news on the HDMI front, there is now a zero latency mode:

#4256975 Frank Cifaldi's 2019 gdc presentation on emulation

Posted by Newsdee on Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:37 AM

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap (mentioned around the middle) is IMHO a fantastic example on how to modernize an old game.

Not only they reused the original source code, but you can switch between the original and remastered graphics and music at any time, and even separately in any combination. It also allows you to generate a passcode so you can use your "save" with the original game, on top of being able to accept original passcodes as well.

It was a true work of love; the main coder, Omar Cornut, wrote one of the major SMS emulators and this was his favorite game. I suppose that talent like that is hard to find for every single game, though...

#4255059 Retro collecting 20 years from now

Posted by Newsdee on Tue Apr 9, 2019 10:10 PM

I expect shovelware to disappear, and it won't be possible to have complete collections. That is not a bad thing.

Truly iconic games will probably remain around thanks to efforts of peg legged individuals on black flagged marine vessels.

#4248403 An Alternate S-Video Solution: Projectors

Posted by Newsdee on Sun Mar 31, 2019 1:31 AM

Has anybody tried one of the smaller newer HDMI projectors? It's tempting to get one to project on the ceiling (lazy bedroom gaming! haha) but I am concerned about the lag it may have.

#4245456 Retroblox

Posted by Newsdee on Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:10 PM

Lame, it has no speakers :D

#4243377 Retroblox

Posted by Newsdee on Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:25 AM

I suppose announing some kind of real specs beats showing a video capture card inside a case, but that's not saying much.

#4239065 Retro Freak firmware update

Posted by Newsdee on Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:35 AM

Did anybody ever figured out a list of Easter Eggs on the RF?


What I know is:

- A picture of the Cyber Gadget company mascot in front of some kind of expo

- A simple Famicom game made by the company

- An mp3 of the user interface


I think they are linked to number of games dumped, bit not sure what else. Never saw anything else.

#4238978 I Just Got My First GameCube, What Do I Need to Know?

Posted by Newsdee on Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:45 PM

Eternal Darkness is amazing. It may have aged a bit but it had an atmosphere that I haven't seen in anything that came after.

IIRC the GC version of Animal Crossing has NES games built in. I played just because of that and was really dissappointed when they removed them in the sequel.

Pikmin is a weird but fun game.

#4237102 Consoles you wouldn't take even if given for free

Posted by Newsdee on Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:37 PM

Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. I'd take anything free then give it away to somebody else if I don't use it. I have a few retro gamer friends who could give such machines a good home, whatever it is.

#4237099 Retroblox

Posted by Newsdee on Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:30 PM

"Perhaps you should show a system that works" = a small idea?

The problem with people who think they have a reality distortion field a la Steve Jobs is that their field usually works on them only...

Meanwhile Analogue, MiSTer, and others are in the stratosphere compared to these guys.

Let's see some hard gear man.

#4237050 Consoles you wouldn't take even if given for free

Posted by Newsdee on Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:58 PM

I think it would depend on the state of it and wether I already have one, or two... :)

#4229834 it's fun to play on the F. P. G. A.

Posted by Newsdee on Fri Mar 1, 2019 12:29 AM

MiSTer will keep you reading through forums and cruising github if you want to have the absolutely latest cores and utilities running

No longer... check out the updater script, once in the SD card you can run it from OSD and it will update all binaries if you're connected to your network.

#4222060 Interview with Gilbert Duncan Harrower, creator of the Pong clone

Posted by Newsdee on Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:34 AM

FPGAs (and their smaller cousins CPLDs) have been used in a bunch of products, they are not used to implement whole machines usually. The XRGB-Mini has an FPGA powering it, as well as Everdrives. Even the Retro Freak had a tiny FPGA to help dump carts.

To clarify the FPGA is not necessarily a board (its just a component) but the board is what makes one useful for a given purpose. You'd want video out and inputs to reimplement computers and consoles, for example.

That said, my comment was thinking about a broader reimplementation so as to add HDMI out and analogue controls in a whole system. It could easily be a MiSTer core.

#4222038 What "pack-in" games do you remember? (came with system)

Posted by Newsdee on Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:25 AM

IIRC, Super Mario World came bundled with the French Super Nintendo.

I remember seeing some branded PC (e.g. Gateway, Dell) shipping with games and software but I can't remember which ones.

I do have an Origin collection of ten games which I think was originally packed with a system or at least a sound card. I have the manual somewhere...

Much more recently, my Wii shipped with Wii Sports and my Wii U with NintendoLand plus Super Mario 3D World.

#4219580 Interview with Gilbert Duncan Harrower, creator of the Pong clone

Posted by Newsdee on Wed Feb 13, 2019 10:05 PM

Weird. Why a FPGA? You only really need to convert the video signal from the chip to HDMI. Or is that because making it in FPGA would be cheaper than recreating the chip like it was BITD?

FPGAs are better at recreating chips and electronics circuits accurately, and there are several FPGA boards out there it could run on. An accurate open source implementation is also a good way to document the chip for future generations.