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  1. That's pretty much how I handle surfing too - I can kick out quintuples pretty consistently now (okay, maybe 50% of the attempts, but I'll land a quadruple for sure!) That inside line between the grass and track is exactly how I run the BMX track too - just too crazy trying to dodge everything while catching serious air in that game otherwise...
  2. If there's no citation for this claim, it should be removed. Ya, this is kind of surprising... I mean, I can see how they might have used tapes when first putting some of the Handy's hardware together, just to have something to run as test code or something, but the sequential read issue notwithstanding, I've never heard anything about this before, and I've read a fair number of first-hand accounts re: the Lynx's development from RJ Mical, Dave Needle and Dave Morse. By the time Epyx took the Handy to Japan to show the Nintendo brass, it was definitely a cartridge system, and though the system hardware was finished, the design had not been finalized at that point. They must have abandoned the idea of a tape drive very early in the development of the system...
  3. The first Lynx box, the biggest one, is the one I've had trouble finding in good condition nowadays... I've got one, but it looks almost as chewed up as the one pictured on Rygar's site...
  4. The TurboExpress has always been one of my favorite handhelds... I owned one back in the day, purchased brand new in 1990, only a few short months after picking up my Lynx. I still play mine regularly, more often than I play my Lynx, though I'm fond of both. I do think that the TurboGrafx had a better library than the Lynx in general, and some games - like Devil's Crush, Military Madness, Aero Blasters and Chew Man Fu - are as fun to play today as they ever were. It's a great piece of kit - well worth owning... I'm sure you'll enjoy yours for many years!
  5. I got the game for nearly free today (well, $10.16, courtesy a sloppy pricing error on the part of an EB employee on a used copy) and I've played through the first few stages on easy... It's Guitar Hero, but it's uncomfortable, and silly looking, and my hand cramped up after a while. I'm a guitarist and I've been playing in live bands for thirty-some years now, so I'm not the biggest Guitar Hero fan in the world (hey, I'd generally rather be playing one of my real guitars ) but even my son - who is a HUGE GH fanboy - thinks this version is a pretty obvious money grab with little real long-term play value... Considering the outrageous price of the thing and the healthy trade value it will have for the next little while, I'm sure you'll see lots'n'lots of used copies on the shelves at Game Stop and EB before Christmas. I guess if you've just gotta have Guitar Hero in a handheld, you couldn't really do much better than this, but it's just not destined for greatness... my 2¢
  6. Nice starter set! Paid too much? Bah! Pay whatever you want, so long as you're happy... I've paid "crazy" cheap prices for Lynx games and systems over the years, but I've also paid what many would consider nutty prices for Brand New In Box Lynxes recently, just 'cause I wanted to relive that moment of being the first person to play a new Lynx! I'm looking forward to your list of games - lets see what you got!
  7. +1 The G6 was my first DS flash solution, but after upgrading to the M3REAL Slot 1 MicroSD card, my G6 was demoted to exclusive use on my GBASP & Gameboy Micro... It has 512MB of internal flash memory, and I've got 30 GBA ROMs and 70 GB/GBC ROMs on it now, so basically I can carry 100 great portable games with me where ever I go. I've only found one game that wouldn't run on it, and that could well just be a bad ROM - it's a terrific card.
  8. FTR, the PSP version kicks butt too! Great game at a great price point... very, very addictive!
  9. Looks like he's got an unlicensed nuclear accelerator on his back...
  10. It is not easy! Those pics make it look much easier than it is, because you forget how small everything is when you're looking at them... A friend of mine who has spent a large part of his adult life with a soldering iron in his hand helped me do mine, and it was about as much fun as a root canal...
  11. What does eMule offer me that justifies it's $6.95 installation fee? If I have to PAY to run the install program, I damned well want to know what it is I'm getting for my money... It looks like nothing more than another peer-to-peer client to me from what I can see on the website...
  12. If you want the ability to play Genesis carts at home whenever you want but can't be bothered to keep a Geni hooked up to the TV, the Nomad's a great alternative. I use mine quite a lot, and I use it as often with the AC Adapter as I do with batteries... Six AAs only give you about three hours of play time max, anyway, so I usually end up on the AC adapter even if I start on the batteries...
  13. I've had mine for 6 months now, and I'm totally pleased with it... My only "complaints" are that you can't add or remove individual ROMs to the cart - you have to create a "package" of the ROMs you want and write that to the cart using the included software - and you have to use the physical "reset" button on the cart itself to exit a game and select another (ie: no software reset). Otherwise, I've been extremely happy with mine. One thing I love about the cart and loading software is that you can mix Japanese and American ROMs on the cart and play them on ANY PCE/TG-16 hardware - very cool! FYI, these things are not that easy to get a hold of - I had to wait months between the first and second production runs to get mine; who knows if there will be a third...
  14. Some of my favorites: Castlevania Circle of the Moon Astro Boy (awesome! a brilliant Treasure run'n'gun!) Metal Slug Advance ...and there are, of course, many, many others...
  15. I'd be in on this in a second if I didn't already have the 64MB version... If anyone's sitting on the fence, take it from me that these little gems are absolutely worth the coin! Here's your chance to play Magical Chase and Bonk 3 without breaking the bank!!
  16. Be warned that the PSP is a bitch to work on - the components are CROWDED in that system, and the screws on some systems can be frozen pretty solidly in place. I replaced the UMD drive on one system, and after that experience I will never, ever be bothered working on a PSP again. I've worked on Game Gears, Lynxes, Game Boys, NeoGeo Pockets, innumerable laptops and iBooks and many other electronic devices - few were as difficult to deal with as the PSP is...
  17. There are a number of different first and third party batteries available for the PSP fat... Sony has produced the original 1800mAh battery - the one that comes with the system - and an extended power 2200mAh one. I have seen third party batteries that are rated anywhere from 1200mAh to 3600mAh, but I would take any third party ratings with a grain of salt; they aren't all that accurate, ime... mAh stands for "milli-amps an hour". Basically, the rating defines how long your battery will last per charge - the higher the mAh, the longer the battery should last between charges. In my experience, though, Sony batteries will outlast all the third party ones, no matter what they are rated. Of course, ymmv...
  18. jimid2

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    I looked at this, but the completely stupid $85 shipping to Canada completely turned me off the auction... A reasonable $15-$20 shipping and I would have been all over it.
  19. This thread is timely... here's my somewhat humorous "first&only" experience with Game Stop... I'm in Canada, and I saw my first Game Stop in our city a couple months ago when it opened at the opposite end of a mall that has what was once a pretty good EB in it... Anyway, now the mall has the Electronics Boutique at one end and the Game Stop at the other - they're about five minutes walk apart (it's a big shopping center), but I'm in looking around at the Game Stop shelves as they're stocking up on opening day and all the games still have Electronics Boutique price tags on them (wtf?!?)... Anyway, I'm in there the following week and see a used copy of Midnight Club Racing for the PSP and figure what the hey - a Rockstar racer's gotta be pretty cool, no? So I buy the thing for $15 and when the girl's putting the game in the case I notice that the disc cartridge is clear plastic (PSP games have white plastic cartridges) so I comment on it, but the clerk obviously doesn't have any idea what I'm talking about and looks at me like I'm an idiot for mentioning it so I take the game and leave. Unfortunately, when I get home, the game won't play - actually, it won't even fit in the freaking PSP. I call the Game Stop and the manager gives me some crap about it being a new style case that only fits the PSP slim... Huh?!? Fortunately, I own both a slim and a fat, and after confirming that the game will run (or even fit properly) in neither, I take the systems and the game back to the store... ...where I'm first told that there must be something wrong with my PSPs... then that all they can do for me is exchange it for another copy... only the other copy is also in a clear plastic cartridge that does not fit or run in either of my PSPs... etc... So twenty minutes later I'm at an impasse with a 20 year old who thinks he's God and obviously resents my insistence that I be given a game that actually works for my money... BTW, by this point I had figured out what was wrong with the games; the cartridges the game discs were in were after-market pieces of shit! The games weren't just "used", they had been re-built, probably from games returned with broken or faulty cartridges... Finally, out of frustration, I took a credit towards a new copy of the game and got the hell out of there. I was getting dangerously close to going over the counter after the smug little shit behind it, and that wouldn't have done me any good, so I cut my losses, learned my lesson, and I'm never, ever going back... If this is how they treat customers when they are brand new and trying to establish a clientèle, I can only imagine what kind of assholes they'll be in a year...
  20. SOCOM Fire Team Bravo 1 & 2 and the two Medal of Honor games are considered the best, but I also really liked Call of Duty... Brothers in Arms is apparently not as good as any of these... Splinter Cell is fairly well done, Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 are okay, but I think the SOCOM games outclass them considerably... If I were you, I'd go with one of the SOCOMs and one of the MoH games...
  21. That's odd. The FC Mobile (aka Hyperkin) that I have holds the carts very firmly. Interesting - maybe Scott (who did the RGR review) got a partiucularly flimsy unit. My FC Mobile holds carts so firmly that I can play the game while holding it upside down and shaking it violently! Of course, it might loosen up some after a few years use, but right now, I have no worries about losing a connection while playing anything... I think that Scott did get a bad unit...
  22. I received a NiB Chip's Challenge a few months back that was DOA... Fortunately, the seller mailed me another copy as soon as he heard and that one was fine... I use my DOA Chip's cart and packaging for display on the Shelf of Doom™.
  23. Is there some reason we can't run Suikoden on our PSPs now? I just finished playing through Metal Gear Solid again on mine - it's the first time I made a multi-disc eboot.php for a game, and it worked like a charm...
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