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Emehr last won the day on September 7 2013

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  1. Wow, this thread is an oldie! Since it's been 10+ years since I posted I should probably update my tally. 2600 (x5) [1x Heavy Sixer, 1x Light Sixer, 2x 4-switch Woodies, and 1x Vader] 7800 Lynx (x3) [one is broken so not sure if the counts] Down to 9 from 11. Not sure if I should count my Plug'n'Plays. If so, off the top of my head... Flashback 2 (x3) [one is disassembled for tinkering] Jakks Joystick Jakks Dual Paddle
  2. I tested it on my MiSTer. Stunning achievement!
  3. I acquired a Graphite G3 past its prime as well (probably around 2012 or so). Reinstalled to factory spec, played around with it a little, and haven't done much with it since. I always had thoughts of setting up basic word processing software, some era-specific games, or tossing some games on there for the kiddos to play with. It'd make a neat little DVD player if the speakers weren't so crackly. I even had thoughts of picking up where I left off on some old programming projects. Unfortunately, I have so many other devices that can already do all of these things so there it sits. It's basically a museum piece now.
  4. Emehr

    Analogue Pocket

    Super late reply but from what I've played, the MiSTer Lynx core is impeccable. Sound-wise I can discern no difference. My "go to" game to try for that was Klax which I've played a lot of on my Lynx. It was spot-on. Not just the intro music but the sound effects of the Klax tiles "walking" down the screen. Each colored tile has its own sound and they were exactly like I remember. Another familiar game I tried was Xybots. Again, no difference between playing on the Lynx or MiSTer. Visually it was like plugging my McWill-modded Lynx to a VGA CRT. Looks fine, just big pixels (which can be mitigated with various filters). Input-wise there was no noticeable lag. If I was forced to sell my Lynx the MiSTer would be a perfectly fine replacement. It just lacks multiplayer ability, understandably. I can't attest to every game but MiSTer has totally won me over. I won't get rid of my Lynx but...if I had to...
  5. He also gave Warbirds on the Lynx a D, apparently expecting WWI biplanes to handle like jets.
  6. I picked up Dread with my son on launch day. He'd been catching up on the Metroid titles he hadn't finished yet so he was primed (no pun intended). I've been playing Metroid games since the NES so I was more than ready for Metroid 5. We both love it. He beat it in 3 days then played and beat hard mode. It took me a little longer. I like to explore as much as I can. It was a good challenge and I had a blast the whole time. Samus' fluid movements felt spot-on and the background scenery was gorgeous. All of the bosses felt like fair fights and were pretty fun when you got to know their moves. The only issue I had was timing the 'X' button swipe move to finish off the boss with the spear. I would get to that point and just hand the controller to my son, who got it every time. Didn't have an issue anytime else, even the last boss. Just those spear bosses. Going back and finding all of the missed upgrades is a lot of fun as well. Especially the speed boost puzzles. Super rewarding once you pull it off. Overall a great time and a nice addition to the franchise.
  7. That scrolling looks amazing. Nice work! I really like your solution to the sparkling diamonds. It'd be cool to see this engine used for a game with similar "digging with falling items physics" mechanics. Crystal Mines would probably be too ambitious and this engine would be overkill for a Dig Dug-style game. It seems like there is a new game waiting to be designed that this engine would be ripe for. Even if it's like a simple Minecraft-inspired mechanic where you harvest blocks but have to place them elsewhere so you don't max out your inventory. Maybe you can turn the blocks into different types of other blocks based on what you "harvest" so you can modify the environment to thwart enemies or get to a treasure. I don't know. I'm just throwing ideas at the wall. 🙂
  8. I've been enjoying Parish's videos and was pleasantly surprised when he started covering Lynx games. All in all I feel like he gave them a fair shake and he seemed to appreciate them overall. He shared my sentiment with Ms. Pac-Man on why the heck didn't they make that port in portrait-mode. As a long-time Lynx fan I found his perspectives refreshing. His videos are always informative and laid back and I enjoy discovering games I'd not heard of before. I look forward to more Lynx coverage, although I do with he'd just title them "Lynx Works" or something.
  9. This is terribly sad news. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Thank you, Curt, for your contributions to this community.
  10. Emehr

    What if...

    Original owner here. I have zero issues with a re-release. I hope it happens, actually! And if you decide to use a new label to differentiate it from the original run I would gladly offer my two entries that didn't make the cut during the label contest. Or we could have another label contest!
  11. There's an arcade in Illinois called Arcadia in the small town of McLean off I-55 that's fantastic. https://www.vintagevideogames.com/arcadia
  12. Yeah, sorry, I should've specified what a total station was. The Nexus was the Asus model and, thankfully, it wasn't too costly of an experiment. We have since purchased a newer total station with a sweet, sweet USB port where I can download to a thumb drive and all is well. The Nexus was probably fine for other purposes but for breathing new life into aging tech it was a disappointment. I do concede that maybe we were asking too much of it, though. Theodolite looks like fun! And it's on sale! Thanks for pointing me to that.
  13. Disappointment #1: Back in 2000 I bought a Castlewood Orb 2.2GB removable media drive to supercede my SyQuest EZ135. It was the UltraSCSI version. I was excited about it because each cartridge would've been larger than my meager 800MB hard disk. I could not get my Performa 6116 to see it and ended up returning it after a fruitless back and forth with Castlewood's tech support. Disappointment #2 (not really retro but maybe in a few years when someone reads this thread it will be): A few years ago I recommended that we get a Nexus 7 tablet for work. It seemed like a good option to interface with our aging early-90s total station, which has serial comms. I found serial adapters to connect to the Nexus. Great! I found an app that could talk to the total station. Excellent! Unfortunately, the app was buggy, had a terrible UI, and didn't like to retain the connection to the total station. Grr! After time went on, the Nexus became more and more unresponsive and the battery life turned to shit. Eventually, Google's own apps, namely Google Maps, wouldn't even run without hanging the system. Junk!
  14. I totally bought SF2:The World Warrior from the hype alone. EGM talked about how it was the biggest game since Pac-Man so I knew I should probably pick it up. The only fighting game I'd played at that point that came anywhere close to SF2 game mechanics was Karate Champ for the NES. I remember paying $70 for it at the mall, taking it home, and enjoying the hell out of it with my brother. I still prefer the original SF2 to Turbo. I do like the mid-air moves in Turbo as well as some of the reworked character portraits but that's about it. The visuals look flat to me, especially in the background activity and people. Playing as the bosses isn't all that fun and the turbo speed does nothing for me personally. It makes a good counterpart but the original is best.
  15. Yep! I ordered a refurb from Nintendo last year after my house was robbed and my Wii U was stolen. One phone call to Nintendo and they transferred all of my digital content (it was the Super Smash Bros/Splatoon edition). The refurb even came with a physical copy of NintendoLand, which my old one didn't have. Only difference was it came in a white box and I don't think it came with the rubber feet to stand it on end.
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