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DoctorTom

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    Eduardo is a genuinely nice guy, who I've met a couple times. This is not a bash on him though, because what he's endeavored to do with a 30 year old dead system is pretty amazing. But there's a good reason I haven't bought the SGM, and it's just that he hasn't been very productive project wise in the last several years. Honestly, after he had a gigantic meltdown on this forum a few years ago, I figured he was done forever but did return. So my point is that anyone who has been following his work over the years cannot be truly surprised if he falls off the map for quite a long time, and it's really that reason that I have passed on SGM. Not saying the SGM stuff is over his head, but sometimes these things are. He was putting out the more simpler SG-1000 ports on CV at a fairly regular clip before he took on this project.

     

    Except many of us had no idea that Eduardo had this history. Bottom line, it takes almost no effort to show up, say sorry, and promise follow through by a certain date.


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    Well that's been 99% of OpCode's portfolio, nor has Eduardo ever seemed like he would do anything different. He's not a game designer, though his porting work has been phenomenal. I personally am not interested in shelling out $$ for games I can play on other systems, with better graphics, sound, control. But that seems to be very popular in the CV collecting community, which is completely fine with me.

     

    In any case, given that Eduardo has had two major meltdowns and briefly "left" the hobby in the last several years, is it a surprise he may have done it again far more permanently? He had also been talking up a CV II, I assume licensed by Coleco, but can't see that happening. In the wake of his delays, we have one of our Canadian friends working on a replacement PCB for CV, which would well do everything the SGM/CV2 can/could do. Which reminds me of how CPUWiz designed an "XM" on a 7800 cartridge that would probably do the job just as well for a fraction of the cost.

     

    I'm happy to hear that. I know the same thing is being done for the XM.


  3. And you're not going to see one anytime soon, not from Opcode Games anyway. It's a given fact that Eduardo is not going to bother programming a new SGM game completely from scratch when he can spend less time giving SGM owners what they really want, namely arcade ports of Donkey Kong or Pengo, or MSX ports of Penguin Adventure, Gradius, Maze of Galious and other well-known games that generate hype just by mentioning them. Porting games like those is difficult, but it's still far less work than programming a game from scratch.

     

    I don't think many SGM owners really want MSX ports, though. They'll just be happy to take what they can get. I think we'd all like to see more original titles.

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  4. Again, no excuse for lack of communication and the long delay, but these things do happen, particularly with the more ambitious homebrew projects. There have been more egregious acts of non-delivery on the Atari side by some fairly notable individuals and in various other vintage tech communities, so let's not try to make this reflective of what the ColecoVision community is all about.

     

    I actually have no issue with the delay. I have an issue with the lack of communication. It is owed to those who have paid him in advance.

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  5. I'm still waiting for really...anything. I ordered and paid for a SGM the day they became available and the only correspondence I have received is an email over a year ago asking if I wanted a newer nameplate, to which I opted to wait for so I knew it may be a bit longer...but... I have periodically checked this forum and have sent Eduardo numerous emails and have yet to hear anything. I can't speak for anyone else but where I come from, when you give someone money and hear nothing from them personally for over a year that means you been had, your money is gone, you were robbed.

     

    I've been through some utter crap this year topping of with a really good friend hanging himself two days before Christmas. I don't want to hear excuses about how bad this guy has been having it as it's no excuse not to respond to paying customers when apparently many have received their SGM, which indicates things can't be as horrible as some would like to make out. Some have even received an email saying a second batch is being worked on and shipping in April. I paid for a first run and see a ton on Ebay, yet where's mine ?

     

    I've been calm and rational the entire time and will continue to do so as I believe in not spreading any more negativity but I would like to urge anyone inquisitive about buying one of these module's to temper their expectations and absolutely not give this guy any money, unless you are a long time member on this board, it seems you will only be out $100. A harsh welcoming for anyone to trying to get into the Coleco scene.

     

    Maybe one will show up months down the road but until then I have no reason to believe it will and still feel my words are appropriate for the lack of customer service and lack of final product even if it does. I'm not trying to ruffle any feathers here but since he does have a website, I am going to look into pursuing some kind of action against it, I work hard for my family and would rather give $100 to a needy charity than a disappearing internet thief.

     

    Bravo. Even if Eduardo ends up not being a thief, unless he is dead or in the ICU he is being rude beyond all standards. My heart goes out to you for your difficulties this year; you certainly don't need this kind of stress on top of all that.


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    I also waited a long time, but Eduardo emailed me at 14th januari this year, and told me that the second batch will be shipped in april :) so glad that the SGM will come soon :)

     

    Great. But if this is all true, really Eduardo has no excuse not to drop in and let us know he's still committed to the folks on AtariAge who have supported him. It's extremely inconsiderate.

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  7. Wow -- that's awful to hear, Daytona...My PS4 and two controllers have worked flawlessly thus far. And the console doesn't shift or tip over, as some people have mentioned. On the other hand, the XB1 controller that came with my system didn't work, and I had to replace it.

     

    More concerning to me personally is that Forza (while awesome) is the only XB1 exclusive game -- whether out now or slated for 2014 release -- that is of any interest to me (in the meantime, my wife loves using the XB1 for streaming Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video, as it runs much faster and more smoothly than the PS3 or 360).


  8. This is my best effort. Home consoles/computer only (if I add arcade or computer games, I cannot possibly narrow it down to ten). I'd prefer a list of Top 3 per console or something...Anyway, I simply could not have done without these:

     

    2600 -- Adventure, Missile Command

    CV -- Frogger

    NES -- Super Mario Brothers 3, Donkey Kong (until something even closer to the arcade is available)

    PS1 -- King's Field 2, Tomb Raider, WipEout

    N64 -- Wave Race

    PS3 -- MLB the Show (2012 edition preferred)

     

    Plenty of great SNES games and other games, but not quite in the Top 10 for me.

    Sorry I meant home console only. I couldn't include computer or arcade and arrive at only 10.


  9. This is my best effort. Home consoles/computer only (if I add arcade or computer games, I cannot possibly narrow it down to ten). I'd prefer a list of Top 3 per console or something...Anyway, I simply could not have done without these:

     

    2600 -- Adventure, Missile Command

    CV -- Frogger

    NES -- Super Mario Brothers 3, Donkey Kong (until something even closer to the arcade is available)

    PS1 -- King's Field 2, Tomb Raider, WipEout

    N64 -- Wave Race

    PS3 -- MLB the Show (2012 edition preferred)

     

    Plenty of great SNES games and other games, but not quite in the Top 10 for me.


  10. I guess everyone is different, but in my opinion Super Mario 3D World is the easiest of the Mario games I have played, easier than Super Mario World and considerably easier than Super Mario Bros. or Super Mario Bros. 3, as well as New Super Mario Bros. Wii/U. (I don't really like the full 3D Mario games like Mario 64 or Sunshine/Galaxy, so I won't count those -- 3D World is 3D but often plays like a 2D game.)

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  11. Bill makes a good point -- the XB1 functionality is pretty impressive. Of particular note is the unique "snap" picture-in-picture feature that allows for multiple things to be going on at once (e.g., gaming and TV-watching). I remain concerned about the relative dearth of XB1 exclusives planned for the future, but Forza 5 is an amazing game.

     

    But tbh I'm still using the last gen consoles much more than any of the new gen systems. :)


  12. I am fortunate enough to have both, but for me it's an easy choice, as playing New Super Mario Bros. U and Super Mario 3D World with my kids have been more fun than anything else I've played this past year. It's not the same for you, as you are not big on Nintendo's first party titles (a position I cannot fully force my brain to consider :) ), so think long and hard before getting the Wii U. PS4 has much more potential and will also have its share of exclusives. But again, if Netflix is your primary concern, maybe just spending less makes more sense -- perhaps even by simply replacing your PS3...

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