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About zetastrike

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  • Birthday 06/10/1991

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    Durham, NC
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    Gaming, weight lifting, hockey
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    Atari, Intellivision, Colecovision, GBA, GB, Saturn, 3DO.
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    Whatever floats my boat.

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  1. Games on Sega CD like Soul Star, Thunderhawk, Battlecorps, and RDF Global Conflict make very good use of the ASIC for the entire game. I dont see how the Amiga was any better than the Genesis at super scaler stuff. Neither one had any inborn ability to do it.
  2. Much like Atari in the late 80s/early 90s, Sega did a lot to deserve their place atop the ash heap. I think two of the biggest problems they created for themselves aren't brought up very often. Starting around 1993, SoA went on a tear of releasing tons of western developed garbage with a lot of marketing dollars behind them while at the same time de-emphasizing Japanese software. Idk if their line of thought was "Americans want American made games!" or whatever, but you can't deny that Japan was making the best console games in that generation. Say what you want about Nintendo (I don't like them at all) but they didn't put out garbage with their own name on it. You can only burn consumers so many times before they don't trust you anymore. The biggest issue that bit them was that they didn't learn how to adapt their IPs to the changing expectations of the market. Through the entire lifespan of the Saturn, Sega kept putting out bare bones arcade conversions that added little to nothing as far as additional content. Devs like Namco and their peers learned really quickly that players wanted and expected longer, more fleshed out experiences for their $50. Look at how the Ridge Racer series progressed on the PS1 vs Sega's racing games, or Tekken vs Sega's 3D fighters. In 1998, Sega released Manx TT Superbike on the Saturn. It had TWO tracks and all you did was race against the clock. That's a demo by any sane metrics but it was a full retail game.
  3. I was waiting for that. I won't be disarmed by that. People share experiences, make recommendations, make choices all the time in all areas of life that aren't based on spreadsheet data. I dont need numbers. It feels great, responds instantly, I play through entire games this way. Retroarch with runahead feels no different than the Mister. These are all just toys. I don't need scientific journal articles to prove that I'm allowed to treat the experiences as equals. This is why the FPGA cult drives me nuts.
  4. Run FB NEO or any emulator that supports savestates in retroarch with runahead. You rarely need to run ahead more than 1 frame. Add hard GPU sync and/or frame delay on top of that and you're golden. FPGA is not the only way.
  5. Well the problem is that you're using a RPi, not that the RPi is using software emulation. A real PC or a high end phone can achieve just as low lag as an FPGA setup. Comparing Mister with SE running on slow, cheap, entry level SBC isn't exactly fair. I know you're not doing it, but the constant slandering and misrepresentation of SE coming from the FPGA crowd is really annoying and drives me away.
  6. I sent two of my Game Gear systems to Jesse for modding. One of them got the RetroKAI adaptive backlight and the other got the RetroKAI magic screen kit. They both turned out fantastic and I'm very happy with the experience. If anyone has some mod work they'd like done, but doesn't have the skills or tools to do it, don't hesitate to reach out to Jesse.
  7. I was the target audience for the GBC when it was current and it never held any appeal to me. Even as a 8 year old, it came across as riding on the coattails of pokemon. I didn't understand why the other kids all liked it, to me all you did was walk around and navigate menus. You didn't do anything in it. I didn't know what an RPG was at the time. Today, I look at the library on my everdrive and nothing I try really grabs me. With both the OG Gameboy and the GBA it felt like devs were firing on all cylinders but they phoned it in with the GBC. I can't put my finger on it, but GBC games never looked very good to me, even the clear cart games. I think it's the way color palettes are allocated across the sprites and backgrounds, but the games don't look like they're truly in color, but just monochrome games that were inked up.
  8. When bringing a game over, WD always seemed to follow a formula vs the original: 1) All your characters are weaker, all enemies are stronger 2) Enemies give you less exp and less money 3) Equipment is more expensive 4) Exp requirement for levels is greater (could be because of #2) They went above and beyond with the saving system in Lunar 2. The script changes don't bother me that much, but completely breaking the pacing of the games they brought over is unforgivable.
  9. Marauder might be one of my favorite VCS games and it's one I never hear much about.

    1. DoctorSpuds


      I've always enjoyed it, but inevitably get a bit bored after a while. Definitely great for short bursts though.

    2. Random Terrain
  10. Systems that will most likely need a recap if they haven't had one yet include the Sega CD model 1, either of the PC Engine CD attachments, Game Gear, the Laseractive Pacs, any Amiga computer, the Sanyo TRY 3DO. TBH, any old CD-ROM based game console or old 8/16 bit microcomputer would be better off professionally recapped than not. The caps in Nintendo consoles seem to hold up better than most from what I hear. The general rule of thumb for me is: 1) NEC hardware? Recap it sooner than later. 2) Does it use CDs and came out before 1995? Recap it sooner than later. 3) Is it a computer? Recap it sooner than later. 4) Always recap a Game Gear if it hasn't been already.
  11. New Fenrir firmware update now allows you to back up and restore the internal save RAM to the SD card. https://www.fenrir-ode.fr/firmware/#version-history
  12. I had at least 2 opportunities to get a CIB copy of Popful Mail for Sega CD for no money out of pocket. My local game shop in college had it for ~$90 a decade ago and I had the store credit to cover it.
  13. I'm looking for working OG Gameboy and Gameboy Pocket systems. Any shell color is fine, as are ones in less than stellar condition. I'm located in North Carolina.
  14. My Mom is going to be shipping me my 14 inch PVM and 13 inch consumer Trinitron 700 miles to where I live now because she doesn't want them in her house anymore and doesn't want to try to sell them on craigslist.

    1. thanatos


      Can I give her my shipping address?  :D

    2. Giles N

      Giles N



      Free retro-gaming telly!

    3. x=usr(1536)


      I'm not seeing a downside to any of this.

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