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  1. What do you think is the single best year of Garfield comics?  I used to rent all the volumes from the library and the 96-97 ones were my favorite.

    1. Frozone212

      Frozone212

      Food for Thought was pretty good for the early 2000's

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      Wow, kinda stopped paying attention in the 80's, there were already like 10 books by the end.

    3. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      @zetastrike That's a very good question Zeta. Hmmm. Hard to answer. I personally feel when Garfield started to really become successful during the mid-1980's onwards. Jim Davis made the transition of making the Garfield characters more on a cartoonish look and make Garfield more relying on walking on to feet like a human.  I don't have a particular year to say, but I'm thinking mid 80's to early 2000's were the best years for the franchise Zeta. 

  2. Today I saw a PAL 50Hz signal on a CRT for the first time.  I was surprised how much more flickery it looked vs the NTSC I'm used to.

    1. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

      Were you watching it under 60Hz lighting?  If so, that may explain the flicker.

    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      Yeah, I'm in the US.  

    3. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      72 hz would help us all out so very much, let's change the power grids! hehehehehehe :) !!!

  3.  Do all video games really deserve to be preserved?  I don't think so.

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Maybe not ALL...But MOST is a nice idea  (see above)...Completed games I'm thinking...Not my Apple BASIC game from computer class in 1984.  

    3. TwentySixHundred

      TwentySixHundred

      I believe all software should be preserved. It started it's life in digital format and should be remembered in that form. Just because it was flashed to physical hardware and sold doesn't mean it should stay that way. Everything has a shelf life and when that expires, much of this software that could be enjoyed for generations to come will be lost forever. I understand some are against emulation and digital preservation (especially hardcore collectors). However in reality it always was digital and nothing other than code. HC collectors still have their physical copies and that's cool. But many like the convenience of emulation while keeping their systems and carts stored on a shelf for aesthetic purposes (like myself).

    4. Mord

      Mord

      Might as well preserve them all. "Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it." and all that. ;)

       

  4. Aquatron for A8bit.  Excellent game that I never heard of before trying it tonight on a hard disk image.  Highly recommended.

  5. Marauder might be one of my favorite VCS games and it's one I never hear much about.

    1. DoctorSpuds

      DoctorSpuds

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

    2. Random Terrain
  6. 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

      thanatos

      Can I give her my shipping address?  :D

    2. Giles N

      Giles N

      Yay!

       

      Free retro-gaming telly!

    3. x=usr(1536)

      x=usr(1536)

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

  7. I had a dream last night where I installed Windows XP on a 286 in my elementary school and it slowed to a crawl.  I had to scramble to find a windows 3.1 install disk to fix it before the teacher came over and found out.

    1. carlsson

      carlsson

      IIRC XP needs a 486 or possibly even Pentium to run, but there were some crazy guys many years ago doing slowdown experiments and got one of those to run at 8 MHz. IIRC it took 30 minutes to boot far enough to see a mouse pointer.

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      I installed Windows 2000 server on a Pentium 200 back in the day.  The install process took like 6 hours.  And it wasn't usable at all.

       

    3. carlsson

      carlsson

      We used to have a few Pentium 166 with 64 MB in the computer club, running Windows 2000 desktop version. It was reasonably OK for web browsing but not MS Office, or if it was vice versa.

  8. The RNG in the original Shining Force is pretty brutal.  I've never whiffed so many attacks in any of the other games in the series.

  9. Got my first coffee grinder tonight.  I can't wait to have fresh ground coffee in the morning.  No more pre-ground for me.

    1. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      @zetastrike I can vouch for that Zeta. I just love the freshly ground smell of roasted coffee beans. I use to go to the Supermarket to have it done all the time when I was a boy. 8^) 

    2. thanatos

      thanatos

      And if anyone else says your coffee tastes like dirt, you can say "Well it was ground this morning."

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      ^Now that's funny!

       

      Fresh ground is Awesome! 

       

      I still like to mix it up from time to time...Sometimes fresh ground, some pre-ground, some blends...Usually coffee pot but sometimes French Press (If I have the time to clean up afterwards)...

       

      You may wanna throw this in the Coffee Thread.

  10. It's messed up that intellivision homebrew is unobtainable to newcomers.  Homebrew shouldn't be exclusionary.

    1. pacman000

      pacman000

      Is there no BASIC?

  11. I just realized that Tony Perkis IS White Goodman.  Mind blown.

  12. Gooseberries are an acquired taste, but I've grown to love them.

  13. Trying my hand at Texas brisket tomorrow for Sunday dinner.

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    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      I'm doing it the same way.  I just took it out of the oven.

    3. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      It was tougher than the brisket from the local bbq joint.  It wasn't overcooked, I think brisket is just like that unless slow smoked.

    4. BigO

      BigO

      I haven't noticed it being particularly tough when prepared that way. I know that slicing it "on the diagonal" helps with that (not that I've personally sliced it, I just eat it 🙂).

  14. Do Jaguar Superfans suffer from stockholm syndrome?  It comes across to me as still attempting to justify their purchase decades after the fact.

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    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      I don't take issue with people enjoying it, it's the mental gymnastics when comparing it to its contemporaries that is mind boggling.

    3. toiletunes

      toiletunes

      Where did YOU learn yo fly?

    4. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      It's a game system that has some games I like to play.   Not sure why the Jaguar is any different from any other system people like to play.  All personal preference.

  15. Should I allow DHL to deliver a package to me without a signature?  It's coming from Japan.

    1. jd_1138

      jd_1138

      Is it something you ordered? If so, what's the value of it?

    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      It's an AV Famicom that cost me $100.

    3. jd_1138

      jd_1138

      I don't think I'd sweat it over $100. Maybe if it were $200 or more, then I'd want a signature.

  16. Can anyone vouch for the quality of these controllers? https://www.ebay.com/usr/retrogameboyz?_trksid=p2053788.m1543.l2754 

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I don't know personally,  but he's got some good feedback.

  17. This might be the best game I've ever bought on a whim.  I've been playing every night for over a week.  

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/381020/Sky_Rogue/

    1. R_Leo_1

      R_Leo_1

      I like the Low-Poly style, I might have to check this out.

    2. wongojack

      wongojack

      Thanks for the recommendation.  I've added it to my wishlist.

       

  18. I had no idea Dirty Jobs was back for a reunion series.  Perfect surprise on a self quarantine Saturday night.

  19. When I'm drinking?  Yeah!  When I'm drinking?  No!

  20. Moxley with the swerve!

  21. I got rid of a CRT today for the first time today.  I don't even regret it.  If you ever come across a late-model Samsung CRT, don't bother with it.

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    2. zetastrike

      zetastrike

      No, it was a SD set.  It was just in poor working order.

    3. Austin

      Austin

      Crazy that they were still making SD sets in 2007. I believe my HD one was from 2006.

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      Depending on where you live, your wallet might be a bit lighter as well. Around here they are making it harder and harder to dispose of CRT sets.

  22. Whenever Virtua Racing reaches the NA eShop, I'm ready. One of these days, it'll be there when I check.

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    2. Hydro Thunder

      Hydro Thunder

      I know riiiight? It feels like ages ago the reviews came out for the Japanese version, saying "any day now the NA version will be out!". And yet...here we wait "ever so patiently"! :)

    3. deepthaw

      deepthaw

      I want a real steering wheel for the Switch. And the Labo doesn't count.

    4. Flojomojo

      Flojomojo

      I like that game and will jump on it the moment it launches. I wonder if it's as popular in real Ike as it seems to be online? The Switch port sounds like it does everything right, at last. The 32X port was great but the hardware was stupid. The Genesis version is low res. The PS2 port was really late to North America, and I don't want to talk about the Saturn port.

  23. Does anyone else find the RGB obsession in present day retro gaming really obnoxious? Like some of these guys would rather chop their thumbs off than use anything lower than component on a BVM. When did this become so important?

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    2. youxia

      youxia

      ...having said that, yeah, the PVM-or-bust crowd can be quite tedious. Composite/SVideo is actually a better choice for some games, plus any decent CRT TV is enough, no need to spend hundreds of bucks because some trendy obsessives said so.

    3. _The Doctor__

      _The Doctor__

      fact crt is nearly instantly updated by the older machines, and lcd frame at a time with processing ruins gameplay, scan lines improve the picture on old consoles that relied on it to get defined and wonderful graphics.. todays screen make it look blockier than it really was

    4. digdugnate

      digdugnate

      on the whole CRT vs LCD debate, for me it's more a matter of what i have available. My TI994A and Atari 2600 look just fine on my el cheapo $99 walmart tv, lol.

  24. I dug up a bunch of my old consoles I had in storage at my parents. The McWill Lynx and Game Gear still look fantastic.

    1. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      Awesome bro. Glad that they still do. 8^)

  25. The Collectorvision Phoenix discussion is about the most toxic thing I've ever seen on this site. If you're a potentially interested newcomer, go away, they don't want you.

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    2. slab0meat

      slab0meat

      Correct. And I went from backing it to not, banned from two threads, yet still sleeping like a baby.

    3. phoenixdownita

      phoenixdownita

      Did I miss something? In the last 2 or 3 days?

       

    4. slab0meat

      slab0meat

      Don't know. I'm not awwowwed to weed the thread.

       

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