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  1. 3 hours ago, Beeblebrox said:

    @zetastrike There is The Last Squadron which you can buy a digital version of. Search AA. Great vertical shoot em up. 

     

    Incidentally there are quite a few free new digital download games from 2021:

     

    Flob

    Final Assault

    Prince of Persia

    Betty's issues

     

    ... to name but a few. 

     

    Then there are a good few free ported games too available for free to download. 

     

    What A8 do you have and is it stock? 

     

    I use the Mister core for my A8bit.

     

    I'll check these out, thanks!


  2. 5 minutes ago, Rugar said:

    Since my unfortunate Goldstar doesn't read copies i planed to buy japanese version FZ10. From the visual side, it's the model I like the most. Can i play my backups with japanese version and whether there is any restriction for the regions? Is it a good choice?

     

    As long as you use good quality CD-Rs and burn them at an appropriate rate (which varies by disc, newer ones do better at higher speeds) and the drive is in good shape, a Japanese FZ-10 should be able to play any Japanese and North American game.  Some PAL games won't work on an NTSC system, but the only one I know for certain is Wolfenstein 3D.

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  3. Is anyone else experiencing an issue with the 7800 core where bringing up the OSD makes the entire screen go black?  It only happens over analog video for me over both 15 KHz component and 31 KHz VGA, it doesn't happen over HDMI.


  4. 6 hours ago, turboxray said:

    I think you might be out of touch with modern flat panel displays, and I don't mean the cheap Walmart ones either. Mid to higher end ones are vastly superior to a CRT on soooo many levels. 

     

     

    I use the retrotink 5x with a 65" HDR+/Dolby 4k 120hz VRR QLED TV... my 20" CRT is never gonna compare to sitting in my living type-of-experience, that friends can also enjoy as well. I use the 20" CRT from time to time, for that old aesthetics, but the retrotink 5x is just soo much more convenient.. especially when I'm sitting like 6 feet away from the screen - instead of huddled up against the 20" CRT.

    Agreed.  This past week I just got rid of my three 20+ inch CRT sets because the RT5X works so well.  Modern flat panels are so much better than they were even a decade ago, I remember the lag on my parents' old Sony Bravia was palpable when I hooked anything up to it.  The 4K LG I have now never has a problem syncing with odd refresh rates and has less than a frame of lag. 

     

    I've reached the point where large CRTs are too much of a burden to keep around, especially if you're not comfortable with opening them up for maintenance.  I'm keeping the handful of 13/14 inchers I have for my desk.

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  5. On 12/31/2021 at 10:18 AM, Aer Fixus said:

    The high price was an unfortunate side effect to how the 3DO ecosystem was structured. 3DO made money off licensing fees from game sales. Because they didn't need to offset the cost of console production, they could keep these fees low and attract more software developers. Panasonic did not make money off of games, at least at the beginning. Because of this, at launch they needed to make their entire profit off of hardware sales. Because the system was somewhat impressively spec'd for the time, that also meant it was expensive to manufacture. And since Panasonic had to make back the cost of the system plus profits, it made it unfortunately expensive.

     

    As time went on, Panasonic started publishing games and took a cut of those sales. Combined with cost cutting of the hardware itself, it became much more reasonably priced. Goldstar also published games to offset the cost of the systems, getting their systems down to $299! But by this time, the PS1 had already taken the market by storm.

     

    A recent example of a similar product that ended similarly was Valve's Steam Machines. Valve didn't subsidize the cost of the systems, so each manufacturer had to make their entire profit from the sale of the system itself. They were priced at or above equivalent PCs because of this and they didn't sell very well. Pretty much the same story as 3DO, but Valve has enough money to just keep going and try again.

     

    3DO did go on to develop the M2 and Panasonic learned from their mistakes, purchasing the rights to the M2 so they could both publish the games and produce the console. Unfortunately, they cancelled the project before coming to the home market.

     

    This is the answer.  You can close the thread now.

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  6. The original NHL Faceoff for PS1 is probably my favorite.  It has a 3D rink, but the players are all scaling 2D sprites.  It's the best of both worlds, you get a good vantage point, responsive controls, and easily distinguishable players.

     

    The only flaw is that it came out in 1995 so it doesn't have the Hurricanes.

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  7. 12 hours ago, phoenixdownita said:

    This pestered me a few times over the years until I found my answer.

     

    NeoGeo AeroFighters3/SonicWing3 -> in EU region it's much much harder than US and JP

    I got bitten on BananaCart+UniBIOS on NeoSD and now on Mister till I found a page describing how export games on NeoGeo were usually harder (apparently in JP renting was illegal but not so in EU/US so by making the game harder you would not finish it in one seating .....).

     

    Anyhow Mister defaults to EU in the NeoGeo core but via UniBIOS once set to US or JP the game AeroFighters3/SonicWing3 does not kick my ass on the very first level .... it makes it for a good gym though, if you learn to survive once you switch region is piece-of-cake.

     

    https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/VideoGame/AeroFighters quotes
    "Difficulty by Region: For some reason, Aero Fighters 3 is locked to the hardest difficulty level when played on the European BIOS."

    This one puzzled me for years, I believe due to me sometimes playing on real AES with unibios but no memcard and so default region US (my default AES region) but with memcard + Unibios setting save at region EU (no "winners don't do drug" stuff + english, hence why I thought it was a good idea). My AES also has a physical language switch, I am sure I must have played in JP as well which makes the game also easier without me connecting the dots.

     

    I've never realized it 'till much much recently, like 3 days ago (I just recently setup my Mister that I bought like last year).
    With the NeoSD can't remember, I just complained on the neo-geo.com forum that the game was too hard when played on it, likely playing EU as well, will have to try again but on Mister the difference is just so freaking obvious (even the gfx changes from flags to airplanes or viceversa on the selection screen between EU/US).

     

    I'm sure many more games have this differences, but for NeoGeo is somewhat surprising as all versions are in the same "cart" so to speak vs released specifically after localization ..... 
     

     

     

    On other news Jotego released many new CPS2 cores (that were so far only for patreons I guess) .... like 3 or 4 days ago .... mmmmhhhh yummy!!
     

    How do you change the region to Japan?  Whenever I start a Neo Geo game, the bios screen says the region is Europe and I don't see an option to change it.

     

    Also, did the AES see a release in Europe or did it only get the MVS cabinets?


  8. On 12/8/2021 at 8:48 PM, SegaSnatcher said:

    So I tested it out and sadly S-Video doesn't work.  It just gives you a black and white image when trying to use the S-Video input in that adapter. 

    What firmware did your unit have when you got it?  Mine shipped on Friday and was wondering if I'll need to update it to the latest one from Mike's site.


  9. From the POV of someone exploring the library years after the fact, Metal Storm can go straight into the fire.  I was very excited to try it after seeing screenshots, I love 80s Japanese mechanical designs, I saw the parallax and was very impressed.  Then I played it.  Watching yourself die over and over again while struggling with controls and needing to plan your moves is never a fun experience.  I guess I wanted it to be more Mega Man like, but that's just not what it is.


  10. I purchased a Majesco Genesis Model 2 from Bruce on Monday.  He got the label printed that morning and I got it 48 hours later.  It's in pristine condition and looks/sounds fantastic.  Don't hesitate to do business with him.

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  11. 32 minutes ago, SegaSnatcher said:

    I recently bought the 5XPro.   I'm really happy with it and Mike Chi is currently working on a substantial update that will offer a nice OSD and more features like cropping on all sides. 

     

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    Is that the composite to SCART adapter that you can order?  I didn't spring for that because they only mentioned composite.  If I knew it also has s-video I would have included it in my order.


  12. Didn't Nintendo at least adjust the music in their own NES/SNES games so they wouldn't be off pitch/tempo?

     

    For the European folks here, did you play Sonic 1 back then and think something was off about it?  How common was it for PAL localized games to not have the music fixed?

     

    Sonic 2 had the music fixed and Sonic 3 had it adjusted, but quickly falls out of sync with the NTSC version.


  13. 1 hour ago, sd32 said:

    I have read that while 3DO has an “easy” to use tool chain, it doesn’t really let you get the most of the system since you can’t code to the “metal” so to speak

     

    I wonder if this Tomb Raider coder is using the regular 3DO tool chain 

     

    Sorry if I didn’t use the correct terms 🤪 

    You have to go through the OS on the 3DO, bare metal programming to the hardware isn't possible, bitd or now.  It functions much like a modern day OS, complete with multi-tasking and lots of API calls.  It was meant to be easy for devs and allow migration to newer generations of hardware.  3DO was never meant to be tied to a specific hardware spec, it was really the OS software that was the heart of the whole outfit.  Had the M2 console seen the light of day, the intent was to have M1 software be compatible through a translation layer, not through direct HW backwards compatibility.

     

    The devs on the 3DO discord are putting together a brand new SDK that will hopefully open the doors to more projects like this.  This OpenLara port alone is garnering a lot of attention and may get more smart people interested in tinkering with the 3DO.  That's the goal.

    4 hours ago, agradeneu said:

    Nobody threw money at the 3DO coder of TR. He ported it in 2 weeks. So lack of money and time are "running joke" excuses. To be more blunt, most excuses are BS.

    It just takes talent.....and enough interest for a system/game. 

    Someone is porting Another World to Game Boy Color, all kinds of crazy projects happening, it's just pure display of talent and nothing else you need. 

     

    I am following the Jaguar community for 20 years but the joke I am mostly tired of are the lame excuses why this and that was not possible unless someone is throwing huge amounts of money at you, of course, before doing anything ;)

    Either you are living the dream or GTFO and stop pretending.

    If it bothers you so much that the 3DO community has a legit homebrew game to look forward to, why don't you slide into XProger's DMs and extoll the virtues of the Jaguar?  Or port it yourself, OpenLara is open source.

     

    As someone who's played this on my actual 3DO console, I can't wait to see the finished product.  I can't stress enough that what we have so far is the product of less than two weeks of work.  It is by no means close to done.  The dev himself says there is a ton of optimization ahead and a stable, playable framerate is 100% within the realm of possibility.  I think a lot of people are looking at this alpha release and thinking "Oh, it's rendering polygons, it must be 99% done" which is a mistake.

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  14. Is there a way to use the USB keyboard as an in game controller?  I got a nice mechanical keyboard last month that I would like to use to control games, but it doesn't work in the Mister.  It allows me to map controls to the keyboard inside of any core, but once I exit the OSD, the keys I just mapped do nothing.

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