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  1. On 6/29/2021 at 8:49 AM, Ophidicus said:

    So I got a good deal on a premium edition RF with the full cartridge & controller adapters and will sell my original budget RF with SNES adapter and noticed something odd. The Budget RF is on update 2.7 and the premium edition is on 1.5, the 1.5 version loads the SD card in 1:10 seconds and the 2.7 version loads in 2:54? Riddle me this?? Seriously WTF

    It's been a while but I strongly suspect the load time has to do with the actual number of game ROMs on the card (not size), and it's doing something stupid for each one it loads. 

     

    You can try reducing the game count and see if it helps.


  2. On 12/3/2020 at 8:32 AM, seastalker said:

    Even ways to connect to the RGBi port of Commodore monitors like the 1084S or 1902?

    I think that needs a special cable... unfortunately I don't have one of those monitors so I can't test and make sure. I have seen some videos of people running Commodore monitors with MiSTer, though.

     


  3. Thanks guys :) I got a second one out, less focused to MiSTer this time (albeit related, because a relevant core came out recently).

    I'll probably go back to do a MiSTer-specific video at some point. Anything in particular that you'd like to see covered?

     


  4. On 9/10/2020 at 8:41 AM, Skeeter said:

    Yeah, I'm thinking I'll run Mr. Fusion first. I'm guessing 8GB is enough room for all the cores and then with the space left (if there is any) I can cherry pick what roms I want, even if I have to add those manually.

    For bigger ROMs, you can also use external USB storage or a shared network drive.

     

    File transfer can be done via SFTP or Samba share so it's easy to manage your library from your PC. I personally use Filezilla (note: use binary transfer mode).


  5. To be fair, before DLC there were expansion packs and shareware titles as examples of (often paid) extra content. It was much more inconvenient than modern DLC, which is usually tied to a marketplace (Steam, PSN, Xbox live, etc.)

     

    User-created levels predated Doom, there was (is) user content for ZZT / Zeux for example. They were distributed via BBS or floppies and needed user intervention to install (as opposed to the 1-click downloads of most DLC).

     

    MMORPGs are also mostly DLC content (that you pay monthly). Ultima Online from 1997 popularized the genre, but there were earlier examples.


  6. 9 hours ago, blzmarcel said:

    Analog really should just open up on the software side. I suspect this would help lower their overall development times and costs.

    If they do, it will expose them to people creating clones and destroy their niche (i.e. FPGA consoles that take original carts).


  7. I was lucky, my parents got a //e when I was a small kid and it ended up being "my" computer once they upgraded to a Mac SE.  

     

    I used it for about 10 years before I had another PC of my own (a 486 sx 25) and it is still functional except the FDDs (I have a CFFA instead).

     

    This bring me to my earliest coding anecdote... 

     

    When I was very young I was trying to do some BASIC and I kept getting Syntax Error.

    I asked my dad what it meant, and he told me I had to enter the command "properly".

     

    I came back a bit later saying it didn't work, so he went over to check the computer.

    I had basically entered the same command, followed by "PLEASE" :)

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  8. I see these as just toys... same as the Mini MyArcade units. I would pick one up if I find one in the wild (assuming it has no insame markup), but wouldn't bother to order online for it.

     

    Perhaps Sega is thinking that whoever cares about seriously playing the games is already doing so. After all, it's not hard to find a GG emulator with all the portable emulator boxes going around. So they came up with a cute mini toy instead, which happens to be functional.

     

    From that perspective it's pretty neat, makes for a nice gift to non-gamers who are aware of the GG but wouldnt invest in one nowadays.

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  9. We will get X68000 way before 32X... an updated prototype core is going around which can run several games from .HDF files; but it still needs a lot of work (especially the audio).

    There is also an Intellivision core beta that seems pretty complete (as far as I can tell), but for some reason is still not in the official repo.


  10. 11 hours ago, seastalker said:

    Do you feel the core is already on par with the real hardware like the MegaSD is for Sega CD?

    Not yet but it's likely it will get there soon. People have been using MDFourier (http://junkerhq.net/MDFourier/mdfourier.html) to analyze and improve the sound on Genesis and SNES cores, and now they are starting to look at the latest PC Engine core.  It just had a massive rewrite of the CPU and VDC code which makes it much more accurate, so now it just needs to iron out the last pieces.

     

    As for my own use, I run my modded PC Engines with an XRGB-Mini to upscale to HDMI and a Turbo Everdrive.

    I don't have the Terraonion expansion so I can't say how the menu navigation compares to MiSTer, but other than that using a MiSTer is definitely more convenient than my original setup.

    (e.g. I can take screenshots with a keyboard press, backup my saves to google drive, use any of my controllers with it, and all that without having accuracy or lag penalties).

     

    I do like having some physical media (for games I like) so what I do when I have guests is use the carts/CDs to select what they want to play, but then load it from SD card :)

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