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About BydoEmpire

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  1. I remember playing through on DC and really enjoyed it. I don't recall much, other than it had a good setting, it had "airship battles," and I thought it was a great game. I liked it a bit more than Grandia 2.
  2. It very much depends on the scope of the game, what platform you're going to, and the size and experience of the team. [Edit] I thought you were asking about SNES->GBA... FWIW, the team at Virtucraft (Italy? I forget, it was 20 years ago) ported SNES MK2 to GBA in about 8 weeks, start to finish. It got a 0 out of 10 review from EGM, it was a buggy mess... but they got it out the door which to me was an amazing accomplishment and feat of engineering. I don't know the team size or makeup, but clearly they were experienced in both SNES and GBA development to even come close to that time frame. Going from GBA to PC/Unity/UE or something is a whole other ball of wax, you might as well just redo the game from scratch, using the original as reference. There's little you could pull over other than art assets which you'd need access to (or have a way to rip).
  3. I really wish there were more arcade sticks with the joystick on the right.  Or a simple switch to flip up/down so you could hold it either way.  An adapter to do this would be an interesting small electronics project.

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    2. BydoEmpire


      Beeshu had an arcade stick for NES/SMS with the stick in the center and buttons on the left and right, but they've been kinda pricey on ebay.  Still thinking about it.

    3. Britishcar


      I know, right!? Good news though. When I ordered a Super Twin 78, I asked if he could put the sticks on the right and the buttons on the left and he did! Now that's customer service.





    4. GoldLeader


      I have a couple of those Beeshus for Turbografx, and here's my Edladdin (See pics),...Now I just  need a TARG cabinet (Or Spectar) since it has a joystick on the right! haha...


  4. Played my Playstation 1 last night for the first time in ages.  I like it, but I wish I had a better library.  Many of the games I have I'm not really in the mood for.  Played a bit of Strikers 1945 before bed.  I keep hoping to find cheap lots of PS1 games at yard sales, but it hasn't happened in 10 years.

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    2. jd_1138


      Yeah the arcade compilations are nice on PS1. I used to play NBA Live on my PS1, but if you're into sports games you will probably prefer them on a newer platform with more advanced graphics.

    3. IntelliMission


      What games are you "in the mood for"? I played lots of PS1 games back in the day, so I can give you some advice. I hate RPGs and strategy games, though.


      Since you mentioned time "is an issue", here are some games that you can play for a few minutes:

      - Abe's Oddysee (but the save system is not intuitive: you can save anywhere but you restart at a save point 2 minutes ago that was not marked as such. Abe's Exodus improves this adding more save points)

      - Heart of Darkness

      - Twisted Metal 2


      Other platform games are more collectatons, but they are still great: Spyro, Klonoa, Croc (very underrated), Gex 3D (underrated and fun)...


      Gran Turismo and Silent Hill are masterpieces, but I don't think you're "in the mood" for those, right?


      Destruction Derby 2 has crazy quick races full of tension where you can't commit one single mistake, you can try that one too.


      Disruptor is a very good FPS by the guys who later made Spyro and it has the advantage of having normal levels, unlike the stressing metroidvania style found in the otherwise excellent Powerslave/Exhumed, another great PS1 shooter.


      Finally, Bishi Bashi Special (PAL and NTSC/J only) and Crash Bash provide some quick minigames action.

    4. BydoEmpire


      More quick-play, arcade types of games.  I like N20, that's pretty good.  I do have lots of arcade compilations (Atari, Midway, Konami, Namco, etc).  I don't know, maybe a D&D-themed gauntlet-style games. Action-heavy RPGs.  I'm thinking of something like King's Field, or maybe something like D&D Heroes on Xbox/PS2.

  5. Anyone read "Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware?"  Looks interesting.

    1. BydoEmpire
    2. OldSchoolRetroGamer


      Hah that DOES look interesting.........might wait until it is revised to include the AtariVCS...............

  6. Annoying how I installed a security/bug fix patch for OSX and now after logging in, everything freezes for 30-60s.  I hate system updates.

  7. Most Favorite: RPGs (especially 80s/90s CRPGs, D&D, etc) 80s arcade games (maze games, bottom shooters, etc) Arcadey Sports games Turn-based strategy Least Favorites Platformers Puzzle Games Bullet Hell Shmups
  8. Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons is a pretty cool documentary.  Behind the scenes at TSR.  So many of those paintings and drawings are embedded in my brain, and bring back a lot of nostalgia

    1. GoldLeader


      Spiffy!   Is it on Netflix?  Or...

    2. BydoEmpire
    3. GoldLeader


      Cool,  I just got Prime again for a few...

  9. This was a pretty fun season, I played a bunch of games I hadn't tried before. Thanks for setting it up and running it!
  10. Proud of myself - I fixed my record player, just a bit of Deoxit in the cartridge restored the right channel.  I took it into the shop the other day, but their repair man was out for a few months. The guy at the counter made an offhand comment as I was leaving that "it could just be the cartridge. " Sure enough!  First up: "Johnny Winter And..." - pretty good find for $3.

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    2. BydoEmpire


      It was just the L/R leads going from the cartridge to the tone arm. It was fine for years, just out of the blue this week the R channel stopped working.  Such is the way with old hardware, I guess.

    3. save2600


      Oh, gotcha... on the cartridge, not in. Can definitely see those leads getting all funked up.  :grin:


    4. Keatah


      Deoxit man its like a witchbottle for electronics!

  11. Watching Krull for the first time in about 30 years.  It's way worse than I remember it being. A *bit* surprising, since I still enjoy a lot of 70s and 80s fantasy/sci-fi, even cheesy, low-budget stuff.  Sometimes that's half hte fun. Maybe my expectations were too high.

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    2. SlidellMan


      I'd rather take a bad movie with actual effort and originality over something that is so safe, homogenized, and bland to the point where it makes Legendary Frog and Eddsworld on Newgrounds seem like Mindchamber and Ben Spurgin.

    3. high voltage

      high voltage

      Lysette Anthony.....nuff said

    4. GoldLeader


      Great movie in its day. I still like it.  A lot of Special FX haven't aged well...

  12. Woohoo, week-long staycation starts now! It's been a long and difficult 9 months of work, and other planned vacations being cancelled. Going to rest, run, watch movies, play games, play guitar and generally just chill and recoup.

    1. GoldLeader




      I'm on the 7th day of mine!  Then back to work on Monday for me.  They really fly by I'll tell ya, but I have got a lot accomplished, too.



    2. retrorussell


      I had mine starting this last Wednesday.  Cleaning the house for renters.

  13. I loved Sharp Shot as well, and still enjoy a goat it every so often. I think it's a really fun game. Simple... but fun and strangely engaging. Not something I play for hours on end but that's okay.
  14. Stupid question - could someone post a link to the Baby Pac Man manual? I couldn't find it in the AA Store or 7800 Manuals page, and googling only revealed coin-op manuals. I'd like to better understand how to get power pellets, how scoring in pinball works, etc.
  15. Not sure how I did it, but I got a power pellet and that helped a lot. 72,500
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