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About BydoEmpire

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  1. Wow, that's cool. I never owned the 3D classes for my Master System, but I did rent them once. I forget which carts I rented with them, I think Maze Hunter 3D... maybe global defense. I remember thinking it worked pretty well. They're pretty cheap - what do you need to plug them into a real SMS?
  2. Totally agree. 110%. Just like I don't prefer to play Pac Man on a flimsy IBM analog 'joystick', I don't want to play a text adventure on a sticky or stiff or membrane keyboard. Quality over quantity any day.
  3. It's been a long few weeks. Capped off Friday with some Atari and Iron Maiden.

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    2. BydoEmpire


      That's awesome GoldLeader, that made my morning!



      And to add to it, I'm the only person I know who uses the phrase "son of a biscuit," and I only do that because I remember my dad saying that when he was trying not to swear in front of us.  I thought it was funny as a kid, but now as a parent I find myself saying it!  Your reply is the first time I've ever heard anyone else use it.

    3. GoldLeader


      Hehe.  I have a friend who says it on the phone a lot.  We'll call and substitute any word that begins with B.  You Son of a Businessman!  You Son of a Baker's Dozen!   You Son of a Byzantine Emperor!  ...  (And so on)

    4. GoldLeader


      PS  I played some Iron Maiden Pinball this weekend!    So heard Iron Maiden and played Pinball.   During MultiBall,  My friend said I was pretty good at "Juggling Balls"...I said, "What is this Tuesday Night at the Moose Lodge?   Then we remembered we shouldn't be too loud as there was a kid's birthday party going on a ways behind us...

  4. Neat, my kid loves Rubiks' cube type of puzzles, he's really good at them. Not interested in pre-ordering and it doesn't show what the price is, so 40% may or may not mean much... not really inclined to add another screen-based toy that needs an internet connection.
  5. I bought my 7800 when I was about 18, I remember they had been discounted to $50 at Kay Bee. I already had an NES and SMS, but I always liked Atari game and it was cheap enough to take the plunge. I didn't buy that many games, but I definitely enjoyed Asteroids. Most of my 7800 games came from garage sales (back in the mid 90s you could buy boxes of 2600+ games at garage sales for super cheap). I remember buying it, but I don't have any really specific memories of playing it before college so I must not have put that much time into it... it's possible I bought it later than I remember, perhaps when I was home from college on break... One memory I have is in my senior year of college I was sharing an apartment with 3 other guys, and I was playing 7800 Asteroids in my room. One of my roommates walked in and thought it was funny I was still playing such old games. He took a picture of me which I think I still have somewhere. At that time my roommates and I mostly played the Genesis & SNES.
  6. Yay, summer has passed for 2 days now and yesterday I saw Christmas decorations for sale at Costco. Eventually every holiday will have things for sale all year long. Permanent holiday...

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    2. BydoEmpire


      I'm in Florida.  It's still very nice out, but the calendar marches on and says "Fall."

    3. bubufubu


      I learned long ago that the calendar is a crock for the seasons where I live.  Our fall and spring are very, very short.  Summer starts in late April/early May and lasts until late October.  Pay no attention to those solstice markers on the calendar, folks.  Just go outside and use your senses.  👍

    4. BydoEmpire


      I don't disagree, but personally I'm not a fan of seeing stores selling Christmas decorations when the calendar still says September.  I kind of like thinking about one holiday at a time. ;-)

  7. I want to give an update since it's been so long I have not made any changes since the last ROM. I tested a couple of weeks ago and thought I had a problem where it wouldn't let me start a new game after continuing, but I haven't been able to reproduce it. Probably not a deal-breaker, but if anyone has seen something like that I suspect there is a valid bug intersecting starting on level > 1, reaching a new level, continuing. I'm working with Al on an official manual, I've done some drafts and I've provided the text and artwork. I think it's going to be cool!
  8. GTA Vice City. I know lots of people love it and it sold a bajillion copies. I might have played 10 minutes, but not much more than that. Literally put it in my ps2 that one time. Thankfully I got it used for pretty cheap.
  9. Lots free on gog right now: https://www.gog.com/partner/stay_at_home
  10. If it doesn't have stats or leveling up it's not an RPG, it's some other kind of game (action/adventure or something). The name "role playing game" has a meaning aside from the raw literal meaning of those words put together.
  11. I would vote Apple 2c (specifically, but more generally the Apple 2 line) because of the incredible keyboard and sharp, 80 column green screen display. I suppose you could argue IBM PC for the same reasons. I love the c64, but the keyboard is not particularly good.
  12. I thought my nearly-20-year-old Brother MFC-4800 laser printer died, but turns out just needed to be unplugged and plugged back in. Still works great - old reliable. You can pry that printer from my cold, dead hands...

    1. ClassicGMR
    2. SlidellMan


      Now, that is durability.

    3. GoldLeader


      They don't make'em like they used to...

  13. Titan Quest and Jagged Alliance Gold both free on Steam right now.
  14. I think a lot of it is that for a lot of people that early 3d tech hasn't aged well. Low frame rate is tough to "go back to" after decades of 30-60fps. 2d games still look and play perfectly fine, they are what they are. As someone mentioned, a lot of the best games (or styles of games) were done much better in later generations. I'm not sure it's really a nostalgic thing.
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