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  1. The problem for me with PacLand is that they miss the point of the original control scheme - it’s a platformer version of Track and Field! Run faster by tapping the run right button faster, which makes the platform jumping more intricate. Instead they try and turn it into another Mario platformer where you hold right to run right. This video where the guy has restored the original arcade machine shows it off (He’s got some good restoration videos on there!)
  2. Released on June 19th for the Switch, looking forward to it because I never got the chance to play it originally. It sounds like it's more akin to Need For Speed: Most Wanted than Burnout 1 or 2 and I really struggled with the open world nature of the racing, I just wished they'd put massive digital chevrons on the streets to show you where you should be going , but still have the choice of going anywhere else. At times it felt like you were having to memorise the track, rather than get into the zen like state of Burnout 1 and 2 with a forced track. But in saying that my son loves the ability to just drive around and pull donuts. Still going to get this, hopefully it brings back those great memories of Burnout 1 and 2... man, I loved those games.
  3. Imagine if Nintendo teased journalists with a major announcement... only to show this. (yes, they're tiny keychain re-releases of their Game and Watch games).
  4. Honestly, that sounds like a fucking terrible idea that's been thought up by a marketing team that's trying desperately make TVs relevant to an audience that doesn't care. Maybe someone else will come up with a smaller TV that can change orientation but has an in-build OSSC, like specifically designed for retro systems.
  5. It was a really nice game badly let down by the cover artist having no idea what a Ninja Scooter was (and didn't even look at the loading screen). Advert for a Ninja Scooter.. Look at how rad they were with mag wheels and everything. Loading screen showing a similarly rad dude riding a Ninja Scooter (wait is that a facemask he's wearing??) Game cover. Showing erm.. literally a Ninja on a scooter. Imagine how disappointed you would have been when you fired up the game and it featured absolutely zero ninjas on scooters.
  6. I had a look at their GBC upgrade and thought £19 is a great deal. Then I noticed for that £19 all they seem to do is little more than strip it down and clean it. For the backlit screen it’s another £66 and for the speaker upgrade its another £10. So it’s actually nearer £100 for the GBC upgrade? Wow... How much is it for the back screen?
  7. The Xbox being branded a Sega console in Japan? Jesus, what year is this... 2002, when the name Sega still had some clout in the games industry?
  8. The one thing was throwing out a CD32 with SX-32 expansion because it was “playing up a bit”, along with an Amiga 4000 keyboard. That’s all probably worth about a grand now. But to be fair, I probably spent more than the equivalent of that at the time on the kit. I did keep all the games and two Competition Pro joypads which seem to go for silly money. However, I did buy another CD32 a couple of years ago for about £150 and since then they seem to have skyrocketed in price, so swings and roundabouts. I also gave away my Spectrum to a younger cousin who didn’t have much (so I felt a bit sorry for him). Always regretted it, especially as there were some rare games (Martianoids, a late Ultimate game, Id picked up for a couple of quid and it goes for about £70 now, but to be honest it was crap). But then a couple years ago I bought up some Spectrum games from gumtree (in preparation for when the Next being released, although in reality was another 2 years away...) and the guy came running out the house and said “do you want this as well?” holding a Spectrum +2 and I gave him £30 for the lot (it was all I had on me). So swings and roundabouts..... I remember my mate at school having some incredible big box Amiga games, which seem to be really rare now, like Moonstone. He sold them all for a pittance in order to fund buying a HiFi.
  9. Is it a +2A/+2B or a +3 that you're using? If it is, then depending on the game then you may need to use the OUT 32765, 48 command before loading and even then there are some games that will not work on the +2A/B and +3 unless you use a specific fixed version. The early Ultimate games need the OUT 32765, 48 command in order to work, for example.
  10. Surely Sony and Microsoft's focus on graphics driven technology advances was going to end in ever dwindling results? The PS2 and Xbox were fairly significant advances over the previous generations, but since then it's become more and more incremental. It's like that recent Unreal demo, absolutely it looks amazing, but does having a tiny bit more detail make a game any better than the last generation? The other problem is the amount of resources needed to deliver those games - remember when the likes of Treyarch were producing 3-4 different games a year instead of churning out another Call of Duty every 2-3 years? Or when Rockstar were making different games like GTA, Midnight Club, The Warriors, Bully, Table Tennis, Manhunt instead of every single Rockstar studio needed to make one single game? It's easy to not get that excited when you know the risks and resources are too high, so instead of something new and different, you just get another instalment of the same game but with more detail on a character's forehead...
  11. Which machine are you using and do you have examples of games that are working and those that are not? Are you trying the 48k games in 128k loader or going to 48k mode and typing LOAD "" ? I'm trying to work out if the error message is down to the file, the 128k mode or the machine type as it could be any of the three! Like @Swainy said, I'd recommend a DivMMC Future, honestly if you've got a 128k type machine and you get a DivMMC Future, you're not that far off having a Next!
  12. This bundle of three Codemasters’ Seymour games is currently at £155 with 6 days still to go. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/274376872686 Are they really worth that???? Crazy!
  13. Midwinter I would think would be the best option (I've not played the other two recently) because it's premise is something that's totally of its time - the whole thing of the world being covered in snow was clearly to get around technical limitations of the time, to have a world that was that big, you couldn't have lots of "things" in that world - so make it totally desolate by having lots of "snow"! The other games have probably been bettered by modern games, it's like going back to the original Elite which is still fun but it's really frustrating with the limitations of the old game, you'd be better playing Elite Dangerous.
  14. I originally had a 48k then upgraded to a +2 grey model and it’s funny, but at the time I don’t remember any problems with audio. Maybe because I had nothing else to compare it with, or maybe it was because it was a million times better than the 48k beeper audio (even the feature of having audio come through the Tv was amazing). But I’ve got a +2b now and I believe it’s got the audio fixes, as does the +3b model.
  15. I have an iPad with the Vectrex app on it and play with an iCade which feels like a very close experience. Although I'm not sure if you can still download it, but you might be able to get an old jailbroken iPad and install it. Plus you can use MAME.
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