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  1. I have never actually touched a Chromebook, I don't even use Chrome, except at work. I'm a Firefox guy. lol

    I look at Windows as a "necessary evil" because no other platform can do everything I want it to do. So, I am stuck using it for most everything, and playing around on Linux, but not really being productive with it. Not as much as I am on Windows anyway. It sucks, but it is what it is.

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  2. Not going to ruin anything for anyone, but I went and seen it, and if you're a fan of the series like I am, it's a must!

    My wife, daughter, and I went to check it out, being a Monday night we pretty much had the theater to ourselves. I really enjoyed the film, there is a lot of "fan service", and it was really well done. The way they did things was really respectful to the original films and it was well worth the $65 it cost, once you add in popcorn and soda. haha

    I seen the original two films in theaters when they released, no way I was going to miss this one, especially since it's one of my all time favorite film franchises.

    Also, if you go, there are two post credit scenes, one near the start of the credits, and one at the end. So don't run out of the theater, you wont want to miss them. 😁

    Have you seen it? Plan on seeing it in theaters? What did you think?

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  3. I do admit, and as those on here who know me, I use my modern hardware to do a lot of retro things. Though, I do my fair share of purely modern things as well.

    I am sometimes flabbergasted at the complexity of modern games, seeing why it takes an entire studio, hundreds of people, truck loads of money, and months (if not years), to put out a single "AAA" title. On the flip side I also really marvel at small indie studios who put out amazing games with both modern and retro themes, with little to no resources at their disposal. For me that's one of the main reasons I like our modern hardware, there is so much computing power available that you can push the envelope of whats possible and create ultra realistic games, create a smash hit retro game that strikes that nostalgic nerve with players, and emulate most all of the platforms and operating systems of the past, all from your desk.

    That being said I am sitting here muddling through Arduino code working on making myself a portable FM radio, just becasue. Letting Steam update a long list of games, watching (more like listening) Adrian's Digital Basement work on a IBM PC 5160 motherboard, looking for some specific ROM's, and taking a bit of a break to mess around on the forums here. Multitasking! This is how I enjoy my days off work. You got to love modern technology.


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  4. On a side note, has anyone else noticed that Raspberry Pi's are now made of pure gold? I mean, for the asking prices now, they may as well be. Stupid supply chain issues...

    Just about all the licensed sellers are sold out, so the second hand sellers on Amazon and eBay have skyrocketed their prices, they have always costed a little more, but nothing like right now. It's crazy. Makes me glad I have several to play with until all this passes. It just sucks for anyone looking to get one for the holidays this year.

    On a bit of good news, GeeekPi is not only trying to send me a new GPi Case, but becasue they are having shipping issues, are also refunding me the $70 cost of the case so I can order one directly from RetroFlag. So, if it all pans out, I'll end up with 3 of them. Now to do that before they go out of stock too. πŸ˜‚

    Now that's customer service!

  5. I look at this as a modern incarnation of "cramming extra power into a game cart becasue the console isn't powerful enough to do the job". In this case almost all the power is in the cart,Β  but... I still think it's cool. I think I appreciate the work that goes into doing something like this just as much as the final result.

    The only "odd" thing I ever played Doom on was a TI-83 Plus calculator, but I played several games on it, and it's not all that odd since just about anyone who ever owned one tried that. Still, it's was neat, all be it ... slow. 😁

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  6. On 11/18/2021 at 5:31 PM, jtk said:

    IMO, the retro communities are the best ones to be a part of on the internet these days, and they are what have really kept my interest so high for this long.

    I share that opinion. While I love modern tech, many of the communities are more "toxic" than I care to deal with, so I don't participate in them unless there's a darn good reason.

    My time is precious to me, so I prefer to spend my community "geek" time here. πŸ˜‰

  7. Just picked up a couple "Wipeout" style games to try on Fanatical, and a "retro" style racer, we will see how good they are.

    Grip: https://store.steampowered.com/app/396900/GRIP_Combat_Racing/

    Antigravitar: https://store.steampowered.com/app/621020/Antigraviator/

    80's Overdrive: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1381440/80s_OVERDRIVE/

    I got a couple others as well, just to fill the 5 games bundle, but these are the ones I wanted to try the most. πŸ˜†

    Not bad for $2.99 I guess. Link: Nitro Bundle


  8. As much as I love emulation, it has it's own world of issues that creep up from time to time, just like anything else.

    I have been struggling with 2 issues, one I think is a software issue that I have little control over, though I can't seem to find any documentation on my specific issue anywhere. I'm running the latest RetroPie, and every so often, a portion of the screen will go black, normally when first loading a ROM, or when coming out of the RetroArch menus. You have to exit and reload it to get it to go away. It seems random, and it happens on all of my Pi3's and the Pi4, hence why I think it's an issue with RetroPie itself. I posted a GIF of it earlier in this thread.

    More recently, I have been trying to fix an issue with my GPi Case where no controller is detected. I have torn the case down and inspected everything, tested what I could, and can find no faults with the internals. The controller runs via a USB ribbon cable between the Pi and case, and the cable appears fine, and tests fine using continuity, yet it takes several reboots sometimes to get it to detect the cases controller, if it does at all. I tried a different Pi, same issue. Thankfully, GeeekPi, the company I bought it from, said they will send me a new case, we'll see. I still wish I could fix this one.Β 

    The joys of tech, both retro and modern! πŸ€ͺ

  9. On 11/12/2021 at 11:46 AM, BruceMcF said:

    And, to be clear, it IS a hardware problem. The software's working JUST as it was intended to.

    That reminds me of an incident many years back where a software problem cost me $100 because I was sure it was a hardware problem.

    Long story short, I was having issues with a sound card, the internet was young, info was scarce, and I concluded the card must be failing. So, I upgraded, got a new card, different model. Couple weeks later, I randomly learn via a forum it was a driver issue, and a patch was forthcoming.

    Yeah, that was defiantly a classic "Picard Facepalm" moment for me. πŸ˜†


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  10. On 11/8/2021 at 9:15 AM, TD Bauer said:

    Seems like the past few months I have been gravitating towards Phasmophobia and Star Trek Online.Β  I have been kicking around the idea of finding a Star Wars Galaxy EMU server to jump into this winter.

    My gaming habits are mild.Β  Most weeks between late Spring and early winter I maybe get in a couple hours per week is all.Β  Over winter in Wisconsin, I tend to jack that up to 10-15 hours per week.

    I totally get the "winter in Wisconsin", since I live there myself.

    My gaming habits are less mild, since I spend a lot of time playing games with family. Love to co-op!

    On 11/8/2021 at 10:51 AM, StephenHorn said:

    I recently enjoyed playing through Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight, a small 2D metroidvania title. In fact, I enjoyed it enough that I don't mind being a bit of a shill for the game, which is on sale on Steam for $4. That sale is an absolute steal, in my opinion. It's also available on other platforms, but doesn't appear to be discounted everywhere.

    The fourth entry in the series, MRUM took me about 5 hours to clear, unassisted, getting the "true ending". The game has a bit of a "Dark Souls" feel to its difficulty, with limited health between save points and bosses requiring some amount of pattern identification to defeat, but I personally weigh it as feeling more like a metroidvania, especially once you acquire one of the items that can restore health with each enemy kill.



    Just added it to my wishlist for the X-Mas sale. Love a good metroidvania series!

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  11. I'm late to the game, but...

    Awesome! 😁

    Having a C128 Edition is fantastic, thanks @Scott Robison! I liked the C128, evenΒ  though I didn't use it much, the Amiga 500 pulled my attention away from it as soon as it was released.

    I love seeing all the ports,Β  it allows the game to cover such a wide range of the retro computing world, and that's a good think in my opinion.

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  12. On 11/7/2021 at 12:11 AM, Cyber said:

    I never played any of Wipeout games, but judging by screenshots it looks similar to Hi-Octane, which I enjoyed and played a lot!

    Hi-Octane is a great racer too! I have it installed in DOSBox actually, along with Wipeout. I think one huge seller for me with Wipeout was the music, it really pulled me into the game. At the time I really liked "Electronica" style music, bands like Future Sound of London, Chemical Brothers, and others. That's the style they used in Wipeout, with my favorite being Wipeout XL/2097.


  13. On 11/5/2021 at 1:04 AM, xanthrou said:

    Well, Proton and Wine are constantly improving and with Proton, you can run (at least in theory) thousands of Windows games (at least in Steam). Give it a shot.Β 

    It would be a tad more difficult to set everything up correctly, sure, but Proton and Wine are getting better and better.

    Steam Deck will be available soon and it's running on Arch Linux with Proton and some extras.


    Btw you made a typo in 'because'.

    Yeah, they have both come a LONG way over the years, but to be honest, I just have zero desire to emulate anything modern in Linux I can do natively on my Windows machine. In the end, it's just too much work for no good reason. I want to play the game, not spend varying amounts of time tying to get them running as they should.

    I already use Steam Link on my Pi4, and it runs wonderfully. I owned the original Link hardware, but sold it because I never used it beyond testing it out for a review. Once I had it up and running on the Pi4, there was just no reason to keep it.

    As far as the Steam Deck goes, I will likely never mess with it unless one falls in my lap. Like I said, I have my Windows machine, I really have no desire to stream anything modern to a handheld, I much prefer sitting at my PC and enjoying whatever game I am playing. Though, I think the idea of the Deck is awesome, and I think it will do well. We will see. Valve makes good hardware, but they are horrible at marketing and selling it, often pricing it well out of range for most gamers.

    Oh, and typos are my friend, I seem to do them a lot, especailly late at night. 😁

  14. @Ju+Te Commandos is a good series, and I definitely label it "modern". 😁

    @Cyber Not sure about the others, but GRIP is a good one. I like the old school Wipeout game and those similar to it. I played the original one on the PlayStation, DOS, and Sega Saturn. That series is still going, but mostly on consoles, and I only do PC gaming these days. Still, one of my favorite racing series.

    I have been playing through Serious Sam 4 and it's a blast, literally. It's one of the few FPS run-and-gun games where you spend more time pressing "S" than "W". Then I get to this guy near the end of the game... royal pain in the ... well ... you know. lol

    Had to take a quick break before trying to bring him down. 🀣


  15. On 11/3/2021 at 3:00 PM, xanthrou said:

    You ever heard of Lutris tho?

    Yep, but I have yet to use it. I tend to do things old school, without the use of launchers or front-ends. It wasn't until very recently actually that I started using things like RetroArch and LaunchBox. The same goes for Linux based options, I still did it all "manually".

    I will get around to it one of these days. 😁

    To be fair though, I only run Linux on my Pi's, I have no real interest in running any form of it on a "PC". I left that behind many years ago for one simple reason, compatibility. The sad and simple truth is a vast majority of software and games are designed to run native on Windows, that's also why I don't use Apple products. No matter how we feel about it personally, Windows rules the PC world, while Linux is king of the servers. I know I say this a lot, becasue it's a fact of my life, but my free time is limited. So I have to pick and chose what I geek out on.

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  16. The TLDR of it is, nostalgia. 😁

    For me, it's not about being any "better" than what we have today, since that's pretty subjective. I mean, I love modern hardware, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino. I use all of it just about every week for various reasons.

    I have always been a hardware guy, I wanted to know how it all works under the hood, and I don't mean the code, I mean how was that code actually processed and executed on a hardware level. That goes for all electronic devices, not just computers, I wanted to know how it functioned at it's most fundamental level. That really got it's start for me back in the 8-bit era, back when computers were easier to use IF you understood HOW they worked. Today, everything is so "user friendly" that most anyone can pick up something and use it with no understanding of how it works, even though the hardware itself is vastly more complicated and powerful. That's both good and bad in my opinion, but that's a whole separate topic.Β 

    It takes me back to a time when I was excited to learn the magic that was computers. These days it's much harder to impress me becasue I know how most of it works, but back then I was honestly impressed with just about every new system I got to see for whatever reason. I was impressed what they were able to do within the limitations of the systems.

    Also, something like the X16 is a nice bridge between the 80's and today for me. Like I said, I was all about the hardware, not the code. So I never moved much past BASIC, COBAL, and Pascal when it came to "programming", well, unless you consider Ladder Logic, I did work with that a lot back in the 90's on Allen Bradley PLCs when I was working for Pepsi Co. So this is an opportunity to learn some of what I missed back then, just for the fun of it.

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  17. Nice!

    I would totally wear one at work. It's a healthcare environment, so it's almost always quiet, especially in my office area. 😁

    I have a TNG hoodie I wear all the time, it's my favorite one, and it shows. I'm in need of a new one, the pockets and elastic around the cuffs are getting stretched form so much use. Very comfy, and plenty of room to add my own badge. lol

    This is not me, but this is the one I have. My wife got it for me back when ThinkGeek was still around if I remember correctly.



  18. I'm a huge Trek fan, and if that showed up in the mail for me, I would be rocking it all day long. πŸ˜†

    We get those random scam packages in the mail a lot, well my wife does. Where they send you something you didn't order just so someone can post a false positive review. They are never anything I am interested in. lol

    Also, like x16tial, I want one! Yes, unbox it and try it out, let us know how it works!

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  19. On 10/29/2021 at 11:41 PM, john_e79 said:

    Am I right in what I've seen from pictures that the Argon M.2 is basically a USB to USB bridge that will bottleneck to USB 3.1 speeds?

    Yep, pretty much what Tom said.

    Also, using an SSD over USB 3 is still considerably faster than using any SD card or flash drive, especially when it comes to writes. So while the bottleneck is there, it's still the fastest option open to the Pi 4. At least the bottleneck is with the bus the data is going over and not the media being used.

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