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  1. 1 hour ago, SlithyMatt said:

    Pre-YouTube, I have used Final Cut Pro (for Mac) and Adobe Premiere (for Windows), but now I stick to my guns and produce content using only Free Open-Source Software, including my host OS: Ubuntu Linux 20 LTS. I used to use OpenEdit, but it was not very dependable, and I've had much better results using Kdenlive, which comes with the Ubuntu Studio distro. I wouldn't want to make a feature film with it, but it's Good Enough For YouTube™️.

    I don't do YouTube, but I did basically the same thing, I went open-source and ended up on Kdenlive, now using the Windows standalone version. So far so good. Works for my limited editing needs.

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  2. 31 minutes ago, Scott Robison said:

    I admit I turn on disk drive sounds in Vice. But then I also miss fast loaders when I don't have them, so I'm really inconsistent.

    Imagine today's teens using Micro SD cards with their ~100MB/s transfer speeds in 40 years when people are using warped space physics to transfer data FTL and missing the good old days of their slow 100 MB/s cards. 😄

    This is me as well.

    I like modern speeds and capacity, but miss the actual media. I guess I also miss swapping out disks... the fact it seemed more tangible.

    I know it sounds strange, but I feel like some of the appeal of computing is lost in modern conveniences.

  3. I have thought about this in the past and it still amazes me how far we have come in my lifetime.

    I can remember using 8" disks on a Radio Shack TRS-80 Model II back in elementary school. Both my Math and Science teachers had them. Circa 1980'ish. Though I never owned one myself, I just remember thinking it was so cool when I got my first 5.25" drive on my TI-99/4A. How times have changed. To be honest, I sometimes miss physical magnetic media, and their sounds. Also, who can forget the iconic IMSAI 8" floppy drive from WarGames! I remember wanting one so bad, even though it was technically outdated by the time the movie came out. I still thought it was cool!

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  4. I was up until 4:00AM doing a Google "deep dive", looking anywhere and everywhere for any pictures or mentions of anything like that C64, and I haven't found anything more.

    However, in the process, like Snickers said, I am seeing things I haven't seen in decades, or never knew about to begin with!

    Sometimes, the journey is just as rewarding, if not more so, than the destination. 😁

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  5. 15 minutes ago, x16tial said:

    Wouldn't this have been cool: (sorry for crudeness, I drew it in about 10 minutes in MSPaint)

    A "C64D" but with a separate, stackable, drive unit, containing a 1541(II) and a 1581.

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    Now that would be a very cool thing to see! 80's me would have probably blown a gasket. 😆

    Actually, that would probably be a neat mod one could do these days with the right tools.

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  6. I just had to share a find on Amazon, in case anyone else happens to like these sorts of things!

    I was looking for a 2.5 drive enclosure, nothing fancy, just for some file swaps. I have docking stations, just wanted something smaller. Then I ran across this...

    https://www.amazon.com/ORICO-External-Enclosure-Transparent-Compatible/dp/B08DSWKRQC/

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    So, I ordered it. Even if it's not the fastest, as long as it works, I will be happy!

    The nostalgia is real with this one. haha

     

    I was also looking at this one too, but it's bigger than I wanted. Still may look at it in the future, becasue, NES! Also, RetroFlag makes great cases. I own 4 of their Pi cases now.

    https://www.amazon.com/GeeekPi-RETROFLAG-Cartridge-Enclosure-Raspberry/dp/B0919CTSJT/

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  7. The more I think about that C64, the more confused I get. Even with this new information, my brain still goes to an industrial or commercial setting, even more so considering the cost of making such a housing back then, if it's not something repurposed. The fact it's so "Commodore", a prototype case maybe? So many possibilities.  🤔

    I would LOVE to know this things history and reason for being.

    Now that it's in the hands of Perifractic, maybe we will get closer to knowing it's Retro Recipe! Would love to see it in a video and see it up close!

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  8. 5 hours ago, Scott Robison said:

    Oh, one more thing I meant to say: Even if an image is legit, there is no guarantee that the chip hasn't gone bad / been damaged / whatever in holding, processing, or transit. Of course, the same is true of new parts as well, but I think a reputable seller is more likely to treat stock professionally than some fly by night organization.

    Yeah, I am always leery about that, even with modern hardware. You just never know. A good modern example is GPU crypto mining, those cards are ran hard for very long periods, then sold off to gamers. While that GPU may have a lot of life left in it, it's most certainly a larger risk than a card only used for gaming.

    When I go to sell my modern hardware, I always go into as much detail on the items handling and usage while in my possession, and include plenty of photos. Because that's what I look for myself. I want the buyer to know I care about my parts and take very good care of them. Both modern and vintage.

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  9. 4 minutes ago, Scott Robison said:

    Is there a reason why you can't play with a W65C02? I know it isn't MOS, but you can get certified new from reputable sources.

    To be perfectly honest, I really have no reason to not use a modern W65C02 replacement, other than pure nostalgia. I very well may go down that road just because I am so distrustful of eBay listings like those for "original" MOS 6502s. It's also a lot cheaper than a vintage 6502.

    I am seriously thinking of investing in Ben Eaters kit and moving it all off breadboards and onto a PCB. Of course, that will be some time in the future, when time permits.

  10. I mentioned in another thread that I have a project I want to do that involves encasing a MOS 6502 in resin and made a sort of display to showcase the processor that powered my childhood, and basically most of the 80's. EMwhite was kind enough to donate one to me (Thank you)!

    Now, I am in the market for another one or two to actually play with in the future when I have more free time. So, I went back to eBay. There are always 6502s for sale, but I also see some that are REALLY cheap, from China. Of course, I am not an authentic MOS 6502 expert, but these make me leery. 

    What are your opinions on ones like these?

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/383721043079

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/164191846570

    The sellers have  good feedback, but that's not always a cut and dry indicator since I have seen "fake" feedback in the past, but normally in lower numbers than these.

    Heck, I won't be out much if they are fake, but still...

    Thoughts?

     

  11. 3 hours ago, ZeroByte said:

    I assume you know all about The Guardian Legend and Battle of Olympus

    Again, two of my favorite NES games! I have played them both several times over the years. Actually, I just played through Guardian Legend a couple months ago ... again. 😆

    Also just got done playing Soldier Blade for the TG-16/PCE. I love the old school scrolling shooters. This one was a lot of fun, hard, but I had a blast playing it! If you like that sort of game, it's worth checking out.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubCRXZaI9ek

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  12. 9 hours ago, SlithyMatt said:

    That was definitely the highlight of the games I've discovered with this console. Never knew it existed, but it's a really good game! I think if it hadn't been shoehorned into the Street Fighter franchise, it might have fared better, as it's such a completely different kind of game.

    That's one thing I have doing a lot of lately, looking for games I missed back when they were new. Reading a lot of "Top 10" lists of obscure or "hidden gems" for various systems. It's quite fun to discover and play a "new" old game! Also discovered some games, a few recently on the TG-16/PCE, that were listed as Japanese but are in English. So I skipped over them when I first seen them. Or they were shooters where the language of the text is not nearly as important. And of course, translated hacked ROMs. Like I said earlier, I spend more time on my $35 Raspberry Pi than on my MUCH more expensive high-end "gaming" PC. lol

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  13. I like that Mario Bros. clone. It reminds me of what I had posted in a different thread. Nintendo themselves did this with our version of Super Mario Bros. 2. The Japanese Mario sequel was deemed too difficult for the international market, so they took a game called Doki Doki Panic, and modified it to be the version of Super Mario Bros. 2 we know today. It's an interesting story.

    From Wikipedia:

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    The western release of Super Mario Bros. 2 was based on Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, a Family Computer Disk System game meant to tie-in with Fuji Television's media technology expo, called Yume Kōjō (lit. Dream Factory). The characters, enemies, and themes of the game were meant to reflect the mascots and theme of the festival.[2] After Nintendo of America found the Japanese version of Super Mario Bros. 2 (later released internationally as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels) to be too difficult and similar to its predecessor, Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic was modified to become Super Mario Bros. 2 for release outside of Japan.[3]:2

    A commercial success, the international Super Mario Bros. 2 was re-released in Japan for the Famicom as Super Mario USA[a] (1992),[2] as part of the Super Mario All-Stars (1993) collection for the Super NES (including the Japanese Super Mario Bros. 2 as The Lost Levels), and as Super Mario Advance (2001) for the Game Boy Advance.

    I do love how they add so many clones and ROM hacks just to get the count up. I mean, you know they are not paying licensing fees to sell the legit ROM's they are using, so why not just use all original games. I guess 620 in 1 looks better than 100 in 1. Still, there are hundreds of good NES games without the need for hacks and clones. lol

    All in all it seems like there is a good mix of legit ROM's in that NES clone for the price. Funny to see games like TMNT and others in a different language, even though they were also released in English. Being an import, it's fully understandable though. 🙂

    Also, that Street Fighter 2010 game, I loved back in my NES days! Played it a lot. Hard, but fun. I remembering being impressed by it's graphics. Good times.

    Great video!

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  14. They have arrived!

    Love these things. They both feel great. Buttons are responsive. Properly detected by RetroPie. Played with both for several hours and both are good quality.

    I really like have a proper PCE/TG controller I can use for emulation! It's not as heavy as the original TG controller, but it does not feel cheap. Feels good playing all the scrolling shooter bullet-hell games. Hori makes good controllers in my opinion.

    Now... I am DONE with controllers....I hope. lol

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  15. Well, I finally rounded out my 8/16-bit era controller collection by ordering the Genesis and TG-16 ones I wanted. I will let you know how they work after they arrive. It was my birthday the other day and decided to pick them up. 😆

    I'm not expecting any problems, they are from Retro-Bit and Hori, and every controller I have gotten from either of those two has been spot on.

     

    Genesis: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P37ZGTF/

    (Has L+R shoulder buttons, so it will work just as well as the SN30-Pro in most games. Though the SN30-Pro have 2x L+R buttons, so handy for PS1. No analog, but that's fine, I rarely use it outside of PS1 games.)

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    TG-16: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07V1Q2G8T/

    (Has PROPER turbo selectors like the original TG-16/PCE, and it's the right size, unlike many others out there.)

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  16. 10 hours ago, SlithyMatt said:

    I bought one (well, actually two) of those NES Classic knock-offs from Wish out of sheer morbid curiosity. Turns out to not be quite as horrible as I had feared (which was really bad), as captured in my latest video:

    Excellent video! I have considered buying so many of those knock-offs but never really bit the bullet and tried any. I got rid of all my "plug & play" units in favor of using Raspberry Pi for it's versatility and customization, as much as I liked them, I don't want to go back to the P&P devices. Even if I do think they are cool. lol

    10 hours ago, ZeroByte said:

    I'm really torn on what to shell out the bucks for, as I have several goals and am not sure how many of them can be achieved in one set of controllers/wireless adapters.

    Primary systems to interact with: (descending order of importance)

    • SNES classic (via this adapter)
    • Commander X16 (via the SNES adapter)
    • Linux PC
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Nintendo Switch (playing NES/SNES games on the switch online service)

    I generally don't play modern games on PC, and if I do, I usually prefer WASD+Mouse over a controller. Anything that WOULD use a controller would be retro titles like Wolf3d, Commander Keen, etc - games that I originally played using a Gravis Gamepad. The bluetooth SN-30 Pro controller would fit all of these niches, with the one exception being that they're not original SNES form factor.

    Then there's this one:
    https://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Controller-Classic-nintendo_super_NES-super-nintendo/dp/B074HBNNH6?ref_=ast_sto_dp&th=1&psc=1

    It would basically require a dongle for each type of thing I'd hook it up to but the primary system (SNES classic) would work with this right out of the box. I'm just not 100% certain that the SNES adapter dongle would be compatible with this second model controller, as it's 2.4GHz and the dongle says it's bluetooth...

    That was my issue, finding something that met all my wants for my emulation. I wanted an SNES style controller, but I also wanted analog controls for PS1 and some arcade emulation, and I wanted 4 shoulder buttons, and wired. That's what lead me to the SN30 Pro's features. It ticked all my boxes and once I got it in my hands, I could not have been happier. I have all my desired consoles covered in terms of button coverage.

    That being said, I do have a Hyperkin joystick for Atari, a Mayflash F101 arcade stick for some arcade games that are best played on micro-switches, and I just ordered a Retro-Bit Sega Genesis controller.... just becasue. I want to pair them with the MegaPi case. What's nice about those is they are officially licensed by Sega.

    For me, controls were almost more important than the emulation. I am used to emulation, but I wanted comfortable controls as close to authentic as possible.

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  17. 25 minutes ago, ZeroByte said:

    So it looks like you're using the 8bitdo controllers. Which ones in particular, and what is your opinion of the feel/responsiveness of the controllers? I'm looking to get a couple of them, and am torn between which ones I want along with which adapter dongles - I know they make native SNES -> bluetooth adapters that pair with certain models, and then there are (S)NES-mini wireless adapters that pair with some models, and there are models that pair natively with the Switch, etc.

    I got an SN30 Pro USB (SN Edition), loved it, and got another one. Wired, because I just prefer it over wireless, and I am never so far my display I need wireless.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07R481CVY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The SN Edition is currently out of stock, but the Gray Edition is in. They are identical, save for the cosmetics.

    I bought them specifically for the feel and comfort, they feel great and I can play for hours without issue, just like the old SNES controllers. Responsiveness does not seem to be an issue either, that is to say, I have not noticed it in any games, at all. Not even Tetris at level 12+. 😄

    Overall, I love the 8Bitdo controllers, as well as Hyperkin and Retrobit. They all seem to make good ones.

  18. Well, the SNES Themed case arrived. Now my collection is complete! It's a neat case, the "slot" where a game cart would go is your micro SD storage, and the cartridge itself is a magnet that holds itself to the door. Pushing eject opens the door. While I won't use it, it is neat.

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    Now, if I could only track down the cause of this issue....

    I have seen it mentioned in a few other places, so at least its not hardware... Part of the screen will go randomly blank... Thankfully it don't happen all that often and will be addressed in the next version of RetroPie.

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  19. I was literally just joking about this with a family member!

    I maintain a modern "high-end" gaming PC, but I spend most of my time playing retro games on a Raspberry Pi. 🤣

    Made my own. haha

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  20. Very nice!

    That is soooooooo tempting. It's just hard to pay the current price and shipping when I already have a Mini, and have SO many other emulated systems at the moment. But.... I still want one. I also have a lot of Arduino/Pi based projects going on that I have dropped several hundred dollars on in the past few months, getting parts and upgrading my tools.

    The internal struggle is very real. haha

    On a side note, @Scott Robison, while looking at your videos I noticed you had the Star Trek parody skit from the Carol Burnett show on there, I had not seen that in YEARS. Such a great skit!

    "Are you AC or DC?" "Get your own lamp!" 😝

    Growing up my mom was a huge Carol Burnett fan, so needless to say, I seen a lot of her stuff on VHS and re-runs. Her invisible husband turning out to be Leonard Nimoy as Spock, the memories. lol

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