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  1. Counts as retro to me! I use it as well, have for a long time, it's just a great all around DOS emulator for those classic titles. I use it a lot to play late 80's to late 90's titles mainly. I also use a PC emulator called PCem, not the most original name but it's great for emulating old 80486 bases systems. It's not nearly as fancy as other options out there, but I ran across it, gave it a try, and liked it's simplicity. Plus, it just works well and does what I want it to do. I use it to play some 80's games and mess around in Win 3.1. Also to play around with older DOS software.
  2. I'm honestly somewhat torn between what tower or desktop... While I like the look of slim sleek cases, I am also "under the hood" all the time on every build I have ever done, I don't see the X16 being any different. So I like cases with lots of room inside for mods. Also, it has to fit in my workspace. I have a feeling I will be going with an ATX full or mid-tower of some sort. Maybe even a glass side panel so I can see the hardware! Unless I find a desktop I really like. I have pretty much abandoned my original retro look idea, and will probably be going with something more modern where I can add "retro style" to it on my own. The search is still on! Edit: I was actually looking at a case I have built in before, and liked it. The Rosewill Zircon T: https://www.ebay.com/itm/293431402500?epid=3034551967 I want a plastic front panel with at least 1x 5.25 bay, and with enough room behind the front panel I can add my own connections, LEDs, and toggle switches, and other I/O, and that case fits the bill. The only downside is the HDD/SSD tray at the bottom is not removable, so I would have to grind down the rivets to get it out. Not a big deal, but I don't need or want the tray in there. Plus, it will easily fit in my workspace, right next to my desk where my server sits now.
  3. I guess it really comes down to what you want and why. I agree with Scott and Tom on emulation. The Mini and Maxi are fancy plug and play games, no different than the countless other such units across so many platforms. My desire for a Maxi is powered by nostalgia, well, and I can mod the case, and the C64 style keyboard. If it was not for the Mini's super cheap price, I probably would not own one, but I have a soft spot for plug and play TV games. Before I downsized, I had several dozen of them spanning about 20 years of collecting. Now I really only have the Mini, and I do like it, it's great for what it is in my opinion. Personally, I use two different emulators, VICE for C64, and WInUAE 64 for Amiga. I really don't mess with any of the other Commodore platforms. Tom is also correct that the Mini/Maxi are basically cheap ARM powered single board computers running an old stripped down version of VICE. No SoC or anything like that, just emulation. They are meant for people who just want to plug and play, no fuss, just hook it up and go. Or, like me, who just like such things for nostalgia. If you're going to get into anything beyond that, I too suggest emulating it on your PC as an alternative idea, at least this is free and it gives you an incredible level of control and options. Either way, I myself and still looking at a Maxi (maybe, also exploring other options to build my own "Maxi"), but right now I am looking at possibly picking up a TI-99/4A in the near future. We will see, as I said, time and space are limited. I don't want to go down that rabbit hole again where I have far more hardware than I have time to enjoy. haha In the end, you get whatever makes you happy and does what you want, these are just my opinions and how I do things. We all do it a bit different. Thats why I love retro these days, SO many options, there's something for everyone!
  4. Most USB flash drives come formatted already to FAT32. Assuming you're on Windows 10, but it's nearly identical in Windows 7 as well. To check, right click on the drive on your PC, click "Properties", and you can see it. If for some reason it's not formatted FAT32. Click "Format" instead, select FAT32 from the menu, click "Start" and follow the prompts. Hope that helps.
  5. There is a nice thread on here regarding the Maxi if you want to check it out. https://www.commanderx16.com/forum/index.php?/topic/1523-late-but-is-c64-maxi-any-good/ I personally own a Mini for a couple different reasons. Also, living in the US they are just a lot cheaper than getting a Maxi right now, but it's still something I am seriously considering. That all being said, both the Mini and Maxi have a nice selection of built in games, if they're fun or good will be a matter of opinion, but I do like many of them. Thankfully, you can easily add more via a USB drive to expand your library as much as you like! Yes, you can save your own BASIC programs as well, to a FAT32 formatted USB drive. There are some Maxi owners on here that can answer more of your questions better than I. Hope that helps!
  6. I have seen a lot of those for sale on Amazon, and was curious how well they worked. The only plug & play HDMI games I have anymore are a couple of the Atari Flashback Blast units, each with about 20 games on them. I picked them up on clearance at my local Wal-Mart about a year ago for $1.99 each. lol I have seriously thought about investing in small projector for my RetroPie setups. I still might. There are some seemingly good deals on Amazon. Nice! I have a TheC64 Mini, still no Maxi. It gets a lot of use for playing my favorite old C64 games. That's the one thing I don't really emulate on my Pi's. Truth be told, while I would love to have a real C64 again, and I am thinking about a Maxi, if I was to get a computer from my childhood I keep looking at a TI-99/4A. Not the most popular, obviously older and not as powerful as a C64, but it was the first home computer I ever owned, and I fell it love with it. I really loved it's PEB and expansions, and those are much harder at a reasonable price. It started my journey and still holds a special place in my retro heart. I have been looking at them a lot lately on eBay, but my lack of space and time keeps stopping me from making the leap. It's hard to resist the urge to buy one. lol
  7. That .0001% chance failed to prove you wrong this day! Excellent film in my humble opinion. George Lucas and Ron Howard did a great job as always. I actually plays the NES game before it showed up in my local arcade. I had a blast playing it back then, and again recently. Once I seen the arcade version, it ate a lot of my quarters. It's sad many of the ports to other platforms were so poor for just a great IP.
  8. I played through both the arcade and NES versions recently, and watched the movie. Still one of my favorite fantasy adventure films, and one of the "best of the 80's" in my opinion. So many good films of that type back then. Even though the arcade and NES versions are vastly different in every aspect, I still like both. The arcade follows the film, looks great, and is a lot of fun. The NES really only uses the characters from the film, but is a fun RPG adventure title in it's own right. I never played the Amiga version back then, I only tried it out recently, and yeah... awful!
  9. To be honest, I wish CC had existed way back when I was putting content out on that new fangled World Wide Web. I made and published quite a few maps/mods for games like the original Doom series and Command & Conquer (through Red Alert 2), and C&C Renegade, and I always included a license that I wrote myself. I'm not even sure it would have been legally binding to be honest. Basically saying you can use, distribute, and alter my work in any way you wish, as long as you: Credit the original author (me). Amend the change-log section of the license to reflect the changes you made and to credit yourself for those changes. Do not alter or remove the license identifier I hid in each map, if found. Include the amended license and change-log when redistributing. Of course, I have no idea if anyone followed those rules, save for two instances. No way to really track that back then. I really only included it in the off chance any of my content made it into any mass distributed collections, something that used to be very common for games like those back then. Those instances I am talking about were one of my C&C RA2 maps made it into a collection that was shared online many moons ago, and the creator of that collection followed my license. The other was for work I did on a Renegade map set we ran on a popular Renegade server, in that case I knew the server owners and they happily honored my simple license request. So I think any CC license that covers whatever you want to protect in one form or another should be good. Like I said, I am not familiar with much outside of the very common GPL. Basically, my long winded way of saying, I'm not sure. If for some reason you can't find what you want through CC, maybe you can do one up yourself, or if they allow you to edit one to fit your specific needs? The problem is, I have NO idea if self made licenses are legally binding. I am most definitely NOT a lawyer, I can only speak to my past experiences.
  10. I would love to see a Castlevania remaster, and so many others.
  11. Nice! I was one of those people that didn't know. I just watched/listened to the "A Link to the Past Restored - Dungeon of Shadows" video where they explain what they did. Very cool!
  12. Also released on the Commodore Amiga, with generally poor reviews? The IP in question was created by two of the most well known names in the industry, especially at this time?
  13. Keeping the NES theme going. 1. This game was based on a popular licensed IP, but it's story was actually unrelated to that IP. There was an arcade version as well, but it was also a completely different game, even though it shared the same name and IP. 2. The arcade version of the game got generally good reviews, but it's NES counterpart did not fare nearly as well, with mostly mediocre and poor reviews. It was lumped into a "clone" category as many games of it's type did back then. 3. It wasn't until much later, in retrospect, that the game got some overdue notoriety. Featuring a unique colorful graphic style that changes when in battle, fun enemies and bosses, and a good soundtrack. Many people found the overall game to be quite enjoyable. 4. You fight with both a sword and magic, and can even transform yourself. The game is actually quite long, but in a good way. You defiantly got your monies worth out of it. To this day it's one of my many favorites, as is the IP it was based on.
  14. So... This is going to be a thing now. Why Nintendo....WHY do you do this to me! https://www.nintendo.com/products/detail/game-and-watch-the-legend-of-zelda/ Now I wonder how many more classic NES titles Nintendo will release like this?
  15. Always remember to check your batteries! Even on new hardware. I was working on my GPi today, and decided to check the batteries as I often do, and seen one leaking, even though it's only been in there about a week. Just glad I caught it before it did any damage. I seen it on the cover first.
  16. The stuff I have bought is black ABS, like these... https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Amazon+ABS+plastic+sheet&ref=nb_sb_noss I specifically like sheets with this pattern... https://www.amazon.com/Install-Bay-89-00-9031-Plastic-8-Inch/dp/B0007WTF02/ It just makes me think "retro". My dad worked on and collected old radios, and many had a pattern like that, as did a lot of electronics, so it stuck in my mind. You just need to find what best fits your needs and likes of course. ABS is easy to work with hand and home power tools. I have used a wide range of tools to cut it, but I personally like using a hot knife, just easier on my bad shoulders, though you do have to make a few passes to get through 1/8 inch sheets. Then I cut and/or file the edges to clean it up, either by hand using a knife or de-burring tool, or my dremel. It really is easy to work with. A dremel style rotor-tool cuts it very easily as well. Much faster than a hot knife. Hope that helps!
  17. I totally agree with keeping it easy for everyone to do. The reason I asked about plastics is becasue there are a lot of easy to work with types and tools readily available to the public, and it's cheaper than metals obviously, and it's what I use. I prototype using foam-board. We have a shop here I can buy different types of plastic sheets and wood, but there are some decent ABS plastics options on Amazon too. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
  18. Yeah, metalwork is not exactly cheap, unless you know someone, hence why you were asking I assume. Trying to stay away from any plastics?
  19. There are quite a few 5 and 7 inch displays on Amazon, with a wide range of prices. You would have to adapt it for your needs of course. An option you've probably already looked at. This is the screen I'm going with on my small project. Cheap, but seems to get decent reviews, and I can make it fit. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083FJXCW2/
  20. @Perifractic That was an excellent video as always! I too am stuck between prototype or "industrial" use, though your "it's so clean" comment makes a lot of sense. Though it is possible it was covered with some sort of pliable plastic guard, or the environmental hazard was not so much "dirt" as maybe temperature or moisture. Still, you would expect SOME sort of degradation if it was a non-computer friendly environment to necessitate such a design. Having done this work in the past, I have still never seen anything like this. The 8+1 Bit Guy's 3rd party idea suggesting it was a failed or commercial only product also makes sense. Still... the fact the case is injection molded, and the wood, and you can't find anything on it ANYWHERE ... sure does scream prototype of some sort. My long winded way of saying... I am still just as lost as I was when I first seen it. I'm just glad it's being explored! I am really hoping someone will see your video and recognize it. Edit: Reading through the videos comments I see someone saying they had seen something very similar before, in a dirty shop. If the industrial idea is the right path, and there was more than one .. who made it? *pulls hair out*
  21. So... everyone knows I like my Raspberry Pi. However, I have also been somewhat interested in MiSTer as well for my classic gaming needs, but my time is limited. Then I just seen this project.... Now I want one. Thoughts?
  22. Basically, the original story is about a Neo-Nazi nation trying to revive Adolf Hitler. For the English versions most all references, names, and images related to Nazis were removed and/or altered. Though the Nazi look of the characters stayed. It was still obvious what they meant. One good thing that stayed in the game, the gory part @ZeroByte was referring to, is Hitler's head exploding during the final sequence of the game. Funny they thought Neo-Nazi's had to be removed, but Hitler's (Master-D in the English version) head exploding, all good.
  23. That sounds like a really awesome idea! I have always liked the Kaypro style, used to love the look of the old Tandy TRS-80 Model 3 & 4 as well. If you get around to it, you will have to share it! I was actually thinking of doing something MUCH simpler with a Pi 4 and this old 3.5 floppy holder I have had for years... These things were a dime a dozen way back when, with various different branding. It's been sitting on a shelf for a very long time. Was thinking about cleaning it up, popping the tinted plastic "screen" out, and building a Pi 4 based computer inside it with a small 3.5 x 2.5 inch .. 'ish ... screen. Just for fun. Think I have seen a couple other projects like that as well.
  24. OMG that brings back memories! I had picked up a couple of Next Generation Tricorder toys from KB Toys way back in the 90's to add to my collection of other Trek junk I didn't need. This one to be exact... Anyway, I got this bright idea I was going to make it look more like a TV prop than a toy. So I tore it apart, replaced all the lights with LED's and put some in spots where there should have been lights to begin with. I cut out all the fake buttons and put membrane buttons in their place, connected to a simple "beeper" circuit to make noise when pressed, and kept the original functions and sound effects in place. I also included a bright white LED on the top that could be used as a flashlight, all be it a dim one. As I was going through all my old stuff many years later, I found it and it's unaltered counterpart. I ended up taking a lot of the stuff to a big comic shop near St.Louis ta the time (can't remember the name of that place for nothing...), where I had bought and sold a lot of stuff in the past. The guy going through it all came across my "upgraded" Tricorder and fell in love with it. I joked and said "whoops", that one is mine", he immediately told me he would add an extra $50 for it. Of course, I responded "sold!" Seriously, I used to love doing that back then, making movie/TV style props. For some strange reason, it never once occurred to me to try and sell any of it.
  25. Life has prevented me from completing any of the projects I had started, but hopefully I will be able to get back to them shortly as I may be switching positions at work. Yay. Hopefully. In the meantime, I have picked up a few other small things to play with. Including a pretty cool little touch screen for Arduino. For $15, it's surprisingly good. I am testing it out on the Uno, but it will eventually make it's way to a Mega so I have access to more of the IO, it pretty much covers everything on the Uno. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EUVJYME/ Anyway, I was running through some test scripts to make sure it's working as intended, one is a BMP loader. So I had a bit of fun... Looks better without all the GIF compression, and this GIF is running at 2x speed, it actually takes it about a minute to cycle through all 4 images with a short delay between them. In the end, I am not 100% sure what I am going to use it for, but I started building a custom FM Radio, I may use this as a fancy interface/display for it. We'll see.
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