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Everything posted by Strider

  1. That guy takes "homemade" to a whole new level. haha The cost of all that equipment... The time to learn it all... I like it.
  2. See.. WAY too easy. The title they made "easier" for Japan was Contra: Hard Corps for the Mega Drive. They added hit points, you can get hit 3 times before losing a life. They also added infinite continues, unlike the games western versions. In Europe, Contra was renamed "Probotector" and all of the people were replaced with robots in order to remove any "human on human" violence. The story was altered to match as well. The Konami Code we know today started off in Gradius, but was popularized in Contra, and started it's life as the "Contra Code". Time to think of a new game.
  3. Same for me. Since I am most interested in a kit version first, or an assembled board if all else fails, the last hurdle for me will indeed be cost. I have made space for it already, I have a case sitting next to my main PC it's going to go in at first. But if it's too costly then I may have to put it off for a while. In the end though, I really can't see a scenario where I don't end up with one, maybe two if the FPGA Pi sized version makes it to market.
  4. Well, looks like we need a new game to guess! This one is going to hard to do without giving it away as well, it's a popular title. 1.) Like many games of the 1980's, it got it start in the arcades and was ported to console the next year. 2.) Though popular in arcades, it was it's console release that really brought it into the spotlight. 3.) For a long time, it was considered one of the best in it's genre, if not the best. 4.) It spawned many popular sequels across many platforms, as late as 2019. In one such sequel on a 16-bit platform, in a break from the norm, the Japanese version was actually made to be easier than it's western counterpart. Normally, games were made easier for western audiences. For it's European release however, the game was altered even more, this time to reduce it's violence in one very specific area of gameplay. 5.) Lastly, this game popularized a “feature” that actually got it's start in another very popular side-scrolling shooter earlier, but became well known after it was also used in this game. So much so that at first, this “feature” was named after this game. Later however it was changed to reflect the developer as it started to appear in many other games, over 100 in fact, both within this developers library and outside. Other versions of this "feature" had been around for some time in other games, but this one became one of the most well known after this title. Good luck!
  5. This is me. As I said above, I want it to learn and have fun on. The same reason I got into Raspberry Pi and Arduino, for the pleasure of learning something new, or in this case something old that I had missed the first time around. Perhaps this is why I really don't have a strong opinion either way on many of these subjects. I just want them to do whatever makes it possible on their end to make it a reality AND meet their needs and/or desires. After all, this is one mans dream computer trying to become reality, I sort of look at myself as a passenger along for the ride because I happen to like the same ride.
  6. I wasn't going to post in this thread, I often "let the chips fall" where they will when I am interested in a project. However, now that I have had time to think about it, I just wanted to add my short little 2 cents. Pretty much everything David said made sense, and can see the thinking behind it, and I will support whatever comes out the other end of the tunnel. To be honest, my main reasons for wanting the X16 and/or X8 is as a hobby, and to learn. I want to play around in BASIC again, I want to maybe learn to play with 6502 assembly, all just for fun. I know I can do all of this via emulation, and those that know me on here know I have no problems with emulation. I do most of my retro via emulation becasue I simply don't have space or time for lots of original hardware. Hence my love of the Raspberry Pi. Still, to be able to do this on modern "retro" hardware really appeals to me, and that's what hooked me about this project, that and my love of Commodore of course. I have also seen some of the work posted here by others who already know how to do all of this, and I like what I have seen. All of that being said, I would actually like a Phase 1 kit AND a Pi sized FPGA Phase 3 board. I want a P1 kit simply becasue it's what fits the image in my head of what I want to play with, I can hack and mod it easily, and I get to solder it all together! The P3 Pi sized board for the sheer convenience of it. As I said, my space and time are limited. So I would have 2 different ways to play with the system. Basically, this is going to be a hobby for me to keep my mind engaged. Something that's hard to do these days to be honest. I love modern hardware, but I know my way around it so well it actually gets boring, so I want to step back in time and learn things I missed back then. I'm just glad to see it still moving forward as a whole, and while things can and will change along the way, just to see it come to life in the end will be a joy.
  7. Cool to others who love a lot of the same music as I do! ActRasier... This is yet another of my all time favorite SNES titles! I remember renting it at my local video store when it came out, and really had no idea what it was really going to be like. Then, I got it home and played it... Non-stop... Until completed it. It reeled me in, hook line and sinker. An amazing game with an amazing score. At that time, I had my home entertainment system piped though my rather large home stereo system that was mainly comprised of my DJ equipment (Believe it or not, I had my own DJ business at the time), so it sounded great. I remember when that ending score fired up I literally got goosebumps, I felt like I was in a movie theater. Clearly inspired by the 20th Century Fox fanfare in the beginning and end.Then the rest that followed was just amazing. Highly underrated! Made you feel like you just played a movie!
  8. I truly liked the case design based on the S605, I think it nailed the "modern retro" theme pretty darn well. That being said, I had already thought about how cool it would be to mount the hardware in something else, mainly becasue I am a system builder and have been for a very long time. I like to mod, I like to do it all myself, and my tastes change over time. This is why I would like it in kit form, or just an assembled board if we don't have a kit. I would like to build my own personal look around it. One great thing about using a standardized form factor, you have SO many options. Like classic beige! Or pull an LGR and go with something more original to appease my own personal retro desires.
  9. Some excellent selections! I am a HUGE fan of a lot of music that comes from Square, especially the Final Fantasy series. Final Fantasy VII was one of those games that left a huge mark on me, partly because of it's soundtrack. I was utterly amazed by it back it dropped. I have played it through many times, once recently via a handy tool called "7th Heaven", as long as you have the original game you're good. I used my copy from Steam. Now I can't wait to play the Remake once it hits PC. StarFox had an incredible soundtrack as well! I generally liked the music that came from the SNES's sound chip. Including Simon's Theme from Super Castlevania IV! The first time I heard that while playing through the game, I actually stopped and just listened for a moment. Of course I went back and played it countless times via the sound options menu afterwords! One thing I actually disliked about gaming in DOS/Windows back in the early days, I thought many console games just sounded better. The sound card you had in your PC greatly affected what your heard, obviosuly. With consoles, you knew what to expect, you knew what they sounded like becasue the hardware didn't change. With sound cards, and some games, you really didn't know what you were going to get. You couldn't just look it up back then, at least not like you can today. So I spent a lot of time and money on my sound cards to get sounds and music I was happy with, like many others I eventually ended up sticking with Sound Blaster cards for the most part. Though for a while in the 90's I actually would swap out between Sound Blaster and Ad-Lib cards depending on the game on question. I liked to see what things sounded like on both. My PC back then rarely ever had it's case closed.
  10. Also, an excellent series! Rare these days in my humble opinion.
  11. I never had the privilege, or misfortune, of dealing with any form of storage media older than cassette and 8" floppy. Though I always wanted a "reel to reel" just for the sake of storing programs on it just becasue I used to think it looked so cool on the big screen and TV. The most impressive to me was the hand-weaved memory or Core Rope Memory used on Apollo and how that tech took us to the Moon, truly amazing! There is a really good video from Smarter Every Day and Linus Tech Tips on the subject of the Apollo Guidance Computer.
  12. So, video game music has come up in a couple threads, and it got me thinking... What classic video game music sticks out in your mind the most? Is it for a particular game? A platform? Was there a song that "hooked" you and made you realize video game music can be just as awesome as any other form of music? For me, there is a lot of classic video game music I liked, but it was two games for the NES that really made me appreciate the art of it. That truly stuck in my mind, and these were the first games I used to fire up JUST to listen to the music, long after I beat them. They were Blaster Master and Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Specifically "Area 1" in Blaster Master and "Bloody Tears" in Simon's Quest Both of these tunes ended up becoming very popular over the years. There are a lot of modern reincarnations of these, but these are the originals that started me down the path of really appreciating VG music. With my personal favorite version of Bloody Tears being from Super Castlevania 4, and Dracula X being a close second. There is also a really cool cover for this song on YouTube from a channel called "Tetsuya Fuzuki", it's really well done! So, what are your favorites, what sticks out in your mind, or holds a special place on your memories and why?
  13. I genuinely enjoyed that. Great job! I have always enjoyed video game music tracks, there is a lot of excellent music out there spanning decades of games, and there is always room for more. This actually reminded me of when I used to listen to MOD tracks all day long back in my Amiga days. Thanks for sharing it!
  14. I do that with my RetroPie versions on Raspberry Pi. I have 4 different builds I swap out. You're right, it is oddly satisfying. :)
  15. Yeah, that "VIC-2020" was very cool, and I would love a "kit" like that to build, would be SO much fun. I would happily track down my own VIC chip. I am with David as well, I see why he didn't include those specific ports, but also like David said, there are peripherals today that don't need those voltages. I would likely do what he mentioned, and modify it to use the SD adapter. if I was to ever get one. Overall that just looks like a pure joy to build, and anytime I can solder/build something, I am a happy man. Now I really want one.... lol The X16 quick update was nice to see as well. As was seeing the updated version of PETSCII Robots, and the Atari version, so cool! The X16 version is looking amazing! It just keeps getting better! Edit: I just realized, I am only about 2.5 hours away from where the Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 16 he's talking about, where he will have some boards for sale... Too bad there is no way I would be able to talk my wife into it. Not for more "stuff" take up space... but if it were available online.
  16. Well, it's fast enough for my needs, and you can see it's not capable of saturating USB 3.0 anyway. The SP S55 SSD that I put in there is not exactly the fastest either, but hey, it gets the job done and looks cool doing it. So far. Real world numbers: Large single file transfer from internal HDD, a 1TB WD Black, (62GB image file) speeds. Hitting it with a lot of small files (from same internal HDD) slows it down of course, it bottomed out at about 50-55MB/s on files in the KB range, while files (like MP3) in the 3-5MB range only dropped to about 80-85MB/s. If you're doing SSD to SSD, you get much better read speeds obviously. Moving from the enclosure to an internal SSD. Writes on the other hand seem to be the same, no matter from HDD or SSD, must be a controller limitation or issue. Still, since it's being used more for reads, not a big issue. Will look further into it though, after work. lol Edit: The SSD being used was the OS drive of a server I recently retired. So I deleted the partition, and left 10GB empty because I'm not sure if this drive is over-provisioned internally or not due to it's age. Though it does support TRIM and garbage collection, TRIM does not seem to work over USB anyway. SMART says the drive is fine. So I am honestly not sure why it settles at about 92MB/s on writes. The drive performs a bit over 500MB/s internally, so should not be the drive. The enclosure supports UASP, so ... not sure. The saving grace, like I said, it it's mainly being used to transfer the same files to multiple system, so much more read than write. Also, most of the files are very small, 2MB or less, and those transfer so fast anyway it's no big deal. It just bugs me. Time to look into drivers... lol Last edit (I think... lol): I tried everything, Windows don't seem to see this enclosure as UASP compatible, at least with viewing it's properties and based on the driver it's using. That being said... I think whats happening is the "full speed" I am seeing at first is writing to cache, then the slow down is when it starts dumping to the drive. At least, that's what I am going with until some other information presents itself to suggest otherwise. I'm still happy with the drive, works for my needs, and it would likely be less noticeable using an HDD over an SSD. I just tend to OCD "errors" when I see them, I have to know why and try to fix them, even if it's not really a problem.
  17. An OLED display would be awesome! Though I suspect it would cost a bit more than $12. lol I also agree about USB C, if I am not mistaken, it's mainly a cost issue. The older types are just cheaper and they probably have a huge supply on hand. Would be nice to have 3.1 instead of 3.0, but 5Gbps is plenty fast for this usage. Overall, I am happy with it. Though I am seriously thinking about printing custom labels for it, something Commodore themed.
  18. Well, it arrived! Dropped a 240GB SSD I had lying around in it, after taking the ugly sticker off of course. So far so good. Looks cool, seems to work good. Not bad $12 enclosure.
  19. 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.
  20. So, I needed a USB hub for my C64 Mini, and had this one sitting on a shelf. Why not mix and match some retro!
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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/ 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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