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  1. 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 I remember wanting one so bad, even though it was technically outdated by the time the movie came out.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!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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/
  5. 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!
  6. Yeah, the short of it is.... I'm going to pick up a couple 65C02's for "playing around". More reasons to do that, over my pure nostalgia reasons for a vintage 6502. :P Also, as far as the Apple picture, the only thing I see wrong is ... I don't see anything wrong. My knowledge of Apple computers ls limited. lol
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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: 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!
  13. 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
  14. 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.) 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.)
  15. @EMwhite or @Scott Robison, would you mind sending me a PM with the info where you picked yours up? The more I read up on them and watch videos ... the more I want one.
  16. 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 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.
  17. 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. 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.
  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
  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
  21. I simply want to say .... That's a beautiful thing! Looking at a newly designed, modern 1980's motherboard, going through the dev process. Keep up the great work!
  22. When you get yours, you will have to let me know what you think! Like I said, I would not mind having one, once they are readily available here at MSRP. I have always had a soft spot for "plug & play" TV game devices, so this is no different. lol
  23. I don't own one since it's not available in the NA market yet, and the "scalped" ones you can buy are vastly overpriced. You can a real Commodore 64 for the price the Maxi's are going for. lol That being said, I do own a C64 Mini, and while I do like it and play with it a lot, for me it's basically just a Commodore 64 "themed emulator". I picked it up on Amazon for under $30, so cheaper than a Raspberry Pi, and emulates almost everything I already do on Windows and my Pi 4. The C64 Maxi falls in the same category for me, just with a working keyboard. While I would not mind having one, that's not going to happen unless it's released here, and significantly cheaper. Since you really are just buying a themed emulator with a keyboard. In all reality, my knowledge of the Maxi mainly stems from David's Dec. 2019 video on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxx2F4ffmeE
  24. I'm only guessing.... But since Rygar was a dead warrior, risen to combat the evil facing his land. Maybe the east facing statues was a religious thing since it's a common practice in different religions when praying, because that's the direction where the Garden of Eden was said to have been planted. So I figured the devs used that direction becasue of that real world significance and would be recognized, perhaps as a symbol of hope or prosperity. Like I said though, that's only my own personal guess. I have never read anything about that. Or.... it could have just been nothing at all and just done for the sake of direction or some other trivial thing, such as making a cool "door" between levels.. haha Edit: Oh, and I changed my profile photo to better reflect my favorite console version of Strider. lol
  25. That was a pretty wicked "demo"! We've all seen the other projects over the years where people hooked up several floppy drives up to a computer and had them play different popular tunes. However, I honestly never thought of a 1541, or any other drive like it, in that same way. Nor to have anything running on the drives hardware instead of a computer. I mean, it makes sense now that I have seen that video, those drives were basically computers in and of themselves. Just for someone to take the time to figure it out and actually do it.... really cool!
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