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  1. I tend to think of "retro" as a fluid term, often a matter of ones perspective.

    For me, retro is my childhood through my early 20's, in terms of tech. I was born in the early 70's, so I really grew up in the 80's, and was a young adult through the 90's. I look upon those 20 years as the most memorable of my life, and consider most of that as "retro" when looking back. Though I understand many people generally look at retro as the 1980's for the most part, I just tend to expand it to include the 1990's as well.

    My kids for example, oldest being 30, look upon the late 90's and early 2000's the same way I look upon the 80's. Though they still refer to the 80's as retro because I had most of my old systems as they were growing up, well into their teens, and they played on them of course.

    Either way, I think as long as what you do gives you that warm fuzzy nostalgia feeling, you can call it whatever you like. ๐Ÿ˜

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  2. 1 hour ago, SlithyMatt said:

    Here's my handy chart:


    Further explanation in one of my videos:

    You got to love a good chart! ๐Ÿ˜„

    Also, I seen that video when you dropped it. I thought it was really well done. I often go take a peek at them when you post. ๐Ÿ‘

    In all reality, that sums up my likes when it comes to consoles. I started to step back from that scene once we hit the 32-bit era, while I did enjoy them, and messed around with the first 64-bit consoles, PC dominated a vast majority of my time. However, it was always the 8 & 16-bit consoles that I always go back to.

    When it comes to computers however, my chart would be straight across the board from 1981 and my first TI-99/4A, to the 3x modern Ryzen machines sitting running at home right now. It really didn't start getting old to me until recently, through the 80's and 90's I pretty much lived and breathed the stuff.

    On a side note, I credit the TI-99/4A for sparking my interest in building and expanding my own systems as well. While that system obviously could not hold a candle to the Commodore 64 once it was released, it's expandability always still impressed me. I thought the add-in cards for the PEB were amazing at the time, and I even really liked daisy chaining peripherals across my desk. It was that TI that drove me to build my first PC, an 80386 powered machine, much like most people do today. I was lucky enough to live in an area with plenty of computer shops around, and a local shop where I was able to score a lot of hardware. I was in heaven.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Scott Robison said:

    PCem ... I've played with it (not used it to play games) but maybe that's what I need to use to play WarCraft II BNE which I haven't done for quite a while. Still my favorite WarCraft...

    It's been forever since I really played WarCraft! I loved the original and Tides of Darkness, but I kinda dropped out of it after that. I have never never tried the Battle.net Edition, never knew it existed! Will have to check it out.

    My go to RTS was Command & Conquer, I have played every title in the series, many many times over. They remastered the original C&C and Red Alert, and I play that via Steam, now I am hoping for a Red Alert 2 remaster, that was my favorite in the series. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Actually, in most places online my name has a TR in it, so StriderTR or TRStrider, the TR originated from my C&C days playing it via Westwood Online and with my two boys once they were old enough. We had one of the top rated clans at the time, Tiberian Republic (TR), and I just kept using it becasue the letters also happens to match other aspects of my life.

  4. 8 minutes ago, kliepatsch said:

    I like DosBox ... Not sure if that counts as "retro" ๐Ÿ˜„ย Since I like soothing games more than action loaded ones, I have played a lot of Settlers and The Secret of Monkey Island.

    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.

  5. 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.


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  6. I guess it really comes down to what you want and why. ๐Ÿ˜

    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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  7. 1 hour ago, RingHogger said:

    FAT32? how can i tell?

    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. ๐Ÿ˜

  8. There is a nice thread on here regarding the Maxi if you want to check it out.


    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. ๐Ÿ˜

    Hope that helps!

  9. 14 hours ago, Cyber said:

    I bought this thing a few days ago:ย https://www.amazon.com/EXTREME-MINI-GAME-BOX-Nintendo-NES/dp/B087N4M2M4ย Not atย Amazon, at local store, I just could not find better link in english.


    It's yet another Chinese NES clone, but this one is totally wireless. Has about 800 games on board, and you can add your own withย SD card.

    I plugged it in my projector, and now I'm gaming NES wirelessly on a big screen. Result is great!

    I have seen a lot of those for sale on Amazon, and was curious how well they worked. The only plug &ย  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.

    10 hours ago, Roughnight said:


    my setup is a C64C i paintet black/gold with an old security camera monitor I got from work. Besides I got a TheC64 for testing my crappy asm code ๐Ÿ˜„


    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

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    1 hour ago, ZeroByte said:

    Ahh! That was the correct answer!

    (or at least I'm 99.9999% sure it is - obviously Strider may say I'm wrong too - lol)

    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.

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  11. 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! ๐Ÿ˜†

  12. 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.

  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.๐Ÿ˜


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  14. The stuff I have bought is black ABS, like these...


    I specifically like sheets with this pattern...


    It just makes me think "retro".ย  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. ๐Ÿ˜œ

    Hope that helps!


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  15. 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.ย 

    Can't wait to see what you come up with! ๐Ÿ˜

  16. 2 hours ago, TomXP411 said:

    The screen isn't actually the problem. What I'm trying to figure out right now is how to get the metalwork done. I would probably have to get something custom made, which will likely end up costing several hundred dollars. At the end of the day, this "retro" PC will end up costing more than a modern one.

    Yeah, metalwork is not exactly cheap, unless you know someone, hence why you were asking I assume. ๐Ÿ˜›

    Trying to stay away from any plastics?

  17. @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.ย 

    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 hopingย  someone will see your video and recognize it. ๐Ÿ˜

    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*

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  18. 2 hours ago, John Chow Seymour said:

    What was the Japanese storyline like? The 'too controversial' one.

    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. ๐Ÿ˜

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