Author Topic: Opinion on modded consoles  (Read 97 times)

guygus09

Opinion on modded consoles
« on: September 13, 2017, 01:12:39 pm »
What are your opinions on modded consoles and handhelds. Anything from exchanging/customizing outer shells, adding backlit screens on older handhelds, and homebrewing. Does it add new life to a boring old system, or does it disturb the purity of the system's originality and value?

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2017, 01:52:03 pm »
Being a PAL gamer, getting a modded PS2 was the only option if I ever wanted to play the massive number of games that never got an European release. That, or the resulting European release finally surfaced 10-24 months after the original relase, and/or lacked a 60Hz option.

I really don't get the fascination with homebrew games, though. As for customization and other such alterations, I'm not tech savvy enough to dabble in that.

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2017, 07:49:39 pm »
I don't really buy modded consoles myself, as a general rule. I have one- my Colecovision is composite modded, because it was the first guaranteed working Coleco at a decent price I'd run into.

On the one hand, I do think it's important to preserve the original hardware as it was, if for no other reason to preserve the sometimes bizarre ways we've had to hook up game consoles in the past (daisy-chained RF units, anyone?) At the same time, there is no denying my Coleco looks worlds better using its composite out rather than its original hookup. Actually, I think that's often the best route- if you can add functionality without invalidating the original options, you can have the best of both worlds.

As far as cosmetic mods- I worry about them resulting in damaged machines (for example: please don't coat your NES in matte black acrylic craft paint. It won't end well.) I also worry about issues identifying them as mods down the road- an exceptionally well done mod could change hands a few times and be mistaken for some prototype special unit a decade down the road. I'm not against them, though- the number of people doing permanent cosmetic mods isn't high enough to be that big an issue.

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2017, 09:02:20 pm »
What are your opinions on modded consoles and handhelds. Anything from exchanging/customizing outer shells, adding backlit screens on older handhelds, and homebrewing. Does it add new life to a boring old system, or does it disturb the purity of the system's originality and value?

I like them but only after I have the original model already. I love the nostalgia of a clean original looking retro console :).   But some of the customs people make are impressive and some customs help to restore badly aged systems into works of art :D.





redblaze57

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Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2017, 09:25:54 pm »
Modding is something i want to look into doing more. As video signals become lost to time and let's face it RF and Composite are very muddy.  I know Adam Koralik has talked a lot about video clarity and yeah he's right about it. Any game with large dark areas is near impossible to navigate in composite on an HDTV. That being said tje only mod i have is the clips removed in my SNES so i can play japanese games on it.
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ferraroso

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2017, 09:46:41 pm »
Being born in Brazil, the first time I ever saw a non-modded PS1 was when I briefly lived in the US in 2007.
In fact, the PS1 was never officially released in the country and the PS2 had its official launch there only in November 2009. Thus, since it was almost impossible for someone to get their hands on any official games there (at least for less than US$150,00 or so) the consoles would be sold in stores already modded to play bootleg games.

Nowadays, things are a little bit different, but I still believe that modded consoles are a valid alternative in order to experience games that, due to its current price, limited distribution or region lockout would be, otherwise, impossible to play.
As an example, I'm a huge fan of the two original Medal of Honor games on the PS1, however, living in Japan, the only way to play these is by using a modded console as they were never released around here.

As for homebrew games, I think that they can be a very interesting way to give new life to a console that has been left behind.

98dgreen

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2017, 08:59:12 am »
The only time systems should be modded is when they are completely unusable for example a game Gear with blown capacitors or an nes that needs new pin connectors.

Re: Opinion on modded consoles
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2017, 10:34:20 am »
Being a PAL gamer, getting a modded PS2 was the only option if I ever wanted to play the massive number of games that never got an European release.

This. Getting a PS2 that could read any game from any region was the only way for me to play games like Suikoden III, Radiata Stories or the trilogy .hack//G.U. since they were never released in Europe so i took my first PS2 (a FAT model) to a shop that could modify it (they also cleaned the insides and changed the lens) and that console served me well for 8 more years before breaking down (well it's still working but after 5 minutes the color of the screen goes from a full pink to a black and white image...), so i got into the same shop and took another PS2, again a FAT one, already modded this time (with a system that can read any game for PS2 AND PS1 this time, the previous couldn't read any PS1 games), and that console is still working well (Just in case i brought another one since they were pretty cheap at the time).

Modifying the outer shell... no, i never done that or ever got a console that was modded like this but lately i got three console for free who are in a pretty bad state (a PS1 broken on the back, a very yellowed GameBoy with a non-working screen and a non-working original Xbox, it doesn't even start)... Since they will probably never work again, i'm very tempted to learn how to modify them, i don't think i will be ever able to repair them but maybe i can give them another life as decoration in my collection.