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Classic Video Games / Arcade Ports for Project
« on: August 08, 2018, 09:58:55 am »
Hi all,

So, I am working on a personal arcade project and could use some recommendations. Before anyone feels compelled to tell me I'm doing it wrong, or suggests retropie, mame, or emulation, please know that I am well aware of these options and am choosing to do this this way for my own reasons...

That said, I'm building a modular Arcade cabinet, but I will be using a retrobit retro trio (NES, SNES, and Gen), cartridges and their console arcade sticks (NES advantage for example) that will be easily rotated in when needed. I'll probably be hooking up a Switch as well for SNK/neogeo, and some actual arcade games and such.

What I am looking for are suggestions for "must have" arcade ports from the NES, SNES, and Genesis. Examples that I am thinking of already are:

- Super Street Fighter II Turbo (SNES)
- Mortal Kombat II (Gen)
- Altered Beast (Gen)
- Golden Axe (I & II; Gen)
- Double Dragon II (NES)
- Super Hang On (Gen)
- After Burner II (Gen)

All game types are welcome, as I hope to eventually get some racing wheels (will definitely have one hooked up to the Switch), But I am especially interested in side scrolling Beat'em ups, SHMUPS, anything multiplayer, and many of the older generation ports (late 70's and early 80's). The only stipulation is that they are arcade ports.


- Mitch

General / Non-Hardware/Software Video Game Collecting
« on: June 06, 2018, 08:10:51 am »
I've recently taken the plunge into collecting vinyl records. I'm keeping everything to strictly video game related records and original soundtracks. Sonic Adventure OST is on its way, and I preordered TESV and DOOM which should both be coming next month. There are tons I want to get so I will have start budgeting these in every month. CDs are great and all, but I like the novelty of the records as a collector, and I think they will display much better. There is also something more intimate about pulling out a record and letting it rip as opposed to just whipping out your phone.

Anyone else have a favorite non-hardware or software, but still video game related collection they're proud of? Plushies, cards, art, manuals, OST's, vinyl, magazines?

EDIT: Playing CDs on my PSOne as my dedicated CD player is still pretty awesome...

Classic Video Games / CRT Eulogy
« on: May 21, 2018, 11:23:15 am »
Returning from my game hunt this weekend, I went through my normal habit. Open up the game (Kirby's Adventure, NES), dust the board, clean the contacts, etc. Popped it into the NES, turned on my sound bar, and pushed power on my 29 inch almost 30 year old Zenith television, only to see a single horizontal scan line across a blank black screen. After years of re-soldering broken cold joints to get the video-in signal working, I knew right away this was going to be the death knell. The dreaded vertical-line deflector failure. I just don't think I've got the patience, energy, or skill to fix this one.

While this serves as a eulogy for a television that I have been playing NES games on for close to thirty years, it also got me thinking about classic gaming in general.

I now need a new way to play my 18 or so classic consoles. Picture quality isn't essential, it just needs to be a classic feel. The disgusting mess that results when I upscale composite to my UHD flat screen is exactly NOT what I'm looking for. So what do I do?

- Pick up one of the dozen CRTs at the thrift store down the street?
- Settle for upscaling with composite, and s-video and RGB where possible?
- Mod everything for RGB and find a Framemeister?
- Sell everything that can't output HDMI and replace them with clones? Retrons/Analogues/wait for the Polymega?

This experience has rocked my world and I'm not sure I even want to deal with original hardware. Another CRT is likely to fail, then I have to drag another 200lb tv out of my third floor apartment (no elevator/lift). I don't have confidence in upscaling, and moding kind of defeats the purpose for me. Clones seem like the most effective way, but I love the consoles. Maybe I'm still grieving and I should wait until I can think more clearly. All I know, is right now I don't have a satisfying way to play the stacks of games I have, and I'm losing it!

So without saying what "I should do", what would you do?

Classic Video Games / Physical Quality of Carts
« on: September 01, 2017, 10:03:05 am »
Hey all,

I've been collecting for a few days... In the last few years I have really picked up the hobby again. I have noticed the quality of carts really declining. It is to the point where cleaning and resuscitating carts is part of the hobby. I have piecemeal cleaning kits and tools; my girlfriend says I'm performing "surgery". It's mostly getting rid of corrosion on the pins, and re-soldering cold joint and broken components, and removing what I can only imagine was orange juice spilled into a cart 20-30 years ago.

This is strange, as most of my carts that I purchased so long ago really don't have this, I pop them in and they work like new, and I was just as grimy as anyone else when I was a kid. But, I don't think I have purchased a single cart in the last two years that worked on first play; i.e. that didn't require "surgery".

My theory, we're at a stage in cartridge/collecting history where the quality, well tended consoles and cartridges are all in collections, and the remaining carts/consoles in the wild are the picked over and less cared for. I am kind of pleased with myself, in a way,  because these are carts that in the hands of others may end up in the garbage, but instead are getting a new life.

Any other theories out there? Anyone having similar experiences with carts in the wild? Any fascinating surgery/resurrection stories? What tools/kits/strategies have you for keeping your collection running in top shape?

Thank all!

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