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User Feedback / droaa
« on: February 21, 2020, 04:24:57 pm »
I couldn't find a feedback thread for droaa so here we go. Droaa reached out to me in response to a post I made looking for an original Xbox S-type controller. He happen to have one and gave me a totally fair price on it. The controller was packed well and shipped in a timely manner. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase from droaa again! thanks man!

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Video Game Deals, Sales and Promotions / Amazon Buy 2 Get 1
« on: February 11, 2020, 11:49:05 am »
Amazon has a Buy 2 get 1 free sale going on right now. Some decent stuff too. Picked up Sekiro, Code Vein, and Ni No Kuni Remastered.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/promotion/AA1XVC0W3932J?tag=slickdeals&ascsubtag=d28dd0864ce711eabab532fabf77f97d0SEM#

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General / Going Platinum
« on: February 05, 2020, 10:12:34 am »
When it comes to playing games, I've never really been a completionist; closest I ever got was in 2000, me and a buddy spent the entire summer trying to get to 105% in Crash Bandicoot but only made it to 100%... After that I never really cared about completing a game, I just play through the story and do what ever side quests/missions I want till I get bored. So this year, one of my gaming goals will be to obtain my first PSN Platinum trophy.

So I'm coming to you to ask for suggestions. I want it to be a game that's not insanely difficult (Please no Dark Souls) but also I'd like to feel a sense of accomplishment after finishing it, also nothing that will take me like 200 hours to get lol. So with that what are some good games to be my first Platinum?

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Hardware and Tech / Genesis Model 1 AC Adapter
« on: February 02, 2020, 04:31:37 pm »
Can anyone recommend a good replacement AC adapter for a Genesis Model 1. Everything I see on Amazon has terrible reviews, it looks like they all are a little under powered and cause a bit of interference with the video signal?

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Modern Video Games / PS4 Remote Play
« on: January 21, 2020, 04:28:51 pm »
I recently started using the PS4 Remote Play feature on my laptop and holy shit has it changed gaming for me! My wife is often hogging the tv (I'm cool with it) so I usually resort to some sort of handheld system/my switch, but after figuring out that I can play my PS4 through my laptop its all I want to use now lol and it makes me even more excited for the PS5 to come out.

Anyone else using remote play?

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General / On Why Organizing Alphabetical by System Sucks...
« on: November 19, 2019, 12:55:18 pm »
So to bounce off the previous thread by oldgamerz I wanted to discuss why I hate organizing alphabetically. Now to preface this, I want to clarify that I DO organize all my games alphabetically by system because clearly it's the best method (j/k) BUT there is one thing that bugs the living shit out of me and that's when games in a series change their naming scheme... Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I've got Tomb Raiders all over the place, and its not the only series that does it either; Star Tropics/Zoda's Revenge anyone??

But the one that pisses me off the most, and the one I REFUSE to separate is The Legend of Zelda and Zelda II: The Adventure's of Link. These proudly sit together in their golden glory, right in the middle of my NES shelf, totally out of alphabetic order and will always stay that way.
/endrant

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Marketplace / Crushed N64 Boxes - GONE
« on: July 11, 2019, 02:29:10 pm »
All gone

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General / Looking for your opinion PS4 pro vs Apple Watch
« on: June 28, 2019, 01:03:30 am »
First of all, feel free to delete this if this isn’t the place for it.

So my birthday is coming up and my wife asked me what I want. I’m torn between a PS4 pro and an Apple Watch. I currently have an OG PS4 hooked up to a 1080p 120hz tv. I’m wondering if the pro upgrade would be worth it for the improved frame rate/super sampling. I like the idea of an Apple Watch but with a new model possibly being announced in September I could just ask for the new one for Christmas. I know this is kind of a first world problem but I just figured I’d get some other peoples opinions on the matter

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General / Are save states in retro games cheating?
« on: May 29, 2019, 04:45:57 pm »
I've been playing the Castlevania Collection on the Switch and originally I had no intention of using save states; but I'm at the point where I'm not sure if I have to time to beat some of these old games with out them. I kinda have mixed feelings about it, on one hand, save states don't do anything to make the encounters easier; ie the enemies arent nerfed and I'm not buffed; but on the other the game originally did not have the ability to save, so you are playing the game in a way that the creators never intended.

I think I'm leaning towards not cheating, the more I think about it I start to realize that saving in a game has pretty much become the standard and that if the original developers created the same games now, they would probably have followed modern trends and included the ability to save your progress.

Thoughts? Opinions? 

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I've been collecting for a while now, and the whole time I've told myself I'm not going to do the flashcart/everdrive thing and only collect the real things.. But today I ran into an issue and its got me kinda rethinking my rule. I grabbed my copy of Golden Sun for the GBA off the shelf, popped it and started playing it. This would my first time playing the game, I've always heard great things about the game and being a huge RPG fan I was really excited to get it started. So I'm playing through the intro and like most RPGs this takes a while and you generally have to sit through a bit of story before you get a chance to save. I finally get to the point where I can save and I get a strange error telling me it cant find the backup memory or something like that. At this point I'm thinking no big deal, I've run into dead batteries before and havent had any issues replacing them, I'll just heat up the soldering iron and take care of it real quick; but when I cracked the cart open... there was no battery. At first I thought maybe someone put a bootleg board in there, but it checks out. Golden Sun used flash memory, no battery need. It turns out sometimes the flash memory just goes bad. I did some research and everyone just says to buy a new copy.

I could just go on ebay and buy another copy... but who's to say that game won't suffer from the same issue at some point. I'm sitting here looking at my collection, wondering how many of these awesome games might have issues down the road.. I knew that physical media wouldn't last forever, but this is legitimately the first game I've run into that didn't work and wasn't just something that was dirty or scratched. I have no plans to stop collecting physical media... but it might be time to start thinking about alternative methods of playing my games.

So with all that said, what are you thoughts on flashcarts, roms, backup media?

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Hardware and Tech / New DMG Build. Backlight, Bivert, and reshell
« on: December 03, 2018, 02:16:31 am »
Pretty happy with the way this one turned out although I got excited and rushed part of it, so there's a smudge under the screen. I suppose I could disassemble it and fix that though.


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Classic Video Games / Bought an NES game with the wrong board in it...
« on: October 17, 2018, 08:03:06 pm »
I was recently in Denver on vacation and picked up a few games at a local shop. I've been home for a couple of weeks now and finally got around to doing my normal cleaning and testing before I add the games to my shelf; One game wouldn't load after my initial cleaning so I decided to crack it open to get it a deeper cleaning, inside... there was a color dreams board.... someone swapped out the board on me... feels bad. It was a cheap game too, its not even worth me getting in contact with the shop to do anything about it.


https://imgur.com/gallery/qdgQee9

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General / Any game store recommendations in Denver?
« on: September 20, 2018, 01:13:27 pm »
Taking a trip to Denver next week and wanted to see if anyone knows of any must visit game stores in the area.

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Modern Video Games / Anyone else hype for Dead Cells?
« on: August 13, 2018, 04:44:45 pm »
I know its out digital now, but I cant wait to get the physical copy for my switch. I've really been into Metroidvanias lately and this one just seems like its going to be kinda special!

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General / I'm playing a game on easy... and I'm not ashamed.
« on: June 13, 2018, 04:00:48 pm »
I recently started playing The Last of Us Remastered and I found myself replaying a few spots several times just because I kept dying. Now I'm not the best gamer in the world but I'm not terrible either, normally I would just keep playing the same part over and over again till I eventually got it, but I kinda had an epiphany last night. I'm old(ish) now and I just don't have the time to devote to games like I used to, if I keep replaying the same stuff over again I'm just wasting time. I went ahead and dropped the difficulty level and I'm really ok with it. I'm able to keep a consistent pace and the story isn't being interrupted by me dying like 10 times. The game is almost more enjoyable now! I think going forward when I play any of these more "cinematic" games, I'm just going to start right off on easy. In the end I'm really playing these games for the story anyway.

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