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    Videogame Automation Programmer in my professional life. Waffle about rusty Performance Cars and 1990's Retro Gaming in my real life.

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  1. After reading posters above fat shaming, I thought I'll share this.
  2. The most dazzling debut in cinema history, Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane was Criterion’s first laserdisc release 37 years ago. 30. 7. Years?
  3. I feel the nostalgia of that original game setup; Console + Controller and CRT is past the point of return now, at least for me. The last time I picked up an original retro console was a Dreamcast and it looked so bad on a HDTV through RRB Scart, I was actually gutted. When I started to look into a VGA > HDMI adaptor, it just started getting out of hand. Now, using the Re;Dream Emulator, I can play in native 1440 resolution on my monitor and using a Widescreen hack, the games look as great as I remember them. I just can't go back to original hardware now.
  4. I'm a fan and collector of watches and while listening to a Podcast about them recently, a guy on there said there's generally a diffrence to the enjoyment of buying and collecting vs. just enjoying wearing one. It reminded me of games where we can enjoy both sides but with age comes experience and I found that the itch I was scratching with owning a large collection of games was diffrent to the itch I had to play them. I was forced to sell a lot of my collection back in 2005 for my first ever car but soon after, it started a ripple effect of asking myself; Why do I have all these games while I can only play one at a time? I found what freed me was the realisation that gaming was a comfort blanket for me back when I was a teenager and suffering with deep anxiety. Being at home all the time with great games was fantastic, but it didn't really make me happy. As I freed myself of the anxiety, collecting (Not gaming, which is diffrent) was almost a remidner of the anxiety I had. Freeing my mind made my arse catch up, and it made sense to offload them. Now I have just a PC and a Switch. My PC plays all modern games and modern multiplayer games with mates and family. Also, when the mood takes me, and I want to play Metal Gear Solid, F355 Challenge, Super Metroid, Sonic 3, Shinobi or all kinds of goodness, the PC has that covered with bells on. The Switch is my armchair king and I can play Zelda or chill with my Wife in Animal Crossing. Playing the games is where all of us fall in love with this hobby and I feel that collecting, while fun by itself, leads to obsessing over objects and then storing rotting discs and cartridges as a remidner to all the time you're not playing them. If you've got to that point, then I feel you should jettison the collection and focus on games that you want to play. Despite all that, I do have 1 small little cube in my office where I have a curated collection of museum pieces that either make me happy of a time gone by, are signed games that I've picked up at meet and greets over the years, my favourite games I've worked on and a few little bits of memorabilia. It's only around 20 or so bits, but that cube is a place where I can look back at my past without it allowing me to get overwhelmed by it. You won't regret selling your collection if it gets you a shit load of money, buys you back time and I can bet money that you'll spend more time gaming and having fun, than just wondering around the shelves not playing anything.
  5. Yeah, don’t buy the vanilla version of Dirt 2 as it’s so lacking in content and kept me away from the game on release. But in a sale, I got the complete edition and it’s got shed load of cars, great tracks and honestly, it’s my favourite rally game of all time. Big thumbs up on Dirt 2 but only if it’s got all the content.
  6. Thanks for the offer, but I have new examples in mind so I’m good thanks.
  7. Thanks for the recommendations! I heard the same but was under the impression that Bluetooth would give me wider scope for compatibility. But in the end, if the lag is better or imperceptible on 2.4Ghz, then I’ll grab one of them instead. I had a little bonus at work and considering getting a Mega Drive 2 style controller, This is Cool Saturn controller and another MD2 controller just for… Display purposes…
  8. Did you go for the Bluetooth or 2.4Ghz variant? Very tempted to buy a Mega Drive & Saturn RetroBit reissue wireless set, but unsure to go Bluetooth, 2.4Ghz or USB.
  9. Thanks for that! I've also spent a bit too long using the EA artwork generator to make a personal 4K artwork of my favourite characters. It's pretty cool, well, I like it.
  10. Lovely little video. Nice seeing Medal of Honour AA again, havn't seen it in years. As has been mentioned, the editing in that video is exceptional.
  11. That’s odd as my take away is Bottas did nothing wrong; He left him the room and moved as that part of the track isn’t straight. George had the room, got flustered, put it on the grass, nearly killed Bottas, then fucking freaked out. It was embarrassing watching him pin it all on Bottas in the interviews “Gentlemen agreement, if it was anyone else he wouldn’t do that” and painfully just wanting the number 2 seat at Mercedes. My estimation of George has really fallen off a cliff in what a shit he was during and after that race. If I was Bottas, I would have flipped him more than the middle finger. What an arsehole.
  12. I know they're a small company and I'm in no rush, but it's embrassing how early they announce new stock and... Nothing turns up, months later. I signed up to their email list as I fancied the Mega SG after they made a song and dance about dealing with bots and stock shortages but it's been so long, the time passed, I can't tell if they're attempting to build hype or they really are just that poor at managing and public relations. Then again, if Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo can't fufil orders with their proven supply chain, maybe I should just shut the fuck up! Eitherway, it's a cool product they've got so when a Mega SG comes avaliable, I will be getting giddy.
  13. Yeah, but I found I didn’t like the updated engine and textures as it removed a lot of the atmosphere. Low level lighting that mildly lit a building became neon floodlights. Texture work that was sympathetic to the low poly models now contrasts to the higher quality textures wrapped around the still simple geometry of the world. And the once snowy fog that hid the world (And limited technology) is now removed, replaced with the player being able to see the entire level, in all its simple glory. I feel that the port of Halo also suffered with this. Fantastic original port work aside, the re-skin lacked a lot of the originals subtle artwork and VFX and replaced it with something that was too clean. Despite the lack of clarity, I think I still prefer the original textures, models and engine. The remake having a solid frame rate and true 16:9 helps with that!
  14. What a lovely reminder to how great GoldenEye still is. Yes, it's fuzzy and after an hour playing, I think I have a headache after not being able to focus clearly, but the game holds up well. Great control, fantastic combat, still excellent mission and level design, and with everything running at a smooth framerate and in 16:9, it shows its age well.
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