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Spoonman

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  1. I'm not entirely sure that people get to decide what is retro or not, as they grow older. I dislike the term in any case, but it's useful for marketing; to the older gamers (or younger gamers that want to play "old stuff"). To me, "retro" is kind of defined by teenagers, or at least, what is marketed to them (i.e. the new stuff). They're a huge sales target and tend to be on the cutting edge of tech, not caring about "the way things were" or giving much respect to history or legacy (obviously there are exceptions and I am generalising, but I'm trying to make a point). When I was in the late 90s as a 16 year old, the 16-bit Mega Drive was retro (along with Space Invaders and Pod on my old BBC), and the 32-bit Saturn was about to appear retro due to the amazing magazine articles of the 128-bit Dreamcast. Times have certainly changed. I'm guessing, because I cannot remember the last time I interacted with a 16 year old, that retro to them might also be a mix of all that "old 2D stuff" and everything before and including last-gen. The new Metroid is 2D (mostly) and isn't retro in the slightest, but it's "retro style" if you want to say that it plays like old games... it's not some 3D world where you the player exist for 100 hours, etc. However, I have a feeling, as a marketing tool, the 16 year olds etc don't give a shit about "retro"... that's what their dad likes! Which is our age group. Millenials and Gen X. We are the ones being sold "retro" as our childhood memories. Playing 2D sonic bringing a tear to your eye because you remember the good old days of pre-9/11/ISIS/Blair/Trump/Johnson/Brexit and before decent fucking internet. Modem tones, that's retro. Crazy frog ringtone. Pogs. All that shit. Buy it, remember what it was like to be young and relevant, with your whole future ahead of you. But yeah for me fuck all decent has come out since 360 which weirdly is somehow a favourite console even though 4 died on me... the quality and breadth of some of the games was spellbinding, and I have one plugged into a Japanese arcade cab with a CRT so I can pretend I am in a smokeless Akihabara. Here's a new one. If it can be played on a MiSTer FPGA, it's proper retro... (throwing down the gauntlet there—Saturn and PS1 are coming!)
  2. Does anyone have a spare USB board they no longer use? I just blew mine by picking up the wrong barrel connection (FYI 12V doesn't work nicely with MiSTer!)
  3. I have a spare Cotton Reboot LE that I could sell to a budding forumite. It's a wicked fun game. Would rather it goes to someone from the forum, otherwise I will put it on the eBays. Yes, the Saturn one has high input lag, but i got it anyway. I hope they can patch it up a bit better. It's running a Saturn emulator, which is interesting in itself, and people have side-loaded other games when hacking around, with decent success. From the ones I don't have, I'm most excited about Rock n Roll.
  4. Have you tried moving the bridge pin near the VGA output of the IO board?
  5. Going dark on this now, will binge it in one go at Christmas or something. Enjoy! See you later!
  6. I'd be interested, too. I want to play Cho Ren Sha but the whole setup seems a right pain rn.
  7. I am OK until about 12/13, then it's a rapid decent. Actually, an ascent! The music is so damn good, and the graphics, too. I love this game. I have a stick on dpad for one of my joycons and it's great*. *great = serviceable
  8. Spend 3 hours on this last night. Forgot how good this is. I prefer this so much over Tetris 99 and puyopuyotetris and is a top-tier game for me. I last played on VR a year ago, when I became a bit addicted, and got rather good. That’s all gone now and with the new controller (i.e. now on switch) it took me a while to learn muscle memory, but I made some progress. I too could do with some tips on how to get good at this, though. I’m not bad, but anything over Lv10 becomes a death march up the screen.
  9. @acidbearboyweird, I didn’t know there was a second Spoonman. Close to God, and all that. Anyway, yeah. What do you want to hook up to it? I actually mostly use(d) it for DC through VGA, but using a GBS-control you can hook up basically anything to it. There are some HDMI-VGA adaptors that are also decent enough, so if you know what you want to link up, let me know and I can recommend something.
  10. Spoonman

    Tool

    ? £60 would be great! Sorry, my prices for Frankfurt look very different. I know it's not the 2000s, but I am not spending over 100 quid on a ticket, stadium or not. I'd prefer smallest possible venues in any case, but the prices local to me are not reasonable, unless I'm being a fool and can't see cheaper tickets.
  11. Spoonman

    Tool

    It's too expensive for me. Shame, was looking forward to it, but the prices are ludicrous.
  12. Not seen the Series 3 trailer yet; binged this (S1&2) in the last two weeks.. only stopping as I had to sleep! What a show. Again, hardly anything to talk about really, and couldn't read through the thread until I was done, for fear of spoilers. I had no idea anyone from Peep Show was involved, but Tom is soooo like Jez, that it really makes a lot of sense. The cast and acting are brilliant, locations amazing, and it's been extremely gripping and great TV. I loathe all of the characters in so many ways, but it's so well written and acted that I could not stop watching these absolute shits. The dark humour is superb, and I actually enjoy how "honestly" shit and despicable these characters are. Fucking brilliant and can't wait to watch Series 3 over about 2 days during Christmas or whenever I can binge on it.
  13. Spoonman

    Shmups

    Nice! Funny thing is that I bought Reboot to try Cotton for the first time; Saturn version expensive etc, and now there's like 50 cotton games. (tribute, reboot, rock and roll, etc)
  14. Spoonman

    Shmups

    Snap. October apparently, let's see. It'll be my last. Jumped on it as i love the game, but not doing this again.
  15. Spoonman

    Shmups

    I really shouldn't have bothered with the limited edition of Cotton Reboot from Japan! Oh well. Never saw this release coming, plus the hundreds of other games that make 2021 the year of Cotton. I've not actually played the game yet, due to playing other things, but yeah, I should stop buying limited stuff. Funny how I thought it was too niche to get a worldwide physical release, yet Mushihime and EspII on Switch are probably going to be digital only. Shows what I know.
  16. Spoonman

    Shmups

    Absolute minefield... can someone recommend a low-cost off-the shelf PC? @ImmaculateClump? If I were to get a PC, dedicated GPU or whatever would be useful, but I am not running anything too taxing.
  17. Spoonman

    Shmups

    Interesting. We can use PS4 controllers on iPad...
  18. But the next person is the director of the auction house, and it isn’t even sold. Did you watch the whole video?
  19. Actually, the biggy, is that this whole thing is a fucking racket. It's not that things are actually worth a lot more as people are willing to pay a lot more... the whole thing is a con.
  20. Thing is, this has nothing to do with actual collectors. Some shady auction house and "grading company" owned by the same people are selling games to their own directors at inflated hyped prices to try and build a bubble to convince the "real investors" to put their money into games. Companies even exist now where you can put in like $5 to own a "part of a game" waiting for it to appreciate and then sell "your shares". Fucking people.
  21. After watching the video, it's more about insder-trading, hype, speculation, buying one's own games at your own inflated prices to push up a market... shit like that
  22. Watching this rn and came to the forum to share... fuck me there is equity in the value of video games? talk about a bubble/ponzi...
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