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  1. The MiSTer forums have a thread about how the retail price of the De10 is about to go up to $208. I paid about $180 ex-vat a few months ago, so that's a significant hike.
  2. The race hots up... Laxer3A, you'll remember is the dev who had been working on the PS1 core with another dev, only to run into a conflict of personalities and halt work a few months ago. I believe this was the instigating incident that caused Robert Peip to start development on his own core. Anyway, Laxer3A emerged yesterday to announce his core was dev complete. The caveat is that it runs on its own framework - still on the DE10, just not in the MiSTer framework. Presumably, it would boot off its own SDCard, have a different interface, etc. Interestingly. Laxer3A claims to have sound working off a single SDRAM module, which is hopeful. I've not yet seen any reports of how or if it runs yet. In fact, very little chatter about it at all. Be interesting to see how it all turns out!
  3. We also did the "Great British Ghost Hunt 2021" back around Halloween, in which crafty folks made ghost related things and left them around the place for kids to find. Great fun! My contribution was these glow in the dark oversized d20 ghost dice. Rather than leave large chunks of resin around for dogs and badgers to swallow, we ended up giving them away on Instagram to nerdy crafters.
  4. I've been quiet recently as I've spent the last few months on an ill-advised project to make dice sets to give to friends for Christmas. This was way more work than I thought it would be, and required lots of repours to get to where I wanted to be. Well, I'm done now and taking the rest of the year off! Anyway, here's the dice (apologies for all the images). This is a set for a pal who has a weird obsession with weather and a general sunny disposition. I wanted a set that looked like a sunny day: This set is for a friend who is obsessed with the colour orange. I tried to include as much orange as I could. And some oranges: This set is for a friend who is into Synthwave: This is a set for a Green Bay Packers fan. The colour matching was the real struggle here! Lots of "not quite right" attempts: Next, a set for a friend who is mechanically minded, always up to his elbows in car guts: Finally, and my favourite set of all, a set for a geologist. I was going for a kind of lava feel here: So, basically, if you know me in real life, you're getting dice for Christmas. Even if you don't play DnD. Dice for all! Oh, and the Christmas tree got a new bauble. Merry Dicemas, everybody!
  5. I normally swing between liking and not liking scanlines. I enable them, think they're the best thing ever, then decide I much prefer chunky pixels as god intended, then decide to expirment with them again... etc etc. In this case, it's not so much settings as which one to pick, and which filter file to apply it with.
  6. Can confirm that the PS1 patreon core works! It's a bit fiddly to get going and I only tried it with two games (Ridge Racer and Tomb Raider). RR worked fine, played seemingly at full speed or close to it, didn't spot any glitches. TR got through the menus, but black screened on load. At the moment, it only seems to load ISOs or BINs, not CHDs (as the MegaCD and PCE cores do), but I'm sure that'll come in time. And, obviously, no sound as yet. The guy is a legend! Also tried the shadow masks... does anyone have any preferred settings for masks and scanlines?
  7. Me too. I'd probably devote my second MiSTer to PS1/Saturn stuff. Not sure whether I'd get the digital IO board as well though... I do use the second SD card and it's a useful place to mount the fan. Oh, and the buttons are useful.
  8. A 2nd RAM module as in a completely separate RAM module. In this case, plugged into the GPIO pins that the analogue IO board currently uses. This obviously causes issues, since it means you can't use the analogue IO board with it. The issue is not one of amount of RAM available, but of contention for accessing the RAM. The single set of GPIO pins can't retrieve and write data fast enough to keep up with the demands of the PS1 (possibly, he seems pretty confident it may be able to work with 1 module).
  9. I'm getting quite excited for the Playstation core. Robert Peip released a test build for Patreons yesterday that apparently works great - no sound, currently, and requires a second RAM module for CD loading, but gameplay is mostly there (with bugs). He reckons 75% chance that he'll be able to get it in a single RAM module - the only thing that might require a second is the sound, since CD loading will be offloaded to the MiSTer on board RAM. He also reckons we'll know by the end of the year!
  10. No, it can only be connected for non-Stadia uses via USB cable. Connecting to Stadia on whatever device is wireless though.
  11. Even if you're not totally sold on Stadia, 20 quid for a Chromecast Ultra is bonkers. Plus you get a very nice USB controller with it.
  12. Dr_Dave

    Outer Wilds

    I'm playing through the DLC with my partner, same as we played through The Outer Wilds last year. And, I've got to say, I've never played such a finely crafted piece of gaming content. I've lost count of the number of times we've just looked at each other and said "what the fuck is this game?" or been utterly gobsmacked by some cryptic revelation. Teasing out the DLC's secrets has been perfectly paced, with barely a single loop where we didn't push further ahead. It's a real masterpiece of game design that everything can be available to you on the very first loop, but it's all so cleverly hidden or obfuscated that you still end up following a semblance of a critical path. It's also genuinely unnerving in parts, in a way that the main game wasn't. We unearthed this revelation last night that felt like a genuine shock, something that seemed to change how we'd been approaching the game up until that point. It was a perfect moment, and it felt earned. There didn't seem anything cheap or contrived about it. I've no idea how far through we are at this point, I hope there's lots more to discover, but it feels like we're approaching the end. So, I feel comfortable in recommending it to anyone who liked The Outer Wilds - just, please, try not to read a single thing about it beforehand.
  13. I just ran the update_all script on one of my MiSTers and it pulled down the shadow mask updates to Jotego's cores. I didn't do anything special, I just have normal and beta cores turned on in the Jotego update section. Confirmed working on both Ghouls and Ghosts and Forgotten Worlds.
  14. In Jotego's case, his beta cores come down with the update_all.sh script, and he sends a beta key by email fairly regularly. Without it, the cores have input disabled. For Robert Piep (the PS1 core dev) he sends his cores by email - though anyone could go to the github and compile the latest.
  15. Well, I've gone and ordered a second DE-10 Nano. Had a look around my box of bits and realised I've got a spare USB hub, SD-RAM, IO board and case... somehow. So I reckon it's time for a downstairs MiSTer.
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