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  1. Hi folks. I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this but before I start selling my Saturn collection (such that it is), I was wondering if you guys could give me a rough indication of value for the 21 games I have? Most of them have instruction manuals and most cases vary between okay and pretty decent. There might be one that's a bit tatty or one that's in really good condition. Hopefully the photo will show you that though. I suspect a lot of them are the £10 on eBay types but I also suspect that a few might go for £20 or even £40 plus. Any thoughts or comments would be appreciated. I'd like to sell them on here to a good home in one lot ideally (I know I could probably get more money if I split them out). Thanks.
  2. Could you not get a version of MAME for your phone (especially if it's Android) along with the ROM and then use HDMI out in conjunction with an OTG port with a USB trackball (which acts like a mouse, which MAME will support)? Something like this: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kensington-Orbit-Trackball-ergonomic-ambidextrous/dp/B000HEW0KW. That would give you a pretty much perfect replica on your home TV using a portable(ish) device.
  3. No integer scaling or pixel perfect output options? Ouch. At that res it's got to be smear-o-vision surely? I hope they rectify that in a future update, but then again... how can they if the emulators are built into each cartridge?
  4. A hacked Switch is an amazing thing. Retroarch with LOADS of emulators along with some more modern remakes and re-releases means you're kinda carrying around the entire gaming world on a portable device that you can plug into any TV. Mine has been banned from going online now which is a shame but I knew that going into it. I might even buy a second one later on for Mario Maker 2 and the odd online game. I can't recommend it enough - best console ever for me (even more so than the SNES, Dreamcast, and Xbox OG!).
  5. Agree - that does seem to be their approach. I'm more referring to the big YouTube channels (MVG etc.) that would normally be all over this kind of thing. Maybe I've missed it? I just haven't heard anyone saying "here's the code, here's the process I used to make my own copy and here's the result and here's me playing it in 4k 60fps". I'm also interested in seeing what we can do with it next - just take a look at what happened with Doom after the source code was released. It'd be great to have higher-res textures, higher polygon models, better lighting, a playable Luigi etc. etc. I know it wouldn't be as 'pure' but lets face it, if you want to play the original you still can.
  6. I'm not seeing anyone really mentioning that this is not IP infringement because the code was reverse engineered over thousands of pain staking hours. Nothing was stolen, everything was created from scratch. There are other (legal) projects like this already (Diablo, Outrun, Tomb Raider etc.) with their source code on github so why is this different? No-one seems to be bringing that up. Naturally, the version released on the web (and being downloaded and discussed) ISN'T legal and does infringe as it comes with Nintendo owned assets (sounds, textures etc.) but that's only a part of this release. There is a way to build the application yourself using the assets you've pulled from your own copy of the (legally owned) game and surely Nintendo can't complain about that?
  7. The 8-bit guy did an episode on this kind of thing a while back and there is a sweet spot in terms of age and screen type. Have a look at this Lorf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2v7k-wAm2E.
  8. For some people, myself included, this actually adds to the fun. I use a Framemeister and a Hydra 2 (a 16 port mega RGB scart switch that costs a fortune but is brill) and have about 20 consoles in a permanent set-up. Every time I add a new console to the collection, I really enjoy getting it RGB modded (if possible), getting it connected to the Framemeister and then spending hours tweaking the image settings in the Framemeister to get it as close as possible to a traditional CRT image. It's handy that the Hydra 2 has 2 SCART outputs with one going to the Framemeister (and then onto my big plasma TV) and the other going to my CRT. That makes is really easy to compare the images and tweak the Framemeister. Once it's all set up I can then play on the original hardware on a big screen knowing that it's as close as possible to the 'original experience' from years ago.
  9. Bit of a 'rise from your gwave' one this but I was wondering if there's a nice, simple, easy way of downloading homebrew games for old systems in one central place? I'm not after anything commercial - only those games that are freely downloadable as homebrew. Having just got my Spectrum Next set up with Spectral Interlude on it along with Old Tower I'm keen to download a pack of all the recent Spectrum games to try out. I'm sure if I went to WOS I could dig around and find them all each with their own download link, one by one. Even better would be if I could look at and download C64, Amiga, Amstrad, NES, Megadrive etc. games too. I'm thinking that if there isn't a central place to read about and download modern homebrew then maybe I should make it: choose your platform, see a list, click a game, get the blurb, see a screenshot and then... download. Nice and simple like that. Maybe even have an 'add to basket' option to download multiple games at once in a big ZIP file. Does that sort of thing exist? If not, do any of you kind folk have a ZIP file you can send me while I think about building a site for everyone?
  10. I think it's anything that uses the Nirvana engine which is supermegacomplex regarding exact timings to actually defeat colour clash (witchcraft!). The Next itself is compatible with those games/timing routines but the HDMI spec can't support them so you need to use regular RGB/VGA. I suspect that if you could magically add a HDMI port to the older speccy's then they would also fail to show the games properly. I'm no expert on this but it's my take on it.
  11. On odroid.co.uk the Odroid Advance Go is £78 and on Amazon (where I bought my RG350 from) the RG350 is £79.95. Not much in it really though. Actually thinking back, I paid more than £79.95 for my RG350 which is probably why I thought the price difference was greater than it is. I'd still pick the Odroid Advance Go though.
  12. I've had both an RG350 and now the Odroid Advance Go (see above) and I'd recommend the Odroid over the RG350 despite the initial problems I had. It's more powerful, the controls are better, it's cheaper (just) and I think the screen is better too (though that's personal opinion). Regardless of which you pick, you'll still have a great experience.
  13. Thanks Sharak. I'm away for the weekend and will be taking it with me so I'll definitely be enjoying some classic games when storm Dennis is raging outside. Here's a final picture as requested:
  14. Morning guys. I received a new LCD screen for my Odroid Go Advance yesterday (it came very quickly so some kudos to them for getting the replacement out the same day). I decided that I wasn't going to be defeated this time and took a different approach - I ignored their video on how to get the screen in. Instead, I found it much easier to use a very thin knife to help with the 3 difficult clips. I got one side of the screen under the first 3 clips (there are 3 top and 3 bottom). Getting the bottom ones in first was straight forward enough - the screen was half in but that was the easy bit: Then, rather than try to push hard to force the other 3 clips in as per the suggested method in the video: Instead, and I wish I'd done this first time around, found a thin knife and placed it between the edge of the screen and the clip (where the green line is) and using it as a small lever I pushed the clip back and the screen in, clip by clip. Took 2 minutes once I'd realised how best to do it: So, had those instructions been given to me either in the video or suggested by the support chat on the odroid.co.uk website it would have been easy. The rest is really easy too and I could now build one in 5 to 10 minutes. Once built it's a nice bit of kit and the screen is lovely. So, now I've learned the hard way, I can recommend the Odroid Advance Go. Lovely bit of kit, lovely screen, nice enough controls (not quite up to the standard of a NES or SNES pad though) and it runs games really well. The software (the default image they recommend) is not great. Yes it comes with about 20 emulators all pre-configured and you can simply drop your games into the right folder over a network share (I bought an extra compatible USB WiFi dongle for it). That's all configured and easy too. My only issue is that I, personally, like to tweak the settings for the emulators (via the RetroArch menu) to add scanlines, turn off non-integer scaling etc. You can't do any of that with the default OS software/image. Another gripe is that you can only, currently, change the volume in EmulationStation using software and can't change it again once in game. You have to quit and change it and then go back to your game. Not the end of the world but there are enough buttons to do it - just got to wait for an update I guess. There are other versions of the software and ETA Prime has a video or two on these and I might give them a go especially if they allow me to access the RetroArch menu from within the games. Hope that update gives you a bit more confidence in the device - I'm pleased I bought it now and it does work really well. I just had a VERY bad initial experience and the video and the company didn't really help me much.
  15. I bought that Pi Zero, a speccy joypad and some other bits from him and they all arrived quickly and look great. I've forgotten his name now but he's highly recommended on the official Spectrum Next facebook group.
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