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  1. No it’s not got a 5v input - have one for my Xbox that has a connector but this is just plug and play apparently
  2. Yeah tried it direct into the tv and it was doing the black screen too
  3. Hi all, does anyone have any experience of this hdmi “converter” for the DC? Got mine today and tried a couple of what I think are VGA compatible games - Sonic Adventure and Soul Calibur - but I keep getting a black flicker of the screen during various moments, no really rhyme or reason when it’s happening. Tried it going direct into the TV using the same hdmi I use for my PS4 and Xbox One, used the cable it came to and run it into my hdmi switcher box but get the same result each time. just trying to figure out if the issue is my end or if it’s a faulty unit. Thanks!
  4. Having owned for years and never played I fired up the Prince Of Persia “reboot” or whatever you’d call the cell shaded one. So far…not sure…the smart assedness of the main character is kinda grating, the cel shading seems a bit odd, a bit neither one style nor another…the fighting seems odd, I don’t really know what I’m doing and whereas the Sands Of Time felt like each room/ area was a puzzle, so far the areas feel more like trial and error areas to get past more through attrition rather than solving. Controls also a bit a bit twitchy too…it’s one of the those games I spend a lot of time tutting at Will stick with it a bit longer but getting the feeling there are better things I could be spending my time with
  5. Still believe SC1 is one of the greatest games of all time. SC2 has some nice things - shaped arenas etc - but the first was so pure, so gorgeous, a game that was as much fun to watch as play and even a button masher could pull off some wild moves. Amazing memorable characters, soundtrack, visuals…all time great.
  6. From memory Lode Runner played very nicely, very smooth. I played the C64 version recently and found it a bit finicky but my memory of the Speccy version was it was better.
  7. Hello everyone, Some of you may have spotted the news article in this month's Retro Gamer but I'm planning to make a biopic on Mel Croucher, focusing mostly on the making (and fall out) from making Deus Ex Machina. I've always had some fabulous support from this here forum with my short films (mostly that I've shared in the creative folder) but as this is hopefully going to be a step up I'm hoping it's okay to have here in the film forum! :) Just a bit about myself - I've said for many years the Spectrum is one of the most influential things in my life, in that an awareness of many cultural things I can trace back to either references or video game adaptations (licensed or "inspired" by) and the culture of the magazines covering that time (which I read avidly and over and over and over...) I've been wanting to make a film that covers that era for years (I did have a bonkers idea about a musical which covered 3 years at the same microfair, showing the development of the industry) and I had been developing a short film on and off called A Boy And His Space Llama (which was a bit of a love letter to Jeff Minter) but when I read Mel Croucher's autobiography I really felt I'd finally found the vehicle to cover so much of what I loved. One incredibly cheeky offer later and Mel sold me the rights....and the script based on that book came together swiftly, as much a biopic as the "philosophies and ruminations of Mel Croucher" put on screen. Covid understandably ground the project to a bit of a halt, but now I'm hoping to try and bring this film to life. The film starts with his childhood in bombed out Berlin, learning computing in room sized mainframe, broadcasting video games over the radio waves in the 70s, starting Automata, creatingthe video game treasure hunt adventure game Pimania, defending (and winning) in a court case with Waddingtons but then it focuses on the making of Deus Ex Machina. I finally got to play this game on my still working Speccy about 20 years after release (i got it from one of those glorious Croydon retro gaming events) and it genuinely made my jaw drop. As a game, yeah, maybe it's not the greatest, but as an audio visual experience created in something smaller than a text you've sent to a friend it was incredible...and it would have absolutely boggled my 8 year old head if I'd played it back then. I'm pitching this film as somewhere between the TV series Spaced and the Tony Wilson biopic 24 Hour Party People - it's a broad, playful, anarchic film that's meant to appeal to a broad audience - you don't have to know anything about the video game industry to enjoy it - but if you do know, well, maybe you get a more enhanced experience from understanding the references, nods and winks. It's not a film I can make in my usual change behind the sofa self financing and producing, so I am looking to raise proper investment in it...and if that fails, maybe we will look at the crowd funding route. I don't move in circles of people with money (more in circles with people looking at their gas bill and screaming "WTF!?!" but it would be really great if as many people could like and follow the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/themachinaman), follow us on Instagram and Twitter @themachinaman and most importantly help spread the word about what I'm trying to do...you never know who might see it! The film has had it's first bit of press this week with the aforementioned news article in this month's Retro Gamer, which nicely shows off the amazing poster we have for the film (artwork by original Automata artist Robin Grenville Evans, with fabulous work from my mate Nick Gripton who turned it into a PROPER film poster) I think this is a film that's going to need the gaming/ retro gaming community's support to help bring it to screen, so any help in spreading the word - or in any other way you might be able to assist - would be massively appreciated! Thanks!
  8. Yes, as Thunderball was co-written with someone so he had the shared rights to that Bond story too. He was going to remake it again in the 00s as I recall…he should have given us that gay secret agent/ Bond-esque film that Rupert Everett was rumoured to do EON managed to buy the rights back finally to stop any competing films…and I think prior to the purchase that’s why they couldn’t use Blofeld or Spectre in any of the 80s/90s films for some reason (and why Moore dropping him down a chimney from a Heliocoptor was kept “vague” but I think was supposed to be a pop at the whole legal scenario)
  9. Does anyone know if the name on the Apple crates is a reference to something? Seemed to linger on it, which seemed to be pointing an Easter egg out, but can’t see anything online… I wished they’d stuck some line in of Strange talking to Wong and the book, telling Wong that he knows what he’s doing, he’s not going to say Klaatu Berata Nikto or anything like that I had fun with it, just me laughing out loud at eyeballs being pulled out, third eyes appearing, Bruce…some audiences eh ? think I’m going to have to show my son Army Of Darkness…
  10. Bond dressed as a clown for the finale…seemed pretty apt. I caught the last 45 minutes or so of Spy Who Loved Me about a year ago…fond nostalgic memories were erased by disappointing action, the battle on the tanker was epic in my memories but in reality it’s like the A-Team - tedious random wild firing, things blowing up, people flying through the air but with bog all connection. Bach is still lovely though and you can definitely see the genuine surprise on her face when that wave of water catches her at the end.
  11. Another quick question - does anyone know if it’s safe to update 3DS games I’ve got ripped to my hacked 3DS? A few are now showing they need an update and worried about bricking things…
  12. I’m still struggling with Retroarch and various bits.. Finding the standalone emulators such as Picodrive work better than Retroarch, but I’ve just whacked a load of roms into my Megadrive folder and they’re not visible on Picodrive, but can obviously see them via file directory and Retroarch (same issue with Gameboy emulator - not seeing additional Roms…) Retroarch - I can only randomly get the Atari 2600 to work via Retroarch (without front end) but absolutely everything else seems to crap out with bad dump error message - Amstrad, MSX, Mame (early roms so nothing too intensive) - front end versions - Mame etc - aren’t having it and the Speccy front end wants to use an Amstrad core and won’t let me change to the Speccy core… Updatijg all the cores to see if that helps, but any advice much appreciated
  13. I was at both events, got a photo with Matthew Smith which I was very chuffed about. Pre bonkers prices on things so came away with a load of Speccy games, Crash issues etc. Gutted I didn’t get a go on a C5 nor run my hands through Billy Mitchell’s glorious mullet.
  14. Hey, I downloaded this stuff last night to my Xbox One S and wondered if I could pick the forum brains as will no doubt be clearer than that Discord forum... I've got Retroarch on my 3DS and struggled with it, so am I right in thinking... - I put my games on an external USB stick - formatted to NFTS - and I put them in separate folders for each machine for ease of me finding them - I run that game from the Retroarch menu and then I choose a relevant core - ie SNES core for a SNES game - for consoles which require a bios - is it best to have a folder on the USB which I manually scan and then it will link those bios? - do I need a separate bios for each territory - ie if I wanted to play a Japanese game I'd need that region bios for that console? I tried playing some bits last night - downloaded a DC bios, PSX bios and came a bit unstuck - I just whacked them on a micro sd card/ card reader just to try it out, so that might be slow speed and all that, but problems I had... Dreamcast - fired up Power Stone 2 which mostly worked, some minor choppy bits - but Space Channel 5 was getting garbled and slow down on the FMV sequences, so that meant the main game was unplayable PSX - tried a bin/ cue file of Spiderman 2- Enter Electro and didn't seem to work at all Mame - tried 3 different roms, still in zip file - Rolling Thunder, R Type and Shinobi - using (I think) Mame - latest update (or something like that) - none of them worked, one stuck at 44%, another said it was missing information Dolphin - couldn't get Rogue Leader to load (black screen) but Soul Calibur 2 worked but was very choppy Wondering whether it's the Xbox One S doesn't have enough grunt for some of these, but would be fine with 32bits-16bit-8bit-up to mid 90s mame stuff? I've ordered a 150mb/s 128gb usb disc for this which I think should cover a good spread of stuff - should that work okay in theory? Any help much appreciated!
  15. Wonder what happened to all the Beebs in schools? Teachers took them home? Ended up in the bin? im trying to think of an adventure game we had around 87 at school - was a kinda maze/ mostly text adventure, but there was one puzzle which wanted you to cut a key which fit 4 different locks which were showed on screen (just out of textured block character squares) Suburban Fox was one we played loads - think we presumed there would be an “end” if you managed to uncover the whole map, when obviously it was supposed to be a life sim where you’re trying to stay alive as long as possible but any random encounter may kill you.
  16. That room where Strange seems to be confronting Strange…is that the same room from the end of Loki?
  17. That was fantastic. I’ve been telling people it’s the Abba Gold of superhero films Such a genuine emotional rollercoaster of tears of joy and sadness. Laugh out loud moments. The coolest MJ. The sweetest best friend. Superbly done.
  18. I preferred 2 (which wasn’t working for me last night ) 3 had moments but think things had moved on by the time it came out - the vehicle bits in particular felt shonky after driving the Warthog…
  19. Timesplitters 3 looked pretty swift, Max Payne 2 isn’t recognised on my machine…installing Manhunt now…it’s a game I barely played
  20. And wondering if Manhunt will work with headphones connected to the Xbox controller, as never had the original headset back in the day, so all that stuff about the guy talking in your ear was lost…
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