• Retro gaming

    From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to All on Thu Nov 30 09:52:12 2017
    Is anyone here into retro gaming? A few years ago, I bought one of these GCW Zero handheld game systems:
    http://www.gcw-zero.com
    The GCW Zero is an open-source handheld console (it runs a customized distribution of Linux), with the idea that you can customize it how you want. There's a selection of games available for it, including emulators for various older game consoles as well as some native games written for it. There don't seem to be very many developers who have written apps/games for it, so the selection of apps isn't huge (relative to the time the GCW Zero has been available), but if you're into emulation, I think there's a decent amount of emulators to make it worth it at least for that. The gcw-zero.com site has a list of apps available in the Downloads section.

    I like the GCW Zero, but I've noticed there are plenty of other options out there as well, in addition to just running an emulator on your PC. I think having a handheld system designed specifically for gaming adds more of a retro feel though. I've also seen handheld emulators that can use actual game cartridges for NES, SNES, etc.

    Recently I played a few games on an actual Super Nintendo, and it seemed like the controls were more responsive than some of the more modern emulation devices I've used (such as the Wii's Virtual Console), although I'm not sure if they were really more responsive or if it was just my imagination.. I've wondered if the Wii's wireless controllers have a delay, although when playing Wii games, it seems there isn't a real noticeable delay.

    Nightfox

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  • From DaiTengu@VERT/ENSEMBLE to Nightfox on Thu Nov 30 16:28:44 2017
    Re: Retro gaming
    By: Nightfox to All on Thu Nov 30 2017 09:52 am

    Is anyone here into retro gaming? A few years ago, I bought one of these

    Every time I try to set up an emulator, or play some of my favorite "retro" games, They're just nowhere near as fun as I remember them being. I would feed quarters into SmashTV and the TMNT arcade games, but playing them at home just isn't the same. Maybe it's because I'm on a PC, maybe I need the full arcade machine experience, I don't know.

    I keep thinking of building a full-sized MAME arcade machine, because it would be something cool to have in my basement. Maybe someday....

    I bought the Nintendo Wii years ago and picked up some of the classic SNES games for it. I enjoyed playing some of the classic Mario games, but I tired of it quickly. Games I would sit in front of and waste hours playing didn't seem as fun as they were back then.

    I dunno, maybe it's me. As I get older I play fewer and fewer games. I have a Steam library that most people would be jealous of, and I've barely played 1/4 of the games I own. The only game that has held my attention recently is Horizon: Zero Dawn on the PS4. I put hours and hours into that game, I love it. I'm currently working my way through the expansion that was released about a month ago.

    So, as much as I love the idea of retro-gaming, actually playing retro games is a bit of a let-down for me.

    DaiTengu

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  • From Nightfox@VERT/DIGDIST to DaiTengu on Thu Nov 30 17:01:38 2017
    Re: Retro gaming
    By: DaiTengu to Nightfox on Thu Nov 30 2017 04:28 pm

    Every time I try to set up an emulator, or play some of my favorite "retro" games, They're just nowhere near as fun as I remember them being. I would feed quarters into SmashTV and the TMNT arcade games, but playing them at home just isn't the same. Maybe it's because I'm on a PC, maybe I need the full arcade machine experience, I don't know.
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    So, as much as I love the idea of retro-gaming, actually playing retro games is a bit of a let-down for me.

    In the 80s, arcade games were only one experience. With home game consoles like the NES, Atari, etc. becoming popular, video games at home became its own experience. I tended to play video games more often at home than in an arcade, so I've enjoyed using emulators. Particularly when using a PC game pad, it feels much the same to me as playing a console, without actually having the console.

    I've seen some emulators do some fairly cool stuff - Many emulators have the ability to save the state of the game, so you can save it and continue right where you left off later. And I saw at least one NES emulator that would allow multi-player ability over the internet - so you would basically connect to a friend's machine running the same emulator and play a 2-player game that way. I never actually tried that, but I thought that was a cool feature. I haven't seen that in a lot of emulators though.

    Nightfox

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  • From Roadhog@VERT/OUTWEST to DaiTengu on Fri Dec 1 23:27:45 2017
    Re: Retro gaming
    By: DaiTengu to Nightfox on Thu Nov 30 2017 04:28 pm

    Is anyone here into retro gaming? A few years ago, I bought one of
    these

    Every time I try to set up an emulator, or play some of my favorite "retro" games, They're just nowhere near as fun as I remember them being.

    I have a raspberry PI 2 B set up as a retro gaming machine that has atari, SNES, and a few other emulators and allot of retro games, I also bought 2 nintendo style controllers off of ebay, the Grand kids love it.

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  • From Jagossel@VERT/MTLGEEK to Roadhog on Sat Dec 2 08:09:15 2017
    Re: Retro gaming
    By: Roadhog to DaiTengu on Fri Dec 01 2017 23:27:45

    "... Why haven't we seen a Headline that says "psychic WINS Lottery?""

    TRUTH! :D

    Yes, I did read your message about your Raspberry Pi with all the emulstors and you buying the SNES-style controller that your grandkids love. Just thought your tagline was pretty clever!

    -jag
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