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  1. It's the Final Fantasy games for me. The random battles suck any kind of enjoyment out of the series. I'm not against a good RPG. I've sunk countless hours into Secret of Mana and am almost 60 hours into the latest Dragon Quest on the Switch. It's just random battles I fail to get any fun from at all.
  2. I thought the same. If the date wasn’t right I’d think it was an April fool. How can you play anything on something that small?
  3. Thanks for the heads up. Just bought this for the switch. What an amazing game. Thank you!
  4. I decided to set the GameCube up a week or so back and fired up Metroid Prime. I’d actually bought this off forumite. MrDo 10 or more years ago, but got so frustrated with the controls and dying at the ship explosion bit near the start I gave up on it. This time I decided to persevere. While I still find the controls an absolute abomination I’m starting to enjoy the game. It’s the first 3D Metroid game I’ve played so it’s all new to me. Hopefully I’ll keep at it.
  5. That Intellivision actually looks rather promising and a lot of fun. The games seem to be well priced. It’ll be interesting to see how much the system goes for.
  6. Just had a delivery confirmation. Looks like it's coming today!
  7. Still no delivery notification of mine yet. It's like waiting for Christmas as a child.
  8. Looks like you're in the same boat as me. I've backed the Accelerated model. Backer no. 512. No delivery email as yet.
  9. Santa was kind enough to bring me an OSSC for Christmas and I have to say that it's exceeded my expectations. While the 60hz output of my modded SNES and Megadrive systems were first rate, with gorgeous scan lines and silky smooth scrolling I didn't expect it to cope with 50hz output of a Spectrum +3 or an Amiga. How wrong I was. The Spectrum output looked amazingly crisp with no noticeable display issues. I am really picky when it comes to smooth scrolling, and the Amiga is one of the best retro systems for shunting stuff around the screen beautifully. I gave Shadow of the Beast a test and was blown away. No jerkiness, no duplicate frames and no screen tearing. It looked bloody gorgeous. I'm so impressed that the majority of CRTs I have in the collection are going to be consigned to the garage. The output of the OSSC is that good. If I had one complaint it's the audio. The audio via HDMI seems very poor. Playing Sonic the Hedgehog, if you have a loud inflame sound it causes the rest of the sound effects / music to really drop in volume for a second. It's very odd. Thankfully, it has a nice audio jack out, so I've hooked it up to a sound bar and it outputs the audio perfectly.
  10. This came through the door the other day. I've not had chance to read it yet but can't wait to read the JetSet Willy Guided Tour article. I can't remember if this was in a podcast I heard recently or was on Facebook, but someone commented that exploring Willy's mansion back in the day really felt like an open world experience. They weren't wrong. While I did try and beat my item collecting total each go on some play sessions I just used to explore. It's size just seemed mind blowing at the time. Brian Bloodaxe was another game where I just used to enjoy exploring and finding previously undiscovered rooms. That boasted 104 rooms. Underwurlde, by Ultimate was even larger - 256 rooms. That was amazing (and sometimes frustrating) to explore. Nonterraqueous on the other hand had over 1,000 rooms. It was a game I enjoyed playing, but as the rooms were all pretty similar looking and the sheer number of them was ridiculous it didn't have the same magic of exploration for me as the other games I've listed.
  11. Taking advantage of the ridiculously cheap Prime Day offer on this I stumped up the £15.99 and my unit arrived on Friday. I found this video gave me all the information I needed to install new games on a 16gig USB stick I had kicking around; Once I'd discovered the hidden menu (start and triangle) where you could apply a filter and scan lines, I was over the moon with how the visuals looked. I have found that you can set a game with these settings, but sometimes when you return to it the scan lines are all corrupt. To fix thus you have to switch them off and then back on again. Other observations are jerky scrolling on the Puzzle Fighter menus and occasional sound glitches on Final Fantasy 7. For £15.99 this is an absolute bargain.
  12. I'm currently having yet another go at trying to play through Secret of Mana on the SNES. Amazingly, the battery back up still works. I've already had to dip into a walk through as on several occasions I found myself having absolutely no idea where I was meant to be going or what I was doing next. How gamers managed to play this back in the day I'll never know. I think this was why I'd given up on it on several occasions in the past. I'm enjoying playing it but I've already had to spend a good hour grinding just to get enough money to add several fairie walnuts to my inventory.
  13. The only system I sort of collect for is the humble Spectrum, but as I have the majority of titles in the collection I yearned for as a child new additions are very infrequent purchases. Spectrum games look great on a book shelf. You can get loads of games on display in a small amount of space as the cases are so small. Even the "big box" games don't take up much room. In contrast, I'm a massive Amiga fan, but have been slowly selling the games off over the past couple of years. The boxes are massive, so take up ridiculous amounts of shelf space. Since moving house and having a daughter the Amiga games were created up and stored under a double bed. There were so many games that not all could fit under it. The problem with Amiga disks and the floppy drives is that they're so unreliable. Couple that with loads of the games not being compatible with anything but a bog standard A500, and WHDLOAD being so good, there's just no reason for me to keep these in the collection, so off they go. For the SNES and Megadrive I've bought the games I lived back in the day and if I want to try other titles out I use my Everdrives. I've got numerous other systems and libraries of games in the collection but currently have no plans to downsize these. As they're on cartridge or CD/DVD they take up little space and the media is fairly robust.
  14. I’m a member of Amibay. I don’t recall encountering sign up issues but have seen others recently comment that they’ve had the same problem as you. I’ve not seen a solution posted, unfortunately.
  15. We held our 9th South West Amiga Group meeting last weekend, and what an event it was. We were up to almost 50 attendees, and had two speakers. The next meet is on 7th September.
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