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  1. Watching the video, they also suggest they *may* bring out an adaptor to plug it into the Megadrive's expansion port (like a real Mega CD) at some point too, if there's a demand for it. From the video, they suggest the only reason anyone would want this is if they wanted to play 32X CD games, as they won't work via the cartridge slot through a 32X (although regular Mega CD games do). I do actually own a Mega CD, although last time I tried it the BIOS graphics were corrupt and it wouldn't launch any CDs - which I guess could just be dodgy capacitors. That said, I am extremely tempted by this thing, particularly for use with my Mega SG. I'll definitely be keeping a close eye on it.
  2. Hey! The screen, wood panels and 6 of the buttons are all totally original!
  3. Personally, I think that looks amazing! I currently own an Arcade 1UP Street Fighter II cab and it is pretty decent, but my experience from that would make me want to have a go on this first before paying anything. The SF2 machine comes with pretty lousy joysticks (the player 1 stick was okay, but both myself and my flat mate found it almost impossible to pull off any special moves with the player 2 one) and the video output doesn’t quite match the native resolution of the LCD display. It looks decent enough, don’t get me wrong, but they could’ve done better. I can imagine that potentially being more of a problem with vector graphics. As it goes, I know for a fact they could’ve done better with some tweaking to the video output, as since purchasing mine I’ve installed a Raspberry Pi in there and turned it into a MAME cab, and RetroPie allows you to output to the correct native resolution of the display and add scan lines, so everything looks nicer now. As part of the build, I also decided to replace the joysticks with slightly higher quality ones, plus I added light-up buttons to the front to act as the coin slots (and select buttons on SNES games). I also had to replace the player start buttons as the originals wouldn’t work with the Pi for some weird reason, despite all the others being fine, so I used some spare light-up ones. I think it arguably looks nicer like that anyhow. Downsides are it’s a huge faff to get the power and volume switches to work with the Pi - you have to order some special parts from the US and there’s soldering involved, so right now I just turn it on and off from the mains socket and have the volume set to a nice overall level using a cheap amp I installed inside it. And yes, I know my overpriced rented London flat has an ugly kitchen.
  4. Zio

    The iOS gaming thread

    Cultist Simulator on that list is incredible. I bought it on Friday morning for something to do on a flight I had and have barely stopped playing it since.
  5. Oh totally. I already had an Everdrive when I bought my MegaSG and am still using since I’ve not gotten around to jail breaking yet, but certainly I can’t imagine there’d be any point buying an Everdrive to use with a MegaSG. The same isn’t true of the SuperNT however (though I appreciate we’re not talking about that here). Yeah, I guess it’s true the FPGA is configured via firmware, but it’s not the same thing as emulation. You are correct that there can be faults in the implementation of the FPGA and these can be corrected with updated firmware. Ultimately though, it’s still running Megadrive code through hardware like a real Megadrive would, with complete cycle accuracy as opposed to the tricks a software emulator would employ for speed, particularly on lower-end hardware like a Raspberry Pi. As for the tricks to get the scrolling to run smoothly, are you referring to the very, very slight ‘overclock’ it employs to maintain an exact 60Hz? Real Megadrive hardware outputs video at 59.something Hz, which was fine on CRT televisions but causes issues with HDTVs and upscalers. The MegaSG employs a very, very slight ‘overclock’ to maintain 60Hz without adding input lag. Purists can even disable this, but personally I find it a pretty good way to get around it (having had problems using my real NTSC Megadrive on modern TVs in the past). I dunno... For most people I guess an emulator would be all they need. For me though, with my Everdrive, handful of remaining real cartridges (including Virtua Racing!), I love it and kind of resent the implication that it’s only worthwhile if you have hundreds of real cartridges you insist on using. The minimal input lag alone puts it beyond a lot of emulation solutions I’ve tried and is actually better to play on an HDTV than my genuine Megadrive, so it’s always felt like a great purchase to me. If I ever get around to fixing up my old Mega CD (or even just buying another), it’ll have been even more worthwhile.
  6. ...or if you have an Everdrive. Or if you want to jailbreak it. Maybe it's me, but I really can't lump a MegaSG (or a SuperNT) in the same boat as a Raspberry Pi or the upcoming Megadrive Mini because it isn't using a software emulator to run your games - it's the original hardware recreated using FPGA technology and directly outputting HD video. And it's bloody fantastic.
  7. My girlfriend had to leave the room during some of the pet shooting scenes, it upset her so much. On the podcast they mention filming an even more upsetting scene there, but chose not to include it lest it seem gratuitous. I thought they did it just right, personally. I do think some of the choices they've made in this show, such as what to show and what not to show, have been excellent. The scenes with the control room guys in the hospital in episode 3 were enough to really hammer home the horrific injuries these poor men endured in what remained of their lives without it even going into real body horror realms - it felt just enough. I was 7 years old when Chernobyl happened, so don't remember it particularly from the time, but it still bewilders me at times that this is all stuff that actually happened.
  8. The red image could just be a dodgy connection to your screen. I'd try unplugging everything, then hooking it all up again, making sure everything is firmly connected this time.
  9. Zio

    The iOS gaming thread

    I've got it on the Switch. It's a great little game, to the point I was thinking of double-dipping on iOS as it would be ideal to play on my commute (lots of standing tube journeys, so not really comfortable for Switch play). I will say it's more a simple, relaxing puzzle game. It's definitely not especially taxing, but it is very relaxing and chilled and it has a nice atmosphere with some lovely little set pieces.
  10. It's less LOTR rip off and more medieval drama... in the earlier seasons at least. It's obviously set in a fantasy world and there are supernatural elements, but they're very toned down in the earlier seasons and only really ramp up later on. The later seasons suffer a little from ramping up the action at the expense of all the political intrigue and machinations going on in the earlier seasons. I'm still loving it though. I genuinely believe it's one of the greatest shows on television. There's certainly nothing else I've ever seen that gets me so engaged.
  11. Be careful there! There's basically now only one enhancement chip the SD2SNES can't do (and it's used in about 3 hyper obscure Japanese games), whereas the Everdrives are far more limited.
  12. I have the Pound HDMI cable for my PS1 (it does PS2 as well) and I've been pleasantly surprised by how well that works. I've also got an OSSC which I've always felt a little disappointed by - it's a faff to get it working with everything, and although it runs mostly fine on my HDTV, it won't play ball with the monitor I have on my desk - Megadrive in particular suffers from constant dropouts. Another, albeit very expensive option, is to go the Analogue route - I own both a SuperNT and a MegaSG and both are amazing ways of playing old games on modern screens. Certainly better than using the original hardware with an OSSC.
  13. The IT technician at my school had a side business in selling us pirated Archimedes games and letting us into the computer lab after school to actually play them. If I remember rightly, I had Elite, Lemmings, James Pond, E-Type and Manchester United in Europe for the Archie. One year my dad told me he'd decided to buy me a computer for Christmas and I asked him for an Archimedes. He bought me an Amiga A1200. Part of me was totally over-the-moon, another part always a little sad. I had a real soft spot for Acorn's machine.
  14. I am virtually certain I remember seeing this in 1983 whilst on holiday with my parents at a Butlins... my first real memory of an arcade as I remember sitting in the cab whenever it was free and pretending to play (seeing as my parents weren't going to waste money giving 4-year-old me the chance to play it for real). Years later we got the port of Empire Strikes Back for our home BBC Model B and it felt amazing being able to play the game whenever I wanted at home. My dad even bought me my first joystick because I was struggling so much playing it with the keyboard - in hindsight it was some weird analogue thing that didn't appear to have been designed with gaming in mind, but was absolutely perfect for Empire.
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