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  1. 28 minutes ago, Spoonman said:

    I wanted to play some Saturn last night and my (admittedly modded) Saturn often won’t get past the boot screen, and freezes. Or it freezes in the menu, before I even open the lid to put a disc in.


    It’s worked fine for years—any idea what could be the issue? I opened it up and blew any dust out (didn’t really see any), and don’t see any leaked or bloated capacitors...



    Just read the above, going back through the thread. Any luck?


    Bit of a bummer as my fully PAL unit is boxed up in Norfolk and I am here in south Germany. Japanese Saturns are not exactly cheap to come by.


    I have one of these also, that’s temperamental on booting.


    I should have just got a Japanese Saturn in the first place, I do t run that many pal games and usually at 60

  2. 2 hours ago, teddymeow said:


    I just remembered that they send everything in plastic bags so maybe it's for the best!

    ive has so much absolutely wrecked from them doing this



    never again 

  3. On 05/02/2021 at 20:33, merman said:

    Having hatted to quite a few 1980s programmers over the years, it definitely sounds like the whole contracts thing was a minefield of lies, traps and mistakes.


    Now, there are elements of Battle Ships by Elite that are distinctive and original - the view of your ship firing, Salvo Mode (four shots per remaining ship in your fleet), the victory sail past - but any decent IP lawyer would tear apart their claim to own the “property”.

    salvo mode is written in the instructions on the lid of the mb board game I still own from the 70s 

  4. 34 minutes ago, bwi said:


    So what difference is it now compared to when I paid customs on a mode order before Christmas?

    Can't be any more tax than what it was before

    the U.K. always paid customs from Andorra, nothing has changed 

  5. 10 hours ago, Anne Summers said:

    Reading into the small print as well as the handout pdf that's available on the site, it gets even more sketchy.

    The t&cs page is incomplete but it does refer to:

    "Download the Terms & Conditions of the IP Rights Non-exclusive Licence Agreement from here (not yet live)."


    So there is a class of asset on sale here which is not actually a transfer of ownership of the IP, but a licence to use the IP.

    The PDF also notes that elements of some of the games including Manic Miner and Chuckie Egg are owned by other parties. And it talks about the potential to raise money from these IPs.

    So I think they may be effectively offering to "lend" the IP to anyone who may have a way to make money from them... An iOS port of old Spectrum code, for example. Or a streaming retro gaming service. 

    It does seem like a bit of a hare-brained "hey retro games are cool again at the moment, let's try a new way of monetising our IP" sort of scheme. 


    so you are not even buying the ip that they don’t own, just the licence to use it ?


    but the nature of the games, with other trademarks, means you could never use it.


    its a scam

  6. You wouldn’t own anything, and even if you did ,you couldn’t do, anything with it apart from say “I own it”


    i could say “I own Turbo Esprit” and then what? Are we going to court to fight over essentially the rights to nothing?


    yet again, it’s money grabbing. The only proof is a link to an interview, I doubt that’s legally binding.

  7. 6 minutes ago, Sketch said:


    Have you played the different Mega Drive or PC Engine CD versions? If so, thoughts on them?


    I find the 16-bit Castlevania era fascinating. We had a mainline CV entry for each of the major consoles by Nintendo, Sega, and NEC/Hudson. And each is dramatically different to each other, in delightful ways.

    Each console version is a completely different game

  8. 45 minutes ago, Dudley said:

    I think that one is magnified by the awful output of UK N64s and the fact people still used RF with PS1 and Saturn quite a lot to a Dreamcast in VGA.


    Not only were the machines a leap, it's the era people finally started universally using non shit cables.

    err who had an rgb tv in 1997?

    My friends all had rf tellies in their room with small portables, cables didn’t even come into it. 

  9. 4 minutes ago, Lorfarius said:


    Nope, just ordered a Disk System for it as well :hat: The grip on the contacts is perfect, they just slot right in and doesn't feel like I'm about to break through the plastic everytime I swap a cart out. Beyond the expense this is everything I've wanted from a clone system, its fantastic and even better with the hacks. Have been playing the Zelda 2 upgrade with proper translation, bug fixes and all sorts of goodies recently.

    but it’s just plastic and metal !



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