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  1. For me at my age, Atari means arcade games like Gauntlet, Ramparts, Marble Madness, Paperboy and so on. Games I’m familiar with the via the home conversions on home computer formats. Games I variously enjoyed and on average feel positive about in some form. OTOH, to me Atari also means duff systems like the 7800, ST, Lynx, Jaguar, etc. Or minor systems like the 800XL and XEGS which no-one I ever met owned. So I’ve got mixed feelings about the Atari brand as a whole, leaning much more favourably toward the games side of things. Certainly agree that older retro gamers, particularly Americans, would feel much more attachment to the brand from a nostalgic perspective though.
  2. Just alerting people to this if they haven’t seen it yet.
  3. I had such rock-bottom expectations for this, I was pleasantly surprised? I mean, it’s probably on the low end of mid-table MCU, but considering the worst happened during production, and coming after Thor 4 as the most recent MCU film, I didn’t feel like I’d wasted the ticket price. Didn’t enjoy the fight at the end at the naval ship though. It was all over the place, and too much of the rubbery, weight-free CGI which also marred the first film. That element really shows up how stale the MCU template has become – if the film’s building up to a CGI fight-athon and the fight-athon’s a bit crap and underwhelming, that brings the whole film down. Which is a shame, as despite the muddled plot, there were some decent performances and scenes in this one. Well, with two notable exceptions in terms of acting. (Also notable how female-led this film is, with only three male characters having any significant dialogue. A welcome change compared to the earliest MCU instalments.)
  4. Just a read about this compilation – pretty amazing to think that this is the first time Tempest 2000 has been commercially available since 1994, given its legendary status!
  5. That’s a good idea, actually… I have an old PS1/PS2 controller to USB adapter lying about, will see if it works with the MiSTer…
  6. Those are good controllers, but I have to warn that my wired SN30 Pro doesn’t work properly with the PS1 core, even after thoroughly going through the settings. However, it might be that the later Pro+ and Pro 2 don’t suffer from the same issues.
  7. Thanks @Quest. Very helpful information!
  8. Just cross post this here.
  9. I can't objectively answer about the quality, as it's been so long, but it is a ridiculously short game by JRPG standards, so I would say it's worth preserving with, as it's not exactly a big time sink.
  10. Even I managed to build a MiSTer from scratch and get it fully working. It’s not difficult at all, on the grand scheme of things, and the quality of emulation you get from the machine is incredible. .
  11. Yes! Always loved TNZS, from seeing at the local leisure centre to playing the Amiga conversion bundled with the Batman Pack. Was my “gateway drug” into the world of Japanese platform games which dominated the 16-bit console era, in retrospect. The first game I booted up on my completed MiSTer was the PC Engine conversion, in fact.
  12. An overlooked reason why the Dreamcast failed, at least in this part of the world – Sega’s brand reputation was rock-bottom after the Saturn. I remember loads of people being gutted after choosing the Saturn over the PlayStation and getting poorer versions of popular 3D games, or increasingly, big mega-hyped games not even appearing on the system. That can’t have helped the chances of persuading those consumers to invest in the Saturn’s immediate successor…
  13. The Thing (1982) You know when you get round to watching an old film with a positive reputation and wished you’d watched it years ago? That, basically. Genuine classic. 5/5
  14. Just wondering, the PlayStation 1 core works with just 32mb RAM, doesn’t it?
  15. Ghostbusters (1984), I think a big problematic issue with that film, apart from the language, is that Bill Murray’s character is a creepy sex pest. Surprising amount of drinking and smoking too, but modern standards. Not something I’d want kids to watch, if I had any.
  16. Not really? MiSTers are great, and in my experience, completely accessible for anyone to put together and set up. Plus, you’d be able to play 32X and Mega CD games for maximum Sega kick. Saturn games too, eventually.
  17. How does Luna Nights compare to Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth difficulty wise?
  18. I’d say the vast majority of Amiga games only use a portion of the screen, TBH!
  19. It’s most likely due to games journalists being fallible, I suspect. And I imagine it wasn’t easy to research this stuff over a decade before the internet was a common thing, let alone vaguely useful. FSII did get released over here (my dad had a copy) and, interestingly, Flight Simulator wasn’t a Microsoft owned franchise at the time, but published by a company called Sublogic.
  20. Almost certainly it was Flight Simulator II, released in 1986. http://hol.abime.net/574/
  21. Errr, I fucked and bought a yearly family subscription from Game at lunchtime. The regular family yearly sub. Which I can’t use as I currently have some weeks left of an annual expansion pass. What do I do? Obv. I’ll sell it on here (for less) if I have to write it off otherwise.
  22. I appreciate how it looks, in its emulated form, how it looks in your nostalgic memories, rather than the actual N64’s smear-o-vision – seeing all the small details of the various islands with a decree of visual clarity really helps the whole experience.
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