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  1. Such a good thread topic, thanks for starting it. I've often wondered if nostalgia itself is a good thing or a bad thing? I love looking back at the past and wearing those rose tinted glasses. All my old Nintendo games are on a shelf next to me right now, just galancing at them brings back great childhood memories. Flicking through old gaming magazines gives me the same sort of buzz too. On the whole I think the nostalgia is a positive thing in my life but I'm somewhat envious of the people who just look forward and don't linger on anything from the past. I think I've been lucky enough to avoid depression but I certainly buy stuff to feel better. Plus I get a buzz from thinking I'm getting a bargain when I see the silly prices of SNES and N64 games these days (FOMO I guess). I just bought a batch of Wii and Wii U games because they seemed so cheap. I do at least work from a list of games I do want to buy and play ('the list'), rather than just buying for the sake of it. Time is a thing though. I remember sitting in a pub in Oxford and they had a bunch of books on one wall. I remember thinking in that moment that I would never read that many books in my life (at the rate I read), so pick wisely. That thought has stuck with me but I'm not sure I act on it enough. I would class myself as a happily introvert but I definitely see the value of being with people (it's not what you like as such, just where you gain energy from right?). As a manager, it's much harder to lead a team and understand people over virtual meetings. I get the benefits and believe in a hyrbid world but there's something to be said for being with people (even if it's just the general noise of the office). Then there's the value of what you do. When should you have a sense of satisfaction of a job well done (RetroGamer is great by the way)? I do a job that is pretty hard to define what good looks like. We did a team event once that involved doing some manual labour in the local area for charity. It was nothing like my day job but I got a massive sense of satisfaction from it because I could very much see what we had achieved by the end of the day. Not something I get from my usual work. None of this really helps when your stuck in a bad place though (even having that awareness of knowing where you are), I often find that time simply passing by helps but that's such a passive solution. Hopefully talking it through and bouncing ideas around helps though, there's been some great thoughts and sharing in this thread.
  2. I'm amazed my copy turned up. The envelope was misprinted, with my address barely on the edge of it. The pre-paid stamp thingy was missing altogether. Well done on the Royal Mail getting it to me.
  3. Oooh, can I be added please? Edit - hambury is my Gamertag by the way
  4. Total issue 5 for me, purely for sentimental reasons. It was the first gaming mag I ever bought. I was stuck on Maniac Mansion on the NES and this had a full guide which helped me complete it. By devouring the rest of the mag I learnt about the Super NES and was hooked from there on. It helped I was the perfect age for Total (it was aimed at kids). In later years I appreciated Super Play and N64 Magazine much more. They were the best but Total issue 5 always has a special place for being the first.
  5. I love my old collection of games from my childhood as they give me such a nostalgia hit when I look at them on my shelf. Working from home has been tough over the last year but when I look up at my collection of NES, SNES and N64 games, I definitely get a calming feeling. In some ways I somewhat dislike that I’m like that, as it means I’m attached to ‘stuff’ rather than more meaningful things (although I can argue with myself and realise that the stuff is associated to memories and it’s that which I love). It’s easy to get it all mixed up with value of them too, which does complicate matters a whole lot more. It would help if they had no value, because then I would appreciate them even more for the memories rather than the potential retirement fund they might be. I have to be careful as by nature I am someone who likes to collect. I have been able to sell some of my games and comics over the years but it’s mainly the trashy stuff that I just bought for the sake of collecting. I only have some regrets of getting rid of old magazines (I love reading them from time to time, again for the nostalgia hit and the optimism they once had for what the future of computer games will be).
  6. Ordered mine from Digi-Key just now as they seemed about £10 cheaper than Mouser (£118 with the VAT and shipping). What extras are recommended? I'm just going to use HDMI for now, so won't actually get the MiSTer board. Does the DE10 need a fan and heatsink on its own? Was thinking a USB hub for all the controllers. The SDRAM seems essential too and a good old UK plug adapter (doesn't need to be stepdown does it?). Pretty sure it comes with an SD card already. Am I missing anything?
  7. I'm in exactly the same boat and 'need' to buy one. Having had a good look around, I can't find anything in the UK. Looking at this thread mouser.co.uk and digikey.co.uk (both US based) seem to be the best ones to go with. Just trying to work out if there will be any fallout from Brexit or not. Has anyone ordered from either of those this year?
  8. How are you meant to make progress in the career? The bottleneck for me seems to be not getting enough 'science' points to then spend on stuff. Oh, and never seeming to have enough fuel to make it into space and actually orbit (let alone re-enter and land). I have so few parts to play with when building a rocket (plus there's a weight/size limit), feels like I'm missing something?
  9. Hambury

    Pier Solar

    Played it on the Mega Drive. Thought it was quite good, but old school in design (which I guess is the point). I did give up after a few hours in though as it felt quite grindy and I wasn't in the mood for that.
  10. The NES is a weird one for me. It was my first console, and I absolutely love it, but it doesn't seem to have as many stand out, amazing games as the SNES or N64 did. There are plenty of great games like Zelda, Micro Machines, Elite, Batman and Final Fantasy. And then there's Mario 3, which is just brilliant. A real step up from the other games, where Nintendo oozed everything out of that little old 8-bit. And the game was just a few hundred kbs in size. How is that even possible?
  11. Just got an email from them asking me to subscribe to Edge for another 3 years. Might not be too wise if the magazine itself doesn't exist?
  12. 1 - Mario 64 2 - Perfect Dark 3 - Goldeneye 4 - Majora's Mask 5 - Ocarina of Time
  13. Random order, but Zelda is the clear winner: Link's Awakening Mario Land 1 Dr Franken (not a great game really, but it looked bloody nice) Metroid 2 Battletoads
  14. I like them, mainly for the nostalgic feel, but also because it'll help when I get round to creating my masterpiece game (one day). My GCSE art will just about enable me to create some 8-bit blocks I reckon. Even 16-bit is too advance for my liking. If the world is fed up of this style at that point, then I'm screwed.
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    I learnt that Mars had two moons called Phobos and Deimos playing Doom. Who says games can't be educational? I also learnt that BFG didn't always stand for Big Friendly Giant.
  16. There's a Boris Karloff look about him which is quite cool. The rest of it is awful. We're actually at that point where games have better visuals than some films.
  17. Been having a look at the directors and writers of Dexter to try and see why it's turned so crap. It doesn't really make any sense. The current head writer has been involved since the early days (he won an award for his work on season 2 which was great). It's such a bizarre fall from grace. Thank God it all ends next week. This show has clearly become my Dark Passenger. Motherfucker.
  18. They've just announced that the Berlin campaign has been pushed back to January so they can make it as long as the main game. They're also looking for ways to improve the save system. I'm keeping an eye on the SNES reboot one and the team doing the Unlimited one where it's pretty open world. It's a great little game, but does lack depth as pointed out and the balancing is a bit all over the place.
  19. Had a glimmer of hope at the start when Dexter was all angry, thinking the series might now change gear as he goes properly off-rails ultimately leading to his destruction. But then things just got silly and everyone was happy. Given how the episode ended, I'm hoping they now begin the final story arc and do something good with it. Misplaced hope probably.
  20. Certainly not my favourite, but Mystical Ninja on the N64 was always nuts to watch:
  21. Random order: Zelda: AltP Mario World Secret of Mana Shadowrun Final Fantasy VI Sim City Super Star Wars Donkey Kong Country Chrono Trigger Mario RPG Great console.
  22. It's weird in Super Metroid that you can't turn of the German/French text, you have to pick one. Found it quite distracting during the intro (and the translation must have been bloody short given how many English words there were). I don't remember the pal SNES game being like that.
  23. 1997 was the last year in which I was at school and therefore not earning money to be able to buy games whenever I liked. That meant I only had a handful of titles that year (Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and Goldeneye) and I devoured them. I knew everything about them. I miss that way of playing games, now I just grab them, play them (normally to completion to my credit) and then move on. I never really take my time with a game and go back for seconds. Exploring the castle in Mario 64 was so much fun. Just wondering around outside the castle was astonishing (my first steps into 3D). Riding the turtle shell in the first level for as long as possible. There was so much stuff I did in that game just for the sake of it. The same for Mario Kart, trying to jump over walls in order to get those crazy lap times. In Goldeneye, completing levels on Perfect Agent (back when there were no checkpoints or your life regenerated). Wondering what was on the other side of the dam. Knowing the Facility level inside out. Doing speedruns just for the sake of it and because the game was so much fun to play. Great times. Games today are still amazing, I just don't play them in the same way with the same dedication, so it's that which I miss.
  24. I hardly did much on WoW, but I do remember going on one trip with a whole bunch of people. I was a goody (Order of Rllmuk) so may have been on the other side to this fight. Found this old screenshot on my PC:
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