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AK Bell

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  1. I'd guess on their first issue they looked back 20 years and there was nothing, and 15 years they'd missed pivotal stuff
  2. As relatively expensive as it looks, I think that's as cheap as Lost Odyssey ever gets
  3. Yey. Just an update that the VPN thing still works and you can spend the 10.99 conversion out of MS points bought by rewards points. That's me for the next 3 years. Anyway, back to Chained Echoes!
  4. If you can find one and it's not too marked up in price (and shipping). It's saying "pre-order" on goretroid.com which I assume is their system saying sold out since it was out last month? Otherwise it's the same price on eBay or droix.net (also pre-order) as a (also sold out) Odin Lite at $220+ ...when it should be 150. What Anbernic has going for it is that they tend to be available and for whatever flaw that model has (and it'll have some quirk) you can get it quick at the right price. Depends what you want to play. If you're not fussed about (some!) PS2/GC (or some heavy PSP) then there is no need to get a Retroid Pocket 3+ ...it's just good extra value. 353s can do up to N64, surprisingly good Dreamcast and less demanding PSP If you're not planning on streaming anything like game pass or steam link, then there isn't much use for a widescreen too (PSP is widescreen tho!). If it wasn't for that, I'd be a bit annoyed with my Odin Pro wasting space as I'm not a fan of widescreen hacks. I kind of want a machine for a dedicated not-widescreen aspect ratio. Has anyone use geekbuying.com before? It's got a v90 on there with free shipping for £33 ... I don't need one, I already have more than one, but that's a hell of a deal for someone's xmas box this year.
  5. Ooh, my game pass ends tomorrow. Now, remind me... Nm, i think I've got it.
  6. You wouldn't believe the effort that went into the official dictionaries for not just good words but ones that are pleasant to type. It just feels like you're getting a good spread and bounce across the keyboard for each word and never tangled up. Not to out myself too much, but I should get around to actually playing it because when I worked on it I used a cheat function that just rattled through the alphabet one way for player 1, and backwards for player 2, to leave it running overnight to see if they stayed in sync.
  7. Game of the Year 1. Chained Echoes 2. Boomerang Fu 3. Opus: Echo of Starsong - Full Bloom Edition 4. Tunic 5. Biggest disappointment: 1. Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga 2. Nintendo Switch Sports 3. 2022 generally Best visuals 1. 2. 3. Best audio 1. 2. 3. Best writing 1. 2. 3. Best not 2022 game: 1. Chrono Trigger 2. Final Fantasy XIII 3. Tales of Arise Best developer: Matthias Linda Best format/console/controller/brain interface: Ayn Odin Pro
  8. I'd agree with that in a way. Nintendo repeatedly being reported as "losing the console wars" despite the fact they were quite happily being the only machine that made a profit rather than loss per unit and their first-party titles still sold well enough that any other publisher would be happy (and they didn't have to pay a license like everyone else). This is all while their handhelds were doing better than everything else put together. Nintendo have been solidly profitable and successful and that's boring!!!
  9. I think more the point is that it's good for people interested, and bad for people who use it as ammo
  10. Get both Ryujinx and Yuzu. They are both good but there are swings and roundabouts to both and one may do it better than the other per game. I think Odyssey is the more complicated end of emulation though. They've only just got the 2D working solid and 3D is still a frontier. At least they're in a better state than on Android's Skyline where Mario still doesn't render correctly. I've not considered emulating Switch yet, mostly for it's current gen moral reasons, but also I don't think it's in a stable enough shape yet.
  11. It was going to be Dragon Quest Treasures, but it's reviewing like "wait for a sale". Same with Star Ocean the only other game I was interested in this holiday. Not sure now. I might have to <shudder> finish something I've already started instead!!!
  12. How much detail do you need just for playing though? A PC review is likely to mention things like locked frame rates or moving as if it were through treacle. A quick guide of what settings you should be turning on and off. When it gets into zooming into foliage to see it clipping, that should only be interesting to a few. I should care a bit but I start switching off by then.
  13. The Digital Foundry stuff is really interesting if you're interested in that kind of thing. But that should be technical people and game devs, not tribal gamers. Unfortunately until I can get the law passed through by my local MP, who is sick of the sight of me now, we can't block just anyone from seeing it.
  14. The minimum spec is usually quite high because they have to draw the line in what they're going to test. Not just configurations and combinations, but availability... they aren't going to go on eBay looking for a shit graphics card (that is still a stupidly high price). They're better off with a high minimum spec as a disclaimer to not go crying to them if it doesn't work. My money is on that Returnal will work, everyone will get it based on the early word of mouth, but will keep dying on you after a while. I think the slower storage will actually be more an issue and it'll run a lot longer if you can squeeze it onto a 256 or 512 model's internal storage.
  15. A new challenger for Miyoo Mini alternative is this Anbernic RG3XX. Looks similar, performs similar, but a little bit bigger but with a 3.5 inch screen to match. Sounds like it desperately needs some custom firmware though, the emulators having barebone features, and they've not released the kernel to let that happen (yet?) ...I'd have tried to get one before xmas if it wasn't for that.
  16. I get to do that next week, so I expect this exploit to end this weekend.
  17. If you want something bigger and less of a faff to get, an alternative is any of the Anbernic 353s depending on what shape or quality you want. It'd probably be easy to get hold of and have turn up before xmas too. Powkiddy RGB20S would do too, but you'd probably get a superior Miyoo Mini for less. Maybe a Retroid Pocket 2+ second hand? I wouldn't really go for anything else too new. They'd either be too powerful and/or widescreen.
  18. I had to turn off their new Scrooge anim after 2 mins. I know that's not a good review. But fucking hell it was painfully jolly.
  19. I'm not seeing any such bother. I'm on latest firmware. It's a pro but I doubt it'll be much different to lite in this regard.
  20. AetherSX2 top tips that I use for Odin Pro PS2 Vulkan renderer. There should be another thing to switch on for threaded drawing to a backbuffer too that is Vulkan only. Disable Hardware Readbacks can make a massive performance improvement. I've not seen anything go wrong yet. If you're upscaling, and most things should do x2, you can turn a bunch of the other filters off too for an extra boost. Fractional upscaler now too might let you tweak to get it running. 75% EE Cycle Rate and Mild Underclock, unless you have bother and whack them up. Multi threaded VU1 and Instant VU1 Most games work great now. I'd expect Lite to mostly keep up with Pro (and improve in future if they tweak to its newer hardware).
  21. It should work really well with RetroArch for doing this sort of thing. A gotcha on RetroArch is that you have to keep saving your configurations for platform, folder or game ... it doesn't save anything automatically. I found that you should have some button shortcut to quit it as well to go back to Dajisho. It then saves where you last were as a quick save state and loads back there again. If I swipe away instead it mucks up. Really worth going through the Retro Game Corps guide just for RetroArch. Or go through it again. It's a bloody nightmare to set up right. For other emulators, it's pot luck how nice it plays with something like Dajisho. But what I've got set up all now start loading the game from scratch and there should be some menu there to load a state from there. If I need to do anything more complex like faff with settings, I load the app direct. AetherSX2 wasn't working for a while but seems fine now. I've been having a number of issues with Dolphin MMJR, including getting in from a dashboard, and I've hooked up the official one to Dajisho now. Citra was acting up to back when I was using Launchbox but also seems better, but after having to convert everything from cia to 3ds for Dajisho... but sucks in its own way for not having save states. Not sure with PS2 on Lite. I'll have a poke around and report back with some common settings that really help. Make sure you have a very up to date AetherSX2.
  22. Just shut the lid when you flush and have an extractor fan. I always have the lid shut when not in use too. I never understand why people keep it open all the time or these debates about seat up or down. Just shut the whole thing. Why do you want a constant hole in your bathroom for things to fall into?
  23. Do you have kids? For me there is no point in getting a decent handheld unless you have a comfortable bathroom and toilet to lock yourself in and keep everyone else out for a believable amount of having a dump time.
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