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Emulation and arcade gaming thread

Postby Sonicade » Fri Jul 25, 2008 10:22 pm

SF4 ftw!! awesome trailer!

Rez enroute!!
Rez acquired!!
Minor graphics glitches but the main game seems playable enough. I'd like to try and figure out some mouse and keyboard action as the arrow keys are kinda tricky. Fun to play a game I thought was only playable on PS2!
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Re: Emulation and arcade gaming thread

Postby Directionless » Sun Jul 27, 2008 9:44 pm

Emulation...

I used to have quite the real life collection so it's not like i never bought anything. for fun, i'll try to list what i had...

atari 2600 + buncha carts (still have this)
nes top loader + 40 top games
turbo grafx-16 and a few games (never had a duo tho :( )
sega genesis/powerbase converter/sega cd/32x lots of games
super nintendo - lotsa rpgs and etc
sega saturn - games plus imports i bought in japan
N64 and a few good games
PS1 & PS2..
Sega Dreamcast
X-box

Turbo grafx-16 portable handheld
Sega Nomad
GBA retro nes edition
Atari Lynx
Virtual Boy

Street Fighter II & Chamption Ed. Arcade motherboards

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I sold my collection at wholesale to my buddy who owned a video game store before going up to Alaska in 2004.

I love emulation because, first of all, it's a ZEN way to have a bunch of games to play without being overrun with possessions.

2) save states (for those truly unforgiving games)
3) better graphic quality on PC monitor
4) in some cases graphics better than the actual hardware - like with N64 emu
5) hacks - so i could play some awesome RPGs that never came to america thanks to fan translations/patches.
6) arcade emulation! - because getting old arcade motherboards to work can be more trouble than its worth.
7) more peripheral options - i.e. playing N64 first person shooters like Golden Eye with mouse and WASD :)
8) number 8, um... its pretty geeky to be really into so, that's pretty much awesome.

[funny but now i inherit game systems again because GF comes with: SNES, PS1, N64, (someone took her PS2), XBOX, Gamecube, Nintendo DS.]
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Postby chunter » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:21 pm

I had the same problems with emus that I did with cheap and free music on the internet- I've collected more than I have time for.

Even before downloading, I had hundreds of records, tapes, and CDs...

And my physical video game collection dates back to 1983 sometime.

After this compo I'm going to try and prepare an entry for Famicompo Mini number 5.
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Postby organic io » Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:46 pm

chunter wrote:I had the same problems with emus that I did with cheap and free music on the internet- I've collected more than I have time for.


Not really a problem. It's given that you only have a limited number of hours left in your life to experience things. Even though you know you won't be able to enjoy it all, just appreciate the fact that you have a lot to choose from :D
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Postby paulnewns » Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:09 am

Ohhh history d/less...
This is the first thing I remember....
Binatone pong machine thing..
http://www.geocities.com/s_h_3/pong/binatone.htm

The one in the middle of the big pictue..
Then...
Atari 2600
Commodore Vic 20
Amstrad cpc464
Commodore C64 (How I loved thee)
Commodore Amiga 500+ (And you too)
Super Nintendo (SFII Hyper hmmmmm...)
Nintendo 64
Nintendo gameboy
Dreamcast (soul calibur hmmmm..)
Playstation 1 (One of the best consoles of its time IMO)
PC gaming for a few years
XBOX
XBOX 360 (My baby)
Have also played on megadrive/saturn/nes/amiga 1200/spectrum 48K/atari st/atari 5800/neo geo/sega 32 and the good old BBC computers at school..
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_Micro
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Postby organic io » Thu Jul 31, 2008 8:41 am

Alright... Guess I better jump in too :)

1987 - IBM PC, 8088 with CGA graphics. Yeah, at the time you could get a 286. But my dad was cheap. No complaints though. Lode Runner is awesome if you've never seen any other games before. :)
1988 - NES
1992 - SNES
1993 - PC - 486DX2/ 40mhz with 4 megs of RAM, alright!
1996 - Sega CD, yeah it needed the Genesis too but mostly I got it to play Sega CD games
1996 - PC upgraded to 486DX4/ 120mhz. Bring on Quake!
1997 - Sega Saturn. Saturn was dead by this point and I was riding on the wave of cheap games. Sold it maybe 6 months later
1999 - PC - Cyrix M2 333mhz with a 3dfx Voodoo 3
1999 - Sega Saturn again. This time because I now had a CD burner :)
early 2000 - PC upgraded to K6-2 550
late 2000 - PC upgraded to Athlon thunderbird 1ghz
2002-2003 - PC upgrade - Athlon XP 1800+ and Geforce 4 ti 4200
2002 - Playtation 1. Uhh... Mostly for DDR. I got some other games but didn't play them much.
2003 - GP32 handheld system. My first brief flirt with handheld gaming. I actually really liked this thing, playing Turbografx 16 and NES emulation on the go was great at the time, but alas, I did not shell out the extra money for the backlit model and it quickly got annoying. So I sold it after about 3 months. Good call. PSP is so much better
2004-2005 - PC upgrade - Athlon XP 3000+ and Geforce 5 5800
2005 - PSP. I still play this thing all the time
2006-2007 - PC upgrade - Intel Core 2 duo e4300 and Geforce 7800
2008 - Playstation 2.. Mostly for Cave games. I have some other games but I don't play them much either :(


As you can see, PC gaming has been the main focus here. I never really stopped playing PC games even when I had consoles and PC's became the main source of gaming for me once we aquired our 486.
I did get a large exposure to Genesis due to several friends in the neighborhood having one. Occasionally I would swap my SNES for my friend's Genesis for a few weeks. So I don't feel like I missed out there.

I'm a big proponent of emulation too. I have been able to go back and enjoy some of the great games I missed, or systems I never got a chance to play. :)
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Postby paulnewns » Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:55 am

Hey Scott I had an athlon 1ghz thunder bird.
First with a TNT 32mb graphics then with a Geforce 2 graphics.
Then a geforce 3.
Then I discovered overclocking and os stripping.
Then I bought an overclockable motherboard. Then I bought some over clockable memory. Then I waaaayyyy overclocked my geforce 3 and cpu.
This was my max payne setup :)
Then an 2000+ Athlon. Then a Radeon 9800.
Both overclocked and running the brilliant Painkiller and Max Payne 2 a lot.
As well as Medal of honour/ Call of Duty/ Soldier of Fortune 1-2...etc...
Black and white....probably others but I cant remember...

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Postby organic io » Fri Aug 01, 2008 12:11 pm

2004 was a big year for me... So many high profile first person shooters came out. Usually I don't complete very many video games, but for some reason that year, I played and beat: Painkiller, Doom 3, Far Cry, Half life 2, Chronicles of Riddick: escape from butcher bay

Which was my favourite of those? Far Cry fo sho. Least favorite? Doom 3.

Painkiller was fun while it lasted. Love some of the architecture on some of the more industrial themed levels. And the insanely massive bosses. :-D
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Postby aged » Sun Aug 10, 2008 10:06 am

We are waiting for Virtua Fighter 2 coin-op to arrive any day now :)

And I started building a small tabletop MAME arcade cabinet,
only missing the controllers at the moment...
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Postby Sonicade » Mon Aug 11, 2008 12:55 pm

I couldn't resist checking out Final Fantasy IV for Nintendo DS. The emulation is buggy and it's not really playable because of text overlapping issues but it more or less works. FFIV (FF2 for SNES in the US) is probably my fondest memory in the Final Fantasy series. When I was a kid I'd stay at a friends house and we'd start playing at the crack of dawn for hours.
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Postby organic io » Tue Aug 12, 2008 1:07 pm

Ohhhh. I'm slightly less old-school than you, FF6 being my fondest FF experience. Really the only one I ever got into. But good it was. As was Chrono Trigger.
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