The Relic

  • joined Oct 24, 2012
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Resident old guy, loves him some old games!

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Speaking about the old magazines, they also have PDFs of a number of their issues, up to (right now) Dec. of last year. There might be something there you can use too.

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Another good site to look around in would be http://www.maximumpc.com/ It tends to lean towards performance builds, but I’ve been following Maximum PC since the late 1990s (print and online), and when I built my first computer in 1998 I heavily consulted their site.

When I need to learn something new, I’ll still look there first.

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At my age (52) I really have no worries about these kinds of things; they happen a lot, especially when a company’s bottom line is hurting and the bean-counters are hunting for solutions.

But obviously Capcom’s lawyers aren’t doing a very good job, since they’re getting paid to protect the company’s patents, yet it took them 12 years to find a possible violation of this particular patent, despite the fact that add-ons have existed in console games since prior to 2002 (when the first patent mentioned was filed).

Hopefully the courts will have all the evidence in front of them when it eventually sees one. But judging solely from this, Capcom should invest in new patent lawyers because the ones they have are sleepin’ on the job.

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Fine. So why wait 12 years to defend your patent? It isn’t as if Tecmo/Koei are under the radar of Capcom.

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When I was a kid in the late 60s and early 70s, you didn’t have video games around (Computer Space was introduced in 1971 and both the Oddysey and Pong were introduced in 1972), but even in our small village of Groveport OH we had at least a couple of pinball machines in the pizza joints.

You’d find me at the one that used to be across the old Dairy Creme (later taken over by Dairy Queen and renamed), playing their single pin to death; I forget which one, other than it was a classic 1960s-style with a wooden rail. So easy it was to rack up free games on that thing, I actually got 22 free games out of it, with a couple of local kids watching me.

Then my mom called the proprietor and asked him to tell me it was time for supper. I gave the remaining games to the kids.

It wasn’t until the late 70s and I read the paper about pinball machines being made legal again in New York that I even found out about a ban. This was around the time that the machines reduced the number of rounds you could get for a quarter, from five to three (cheapskates! :)). So I’d still go into Little Italy’s (another pizza joint, this time near the Elementary School) and play the Bicentennial machine while playing the old KISS song "God of Thunder" while I played.

Hell, to this day, if I can actually find a pinball table I’ll gladly play it.

(oh, the two things at the top are an old 40s era bagatelle and a replical 30s era table)

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Having played pinball tables since before there WERE such a thing as “video games”, if I were in Oakland I’d happily join in.

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No, it’s mostly what some high-profile game critics make it out to be; the 3DO had a lot of those too but also had some great games on it (including the definitive version of Road Rash and for a few years, the only version of Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo you could get on console).

And to be honest, Sonic CD is still to this day my favorite Sonic of the 16-bit era (Sonic 2 being a close second). I have two copies for my Sega CD, having recently found a pack-in version at the local thrift, as well as the HD version on Steam, the 360 and my tablet (got that one free). But I still play with my Sega CD version from time to time.

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I remember the first Genny I got was the model 1, back around 1992 I recall. Played the likes of Sword of Vermillion, Taz and Road Rash. Later got a model 2 (my nephews wanted a game console but their parents couldn’t afford one; I got talked into giving them mine :) and really got into Sonic 1 and 2, more Road Rash and probably my favorite from the time, EA’s Virtual Pinball.

But to be honest, my big favorites were from the Genesis add-on Sega CD. Earthworm Jim Special Edition, Snatcher, Lunar The Silver Star and Eternal Blue, Panic!, Silpheed, Popful Mail and of course, Sonic CD. This device wasn’t ALL about crappy FMV.

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In this day and age….maybe as a limited edition :).

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I suppose there’s next to no chance of seeing a new (or even HD versions) of No One Lives Forever?

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It does look like it’ll be fun to try. I remember attempting to “create” music using an old Mtv Music Generator program for my computer, maybe around 2002 I think?

The only thing that escaped that experiment was a piece I put up on YouTube some 3 years ago that I paired up with the cartoon at the beginning of Sonic CD for the Sega CD.

It isn’t very good, but what the heck; how many people see it on YouTube?

(btw; if y’all wanna ruin your ears, here it lurks…

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Oh, and after having watched that video, I’d like to go on record that, if I EVER meet the developer of Autotune on one of my walks, I am going unhesitatingly punch him dead in the face.

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I have a digital download of Oneechanbara for the 360 (got it for $2.99). Frankly, I found it repetitive, boring and for some odd reason it gave me motionsickness after about 15 minutes of play.

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It’s been getting a little tougher lately with the TV shows out there encouraging speculators to harvest the thrifts, but when I go on my local walks every day (doctor’s orders :) I just make sure that the two closest thrifts are stops on my walks.

After that it’s just pure luck combined with knowing what you’re looking at; you wouldn’t believe how many people have looked at some of these things and skipped them because they didn’t have a name like Apple or Microsoft, or something they’ve heard of. I have a complete Falcon 4.0 binder with all the booklets, maps and paperwork, as well as the disc, I picked up for 90 cents because the people setting it out put it in the book section, thinking it was just another book.

And that VGA Box? The same place has a blue gumdrop style IMac, no keyboard or mouse, and it’s running OS 9.2 for $29.99. They’ve had it for a couple of months and won’t change the price because they think that the Apple name will sell itself.

And if it was a recent model Mac, it most assuredly would. But this thing came out in 1999.

So price-wise, I rely a lot on the pricer’s ignorance of what they’re pricing. That way I get a lot of cool stuff for gaming or computing on the cheap.

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The VGA Box unit itself is pretty long (of course, perhaps they wanted it to match the Gigantor XBox itself :). The stuff at the side is a VGA cord; the unit itself has two VGA outlets in the back; one for this cord and the other to allow the monitor to pass through, if you have it hooked up directly to your computer.

The smaller cord is an audio cable so you can have your computer’s sound card play XBox audio.

All in all, it fills the box out.

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Not much found this time at the thrifts, but at least one of these will make it much easier for me to capture older game footage.

The VGA Box I found at The Salvation Army earlier today. I saw it behind the counter and when I saw “VGA Box” I assumed it was for the Sega Dreamcast, While I have one of those I bought back in 2001, the switch is defective and no longer works.

Had no idea they were made for other consoles, like the original XBox in this case. So I saw the $4.99 on it and thought I may buy it. The clincher is that they had a sale going on that reduced the price down to 69 cents.

When I looked inside, I found it hadn’t even been used. When I get more time I’ll try it out.

The other thing is an AverMedia Analog USB Video Capture, from 2009. It’s designed to capture footage from a video camera or VCR onto the computer, but the 3rd function was what interested me. It specified that you could use it to do video capture on any video game console.

I’m primarily interested in creating videos of older consoles’ games, so this should fit the bill nicely. I tried it out earlier with a test video from an Activision Atari 2600 collection that plugs into the TV; did all right.

Best part? It too hadn’t been used, and cost me only $2.99. When I get more time I hope to finally start doing short game play videos of older cart games under The Relic name. I’ve been wanting to do that for awhile now, and hopefully I can get some done up soon.

Worth a shot.

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Yeah, my primary reason for using AMD boils down to price, and I can still do what I want to do with it.

I am going to be helping my nephew as he builds his first computer; most likely he’ll be using an Intel i5, since he already has a motherboard that supports 1150 CPUs (and he has more money to blow on it than I have…ah, youth :).

After I mentioned the “oops” errors going away last night, wouldn’t you know they’ve made a repeat performance today…weird.

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