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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    Yeah GB games that use batteries just need to be done using a replacement pre-tabbed battery. They can be purchased in bulk for decent prices if you do a lot of them. But I would likely go to my local retro shop around the corner and have them hook me up if I needed it done on my portable games. As they also do battery replacements in games and consoles along with repairs (Accept for the ones they hand to me to do LOL!).
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I actually did a video on how to do this and even show a method of using another battery that you solder in parallel to the original so you can keep the save files while you do the transplant on most games.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I also primarily use my flashcarts for homebrew WIP games as well to check them out and have been known to test those WIP games pretty heavily to help in their development as well. But another good use of the flashcarts that you actually mentioned above was with rare games. Yes, you can get the roms for rare games to play them. But I use that as a means to determine if a rare game is actually a game I want to pursue. Or to play a game I've heard others talk about that I've never played to see if it a game I would like to pick up in physical form someday. So I like to think of flashcarts as a try before I buy option as well.
    As for the money and space required to collect? Yeah...it isn't cheap especially when you get to the point that all of the commons have been gotten and now you have to look at the rare stuff. But then again, I've been collecting now for 20 years and now with my 4th house I have one big enough to house my collection mostly to be on display. In the future it definitely will be once my boys have no further use for their rooms. The point is that this wasn't done overnight for most of us and we have what we have from hunting for deals or making connections with others looking to get out of one hobby and go into another or wanting to sell their collection for one system to use towards collecting towards another. And I will say this..
    If you are looking at a game and thinking you might want that in the future and you have the means to purchase it now. You should probably do it because I've not seen these getting any cheaper since I've started collecting and they have mostly all gone up in price/value as we all get older.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in FINALLY GOT ONE!!!!!   
    There are two versions of the McWill and which you get depends on which model you have. The Model 1 that @Atari Creep purchased is more of a challenge to install the McWill into mainly due to the fact that the LCD on that model is part of the mainboard itself so aligning the replacement screen can be more than fun..
    I've installed quite a few of these and the McWill is excellent no doubt! However, when I want to just pick up my Lynx to play a game on it for a bit, I will usually reach for my BennVenn LCD modded on instead as the max brightness of the McWill screen is harsh after a while to me. In fact, if I do play on my McWill modded Lynx, I'm always using the pseudo scan-line mode to bring the brightness down a tad on it.
    So if you don't need the VGA output of the McWill, I do feel that in most cases, the BennVenn kit is the better route for most Lynx gamers. It is a cheaper kit since it doesn't provide VGA output ability, and you can adjust the brightness on it using the backlight button to 7 levels plus pseudo scan-lines just like the McWill screen. There are differences in the way games look between them, but if you didn't point them out to someone, they likely wouldn't be able to tell the difference between one or the other aside from the brightness levels.
    I've also been told though I've not tested it myself, that the BennVenn screen is more power efficient and thus batteries last longer with that LCD kit as well.
    Regardless of which model LCD kit a person should choose, you cannot go wrong with either and the difference between them like watching your favorite movie on VHS for years and then watching what it really should look like on Blu-Ray on a nice modern TV.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    With the exception of the NES most of my flash carts only have a few games loaded up on them with the games I play or use most in testing systems. In fact my flash carts normally live on my workbench since it is nice to have 1 cart with several roms to test different things for the systems vs needing a pile of them stacked up for that purpose. I do have shelves and shelves full of games as can been seen in my earlier postings about my game room.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    With the exception of the NES most of my flash carts only have a few games loaded up on them with the games I play or use most in testing systems. In fact my flash carts normally live on my workbench since it is nice to have 1 cart with several roms to test different things for the systems vs needing a pile of them stacked up for that purpose. I do have shelves and shelves full of games as can been seen in my earlier postings about my game room.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I won't lie, a few of my Saturn games up on the shelf are very tempting to part with given the current prices for some of them as compared to what I paid for them. I have a few prototypes that I don't think I could ever part with. Not because they are unreleased games, but because they were my finds and I'm not likely to find them again. But I can easily say that over 90% of my entire collection is more for shelf display than actual play. I have flash carts for my most played systems so I don't have to pull out the actual carts to play the games. But still I hold onto them in case such a time comes that I'm in need for the money I might get from some of them.
    (Looking over again at MKR for the Saturn)...
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I won't lie, a few of my Saturn games up on the shelf are very tempting to part with given the current prices for some of them as compared to what I paid for them. I have a few prototypes that I don't think I could ever part with. Not because they are unreleased games, but because they were my finds and I'm not likely to find them again. But I can easily say that over 90% of my entire collection is more for shelf display than actual play. I have flash carts for my most played systems so I don't have to pull out the actual carts to play the games. But still I hold onto them in case such a time comes that I'm in need for the money I might get from some of them.
    (Looking over again at MKR for the Saturn)...
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Let's talk Crystal Castles on the Atari 2600.   
    I was not aware of the semi trak-ball conversion. I might have to give that a try but shame it isn't full analog and is still emulating joystick mode.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Let's talk Crystal Castles on the Atari 2600.   
    I did like playing the 2600 port quite a bit back in the day. Then again as it was never released for the 7800 that would have been he only port I would have had access to. I do have the XE conversion in cartridge form for my 5200 but the controls simply kill it. I don't know about the 2600 version, but I was advised sometime ago that the XE version of the game would have to be redone to allow for the 5200 trak-ball to work with it. Sucks because I like the game and the XE conversion on the 5200 looks and sounds pretty darn close but the controls...ugh...the controls. And it doesn't matter if you use digital or the CX52 controllers. It just doesn't control well.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Let's talk Crystal Castles on the Atari 2600.   
    I did like playing the 2600 port quite a bit back in the day. Then again as it was never released for the 7800 that would have been he only port I would have had access to. I do have the XE conversion in cartridge form for my 5200 but the controls simply kill it. I don't know about the 2600 version, but I was advised sometime ago that the XE version of the game would have to be redone to allow for the 5200 trak-ball to work with it. Sucks because I like the game and the XE conversion on the 5200 looks and sounds pretty darn close but the controls...ugh...the controls. And it doesn't matter if you use digital or the CX52 controllers. It just doesn't control well.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 69 is now finally edited and published for the masses. It has been WAY too long since I released a real video on my channel and the truth is that I've just been busy with other projects both in my real life and in our hobby. In addition, there just hadn't been that much I've had come in to be worked on that I didn't already cover in some aspect on my channel. That finally changed with a Colecovision sent in recently that will be undergoing some services and finally gave me an excuse to create another set of videos featuring the Colecovision on my channel. This first video is a simple one regarding Capacitor replacement. While replacing capacitors isn't anything new that I've shown, there are some tricks to be had on the CV in regards to how to disassemble and teardown the CV plus the caps hiding within the RF modulator that might get missed by those unfamiliar with the Colecovision. Enjoy!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    No it wasn't broken at all. In fact I didn't even have to do any cleaning to the mainboard it is overall in excellent condition. The client sent it in to have the works done to it and that included replacing the caps so I did. Because the caps in the RF modulator are usually missed when I've seen others sent to me that have had prior recaps done on them, I wanted to focus on that part mostly. 
    But to answer your question, no. There wasn't anything wrong with this CV. Then again, any old electronics has caps in them on a limited lifespan since they weren't designed to last more than about 20 or so years anyway.
    I honestly am not a fan of CV DK. The game that made me want to get a CV was the first time I played its port of Popeye and 2010 in emulation in the late 90s. I actually had test footage with Moon patrol and a few other games as once I get to playing for testing, I can easily spend an hour to two playing a few other games. But in the end I felt it was the one that most people who enjoyed the CV would have the most memory for. Another of my favorites on the CV is The Heist but again...not that iconic.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    In ITC#66 I go through the process of installing a UAV (Ultimate Atari Video) upgrade board into an Atari 5200. Yes, this was discussed and a video also made of this exact topic 33 videos ago. But I was never quite happy with the final results of that video and the fact that there seem to still be some confusion regarding the overall process of what is or isn't required to do this. So I took the opportunity to redo this with in a more detailed and hopefully more logical manner this time around. 
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Lynx Lounge   
    I could never get into Shadow of the Beast for any platform. I own the Genesis version and there was a version released for the PC as well back in the day. Just...never clicked with me. I think the main issue is that the combat is more about single timed punches or kicks and I've never been fond of games with cheap deaths of which, Shadow of the beast is famous for. 
    The previous game you covered, Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld is a different story. I think that game is great! Although I do tend to play my Genesis release of it more than the Lynx version.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Lynx Lounge   
    I could never get into Shadow of the Beast for any platform. I own the Genesis version and there was a version released for the PC as well back in the day. Just...never clicked with me. I think the main issue is that the combat is more about single timed punches or kicks and I've never been fond of games with cheap deaths of which, Shadow of the beast is famous for. 
    The previous game you covered, Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld is a different story. I think that game is great! Although I do tend to play my Genesis release of it more than the Lynx version.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Are video game-related things considered hobbies?   
    This is absolutely a hobby and pretty much has been since day 1 when Ralph released the original Odyssey to the masses in the early 70s. 
    I''ve been playing video games for pretty much as long as I can remember. I was born in the early 70s so I've had the pleasure to really see it grow from the novelty it was in the 70s to the industry behemoth it is today. But when I was a kid I didn't just play video games either. I rode my bike and hung out with my friends on a near daily basis. I was in plastic model making and did that as well. I also read books (at least back them...LOL). But I also played my Atari daily for an hour or so  as well. As long as my homework was done, my school grades were good and my behavior was acceptable....video games weren't a problem for me or my parents.
    My mother was into them as much as I was back then. She would never admit it then or now, but after I went to bed I could always hear space invaders, Ms. Pac-Man, Defender or Sea Quest being played. My mother still plays games on her DS and PC to this day. 
    People who read and collect books consider that a hobby. Video games are NO different. The medium and presentation is different. But we are engaging our minds in the same similar way. You read a book and your mind imagines the words you read into places and scenarios that play out as if you were there. Video games do the same only visually. 
    As for video games promoting gambling...that is a funny one. I've never been interested in gambling and is one of the reasons I'm one of the few techs in my company who is gaming licensed to work in the Casinos and on their POS equipment. Because they know there is no risk of me gambling at our customer sites. I work hard for the money I make and I'm not okay with burning it into a machine. I'm okay with a one time purchase and being able to play that game as much as I want on the hardware it is designed to work on for as long as the game and hardware are able to do so.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Are video game-related things considered hobbies?   
    This is absolutely a hobby and pretty much has been since day 1 when Ralph released the original Odyssey to the masses in the early 70s. 
    I''ve been playing video games for pretty much as long as I can remember. I was born in the early 70s so I've had the pleasure to really see it grow from the novelty it was in the 70s to the industry behemoth it is today. But when I was a kid I didn't just play video games either. I rode my bike and hung out with my friends on a near daily basis. I was in plastic model making and did that as well. I also read books (at least back them...LOL). But I also played my Atari daily for an hour or so  as well. As long as my homework was done, my school grades were good and my behavior was acceptable....video games weren't a problem for me or my parents.
    My mother was into them as much as I was back then. She would never admit it then or now, but after I went to bed I could always hear space invaders, Ms. Pac-Man, Defender or Sea Quest being played. My mother still plays games on her DS and PC to this day. 
    People who read and collect books consider that a hobby. Video games are NO different. The medium and presentation is different. But we are engaging our minds in the same similar way. You read a book and your mind imagines the words you read into places and scenarios that play out as if you were there. Video games do the same only visually. 
    As for video games promoting gambling...that is a funny one. I've never been interested in gambling and is one of the reasons I'm one of the few techs in my company who is gaming licensed to work in the Casinos and on their POS equipment. Because they know there is no risk of me gambling at our customer sites. I work hard for the money I make and I'm not okay with burning it into a machine. I'm okay with a one time purchase and being able to play that game as much as I want on the hardware it is designed to work on for as long as the game and hardware are able to do so.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    No it wasn't broken at all. In fact I didn't even have to do any cleaning to the mainboard it is overall in excellent condition. The client sent it in to have the works done to it and that included replacing the caps so I did. Because the caps in the RF modulator are usually missed when I've seen others sent to me that have had prior recaps done on them, I wanted to focus on that part mostly. 
    But to answer your question, no. There wasn't anything wrong with this CV. Then again, any old electronics has caps in them on a limited lifespan since they weren't designed to last more than about 20 or so years anyway.
    I honestly am not a fan of CV DK. The game that made me want to get a CV was the first time I played its port of Popeye and 2010 in emulation in the late 90s. I actually had test footage with Moon patrol and a few other games as once I get to playing for testing, I can easily spend an hour to two playing a few other games. But in the end I felt it was the one that most people who enjoyed the CV would have the most memory for. Another of my favorites on the CV is The Heist but again...not that iconic.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    No it wasn't broken at all. In fact I didn't even have to do any cleaning to the mainboard it is overall in excellent condition. The client sent it in to have the works done to it and that included replacing the caps so I did. Because the caps in the RF modulator are usually missed when I've seen others sent to me that have had prior recaps done on them, I wanted to focus on that part mostly. 
    But to answer your question, no. There wasn't anything wrong with this CV. Then again, any old electronics has caps in them on a limited lifespan since they weren't designed to last more than about 20 or so years anyway.
    I honestly am not a fan of CV DK. The game that made me want to get a CV was the first time I played its port of Popeye and 2010 in emulation in the late 90s. I actually had test footage with Moon patrol and a few other games as once I get to playing for testing, I can easily spend an hour to two playing a few other games. But in the end I felt it was the one that most people who enjoyed the CV would have the most memory for. Another of my favorites on the CV is The Heist but again...not that iconic.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 69 is now finally edited and published for the masses. It has been WAY too long since I released a real video on my channel and the truth is that I've just been busy with other projects both in my real life and in our hobby. In addition, there just hadn't been that much I've had come in to be worked on that I didn't already cover in some aspect on my channel. That finally changed with a Colecovision sent in recently that will be undergoing some services and finally gave me an excuse to create another set of videos featuring the Colecovision on my channel. This first video is a simple one regarding Capacitor replacement. While replacing capacitors isn't anything new that I've shown, there are some tricks to be had on the CV in regards to how to disassemble and teardown the CV plus the caps hiding within the RF modulator that might get missed by those unfamiliar with the Colecovision. Enjoy!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 69 is now finally edited and published for the masses. It has been WAY too long since I released a real video on my channel and the truth is that I've just been busy with other projects both in my real life and in our hobby. In addition, there just hadn't been that much I've had come in to be worked on that I didn't already cover in some aspect on my channel. That finally changed with a Colecovision sent in recently that will be undergoing some services and finally gave me an excuse to create another set of videos featuring the Colecovision on my channel. This first video is a simple one regarding Capacitor replacement. While replacing capacitors isn't anything new that I've shown, there are some tricks to be had on the CV in regards to how to disassemble and teardown the CV plus the caps hiding within the RF modulator that might get missed by those unfamiliar with the Colecovision. Enjoy!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 69 is now finally edited and published for the masses. It has been WAY too long since I released a real video on my channel and the truth is that I've just been busy with other projects both in my real life and in our hobby. In addition, there just hadn't been that much I've had come in to be worked on that I didn't already cover in some aspect on my channel. That finally changed with a Colecovision sent in recently that will be undergoing some services and finally gave me an excuse to create another set of videos featuring the Colecovision on my channel. This first video is a simple one regarding Capacitor replacement. While replacing capacitors isn't anything new that I've shown, there are some tricks to be had on the CV in regards to how to disassemble and teardown the CV plus the caps hiding within the RF modulator that might get missed by those unfamiliar with the Colecovision. Enjoy!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    I was only aware of sega swirl as it was included with the web browser disc I had at the time that I could use. And I did then too as there were about 3 or 4 of us that would play PSO each night for several months. I still have my DC Keyboard somewhere although that came in a plain brown cardboard box from a Gamestop years ago so it was obviously like an OEM version or something that they were trying to get rid of back then. But again I got my DC after it had been discontinued so that would likely explain it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    I think I just used Discjuggler for most of them. I did create my own images to use with my MODE from my personal collection using AnyBurn for most of them. Volgarr was the one game I own physically that no matter what I used to make an image, I couldn't get it to work. That was when I found out that the actual image for the game to burn for yourself had been made available and that image file works on my MODE.
    See here...as again this available freely from the creators it would seem for personal play use.
    https://volgarr.rkd.zone/
     
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