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    CrossBow got a reaction from Rocker67 in Games your parents liked   
    Well my step-dad didn't play video games much, but he did like Galaga in the arcade and always had to play it when he saw it. Having said that, he would occasionally play space invaders with my mom and I. But it was my Mom that was the game junkie like I was. She would never admit it of course, but many a night after I was sent to bed, I would hear Ms. Pac-Man or Spider man, etc being  turned on and played. More than once my mother was able to turn the scores over on several games she would play. I can remember her maxing out Sea Quest and turning the score over in Ms. Pac-man on several occasions. We didn't really know about the patches and such you could send off for back then, but I think by this time 83' 84' timeframe, I doubt that the send in offers were still valid. My mother still plays games to this day, but pretty much only Bejeweled and Mahjong games these days on her PC or 3DS XL I gave her a few years ago to play in the living room.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    Surprised that the speakers aren't goofing with the CRT beams. They much be shielded I'm assuming? I've not gone into great detail too much about the AV setup in the game room, but I use an old (10years now) Yamaha 5.1 surround receiver that has 3 HDMI passthru inputs that comes in handy for the WiiU, PS3, PS4 etc. But I actually use an Extron 7SC for all the analog stuff. It can take pretty much every type of analog video signal and converts them all into a VGA output signal at whatever resolution and refresh I might want. That VGA signal goes into my OSSC and that in turn goes into one of the HDMI inputs on the receiver and back to the TV. As the HDMI are passthroughs, the receiver isn't doing any processing on its own so there isn't any additional lag introduced in using it thankfully. For my speakers, I have a hodge podge of stuff. I have some older Klipsch promedia 2.1 speakers as my satellites for rear channel that I mounted on the walls. We were using a Klipsch 5.1 surround system in the living room but when that was upgraded the center channel and sub were moved to the game room as well. For the front speakers in the game room I use an old pair of Roland MS-30 studio monitors. They are passive so they don't require external power and can be fed directly off the receiver. I just had to set the receiver into 6ohm mode. Luckily that doesn't seem to affect the other speakers too much that were 8ohm rated. I'm sure they would get blown if I cranked things up too much but that isn't likely to happen in the smallishness of the ITC game room.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Games your parents liked   
    Well my step-dad didn't play video games much, but he did like Galaga in the arcade and always had to play it when he saw it. Having said that, he would occasionally play space invaders with my mom and I. But it was my Mom that was the game junkie like I was. She would never admit it of course, but many a night after I was sent to bed, I would hear Ms. Pac-Man or Spider man, etc being  turned on and played. More than once my mother was able to turn the scores over on several games she would play. I can remember her maxing out Sea Quest and turning the score over in Ms. Pac-man on several occasions. We didn't really know about the patches and such you could send off for back then, but I think by this time 83' 84' timeframe, I doubt that the send in offers were still valid. My mother still plays games to this day, but pretty much only Bejeweled and Mahjong games these days on her PC or 3DS XL I gave her a few years ago to play in the living room.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Gorf Complete for the 2600?   
    Don't forget to purchase an AtariVox when this game does become available so you can get all the arcade speech as well! John's release of Wizard of Wor arcade for the 2600 is one of the best home ports of the game released! It is really really good and has all the speech from the arcade also provided you have an AVox for your Atari. I've not purchased all of their games as many of them either aren't favorites of mine and I don't really see me playing them on the 2600. But I do own Mappy, WOW, and Galagon. Although that last one is more of a shelf piece as I have the actual Galaga arcade cocktail game in the center of my game room to fire up and play the real deal at any time! 😉
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Rescue on Fractalus Remake   
    hehe...I was first playing this over a year ago before the new 1.0 release. But yes, this is a wonderful version of the game updated to modern standards. The ship cockpit and lighting especially are great. However, the aliens show up in place of pilots a bit earlier than I recall in the original game and also seem to be MUCH more frequent compared to the original game as well. Also, I don't recall ever seeing an ACE pilot that I saved in this latest version but I could have sworn they were in the previous version of this guys release? 
     
    But yes, if you enjoyed the first game at all, this really is a must play and as it is free why not?!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Rescue on Fractalus Remake   
    hehe...I was first playing this over a year ago before the new 1.0 release. But yes, this is a wonderful version of the game updated to modern standards. The ship cockpit and lighting especially are great. However, the aliens show up in place of pilots a bit earlier than I recall in the original game and also seem to be MUCH more frequent compared to the original game as well. Also, I don't recall ever seeing an ACE pilot that I saved in this latest version but I could have sworn they were in the previous version of this guys release? 
     
    But yes, if you enjoyed the first game at all, this really is a must play and as it is free why not?!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Rocker67 in Gorf Complete for the 2600?   
    Don't forget to purchase an AtariVox when this game does become available so you can get all the arcade speech as well! John's release of Wizard of Wor arcade for the 2600 is one of the best home ports of the game released! It is really really good and has all the speech from the arcade also provided you have an AVox for your Atari. I've not purchased all of their games as many of them either aren't favorites of mine and I don't really see me playing them on the 2600. But I do own Mappy, WOW, and Galagon. Although that last one is more of a shelf piece as I have the actual Galaga arcade cocktail game in the center of my game room to fire up and play the real deal at any time! 😉
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from TrekMD in Gorf Complete for the 2600?   
    Don't forget to purchase an AtariVox when this game does become available so you can get all the arcade speech as well! John's release of Wizard of Wor arcade for the 2600 is one of the best home ports of the game released! It is really really good and has all the speech from the arcade also provided you have an AVox for your Atari. I've not purchased all of their games as many of them either aren't favorites of mine and I don't really see me playing them on the 2600. But I do own Mappy, WOW, and Galagon. Although that last one is more of a shelf piece as I have the actual Galaga arcade cocktail game in the center of my game room to fire up and play the real deal at any time! 😉
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in The 7800 Concerto Cart is Here   
    Ballblazer is the only 7800 game that ONLY uses pokey for audio. Commando, uses the TIA for sound effects and the percussion while the pokey handles all the melodies in the background music. So if you were to fire up Commando, you would hear that it too is missing something in the audio.
    While I don't have it yet, I did pre-order for the Dragonfly cart and decided to go all in with a fully kitted one.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Rank the best 2600 arcade conversions   
    I seem to recall that Atari higher ups had a thing against the games having black backgrounds. That is one of the reasons why the actual 2600 Pac-Man release has a blue background instead of black. I think I read that from Todd Frye somewhere?
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Rank the best 2600 arcade conversions   
    I seem to recall that Atari higher ups had a thing against the games having black backgrounds. That is one of the reasons why the actual 2600 Pac-Man release has a blue background instead of black. I think I read that from Todd Frye somewhere?
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in Rank the best 2600 arcade conversions   
    What about Kangaroo? At the time it was pretty close in capturing the gameplay of the arcade. And I see that Star Wars: TAG was mentioned and it should be because it is a technical marvel to see all of the arcade elements of that game running on a 2600.
    But I voted for the Official Frogger as it is just an amazing port in ever aspect to see running on the 2600 hardware! You have to realize that the Supercharger was only adding RAM for the system to work with that it didn't possess internally. So realizing that, and seeing what the 2600 can do with more RAM to work with, can you even begin to imagine some of the amazing stuff that would have come out back then? It would have taken until the NES to possibly really dethrone it back then.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Genesis fans-- WHY do you think your system is better than the SNES?   
    As an example of what I was talking about before in regards to the SNES audio vs Genesis. This right here is what I'm talking about!
     
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Genesis fans-- WHY do you think your system is better than the SNES?   
    Well, I never owned either when they were new back in the day because I was already part of the PC Master Race at that time. I got both as part of retro gaming and collecting in the early 2000s. But I'm much more of a fan of the Genesis than the SNES. For me the Genesis just has more of the games I like to play. More arcade like games as it were. Having said that I own both now because they each do certain games better than the other and in some instances, where cross platform for a game exists, again one of them could be better than the other in some regards.
    But, My Genesis library of games is MUCH larger than SNES. Why you might ask? Well, for one, the Genesis stuff is easier to collect for or at least it was 20 years ago because the SNES titles that command the money they do today, also commanded some serious money even 20 years ago. I haven't priced SNES stuff lately, but compared to Genesis they were always more expensive. So what I've done over the years is that there are games that are exclusive or play better on the SNES and I own those games. But then I tend to buy all games for the Genesis because it was easier to get them and for less money.
    If I want to play Chrono trigger or Zelda LTTP I'm firing up the SNES. I want to play a side scrolling beat em up or a shooter, and you can be sure the Genesis is getting fired up for that. If I want to play Sunset riders I will likely fire up the SNES. If I want to play some Turtles, I'm more likely to fire up Hperstone Heist. 
    The Genesis is turned on and played much more often than my SNES or NES are. But I'm much more likely to play on the NES vs my SMS. So I was never part of the war and for me, it is about playing a particular game on whichever system it is best on or that I prefer to play it on.
    But I will tell you right now, that I have always preferred the Genesis FM sound over the muddy and tinny sounding wavetable that the SNES does. And trust me, I know what wavetable is supposed to sound like as again during my PC Master race tiemframe of the 90s, I was using Roland modules with my PC for music back then and the SNES was not to my liking on most of the music. There are a few games that sound really good but I've also heard some of those games covered on the Genesis and prefer the Genesis version when I hear it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Rank the best 2600 arcade conversions   
    What about Kangaroo? At the time it was pretty close in capturing the gameplay of the arcade. And I see that Star Wars: TAG was mentioned and it should be because it is a technical marvel to see all of the arcade elements of that game running on a 2600.
    But I voted for the Official Frogger as it is just an amazing port in ever aspect to see running on the 2600 hardware! You have to realize that the Supercharger was only adding RAM for the system to work with that it didn't possess internally. So realizing that, and seeing what the 2600 can do with more RAM to work with, can you even begin to imagine some of the amazing stuff that would have come out back then? It would have taken until the NES to possibly really dethrone it back then.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Rank the best 2600 arcade conversions   
    What about Kangaroo? At the time it was pretty close in capturing the gameplay of the arcade. And I see that Star Wars: TAG was mentioned and it should be because it is a technical marvel to see all of the arcade elements of that game running on a 2600.
    But I voted for the Official Frogger as it is just an amazing port in ever aspect to see running on the 2600 hardware! You have to realize that the Supercharger was only adding RAM for the system to work with that it didn't possess internally. So realizing that, and seeing what the 2600 can do with more RAM to work with, can you even begin to imagine some of the amazing stuff that would have come out back then? It would have taken until the NES to possibly really dethrone it back then.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Genesis fans-- WHY do you think your system is better than the SNES?   
    Well, I never owned either when they were new back in the day because I was already part of the PC Master Race at that time. I got both as part of retro gaming and collecting in the early 2000s. But I'm much more of a fan of the Genesis than the SNES. For me the Genesis just has more of the games I like to play. More arcade like games as it were. Having said that I own both now because they each do certain games better than the other and in some instances, where cross platform for a game exists, again one of them could be better than the other in some regards.
    But, My Genesis library of games is MUCH larger than SNES. Why you might ask? Well, for one, the Genesis stuff is easier to collect for or at least it was 20 years ago because the SNES titles that command the money they do today, also commanded some serious money even 20 years ago. I haven't priced SNES stuff lately, but compared to Genesis they were always more expensive. So what I've done over the years is that there are games that are exclusive or play better on the SNES and I own those games. But then I tend to buy all games for the Genesis because it was easier to get them and for less money.
    If I want to play Chrono trigger or Zelda LTTP I'm firing up the SNES. I want to play a side scrolling beat em up or a shooter, and you can be sure the Genesis is getting fired up for that. If I want to play Sunset riders I will likely fire up the SNES. If I want to play some Turtles, I'm more likely to fire up Hperstone Heist. 
    The Genesis is turned on and played much more often than my SNES or NES are. But I'm much more likely to play on the NES vs my SMS. So I was never part of the war and for me, it is about playing a particular game on whichever system it is best on or that I prefer to play it on.
    But I will tell you right now, that I have always preferred the Genesis FM sound over the muddy and tinny sounding wavetable that the SNES does. And trust me, I know what wavetable is supposed to sound like as again during my PC Master race tiemframe of the 90s, I was using Roland modules with my PC for music back then and the SNES was not to my liking on most of the music. There are a few games that sound really good but I've also heard some of those games covered on the Genesis and prefer the Genesis version when I hear it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Genesis fans-- WHY do you think your system is better than the SNES?   
    Well, I never owned either when they were new back in the day because I was already part of the PC Master Race at that time. I got both as part of retro gaming and collecting in the early 2000s. But I'm much more of a fan of the Genesis than the SNES. For me the Genesis just has more of the games I like to play. More arcade like games as it were. Having said that I own both now because they each do certain games better than the other and in some instances, where cross platform for a game exists, again one of them could be better than the other in some regards.
    But, My Genesis library of games is MUCH larger than SNES. Why you might ask? Well, for one, the Genesis stuff is easier to collect for or at least it was 20 years ago because the SNES titles that command the money they do today, also commanded some serious money even 20 years ago. I haven't priced SNES stuff lately, but compared to Genesis they were always more expensive. So what I've done over the years is that there are games that are exclusive or play better on the SNES and I own those games. But then I tend to buy all games for the Genesis because it was easier to get them and for less money.
    If I want to play Chrono trigger or Zelda LTTP I'm firing up the SNES. I want to play a side scrolling beat em up or a shooter, and you can be sure the Genesis is getting fired up for that. If I want to play Sunset riders I will likely fire up the SNES. If I want to play some Turtles, I'm more likely to fire up Hperstone Heist. 
    The Genesis is turned on and played much more often than my SNES or NES are. But I'm much more likely to play on the NES vs my SMS. So I was never part of the war and for me, it is about playing a particular game on whichever system it is best on or that I prefer to play it on.
    But I will tell you right now, that I have always preferred the Genesis FM sound over the muddy and tinny sounding wavetable that the SNES does. And trust me, I know what wavetable is supposed to sound like as again during my PC Master race tiemframe of the 90s, I was using Roland modules with my PC for music back then and the SNES was not to my liking on most of the music. There are a few games that sound really good but I've also heard some of those games covered on the Genesis and prefer the Genesis version when I hear it.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in The No Swear Gamer   
    Easily remedied... 😉
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from TrekMD in The Arecibo Observatory is being demolished   
    I believe I read somewhere that it happened at night and there aren't many that actually live that close to it. But again had read that some who did live in the area did hear it crash and apparently it actually registered on seismographs in the area as well when it collapsed. 
    I guess they weren't kidding that it wasn't safe to repair it?! Have they confirmed whether another cable snapped from tower 4 that causes this yet? I has seen a YT vid yesterday from Scott Manly where it stated it was a chain reaction caused by a 3rd cable breaking overnight. 
    This also answers the question I had about how they were planning to dismantle it safely if it wasn't safe enough to repair? Looks like time and physics answered that question for us. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in The Arecibo Observatory is being demolished   
    I believe I read somewhere that it happened at night and there aren't many that actually live that close to it. But again had read that some who did live in the area did hear it crash and apparently it actually registered on seismographs in the area as well when it collapsed. 
    I guess they weren't kidding that it wasn't safe to repair it?! Have they confirmed whether another cable snapped from tower 4 that causes this yet? I has seen a YT vid yesterday from Scott Manly where it stated it was a chain reaction caused by a 3rd cable breaking overnight. 
    This also answers the question I had about how they were planning to dismantle it safely if it wasn't safe enough to repair? Looks like time and physics answered that question for us. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in Lynx Lounge   
    I've not played the original Viking Child game and honestly, until your video I didn't know there were any other versions of the game. So yeah in watching your video the first thing that started to spring to my mind on its game play is that it mimics WB: Monster World quite a bit. 
    And on the sound effects being the same as Switchblade II, I also started checking it out and found out that a LOT of Lynx games tend to use the same set of sound effects but I guess I just hadn't really noticed it that much before now.
    I think Switchblade II is one of the few Lynx games I've played all the way through but I also am pretty sure I took advantage of the cheats in that game to do so.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in T:ME SALVO Extravaganza   
    @nosweargamer Vinnie has been around awhile and the 7800 has been his retro console of choice since I knew of him back in the JoseQ's Emuviews days. 
    Good point about his lack of a homepage link, but I hadn't noticed until you said this because I use the back button more than anything these days and especially so as my mouse has a back button on it LOL. 
    @Funkmaster V NSG has a point and you should have links to go back to the homepage, back to the reviews section, etc. Both at the top of the page and bottom of the pages. Would make it much easier for those checking out your site to be able to navigate through all of its content you have to offer!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    Very cool! I still need Water Ski and Tank Command. The rest I've just been lazy and hadn't picked them up knowing I could at about anytime I wanted. But I know that for me at least with these two Froggo released titles, they would just be shelf pieces as I would never want to actually play the games. So due to that, I'm more hesitant to drop the $ on them for the time being.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in T:ME SALVO Extravaganza   
    @nosweargamer Vinnie has been around awhile and the 7800 has been his retro console of choice since I knew of him back in the JoseQ's Emuviews days. 
    Good point about his lack of a homepage link, but I hadn't noticed until you said this because I use the back button more than anything these days and especially so as my mouse has a back button on it LOL. 
    @Funkmaster V NSG has a point and you should have links to go back to the homepage, back to the reviews section, etc. Both at the top of the page and bottom of the pages. Would make it much easier for those checking out your site to be able to navigate through all of its content you have to offer!
     
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