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  1. RickR

    Star Trek Continues

    I know I'm way late to this party...this is now a few years old. But I just found it and I'm hooked. It's called "Star Trek Continues", and it's a free on YouTube. It's fan created Star Trek episodes. I know, right? Probably very nerdy. But no...this one is special. The acting is so-so, and pretty bad in spots...but oh my, did they ever capture the look and feel of the original series. Very great sets, lighting, costumes and props. Music from TOS. Effects that look very much like the remastered TOS. Stories that are meant to continue the 5 year mission of TOS. I've only watched 3 episodes so far, and I'm hooked. Some highlights so far: Episode one is a continuation of the "Apollo" character from the TOS episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?". It stars the same actor that originally played Apollo. Is that Marina Sirtis as the voice of the computer? YES it is! Episode two features Lou Ferrigno as a Orion slave trader who just happens to be GREEN! Episode three is set in the mirror universe and is a continuation of TOS "Mirror Mirror". Is that Michael Dorn as the ISS computer voice? Yep If you squint your eyes just a tiny amount...this really feels like the real deal. As I was watching episode two, my wife walked in and assumed it was indeed the real show..."What episode is this?". If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. And if you have, tell me what you think
  2. You are most welcome, my friend. As I mentioned in the note, my kids helped me pick a PS4 game because I know nothing about it. I really felt like getting you a game for your new console was critical. Enjoy and happy holidays!!!! I tried to carefully study your pictures and find boxed Atari games you did not have. It was a tough job, but happy to do it.
  3. Forget the cursing...you should apologize for the music! I"M KIDDING! Ha ha ha. That video was awesome, and nice job Santa NSG! Love it!
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    Win a Lego Commodore 64!

    Pretty dang sweet if you ask me. A working Commodore 64 in a Lego case WITH a Lego keyboard! Only two days left to enter! https://wn.nr/JwBYDG (Full disclosure - I get an entry if you enter using this link).
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    Star Trek Continues

    We've made through 3 episodes of "The Expanse", and it's good so far. Picking up steam. I just want to mention the obvious....we (my wife and I) are terrible at "binge-watching". It's just so hard to find time. So season one of The Expanse will probably take us a month to get through.
  6. Here is my typical path....
  7. Same deal here. The tracking for my package says "Out for Delivery", so check those mailboxes!
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    Thrift Store Finds

    Post and discuss cool retro items you find in the wild. Today I found these laser disks (Pioneer) for $2 each. I don't have a player, and I hear they are pretty finicky anyways...but I couldn't resist. Also a couple of Playstation AV cables for $0.50 each.
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    The No Swear Gamer

    That's a really good idea. There are so many versions, it would be nice to know which one is the best.
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    Star Trek Continues

    Well, I have some catching up to do. Thanks for all the links and updates. I'm currently watching the "continues" episodes. And we just started watching "The Expanse" (not Star Trek, but sci-fi). Those should keep me busy for a while.
  11. Really nice stuff. Who was your secret santa?
  12. Sounds good. I shall try it. Thanks.
  13. Who has tips for making it through the minefield section? That's where things always go wrong for me.
  14. 2' 19" 55 Getting a little better each time.
  15. "The Oregon Trail" handheld game by Basic Fun -- sold at Target. I got one on Black Friday and finally had a chance to play it this week. My overall impression: It's a lot of fun for those who remember the game. My high school had a lab full of Apple II computers that had this game, so I have fond memories. Maybe that's why I like it so much. The screen is very nice, and I like the solid/substantial buttons. My first attempt -- I lost two of five party members, but made it to Oregon. On the down side: It only plays one game. It's too bad they didn't add a few other classic MS-DOS or Apple II games. And the $25 price is way too high for what it is. I got it on BF for $16, and that feels like a much better price point. Here's and LGR review on Youtube too: Anyone else have one of these, and what did YOU think?
  16. Looks like mine will make out today too! Happy holidays to you all!!
  17. Hinty McHint: I just finished my Secret Santa shopping...now I wait for items to arrive. Then wrap and ship.
  18. Peace and blessings to all during this holiday season.  

    1. kamakazi20012


      Here here!!🍷

    2. Justin


      Peace and blessings to you also Rick, very thoughtful of you! ❄️

    3. MaximumRD


      Same to you and yours Rick.

  19. How about $30 of treats for Snarfle? Or a HO-Scale box car for Willie! I'm sure we can come up with something good for you, man!
  20. You may have the SwordQuest Water World prize --- NOTHING!
  21. Reminder: $30 limit.
  22. It would have been cool to see them use it even on games that didn't really need it. For example, it could have been used to pause, reset, start, select so you could do that from your seat instead of going back to the console on all the games that came after it's release.
  23. I wanted to share my experience here in creating a RetroPie machine. What is it? It's an emulation station created using a Raspberry Pi and an image called "RetroPie". It emulates a ton of different systems. I'm mostly interested in 2600, Vectrex, Lynx, MAME, NES, SNES, Genesis, and N64. It was really the SNES Classic that got me really interested in trying this. I play that one a lot, and it works well. It's small enough to take to friends' houses or parties. And it just plain works. I figured a system that could do even more systems would be even better. I've tried this before. A few years ago, I used a Rasp Pi version 1 and an old iCade to make a small "arcade" machine. It worked pretty well, but was pretty limited. That version of Raspberry Pi maxed out at the NES level. SNES games were very choppy. Older arcade games were fine, but anything beyond 1983 or so was choppy. I also ended up never getting that little arcade machine out. It was too cumbersome. So I decided to just create a new machine with just the Pi itself connected to our family room TV using DVI cable. The newest version of Pi has BlueTooth built in, meaning you can use a wireless PS3, PS4, etc controller with it. So here's what I bought: A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from Target (yes, they sell them at Target!) Price was $33.25 if you use their Red Card. A 32 GB micro SD card ($20 from Office Depot). I also bought a cheapo case on eBay, but it has not arrived yet. Setup was very simple. You have to have a keyboard for initial setup. But it's not needed after that. I'm also using a wired generic PC gamepad for now. It works nicely. So far, the games I've tried all work fine. 2600 games, for example, are emulated using "Stella". That works great. NES and SNES are both perfect. I have a lot more to try and play with. The UI is pretty nice. Not as nice as the SNES Classic. But nice enough. I really like how the UI is consistent for all emulation. The same hot-keys to save or exit work for all the different emulators. Suggestions: There's a newer model (3 Model B+) available that offers even better performance. But it isn't available at Target yet. If may be worth tracking that one down on-line. Some people go wild with some wild designs on these. Full-sized arcade machines, mini bar machines, etc, etc. I think those are really cool, but I don't have the time, space, or patience to do that yet. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be to get this up and working. Lots of help available on-line.
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    RetroPie - Raspberry Pi Emulation

    Have you checked out this documentation? https://retropie.org.uk/docs/Spinners,-Trackballs,-Lightguns,-and-other-Mouse-Devices/
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    RetroPie - Raspberry Pi Emulation

    Have you tried a real mouse? Attach a mouse and see if that works. If yes, it indicates a broken set of twisters I'm pretty sure the controller config for retropie allows you to set up a mouse as the x and y axis (instead of a joystick) I've seen people set up a Tron machine, which has both a joystick AND a spinner. So I highly encourage you put your issue on the Facebook group. It is fixable, and I don't think you need to edit any text files unless you want both a joystick and spinners.