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  1. When there just isn't enough racing on cable TV. I just now stumbled across this and thought I would share. Well done video. Hats off to the editor.
  2. I tried grabbing a screenshot but for some reason it wasn't working right. Once you install the game you will have to register an account with Trackmania through the game. Once that is done, use your login credentials to sign in. The first menu screen you should see will have ways to play the game solo or online on the left. If you look on the right you should see items where you can share or add friends. You will want to click on the one that adds friends. When you click on that you will then enter their nickname registered with Trackmania. For those that play this game, and wish to add me, I go by the same nickname I use here...kamakazi20012. Just make sure the spelling and case setting are correct. You guys are always welcome to add me as a friend in video games you play online and, if I have them, I will gladly join in for some hang time. I do, however, have to express that I might not be the best at every game and my wife comes first. When she needs me my inactivity from helping her can take a bit...sometimes as long as 10 minutes or more. It's also why I suggested Minetest as well. It's a simple, relaxing, digital LEGO-isk world, if you will, where you can do what ever your imagination thinks of. Want to build a castle? It's doable. Need help building a bridge to connect two mountains? It can be done. Games like Minetest/Minecraft work best for me for the reason mentioned above because I don't have to worry about being kicked off for inactivity. While I'm away others can continue to play, build, do whatever, and I can play catch-up when I return. There's no time frame or time limit in the game. The same for Trackmania, too.
  3. How weird. It's why I was pointing out the bottom because it isn't really a demo. Good to know.
  4. I got this message on my Steam account as soon as I loaded it up today. I thought it was a cool idea and thought I would pass it along to you guys. To help Australia, Humble has put together a Steam game bundle pack that contains over $400 worth of software for just $25. 100% of the money spent will go to Australia to aid people and animals affected by the Australia fires. So if anyone here has Steam and would like to increase their library this is a good way to do it. Just thought I'd pass it along. https://www.humblebundle.com/games/australia-fire-relief
  5. Nope...wrong one, RickR. Scroll down farther to the small print.
  6. For those that have always wondered about Minecraft but never had the funds for it there is an open source alternative. Enter Minetest, the only open source and completely free voxel block building game. https://www.minetest.net/ This game is available for all kinds of system setups and OS versions. And you don't need a million-dollar computer to play it. Single player modes Survival and Creative are available and any player has the option to host their server for some multiplayer fun. There's also a Wiki page for those wanting to know more about it. https://wiki.minetest.net/Main_Page I thought I would share this with other members here. There are lots of add-ons in the form of mods for this game which are free as well.
  7. My favorite track on the SNES version is Silence. I don't care if I'm in the hospital...I will join in on the next F-ZERO challenge. I plan on trying to pick up the N64 F-ZERO sometime.
  8. I don't own any CEDs or players, sadly. All that stuff got ransacked when mom passed away in 1998. Her funeral was in another town at least 4 hours away from where she lived. Before I could get back to retrieve some things someone one broke in the house and took some items then destroyed what they couldn't take. But, yes, CEDs are the record-like videodiscs. I owned 7 players. Three of them were SJT-100 mono models, 1 was an older SGT-100. It wasn't self-loading. I had two SJT-200 stereo models and an SGT-200 which was also a stereo model but lacked the self-loading mech. All of them played very well for their age. My personal player was one of the SJT-100. The other three just like it came from my grandmother, my aunt that lived with us, and my cousin. All of which were put under my grandmother's bed to be forgot about. I finally got brave and asked about them shortly before my mother passed. Dust city but they still functioned. The movies combined from all family members totaled over 1,000 titles, some were duplicates so if one didn't want to play I had other copies that did. My family always wondered if there was a way to clean them so they would play better. I spent years trying various methods. One method I discovered did clean them where they would play again but it also removed the oil coating that protected both the disc and the stylus during playback. I ruined a needle just playing a disc after I cleaned it. I found a somewhat solution to that problem when my grandmother's sowing machine oil spilled on a disc I just cleaned. I wiped off what I could but it spread all over the disc surface. It offered protection, and the discs did play, but the spin slung any excess oil all over the inside of the player. Imagine that mess. It did save a movie I had that refused to play that was the only one like it, without a duplicate, in that collection. I never shared my findings with any one. I'd love to get my hands on an RCA player and some CEDs again. Great animated films on those things.
  9. Believe it or not, VHS did see a short-lived HD addition to the format...but it was very costly. LD was the better of the analog video formats...it just was a more expensive way of obtaining movies and playing them. I had three movies decades ago on LD before I gave up on the format. Those were Independence Day in a nice, double album-like cover. Gorgeous artwork. Heavy Metal was in a chrome cover with a plan, ordinary, clear plastic sleeve. And I had one more movie I can't remember the name of now. But I do have to hand it to laserdisc for bringing over what people liked about vinyl audio LPs over to LD. There simply isn't another physical format that allows you to enjoy the packaging as well as the movie contained on the disc. The only thing VHS allowed for was recording your favorite shows from their TV broadcasts...something the other formats didn't do for consumers. There were LD recorders but those were mostly used by stations and such. If you use VHS on a standard definition TV they really are not all that bad. Laserdiscs are great for those widescreen presentations but, again, play best on cathode-ray TVs...and there are a few of those that were widescreen models. I know for a fact Sanyo made one with a crap load of connectors on it that eventually became popular choices. Believe it or not, VHS was also used for multi-track audio recording. I knew someone in my home state that owned a 16-track recorder that used standard VHS tapes to record on. Weird gadget but the sound was impressive. Space? Yea, VHS takes up more space than DVD/BD for sure. But take up far less space than those CEDs RCA came out with. I don't how many CED movies my family owned but it was in the 1,000s total as I inherited those when they switched to VHS. Hauling just the movies caused my friend's truck to sag on the backend and we had to make two trips simply because his truck couldn't tolerate the weight of those things. Those things weigh a ton and just 10 movies alone can cause a weak shelf to bow. We never stored those movies on shelving...they were best kept on closet floors. A large tote full of VHS movies is light compared to those things. But I still like the CED format. Some rare movies not found on today's formats resides on that old format. Unlike you, RickR, hi-def stuff is nice but I'm a bit old fashioned when it comes to movies and TV shows. I don't mind having to flip a disc over or dealing with tape-eating machines. I'm use to it. Besides, even the earliest DVDs only put out 480. As long as I have a decent stereo TV I will continue to enjoy VHS and LD. They are nice to have. LDs I only have about 10 movies, some my family and I could never find on VHS. It's the only format I've been able to find The Glenn Miller Story, one of my favorites. And no commercials!
  10. Hey Guys, I'm posting this here because I found a free racing game with online and party abilities called Trackmania. I thought it would be neat to have a PC game I can play with Atari IO members. You can also design tracks on the free version and it has solo play as well. https://trackmania.com/ Simply visit the page, scroll down to the Trackmania Forever banner and click on that. At the bottom of the next page, on the right, you can get the FREE version or opt to buy the Universe version. The Free one will be above the one to buy. PC Requirements are pretty low. Operating system: Windows XP SP2/Vista SP1/Windows 7 CPU: Pentium IV 1.6GHz / AMD Athlon XP1600+ RAM: 256 MB (XP) or 512 MB (Vista/7) 3D graphics card: 16 MB, 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound card: 16 bit DirectX compatible Hard drive: 1.7 GB free disk space Check it out and I hope to see you guys on the tracks!
  11. Return To Castle Wolfenstein and Final Fantasy X2 would have made that trip worth it for me. Those were once top games.
  12. The only thing that keeps me hanging on to the older video formats are the movies on them and the price. VHS movies are easily found for the prices I mentioned earlier...some can be found brand new, never been opened. I found ET and Jurassic Park still sealed for dollar each. The movies I enjoy watching the most either never made it to DVD or were some of the first initial DVD titles now hard to find. And Disney movies on VHS and LD play just fine, no issues. I don't have to wait for Disney to decide to pull movies out of their vault...I already have most that made it to those formats. My first gaming TV was an Apex. I liked it because it could switch hertz on the fly. But it was a second hand CRT and finally gave out. I use a Sanyo now but it doesn't switch hertz so I have games I am discovering I can't play on a 60 Hertz TV.
  13. I do have a bunch of older PC games my wife and I found at a yard sale a long time ago, and some I found on our give-a-way table, that I have not played yet. Jetfighter V Homeland Protector (have no clue, don't ask), Black Hawk Down Platinum Pack, Delta Force, Triple Play Baseball (no year but for Win 95/98), TC's Rainbow Six, TC's Rainbow Six Covert Ops, TC's Ghost Recon 2, and there's a PC Gamer demo CD from Dec 1999. Maybe I'll try them on my current setup. I have never played them before with the exception of TC's Rainbow Six Vegas 1 & 2 on 360. The second one was a disappointment. Fun game...just really short.
  14. I still own and use a JVC Hi-Fi VCR from the mid-late 1990's. Still works well. I like the fact I don't have to worry about scratches. Just put the tape in and let it play. I use old-school CRTs with it, though, as modern HiDef TVs simply don't get along with it. I have nothing against HiDef stuff but it's nice to see just how well an old 20" True Flat Screen Sanyo CRT TV and that JVC VCR work together. Bright, vibrant pictures with stereo sound. If I want surround I can always look for those older receivers that offer 5.1 surround. That works for me. Copy protection was not limited to just VHS tapes. Shortly after my family invested in VHS movies they wanted to copy the CED movies they liked the most. All we had to start with was mono systems, no stereo sound at all, even the CED players were mono. None of the CEDs we had would copy because of copy protection. I take that back...I finally got Annie to copy to VHS but it wasn't easy and I'm not sure now exactly what VCR I used to do it. I believe in 1998 my grandmother's Curtis Mathis VCR crapped out on us and CM was long gone. So we sat down with a JCPenny's book and flipped through it. We found a Go-Video HiFi dual deck VCR for like $600. The guy we talked to on the phone about it said he owned one and loved it. Everything he threw at the machine it would copy. So Granny ordered one. Next thing we knew everyone who wanted a tape copied came to Grandma's house. It was the only deck that could copy any tape, commercial or otherwise, and it also copied those CED discs. Very easy to use, too. We loved that thing. Not sure what happened to it after she passed but I didn't get it. I'd have another one except no one rents VHS any more and VHS tapes in good shape are about a buck now...$3 for Disney movies. It's now cheaper to buy the movies than it is to try to get the gear to copy them. You know...480i doesn't look half bad. I know I keep seeing newer LCD TVs go in our dumpster because they quit working while my older CRT TV is still rocking it. I'd love to see some of this old tech make a comeback.
  15. The only games I care about playing good are the two trucking games. Those are the ones I play the most. And I play ATS more than ETS 2. Both games require a minimum GeForce GTS 450, recommend a GTX 760 with 2GB. That 610 is one of few I found on Ali that has 2GB and priced under $30. Everything else has just 1GB which seems to be the norm.
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