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OFF TOPIC / Grandstand Light Games Projection System
« on: August 23, 2011, 08:54:19 PM »
I wasn't sure where to put this, as I'm not selling it and I'm not after one, so the For Sale / Wanted section seemed inappropriate, but I may be wrong.

Anyway, I have recently come across a Grandstand Light Games Projection System on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-Grandstand-Light-Games-projection-system-w-4-games-/270803424043?pt=Video_Games&hash=item3f0d24532b#ht_1939wt_932

The current price is a bit steep at $169, or roughly £102, but I think it looks interesting. If a cheaper one came up I'd get it.

Apparently there was also a version of this sold in Italy called the "Mega Video Game", according to my sources.

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CODING AREA / Flash MP3 Playlist Player
« on: November 03, 2010, 11:08:29 AM »
Hi guys. I haven't been here for a while. I would like to offer you the use of my Flash MP3 Playlist Player.

It isn't finished yet, but there's a demo of it at http://barcodebattler.co.uk/sonic/index.html

It's running a Sonic the Hedgehog playlist from a text file. The buttons don't work yet, but it can be easily modified to run any MP3's you want, so if you have any music from the days of the C64 or Spectrum, and you want people to listen to them, this could be a way of putting the music files on the site without putting them up for direct download.

Just let me know if and when you are interested in adding this feature to the site.

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OFF TOPIC / If anyone has to ask what an Atari 2600 is...
« on: June 16, 2010, 03:35:36 PM »
If anyone has to ask what an Atari 2600 is, please send them to the relevent page on the RCM site.

When they've read that, send them on to the following page:
http://www.cracked.com/funny-4233-atari-2600/

Once you get past the brilliant fake game box art, there's a section about "frying" which explains why the Atari 2600 is better than an XBox 360.

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Sonic the Hedgehog 4
« on: February 13, 2010, 09:38:01 PM »
Sega are trying to win over retro Sonic fans by making a new Sonic game with old style gameplay (2D) and modern graphics (3D). I can see how this would be appealing.

But just how retro is it?
Is it:
Very retro - gameplay counts for everything.
Half retro - the gameplay looks sound, but the graphics bring the retro score down.
Not retro - it was made too recently, and it won't work on a Mega Drive.

I'm torn between Half and Not.

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OFF TOPIC / Pie Movie Posters
« on: September 08, 2009, 05:54:14 PM »
I have started to dig up some old Pie Movie posters, starting with

Pie Am Legend
The Hills Have Pies
Lord Of The Pies

If anybody wants me to "find" any more, please let me know.

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OFF TOPIC / DBF+GVY down?
« on: August 31, 2009, 09:21:11 AM »
I can't see the DBF GVY site. All I get is a pixilated "12". Is it broken?

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / PS2 - dying, dying, dead :( ALIVE!
« on: August 09, 2009, 10:17:22 PM »
My PlayStation 2 (SCPH-30003) which I bought new years ago recently stopped reading various types of discs reliably, so I decided to clean the lense with a cotton bud and some medicinal rubbing alcohol.

I decided to leave it overnight to dry, and I discovered in the morning that it was no longer reading anything. At all. It made no sense - all of the dust was gone from the lense, and it looked perfectly clean. Perhaps the alignment was out, or the laser diode had gone.

After tinkering with the alignment for a few hours, and getting nowhere, I found that there are certain ways to clean the disc lense. I gave it another go, this time rubbing in circles to avoid the "wrong type of smears" on the lense, and now it works like new!

Trouble is, I voided the expired warrantee by peeling the sticker off the back :(

If anybody has a classic PS2 with a disc read error they want fixing and they can reach Doncaster, I can successfully fix it. Unless the laser diode has gone.

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CODING AREA / Retro Games on iPhone
« on: July 31, 2009, 09:40:42 PM »
I've started work on learning how to code for the iPhone.

If I am accepted as a developer, I could develop some retro games. Does anybody have an iPhone and wish certain games were on it?

I can probably clone the games, but using the same names and characters would likely be a violation of copyright laws, so we'll probably drop our own characters in there.

I'm thinking of an embodiment of retro - Retroman. He's blocky, but versitile, a bit like Mario's first incarnation.

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As some of you might know, I'm into Barcode Battlers and related hardware.

Most of this hardware is Japanese in origin, and as such it all comes with Japanese manuals. I don't know much Japanese, and the manuals I have are all hard copies, or scanned JPG images, so I cannot copy the text directly into Babelfish.

Does anybody know of a free or cheap OCR program which will recognise Japanese text, or even better, somebody who can read Japanese and is able to translate it into English?

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HARDWARE/SYSTEMS DISCUSSION / Barcode Battler II C0
« on: July 01, 2009, 09:32:36 PM »
I just bought a previously unknown piece of kit called the "Barcode Battler II C0" which connects to the Barcode Battler II and uses it as a barcode reader for data.

It can be daisy chained to an identical unit for extra gameplay options.

I cannot find my Barcode Battler at the moment, rendering my shiny new game useless for the time being, but I'll have a full gameplay report up soon.

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / Comedy Retro Videos
« on: June 22, 2009, 12:41:22 PM »
This was originally the 8-Bit Pwny Club topic, but I decided to expand it to all comedy retro videos.

Here is Weebl's brand new series,
8-Bit Pwny Club starring Daze (Dizzy), Cookie (Samus) and Spader (a Space Invader).

This week, the top 5 toilets in video games!

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I'm looking into buying some more Barcode Battlers and similar games for research purposes - if you have any for sale, please let me know.

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GENERAL RETRO CHIT CHAT / I'm back now
« on: June 10, 2009, 07:46:49 PM »
Sorry if it looks like I've jumped ship. I've been making so many websites recently it's unbelievable.

On top of that, I just bought Kula World for the PS, and I'm now officially addicted, even though I only played it for 30 minutes.

I will however try to pop in here on a regular basis.

Sooooooooooo, have I missed anything.

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OFF TOPIC / The Cube of Mystery - Fund Raiser
« on: March 20, 2009, 08:35:39 AM »
I have decided to sell the Cube of Mystery. I would have listed it under For Sale / Wanted, but it isn't a computer of any type.

I'll donate 10% of the final sale price to the RCM if it sells for less than £50, or 20% if it goes for £50 or more.

So if you know any modern art collectors, please let them know about the Cube...

...of Mystery!

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FOR SALE / WANTED / For Sale: 486 Computer
« on: March 10, 2009, 12:27:08 PM »
I have a 486 computer, complete with mouse, keyboard, VGA colour monitor and Windows 95 installed.

It has 8MB of RAM, a CD-ROM drive and two (count them) hard disks (500MB and 200MB).

I will soon have some floppy disks for it. The BIOS cell needs replacing but I'll have that done at the buyer's request.

This item is great for MS DOS applications and games. Collection from North Doncaster only, as this item is too heavy to post.

The price is negotiable, but if you want the BIOS cell replacing that will be an extra £7.

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