If anyone fancies just giving me a gentle push in the reet direction (I'm thinking Robofruit could be a whizz at helping me here - Brenski's made 1-2 suggestions (most of em unrepeatable on a family forum!) - just fire away, chaps, as I'm OK with Windows XP but don't know about all the 'dark arts' to repairing file systems so if you could either help here OR suggest the best fix for that jossie - just order a new one or can I faff around with some micro-switches somewhere?
Any road, I'm ALL EARS (that's why they call me jug-lugs...or bugger-lugs...in these parts!)
Great post, Mac.
Brought back a lot of MAME memories (yep, late 90s era) for me too but it sounds like that particular system is not as "cool" as it used to be?
That's why I prefer the following business model when it comes to gaming consoles.
1. The console is sold for a price that covers all expenses (including cost of the SDK) and guarantees profit for the manufacturer. 2. Minimum or no restrictions on software I can run on the console. 3. SDK freely available
Since this is absolutely no-go business model for years, I have never decided to buy any console and probably never will. For me, a PC is still the best option. Likely candidates for me would be PS2, or the original XBOX.
Yes, that means no access to console-exclusive titles, no elegant box sitting besides my TV, but somehow more freedom, even though modern copy protection schemes and Steam can make the paying gamer's life miserable enough.
Good stuff Mac! As you know, I've never been a fan of emulation on a PC, I'd rather have the real thing, when it comes to vintage computers and consoles, but that's because I hate PC's, not emulation. As a matter of fact, I've been planning on getting an original Xbox again, I sold off my original years ago, but kept some Xbox games that worked on the 360. Then I got into a GTA-like game called Mafia II that was a 360 game. So after I played it to death, I decided to buy the original Mafia, but it is for the original Xbox and doesn't work on the 360's Xbox emulation. So here I am, and I think I will be looking for an Xbox with all sorts of emulators including Coinops and/or MAME in it too.
So, back to the talk of emulation. I'm a big fan of DREAMCAST emulation, made possible, for the most part, by Windows CE built into it. I've got emulators for every Atari, Commodore and Sega console or computer on discs. Of course there is no HDD, so you burn emulators and libraries to CDR and load them up, but it's great. Even old PC DOS/Windows stuff has been ported like the classic FPS's Doom, Quake, Heretic, etc.
But when it comes to the Atari 8-bit, it's the one system that I insist on using the real thing. But I will always prefer to have the real thing for any HOME system. Arcade is a different story, since they are rare, expensive, bulky, etc., were emulation seems the prefered way to go for me. But, not on a PC, ever, I'll do it on consoles like the XBOX and 360 and Dreamcast.
Good Stuff! And thanks for the heads-up on the MAME/Coinops.
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