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by Matt_B
Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:59 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Retrogaming Spotlight: Donkey Kong
Replies: 7
Views: 105

Re: Retrogaming Spotlight: Donkey Kong

I first saw it in the local squash club where it replaced a much loved Galaga machine. Yes it was brutally hard but back then you could say that you'd finished it without scoring a million points and getting to the kill screen. So far as home versions go, I had Ocean's Kong which was a bit rubbish a...
by Matt_B
Sun Jul 07, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: TheC64!
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Re: TheC64!

It's more down to economies of scale than anything else. The Raspberry Pi is cheap because they're making millions of them, so one off costs for things like R&D are spread thinly and the price is dominated by components. That's especially true for keyboards. Getting a working prototype and setting u...
by Matt_B
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:36 am
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum
Replies: 2
Views: 41

Re: Primary School Class Learn to Code on a Spectrum

Not bad at all, and it makes a change from Scratch.
by Matt_B
Wed Jun 26, 2019 9:45 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Quake II Fully Ray Traced
Replies: 49
Views: 1018

Re: Quake II Fully Ray Traced

I seem to recall the Geforce 4 MX (the MX being the budget model) basically was a Geforce 2. It was a bit better than that, in that it had some of the advanced features that only the 4 series had up to that point. However, the overall performance was less than the GeForce 3 Ti. In modern parlance i...
by Matt_B
Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Quake II Fully Ray Traced
Replies: 49
Views: 1018

Re: Quake II Fully Ray Traced

I was still using a GeForce 2 GTS when Doom 3 came out. It just about worked, but I upgraded soon after. Anyway, getting back to Quake RTX, it turns out that I can get playable framerates (low 30s) on a 1070 by turning global illumination to low and caustics to off without affecting the visuals that...
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1509
Views: 34770

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

For those still yet to bite on Starlink, its now down to £11.99 brand new at Argos as well as a fair few of the figurines as low as £1.79. Still resisting, haha. The price is great but I think having a variety of weapons and ships would be more fun so I might try to get it on sale digitally when I ...
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 25, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: TheC64!
Replies: 11
Views: 263

Re: TheC64!

This was the machine that they always wanted to make. They just got sidetracked because of the mini console craze. Still, if that hadn't happened, this probably wouldn't either and it'll be a better machine for it because of what they've learned. My fingers are crossed that they don't have any of th...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 21
Views: 476

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

It is a virtue because it meant C64 users were happy enough with their existing hardware to not want upgrades (Commodore even had trouble getting C64 users over to the Amiga). I'm not convinced that the C128 was even capable of running a killer app that would have blown the standard C64 away. As St...
by Matt_B
Mon Jun 24, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?
Replies: 21
Views: 476

Re: Amstrad, Spectrum or C64. What is the worst and best hardware for gaming?

One of the things I most admire about the C64 is that the bog standard model held its own from around 1984 to 1993 and there was no need for any major hardware revisions or memory/processor upgrades. You bought a C64 and that was it. The C64 you bought for Impossible Mission was just as good for Ma...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 23, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Quake II Fully Ray Traced
Replies: 49
Views: 1018

Re: Quake II Fully Ray Traced

You need dual RTX 2080 Ti cards in SLI to get over 30 fps in 4K with maxed settings here, that's pretty hefty if you ask me. Nevermind that the RTX option only works on certain Nvidia cards, some of whom can only run it in low resolutions to get playlable framerates. Yeah, you do, but it's not real...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Augmentinel
Replies: 4
Views: 113

Re: Augmentinel

It's a while since I've looked at it myself, but you could give Trinus Cardboard VR a look. There's a free try-before-you-buy version, so you don't have to put down any money until you're satisfied that you'll want to use it in the long term. I know I didn't. Don't expect anything even remotely clos...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Quake II Fully Ray Traced
Replies: 49
Views: 1018

Re: Quake II Fully Ray Traced

On the other hand, this is the first time a game is actually pushing the PC past it's limits since Crysis from back in 2007. Not really, at least I don't think it's doing so any more than the other games that support RTX in some fashion. They all need a 20 series card with it turned on, but work on...
by Matt_B
Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Definative place for solving PC game issues?
Replies: 4
Views: 84

Re: Definative place for solving PC game issues?

No joy then? It's not a game I've got, but from what I'm reading it sounds like there are a whole host of different issues as to why it might not work. There do at least seem to be a few people on there still playing it though, so maybe ask them if there's anything else they had to set up and see if...
by Matt_B
Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:08 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1509
Views: 34770

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

I thought it was an excellent Direct - sure, could have had other stuff in it - that will always be the case. The only downer for me was the lack of a Christmas big hitter - I was hoping for Animal Crossing, so my daughter and I could have some fun with that over the festive period. September looks...
by Matt_B
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1509
Views: 34770

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

Each to their own, I guess, but it was a pretty good one for me. It's nice to have dates for Link's Awakening and Animal Crossing, even if the latter is next year, and the news of a sequel to Breath of the Wild in the works is huge for me. With good third party games regularly turning up out of the ...