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by Matt_B
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Help please - Final Fantasy
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Help please - Final Fantasy

I'd think that the Vita is a much better bet for playing the old games in handheld mode. It gets all of 1-10 in close to definitive versions that offer graphical and quality of life improvements over the originals which haven't exactly aged well. For the newer games, the Switch gets HD versions of 7...
by Matt_B
Thu Oct 22, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Help please - Final Fantasy
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Help please - Final Fantasy

FF1-6 will run on practically anything. Even a Pi Zero can run NES and SNES emulators well enough to play an RPG.

FF7-9 are all playable on a Pi 2 or above. You just need RetroPie, ISOs and a BIOS ROM. Just don't be expecting stutter-free playback on the cut scenes.
by Matt_B
Wed Oct 21, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Help please - Final Fantasy
Replies: 10
Views: 128

Re: Help please - Final Fantasy

Just in case you don't know, there is little to no continuity with the games so don't worry about getting them in order. 1-9 are all easy to emulate. You can still buy them all somewhere too, usually on Steam or Mobile, sometimes on consoles. They've all aged terribly though, so some nostalgia pills...
by Matt_B
Sun Oct 18, 2020 3:55 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?
Replies: 75
Views: 1625

Re: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?

Lemmings on anything bar the Amiga. The hardware mouse cursor controller made it flow real nice on the A500. PC version was pants. Strongly disagree with that. I was very happy with the Mega Drive version while growing up. People make a fuss about not being able to play Lemmings on any system witho...
by Matt_B
Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Favourite Football Management simulation?
Replies: 14
Views: 196

Re: Favourite Football Management simulation?

I really loved the original Kevin Toms game. It just struck the right balance between feeling involved and not having to do a huge amount of micromanagement. Even with the crap graphics, the match highlights still hold some real tension to them. On the other hand, the Champsionship Manager series - ...
by Matt_B
Fri Oct 16, 2020 6:25 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?
Replies: 75
Views: 1625

Re: What's the most iconic retro game that's actually rubbish?

ET is generally only considered iconic for being rubbish , which I find somewhat unfair. It's a relatively complex game that you can't just pick up and play. Reading the manual is necessary if you want to know how play the game, in particular little things like how to get out of a pit are explained ...
by Matt_B
Thu Oct 15, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Panasonic 3D0
Replies: 19
Views: 284

Re: Panasonic 3D0

Phoenix is the Russian one, 4DO the older one with the audio issues. Just to clarify, they both work to the extent that games are playable. You just don't get particularly accurate emulation or the mod cons you can usually expect for more mainstream systems, so you generally would have a lot more fu...
by Matt_B
Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Panasonic 3D0
Replies: 19
Views: 284

Re: Panasonic 3D0

Antiriad2097 wrote:
Wed Oct 14, 2020 4:59 pm
Emulate?
It's still not a great experience to emulate the 3DO. The best emulator is closed-source and in Russian, and the best Retroarch core hasn't been maintained in years and has poor audio which is a bit of a shame given how the soundtracks are the best things going for a lot of the games.
by Matt_B
Wed Oct 14, 2020 12:52 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Emulating Tetris Gameboy version on the Amstrad CPC 6128
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Emulating Tetris Gameboy version on the Amstrad CPC 6128

Yes, the YM2151 was basically a cost-reduced DX-7 integrated onto a single chip. A further development was the YM3812 used in the AdLib and Soundblaster PC cards, although the world of popular music had largely moved on to sample-based synths like the D-50 and M1 by then so they're not held in quite...
by Matt_B
Tue Oct 13, 2020 5:08 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Emulating Tetris Gameboy version on the Amstrad CPC 6128
Replies: 6
Views: 133

Re: Emulating Tetris Gameboy version on the Amstrad CPC 6128

The GameBoy actually has quite a decent sound system for what's generally seen as a quite primitive piece of hardware. You've got four channels: Two pulse wave (basically square wave of arbitrary width), white noise and DPCM for sample playback. The AY chip in the CPC has only three channels, can't ...
by Matt_B
Tue Oct 06, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Android Tablets for Dummies
Replies: 5
Views: 79

Re: Android Tablets for Dummies

I've not bothered with an Android tablet in years, mainly because there's nothing of significance to me that they can't do that a Windows one won't do much better, at least so long as your budget can stretch to the price of a decent one. Also, with phones having grown bigger during the intervening p...
by Matt_B
Wed Sep 30, 2020 8:34 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Nintendo Switch Discussion
Replies: 1997
Views: 71624

Re: Nintendo Switch Discussion

Even Fire Emblem fans think there are too many characters in Smash. The problem is that, when each game has a cast of around fifty with very little reuse, there just isn't any one of them who you could pick out to represent the series as a whole. So they just keep adding new ones whenever a new game...
by Matt_B
Sat Sep 26, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14801
Views: 262900

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

I assume you mean that it's not unrealistic that she could have existed then? Again I didn't say that she couldn't. I'm puzzled why you seem to think that could be my only complaint. Have you even seen the film? There's a "be yourself instead of society's expectations", message which would be fine,...
by Matt_B
Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:57 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Super Mario 35th Anniversary
Replies: 55
Views: 884

Re: Super Mario 35th Anniversary

It didn't exactly turn out too difficult to wait until it had been released and the reviews were in to pick up a copy and I'd also be inclined to take concerns of future scarcity with a pinch of salt given how many copies were pre-ordered. In this case the reviews were good and the only real gripes ...
by Matt_B
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:57 pm
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Buying CD's
Replies: 61
Views: 4926

Re: Buying CD's

I was going to see The Hu earlier this year but, a week prior to their Australian tour, COVID hit pandemic level and the whole thing got canceled. Downloads are pretty much dead these days. It's pretty much been supplanted by streaming for casual listening and the collectors will always want somethi...