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by Matt_B
Mon Jun 15, 2020 4:07 am
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Displaying C64c on a VGA monitor
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Displaying C64c on a VGA monitor

That's one way round the problem.

It's still worth using the S-Video output from the C64 if you can though, because it's so much cleaner than the composite one.
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 14, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Retro Everything Else
Topic: Displaying C64c on a VGA monitor
Replies: 8
Views: 161

Re: Displaying C64c on a VGA monitor

You're right that it's not straightforward. I finally picked up my first C64 a couple of years back and went through much the same process. First up, the converter you're looking at seems to be one that takes a VGA input and outputs S-Video. You want one that goes the other way around. Secondly, don...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 14, 2020 3:49 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Why was Pinball Dreams series never released for the Atari ST
Replies: 4
Views: 143

Re: Why was Pinball Dreams series never released for the Atari ST

Even vertical scrolling isn't that simple on the ST, as you can only point the start of the screen to a 256 byte boundary. With each line being 160 bytes long, that means only every eighth one is at a valid screen position (because 8*160=5*256) so a vertical hardware scroll ends up being a juddery 8...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 14, 2020 1:33 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

Sadly, the PC-8801MC just shares the same CD drive as the PC Engine and won't actually play its games. The CPU and graphics hardware are totally different, and they'd have needed to put the entire guts of a games console in there for it to be possible. We'd have to wait a few years until another com...
by Matt_B
Wed Jun 10, 2020 2:37 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

Yes? Your point? I'm not comparing the two machines on a technical level. I'm not the one pulling out tech specs. They're not from the same time period, so it's pointless. I did compare their situation, where they weren't able to show their technical capabilities at the time, but have since. I comp...
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 09, 2020 2:10 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

You make the mistake of directly comparing Oric and CPC. I'm not doing that. Yes, it was just a response to Ivarf's "if only it had a 6502". History could have been different for lots of reasons, but there's no escaping the CPC is an also ran alongside the Oric. They may both be quite capable machi...
by Matt_B
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

I dare say that if you were hoping for a revolutionary games machine to appear at the CPC's price point in 1984 - and for reference the CPC464 was only around £80 more than a 48K Oric Atmos or Spectrum Plus without either a monitor or tape drive - you were always going to be disappointed, because it...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 07, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

A substantially number of games for the Spectrum and C64 were advertised and reviewed in the french magazines. I have a feeling they did better there than what people people think these days. Part of slower take up of home computers may have something to do with dominance of the Minitel sysem as we...
by Matt_B
Sun Jun 07, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

The Oric wasn't ever more than a bit part player. You've doubtless read that it was the best selling home computer in France in 1983 which is probably true, but at just 50,000 units that market was tiny compared to the UK and US ones where other models of computer were already shifting in the millio...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 06, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Game Gear Micro Coming
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Game Gear Micro Coming

With my cynical hat on, perhaps someone at Sega figured out that these things only ever get used for playing games for a few weeks and end up putting in far longer service as ornaments for the TV cabinet, so thought they'd skip that interim function for pure aesthetics. Certainly, they'd have faced ...
by Matt_B
Sat Jun 06, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game
Replies: 42
Views: 1091

Re: Stunning new Amstrad CPC racing game

Blessed or cursed? Blessed, no doubt about it. Without easy Spectrum ports, coming in as late as it did, the CPC would have sunk without a decent games library to back it up. If it weren't easy to port to, I can't imagine anyone much bothering with it, concentrating on the established market instea...
by Matt_B
Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14716
Views: 253825

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

Yeah, Dead Leaves is a bit out there. Love the art style, but it could have used a more coherent story. I've watched most of those at least once, although I'd probably not choose to watch too many of them twice. Roujin-Z was good fun though. It's as though Katsuhiro Otomo realized that he wasn't goi...
by Matt_B
Fri Jun 05, 2020 9:46 pm
Forum: Retro Games
Topic: Game Gear Micro Coming
Replies: 26
Views: 658

Re: Game Gear Micro Coming

That might as well be a laptop. For £600 odd quid its not really something you would whip out for those long commutes For on the go gaming and emulation the Vita is bloody fantastic, as long as you dont want to play six button fighting games The price is indeed high, but you get what you pay for an...
by Matt_B
Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?
Replies: 14716
Views: 253825

Re: What Films/TV Have you Watched Recently?

Wings of monmense (or something), Boring That's Wings of Honneamise, originally known as Royal Space Force. So, kinda topical. :) It's probably my favourite anime film of all time, but I guess it's way too arty for most people. Imagine an alternate universe First Man, with the soundtrack from The L...
by Matt_B
Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:56 pm
Forum: Retro Gamer Mag & Site Feedback
Topic: Questions for Tony 'Daley Thompson' Pomfret
Replies: 14
Views: 293

Re: Questions for Tony 'Daley Thompson' Pomfret

Were you disappointed you didn’t have a chance to work on the more superior 8 bit, the ZX Spectrum ? To be fair, he had the legendary Joffa Smith to cover that side of things. They do seem to have picked up a few credits on each others games though, so maybe he did work a bit on the Spectrum? It'd ...