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  1. I just wanted to pile in to say I've got WRC 8 and Rush Rally 3 on my Switch and IMO Rush Rally is easily the better game. Or at the very least easily the more fun game. Admittedly a lot of this for me probably comes down to the fact it's a bit more arcadey and forgiving of mistakes than WRC 8, so for my money it's a lot more fun, especially as the Switch doesn't really have the controls for a super serious racing simulation, what with it's lack of analogue triggers. If you want something Sega Rally-esque on your Switch, it's a good one to go for.
  2. Alas not apparently, although it can be modified to run them.
  3. I'd presume GOG on Mac would be the easiest option for you to be honest.
  4. I'd like the riser, but it's hard to find in the UK and whenever I do it seems like a lot of money. As it stands I just grab a chair and sit at it when I want to play.
  5. Well... not in that photo. The OSSC is tucked behind the arcade cabinet and there's a mains socket back there too, so when I want to hook up one of those consoles I have to use wires to hook it all up. But it's tidy when not in use!
  6. What @ulala says above. The tiny little board the games run on can't be hacked, but you can indeed install a Raspberry Pi. I got the Street Fighter 2 Arcade 1UP machine last year. I had to get: A controller board for the monitor, so I could plug an HDMI source into it. A USB encoder for the joysticks and buttons. New sticks and buttons. To be honest, I only had trouble getting the original start buttons to work with the USB encoder, but I wanted to add credit buttons and replace the original sticks, as they're not the greatest. A small sound amplifier. The Raspberry Pi itself. Honestly, none of the parts are expensive at all - I spent less than £100 on it all, but obviously you have to figure when you're spending that on top of the machine itself it's not cheap. It's also a bit of a faff hacking it all together, but to be honest it was a fun little project for me for a while. This is mine now. I've even since set it up with an automatic HDMI switcher, so if I hook any of those consoles to the right of it up to the OSSC I have wired in, they display on the machine instead of the Pi! (Also note how the decal is wearing off of the player controls board - newer Arcade 1UP machines come with a perspex cover for this).
  7. New Ghostbusters 2 on the NES is fantastic though! A really fun game, well worth checking out if you haven't already. It's essentially a much better port of the GameBoy Ghostbusters 2 - you pick two Ghostbusters (Winston and even Louis Tully are selectable) and then go around a top-down view action game stunning ghosts with your first 'buster's Proton stream and then finishing them off with the second Ghostbuster's trap.
  8. We had one of those cases! My parents used to actually encourage myself and my brothers to take the SNES on holiday with us so we wouldn't keep badgering them for change to use in the arcades.
  9. God damn, I used to love this game... in fact to be totally honest, I still do. I was introduced to it on a mate's C64 back when I was at school, then in '89, when my parents bought me a Master System, Ghostbusters was the first actual cartridge I had for it - and it's a glorious port. The only thing I didn't like as a child back then was that now your Ghostbusters fired their proton streams straight upwards, so there was no chance of crossing the streams like you could on the C64, but I see now how it made for a tighter game. The extra two sections inside Zuul and battling Gozer (or Gorza, as the game calls her) were excellent additions. I've definitely played the Amstrad CPC version at some point back in the day and seemed to remember it being pretty poor compared to the C64 one. I've definitely played the NES game and it's absolutely horrible. If you're playing this today, the C64 and Master System versions are the only ones really worth bothering with. Arguably the whole thing had a bit too much of an impact for me considering I now own a full replica Ghostbusters uniform and equipment, and my number one stop when I finally got to go to New York for the first time last year was the Hook & Ladder 8 Firehouse.
  10. I somehow managed to get hold of a copy of Outrun 2 where all the music had been replaced with just the worst "music" known to humanity. Absolute total barbarity, some horrific sub-Vengaboys audio puke. Who does things like that? Frankly it's a much bigger crime than downloading the game in the first place.
  11. You guys have persuaded me to have a play around with this. So far I've only gotten hold of Sega Rally 3, but it crashes out with an 'Out of memory for tex' issue. Any ideas what I need to do to fix this?
  12. Breath of the Wild got me through the shitty days after a breakup. It was pretty much the perfect game for that moment in my life.
  13. Zio

    1440p or 4K

    My monitor is an Acer Predator XB273K, which is a 27-inch, 4K 120Hz monitor with G-SYNC and HDR. It has a fan inside it to keep the G-SYNC module cool, which sounds like it would be horrendous but I honestly don't notice it. I have a MacBook Pro connected to it during the work day and the fan from that is louder than the one in the monitor. It's a really, really great monitor and whilst definitely not cheap (I think I paid £900 at the time), it is very, very good. I have retina screen scaling enabled on it when the MacBook Pro is connected and either 150% or 175% scaling on Windows when I'm on the PC. Basically it just makes full use of the pixel density when you're using your OS desktop - making all the text, etc, look nice and sharp. But there are a couple of points I'd make for you: You think a 60Hz display will be fine for you. You are wrong. Once you've tried a high-refresh rate monitor you'll never want to go back. Everything seems so silky smooth - even just dragging windows around on the desktop - that it's hard to go back to regular old 60Hz. I'd personally chase higher (than 60Hz) refresh rates than 4K. That said, I previously had a 1080p monitor that went up to 180Hz and personally I stopped noticing any difference at all beyond 144Hz and I'm not really missing those extra 14 frames per second now my current monitor is limited to 120Hz. HDR is a bit of a shit show on Windows. When I have it enabled, the screen blanks out when I try to adjust the volume from my keyboard: once for a second or two whilst it switches out of HDR to show the bloody Windows 10 volume overlay and then for a couple more seconds whilst it switches HDR back on again. It's one of those things I find so unreasonably irritating I've started just leaving HDR disabled on my PC now. I personally would avoid TN panels. My last monitor was a TN and it always bothered me how washed out colours looked on it. I tried all sorts of settings and colour profiles and everything to try and make it a little nicer, but it never stopped looking dull. My current monitor is an IPS panel and it's a joy to look at in comparison.
  14. As a kid, the big draw of Jet Set Willy for me was the exploration element, which seems insane now, but when you only have a BBC B at home it starts to make more sense. I kind of knew I'd never even come close to finishing it - it was just about trying to see more and more of the mansion each time. The series I've never got into but sort of wish I could is the Final Fantasy series. I've played 7, but never past the opening area. It's just never grabbed me, despite me being a huge fan of the Phantasy Star series, Panzer Dragoon Saga and Shining The Holy Ark at the time. As you can probably guess, I was all about Sega at the time, so the Final Fantasy series completely passed me by and by the time I did own something I could play FF7 on, I think I was just no longer really interested.
  15. Funnily enough, I started playing this yesterday via OpenEMU on Mac (I really wish there was an emulator front end as good as that on Windows). I'd only put it on to test out the Retro-Bit Saturn pad I bought, but it sucked me straight back in. I ended up playing for an hour or so. It's a bit ropey in places, but somehow still insanely atmospheric. The music is especially great, particularly in the battles. I'd love a remaster but I think it would probably need to be rebuilt from the ground up even if they did find the source code. Some of it - a lot of it - is good enough to keep as it is, particularly the turn-based battle system and the music, but some of it would need a lot more than a lick of paint with the graphics. Some of the environments feel a little claustrophobic by today's standards, yet it all felt epic when it first came out.
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