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Adding Mega Drive to the collection

Today I seen this posting on a forum

JUST PAY SHIPPING
Sega mega drive console only in working order no accessories just console some 3rd party genesis games will not play will say on screen to be played on ntsc Sega Genesis just for your reference shipping is 10.00 fedex ground pm me if interested thanks.

No way I could pass up on a mega drive system for that. Looking forward to adding it to the collection.

Masters of the Universe Playsets

Made an offer to an ebay seller and he accepted it! So I am now the proud owner again of both Castle Greyskull and Snake Mountain.

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Got the C64C today

Amazing how fast that arrived. From UK to USA in a week.

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I am cataloging all the software included in the bundle and so far I have on Tapes

ATF – Advanced Tactical Fighter
California Gold Rush
Commodore Format – Power Pack 25
Confuzion
Count Duckula in No Sax Please – We’re Egyptian
Crazy Balloon
Demon’s Kiss
Dizzy Dice
Escape From Singe’s Castle
Excalibur
F-15 Strike Eagle
Felix In The Factory
Fire Zone
Gary Lineker’s Superskills
Gridtrap
Lazy Jones
Maggot Mania
Micro Rhythm Plus
Monopoly
Monster Munch
NATO Assault Course
Overlander
Pakacuda
Park Patrol
Pipe Line
Pipe Line
Questron II
Shadow Warriors
Soccer Star
Spooks
Super Draong Slayer
The Simpsons: Bart vs. the Space Mutants
Time Traveller
Valhalla
Velnor’s Lair
Yie Ar Kung-Fu
ZZAP! Mega Tape 27

Caesar The Cat (Mirror Soft)
Cartoon Collection – Sermour At the Movies (Code Masters)
Cartoon Collection – Dizzy Spike In Transylvania (Code Masters)
CCI C64 Free Tape (Commodore Computing International)
International Karate (The Hit Squad)
Operation Wolf (Ocean)
Reel Action #2 (Super Kong/Bullys Sporting Darts Demo/Theseus and the Minotaur/Fruitbank)
SAS Combat Sim Ninja Massacre (Code masters)
Star Trek (Interceptor Software)
Time Traveller (Mindscape Int)

getting a Commodore 64C

Getting this bundle C64C, 1541 disk drive, tape drive, games and disks.

I was not given a full list of all the software included from the pictures it looks like I will have
The Simpsons: Bart vs The Space Mutants
Fire Zone
Park Patrol
Valhalla
Questron II
Fun School 4
Gary Linbers Super Skill
ATF
Nato Assault Course
Shadow Warriors
Monopoly
Monster Munch
Pakacuba
Pipe Line
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Count Dracula
Time Traveler
ZZap! Mega Tape 27
Power Pack
Crazy Balloon
Soccer Star
Micro Rhythm Plus
Dragon Slayer
Demon’s Kiss
Gridway
Dizzy
Felix
Confuzion
Sppoks
Maggot Mania

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Rumor: Nvidia working on Linux Distro called NLinux

Why I find this odd when you look at the image it looks like a quick photoshop/GIMP edit of the redeem website. I think it would be interesting if true.

Image posted to reddit
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Screenshot from Reddem website
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You can check that site here

Blizzard releases new patch for Diablo 2

I just found out that Blizzard Entertainment released a new patch for the old Diablo II game, yeah that is correct a 16 year old game just got a support upgrade!

Blizzards Post

t’s been a long time coming, but today we’re releasing 1.14a for Diablo II.

This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX.

We’ve also begun working to improve our cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. There’s still work to be done, but we’re making improvements every day.

There is still a large Diablo II community around the world, and we thank you for continuing to play and slay with us. This journey starts by making Diablo II run on modern platforms, but it does not end there. See you in Sanctuary, adventurers.

See this is the way companies should support the products they make and sell. They know computer gamers will always want to play old classics on newer hardware.

Do not buy from PinRepair.com

So since I was getting into old pinball machines and wanted to start off with the old EM (Electro Machanical) machine since those was the type that was originally designed for pinball machines. I found a video series called “This Old Pinball” and they had the videos on youtube and also sold DVD copies of them with bonus content. Being that I am always looking to support people who take the time to repair things I wanted to buy them so they may make more of them in the future.

http://www.pinrepair.com/top/

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As you can see in the screenshot from the page listing they charge $9 per video, they also list $0.50 extra if you are paying for them via paypal.

These are the DVDs I was mailed by the seller
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They stuck stickers on 8 of the discs, and a stamp was used on the final disc. I attempted to remove the sticker from volume 7 thinking maybe the sticker was throwing the weight of the disc off and making it harder for the laser to read. Nope did not make a difference.

I contacted the seller

Hello, I was wondering what it would cost me to get a replacement of DVD7? the one I have now seems to have read errors on my bluray player and pc. I bought these I would say back in 2009 or so.

and the response back from them was

They are 9.50 each

So they are expecting me to pay full price again for a video I already bought from them. So i sent a reply back with the following

So you are saying I have to pay full price again for a DVD you sold me that has gone bad? I honestly think you mailed me a disc you never did verification on when burning it. Yeah not paying full price for it, I’ll just look for someone to make me a copy of it since I have already paid you once for them.

I am willing to bet they just burned the disc without using the “verify” option. For anyone that has recorded discs before will know that the option for verify will compare the contents on the disc to the file(s) on the computer to make sure they match. If they do not the disc will fail verification and is a bad recording. So I was mailed out a bad disc and am being told I have to buy it again at full price.

Avoid the seller at all costs.

Update 1: I have spent some time trying to copy the DVD discs to the computer and write them to new discs. The only disc I had problems with was disc #7, I have not had a chance to watch them all yet to make sure they are all working copies yet, that is something I plan to work on in the next few days to make sure. This has been a learning lesson for me, anytime you buy something on recordable media such as DVD-R DVD+R etc you should always try to rip the contents to your computer to do the following

A: Test that each disc is fully working, since making a copy also tests any hidden content.
B: Make a backup copy in case your original purchase becomes non-readable anymore.

Update 2: Testing volume 7 in a DVD player video keeps freezing and jumping ahead. IMGBurn and DVDShrink both fail at 4% of reading the disc.

Update 3: I contacted Tim Arnold who was the person who I was told originally burned the discs and he is sending a replacement. So definitely do not deal with the PINREPAIR guys and instead deal with Tim direct.

Update 4: Feb 25, 2017 Still no replacement disc has been sent and I have now attempted to contact Tim Arnold via email three times.

Ghostbusters (2016) Movie trailer reaction

So today the trailer was released for the new reboot movie of Ghostbusters.

When I first seen the news about the movie being made and how it was going to be a remake/reboot I was going to to hate it. Then I found out that Melissa McCarthy was going to be in the film and to me that was instantly a sign that I would never watch it in theaters.

But I still decided to watch the trailer thinking maybe I could be proven wrong and would enjoy watching it. after watching the trailer my original thoughts it would be a disaster and end up harming the originals are still true.

For some reason Hollywood decides to remake movies and most of those ending being horrible movies. Just a few examples

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Evil Dead (2013)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Friday the 13th (2009)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)

So far the only remake I can think of that I loved was The Thing (2011). It was not a perfect film in any way but it did so much right compared to the other trash that keeps getting done.

I bet we will see a reboot of the reboot in a few years.

Colecovision posts about Chameleon VGS

Coleco finally posts a comment about the drama around the Colecovision Chameleon/Retro VGS.

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This may be a death signal for the system if the team of engineers that Coleco uses doesn’t like what they see inside the system.

to keep up on all the comments here is a link to the thread Facebook Link

Playstation TV also dead in US

So I said that since they was going to stop shipments in Japan that the USA would also stop. Well he have a update on that from Sony themselves

http://www.gameinformer.com

Update: Sony has provided a statement on the PlayStation TV. The device was discontinued in North America and Europe at the end of 2015.

Looks like now will be the best time to grab on and mod them to allow all vita games to play on it.