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Episode 3: Anguna Zero

Episode 3: Anguna Zero

A Homebrew Draws Near! A blog series by @Scrobins Episode 3: Anguna Zero Introduction: Just about every classic console has experienced new life with the rise of homebrew games to supplement its library. However few homebrewers develop games beyond one preferred console. Those brewers who dare to branch out find new challenges to enhance their skills, and new audiences eager to play with the fruits of their efforts. For this entry, I’m covering Anguna Zero, an actio

Scrobins

Scrobins

Neo Geo MVS-1B -Video RAM error

Neo Geo MVS-1B -Video RAM error

On the bench today was a neo-geo sent to me by GameN' Clyde with video RAM issue as shown below. Symptoms - no boot, Video RAM Error Solution -two pins on the Neo-GC2 chip were shorted together, fixed as shown below. I'm really looking forward to playing some neo geo games, I can't wait to finsh building a harness for it and picking up some games.
 

Episode 39 – Amusement Parks

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE TO YOUR COMPUTER The guys sit down to discuss their favorite Amusement Park and County Fair memories from the past 30 years.   That first hill into the small tunnel on the Beast at King’s Island is killerMatt and Luke both had these cheap Beast hats with a built in mulletThe Vortex at King’s Island is about to be removed but the guys have so many memories of riding it.That slide on the right is a doozy!Flight of Fear at K

Hoskat

Hoskat

Bubble Bobble - Lots of Issues

Bubble Bobble - Lots of Issues

This was an old repair that I did a while back, there was a lot wrong with it, surprisingly all CPU board issues... Symptoms: -5V rail was shorting to ground Solution: The bypass cap connected to the -5V rail had shorted, needed to be replaced. One thing to note is that several capacitors on this bubble bobble boardset had started leaking, so I ended up replacing all the capacitors with new ones. Symptoms: Not booting Solution: The game was stuck in a reset loop, it ended up
Donkey Kong #2 - really quiet sounds

Donkey Kong #2 - really quiet sounds

Symptoms - VERY QUIET audio, was barely audible with my audio amp all the way up Solution - There was a single burnt resistor, R13, which was just a 1k ohm resistor. After replacing that and the damaged capacitor that was next to it. The resistor is connected to the 5V rail, so based on the fact that it burned up makes me question whether or not the power rails were swapped around on accident. I got half a hacked harness in the box, so that further supports this theory.  Anyway,
 

The End of My Sega Weekend

My Sega weekend began with my finding of the cartridge for Eliminate Down, which led to my buddy @OptOut telling me that I really should work harder on to finish up my full set of Sega Mega Drive carts, since I've got one of the more expensive ones out of the way. I then ended up digging in that jungle of a game room I have, and waded through a lot of the other Sega stuff I have, including bootlegs of USA/ Europe exclusives made for the Taiwanense market, some Asian-version games, the stuff

fcgamer

fcgamer

 

Sanyo 20EZ Chasis - Burning up R471

Symptoms: 20EZ losing high voltage and is burning up the resistor R471 and was blowing the 300mA fuse. Solution: replaced the burnt resistor, checked the HOT to make sure that was still good. HOT tested bad, so replaced with a NTE89. Fired it back up again, same results. Afterwords I swapped the flyback as that can cause the same issues (and I had one off a working chassis on hand), this solved the issue. Chassis is now working just fine and is ready to roll again.
Episode 2: KUBO 3

Episode 2: KUBO 3

A Homebrew Draws Near! A blog series by @Scrobins Episode 2: KUBO 3 Introduction: Homebrew development can be as stressful as it is fulfilling. Between writing code, designing sprites, and storyboarding, all to produce a game that will appeal to a small, but devoted community, it’s an impressive feat when a homebrew crosses the finish line. Many homebrewers balance their passion projects with primary careers, families, and a host of other responsibilities that demand the

Scrobins

Scrobins

Part 4: Ouch My Eyes (The I need a beer)(The Eew! Gross!)

Part 4: Ouch My Eyes (The I need a beer)(The Eew! Gross!)

So apparently I do not know how to use the publish time feature because I entered the wrong date. Looks like I still have issues entering data into devices just like I did in this story....I am sure this next story has happened to pretty much everyone at some point in their lives. It is not a long story that needs a big long set up or write up. It is the dreaded classic... The wrong address.  And why was it wrong? You may assume I was giving the wrong address but no, I entered it wrong on Google
Part 3: Leaning Tower of DVD's  (The Am I Going to Die)   

Part 3: Leaning Tower of DVD's (The Am I Going to Die)  

Back in my prime Kijiji collecting years from 2010-2012, before kids and even before my girlfriend (now wife) lived with me. I really didn’t know how good I had it. Deals were everywhere literally all the time. So having a girlfriend that was very busy with College, I was free to roam around the city, chasing video games with next to no commitments. Oh the glory years! So I often would go after deals regardless of how small or non-epic they were. It was just fun to do. This one in particular was
Donkey Kong - garbage on screen

Donkey Kong - garbage on screen

Game - Donkey Kong Symptoms - Garbage on screen. It boots to the highscore table, but full of junk. From there it moves to the attract mode but mario falls below where he's supposed to be, game resets, and repeats this process. (Ignore the inverted color in the first picture, I didn't have an inverter board on hand). Solution - The board was originally missing stuff and had previous work (it was an 'untested' special on ebay). The previous work looked fine so I could start. I figured t
Part 2: What's That? It's Pat! (The Bizarre)   

Part 2: What's That? It's Pat! (The Bizarre)   

So this was one of those mysterious deals that I never got a name or a phone number. Way back when Kijiji was new, you could only contact each other by phone number or email. If the seller never left a phone number, email was the only way to communicate. Some times in the name space, instead of actual name it would be just a letter like "H" or a period "." and that is it. So you had no clue who you were talking to. One Saturday morning, I replied through email to an ad for a CIB Golden Sun
The Beginning

The Beginning

Greetings and salutations,   I have decided to get more active on this forum like the old days of NA. So I am going to be posting excerpts from a long lost NintendoAge Magazine article that sadly never made it to print. Keep in mind most of these stories were written in the 2010-2012 era, I only wrote them down after telling them to co-workers who found them extremely bizarre and entertaining. I probably could have applied more editing but I am definitely not a writer. So no matter how
Episode 1: Project Blue

Episode 1: Project Blue

A Homebrew Draws Near! A blog series by @Scrobins Episode 1: Project Blue Introduction: Promoting a new homebrew game must be exhausting, especially if you are maintaining hype and anticipation while continuing development of the game itself. Each tease must generate enough curiosity and excitement to stoke conversation while saving enough detail for the release, which has its own rules to communicate an engaging, persuasive pitch. As a new game crosses the finish l

Scrobins

Scrobins

 

TG16-mini: First Impressions and Playthrus

So after a nearly year long wait, I finally got my TG16-mini, so I have been digging into some 16-bit goodness from this forgotten console.   Though I would share some of my impressions and playthrus, the good, the bad, the weird. I did own a Turbo Grafx back in the day, but I only had a couple games like Keith Courage and Darkwing Duck, so needless to say I missed out on much of the good $hit.  Some of the titles in this collection I have played elsewhere, but many titles this is my f

fox

fox

 

Episode 38 – TV of 1995

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE EPISODE CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE EPISODE TO YOUR COMPUTER In their first episode recorded remotely the guys sit down to discuss the our favorite TV shows that premiered or ended in 1995 and the biggest events of the year including the OJ Simpson Trial, Cal Ripken’s Ironman record, a murder on the Jenny Jones show and celebrities who died on Christmas Day.   Matt’s #5 – The Critic Matt’s #4 – Mr. Show  Matt’s #3 –  Full House Matt’s #2 –  Ren & Stimp

Hoskat

Hoskat

 

Vice: Project Doom

Genre: Action Publisher: American Sammy Total time played: 3.5 Hours Short review: An action platformer that plays like Ninja Gaiden mixed with Batman, with some first person action as well as some driving levels. The game also has a pretty involved story. Interesting links related to Vice: Project Doom Soundtrack Speedrun (14min 28sec) All Cutscenes Fresh Air After so many long, hard and/or boring games in a row it was nice to get a short and to the point game with

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Hoskat

Metasprite and Bank Swapping Bugs

Metasprite and Bank Swapping Bugs

Fixed 2 bugs in the veil engine today. Neither were apparent til I tried to use the veil engine on a project other than Janus. The first bug was in the metasprite module's initialization subroutine and it manifested by crashing the game when no metasprites were in a scene. Here is a snippet containing the issue: INVALID_METASPRITE_CHR_BANK = 255 .export __metasprites_init .proc __metasprites_init lda #0 sta updown_flag sta oam_spr_ptr lda #INVALID_METASPRITE_CHR_BNK sta __metaspr
Songbird Symphony

Songbird Symphony

Songbird Symphony PQube Joysteak Studios July 25, 2019 Quite regularly, after having played through a big meaty game, I like to jump to something more bite-sized rather than move onto the next big thing. It allows me the chance to dive into smaller experiences that would otherwise be overlooked while I knock out the big hitters in my backlog and I like having a break before tackling the next dozen-plus experience. Following my playthrough of FInal Fantasy VII Remake, Songbird Symphony

Inzoreno

Inzoreno

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch

What Remains of Edith Finch Annapurna Interactive Giant Sparrow April 25, 2017 What secrets does my family hold? What kind of legacy will I leave behind once I have passed on? How much do I really know about my heritage? All these questions arose as I played through Giant Sparrow’s remarkable What Remains of Edith Finch. As is the case with a number of other so-called ‘walking simulators’, the story leaves you with plenty of food for thought long after you have put down the controller

Inzoreno

Inzoreno

 

Best of the Best: Karate Championship

Genre: Fighting Publisher: Electro Brain Total time played: 10 Hours Short review: I guess this qualifies as a karate game but I never once felt in control so it almost felt like I was watching a poorly animated 8-bit cartoon over and over until I was lucky enough to win. Interesting links related to Best of the Best: Karate Championship Video Review (FilmnStuff) Soundtrack They Tried I’ll give it to the developers, they really tried to make this game realistic. The graphics are pretty d

Hoskat

Hoskat

#151 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Taito)

#151 - Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (Taito)

I have seen all of the Indiana Jones movies, even the fourth one that everyone seems to want to forget ever happened.  I watched them all just once, all in a row, probably 10 years ago or more by now.  It was so long ago that I forgot pretty much everything from any of the movies, but not so long ago that I remembered that I enjoyed this one the most.  That seems to fall in line with the consensus of the series.  This movie had to have been well loved because the NES ended up with two video game

arnpoly

arnpoly

 

The Video Game Masters

These are the defenders of the Nintendo Universe. Which one is your favorite? Characters Captain N/Kevin Keene Princess Lana Deschain Prince Lyle Deschain Duke Keene Major Domo Game Boy Shadow Mask Simon Belmont Pero "Bayou" Billy West Kuros Julio the Paperboy Pit Solid Snake Michael "Mike" Jones Little Mac Firebrand Jason Frudnick Milon Sir Cucumber
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