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by jawafour » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:47 pm

Having started playing on my Xbox 360 for the first time in *ages*, it has got me thinking about "retro". Playing on my 360 feels a little bit retro to me; the system is twelve years old and I've been playing on current gen (PS4) for four years. I know that some folk won't agree... but I think of the 360 as being retro now :-).

Oh, and I've only just though about this... but the 360 allows external USB hard drives to be connected now, doesn't it? I'm short on space on my machine's internal drive and I think I have an old USB drive I could plug in.

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by Cheeky Devlin » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:01 pm

jawafour wrote:Having started playing on my Xbox 360 for the first time in *ages*, it has got me thinking about "retro". Playing on my 360 feels a little bit retro to me; the system is twelve years old and I've been playing on current gen (PS4) for four years. I know that some folk won't agree... but I think of the 360 as being retro now :-).

Oh, and I've only just though about this... but the 360 allows external USB hard drives to be connected now, doesn't it? I'm short on space on my machine's internal drive and I think I have an old USB drive I could plug in.

I wouldn't consider that retro, no. Even having said I'm collecting PS3 games now, I still don't consider it retro. For me it's the generation before the last one, so I would consider PS2, GC and Xbox to be retro these days, but other people have their own definitions.

As for the HDD I believe you're right that the 360 allows you to use one. You should be able to use it for game installs, saves and other downloads if I remember correctly.

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by AndyXL » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:22 pm

Yeah, there's no way I think of PS3 and 360 as retro, but I do collect for them, albeit only games that scored 90%+ and appeal to me. Think I have a total of about 20 Xbox 360 and 30 PS3 games.

I love both systems equally and could never sell them as long as I can't play Motorstorm or Project Gotham anywhere else.

On the subject of retro games, it's been at least 2 months since I last bought one! I went through a bit of a crazy phase, but have turned my attention to Switch for now :)

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Pedro » Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:04 pm

Don't think the 360 is retro - but I was reminded how good a deals you can get on one generation old games today. Wanted to pick up some other Atlus games having been loving Persona 5. Went and bought Catherine for 360. Admittedly it was £10 but it looks great. Was nice to blow dust off the old machine. I'm always glad when I genuinely find a reason to play one of my old consoles. Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii and Beyond Good and Evil for GC are in line to get played next as well.

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by jawafour » Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:37 am

Pedro wrote:Don't think the 360 is retro - but I was reminded how good a deals you can get on one generation old games today...

Now is a brilliant time to pick-up 360 and PS3 games because most of the public think those machines are old, rubbish and/or un-cool. Everyone is chucking that stuff out in favour of current gen gear. I recall the late 90s when the SNES and Mega Drive experienced a similar phenomenon!

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If a disk was stored under perfect conditions it is likely it still works today. But if it was banned to the attic, with hot summers and cold winters, chances are the coating has already been damaged. High humidity might have caused mould. Our recommendation is: get the data off these floppies sooner than later


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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Lazy Fair » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:35 am

Saigon Slick wrote:Any Glasgow based forumites been into Shmup recently? They recently joined with the vinyl seller next door to them presumably to save on rent costs - I've only ever managed to find the strawberry floater open once though, which is very frustrating.

Aye Shmup is a good wee shop. Not been in since it moved, but I like it.

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by Corazon de Leon » Mon Dec 11, 2017 2:41 pm

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Saigon Slick wrote:Any Glasgow based forumites been into Shmup recently? They recently joined with the vinyl seller next door to them presumably to save on rent costs - I've only ever managed to find the strawberry floater open once though, which is very frustrating.

Aye Shmup is a good wee shop. Not been in since it moved, but I like it.


It's never strawberry floating open! Five times in five weeks I've been and it's been shut every time.

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by KeithyT » Mon Dec 11, 2017 6:24 pm

Oh my goodness Shadow of The Colossus! :D

I was getting very frustrated with the controls to begin with as it seemed so fiddly and a couple of attempts at the first Colossus were not very successful at all as I was constantly being thrown off and stamped on, but then it clicked!

Realised the key to it all was simply resting that climb button and letting the pink stamina circle refill. Now I can properly enjoy it, two colossi down, just working out the third one... his armour is brittle apparently :shifty:

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Lazy Fair » Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:38 am

Saigon Slick wrote:
Lazy Fair wrote:
Saigon Slick wrote:Any Glasgow based forumites been into Shmup recently? They recently joined with the vinyl seller next door to them presumably to save on rent costs - I've only ever managed to find the strawberry floater open once though, which is very frustrating.

Aye Shmup is a good wee shop. Not been in since it moved, but I like it.


It's never strawberry floating open! Five times in five weeks I've been and it's been shut every time.

Send the wee guy a Facebook message and ask when he’s open. He’s good at getting back to you.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Corazon de Leon » Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:06 am

Lazy Fair wrote:
Saigon Slick wrote:
Lazy Fair wrote:
Saigon Slick wrote:Any Glasgow based forumites been into Shmup recently? They recently joined with the vinyl seller next door to them presumably to save on rent costs - I've only ever managed to find the strawberry floater open once though, which is very frustrating.

Aye Shmup is a good wee shop. Not been in since it moved, but I like it.


It's never strawberry floating open! Five times in five weeks I've been and it's been shut every time.

Send the wee guy a Facebook message and ask when he’s open. He’s good at getting back to you.


I did that before and he was like "here's my opening hours" :lol:

I'll catch him eventually. Just want to see if he's got any decent N64 stock tbh.

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by Corazon de Leon » Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:09 pm

My N64 anthology arrived today, along with Army Men: Sarge’s Heroes, FIFA 64 and Operation Winback. Pics to follow.

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by AndyXL » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:25 pm

Here's a bit of a strange one for you all!

My first SNES purchase in 2018, and it's a brand new, semi-official SNES game released today! :toot: :)

One of my favourites - Joe & Mac Caveman Ninja 1,2 and 3.

I only ever played 1 at the time of release, and the sequels go for a fortune, so this is a dream for me. I randomly spotted it about 4 months ago, pre-ordered it, forgot about it, and it arrived today. It's officially licensed by the games' original publisher :)

Weird to buy a brand new SNES game in 2018!!

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Ad7 » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:27 pm

The front artwork is printed on the wrong side of the box :dread:

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by AndyXL » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:31 pm

Advent7 wrote:The front artwork is printed on the wrong side of the box :dread:


Not for later releases it isn't. Nintendo changed the packaging in the last few years of the SNES - see this grainy clip of my official copy of Terranigma:

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by jawafour » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:41 pm

Ah! I'd seen that, Andy - it's a nice item! Did you know that a Brawlers collection is also available? A Data East Classic Collection has also been released but that is already out of stock.

I love that these releases include a manual, stickers and badges!

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by AndyXL » Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:57 pm

jawafour wrote:Ah! I'd seen that, Andy - it's a nice item! Did you know that a Brawlers collection is also available? A Data East Classic Collection has also been released but that is already out of stock.

I love that these releases include a manual, stickers and badges!


Yeah - great little extra treats in the box...shame we don't get that for Switch releases :(

I did see the the other Data East packs available, but it was all about Joe & Mac for me :toot:

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by Green Gecko » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:13 am

Iffy Monday so treated myself to a few retros.

Super Thunder Blade (MD) boxed and Lylat Wars Cart only. £12 together. Could have spent less, meh, wanted to walk away with something to shoot stuff in.

Thunder blade is, well, it sucks, but it was more playable than I was expecting. With continues, on Easy (it's although checking if there is a difficulty mode on these old dodgy low fps games with cheap deaths), with 7 lives, I made it passed the 2nd boss. Just the 2nd level is ridiculous navigating through caves with gooseberry fool flying at you all the time, in essentially first person. OK, not great, but £4 so not the end of the world in terms of outlay.

Lylat wars, much better. Really fun. My favorite is the land master (tank) level so far. The stupid noises, the music that in a very backwards way recalls memories of Smash 64 because we played on the Corneria level a lot. Wanted to try the game but wasn't sure I would get on with it because Starfox (SNES) is so hard and like 5fps. Glad I picked it up cheap, I guess it goes for little cart only because people are looking for the big box with rumble pack or nothing. I might complete it, dunno.

Indie also had Front Mission 3 that caught my eye. Are the old games recommendable? £16. I heard about the new spiritual successor and liked the sound of the gameplay and setting (mechs etc).

Recently saw Taz Express going mint for £75 :shock:. Need to get shot of that gooseberry fool, to fund other purchases. I'm liking how affordable some of the very available carts and less well known / meh games are available for, mostly due to people looking for boxed 64 collections and stone cold classics!

Proud of my copy of alasia dragoon though. A short, underrated, hidden gem of a game, but really enjoyable in short runs and great production value. Sprites, music and gameplay all generally right and fun. Play throughs may not very a great deal, but it's almost impossible to beat without finding every single thunder power up. I still haven't beat it. You can also vary gameplay a fair bit by using different dragon accomplices (you have 4 you can switch between). And it looks mint on my PVM.

GF's recently found N64 boxes, including the console with gold controller so somewhere for that to live now (my green n64 works better), means we have 13 boxed items now:

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Banjo Tooie (Denster :wub:)
F1 world grand prix II
F-Zero
Goldeneye
OoT
Mario Kart 64
Rayman 2
South park
Taz express (golden turd)
Vigilante V8
Wave race 64

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Lylat wars
Banjo-Kazooie
V Rally
Top gear overdrive
Yoshi's story

Only 64 games I'll get back are probs jet force Gemini and maybe dk64 but tbh I didn't really enjoy it, it's a banjo kazooie clone with a gazillion collectables..

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by jawafour » Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:59 am

AndyXL wrote:Yeah - great little extra treats in the box...shame we don't get that for Switch releases :( ...

One or two Switch games have some decent packaging; I have the UK version of Nicalis' Binding of Isaac Afterbirth + and it comes with a colour manual and stickers (and great cover artwork) and the USA version of Nicalis' The End is Nigh with a colour manual, a (very small) plastic character and equally cool cover art. They're pretty swell!

Green Gecko wrote:...Glad I picked (Lylat Wars) up cheap, I guess it goes for little cart only because people are looking for the big box with rumble pack or nothing...

The most expensive version is, ironically, the small (standard) black box version (i.e. not the small silver Players Choice re-release). It was available in small quantities as most folk went for that big box version that included a rumble pack and guide book. But, yeah, loose carts are pretty common... still nice to have, though :) .

Green Gecko wrote:...GF's recently found N64 boxes, including the console with gold controller so somewhere for that to live now (my green n64 works better), means we have 13 boxed items now...

Great work on discovering the boxes, Gecko (and Ms Gecko!). It sounds like you're building a cool collection of N64 gear. That green N64 console always looks great!

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by Trelliz » Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:43 am

It irks me that 2 games in my ps2 collection are the black and silver platinum re-releases (bought online so didn't know beforehand) as they're both pretty cheap i'm thinking about getting the original versions to make them match. Am i being too picky?

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PostRe: GRcade Retro Gaming Chat
by Drumstick » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:10 am

Green Gecko wrote:Only 64 games I'll get back are probs jet force Gemini and maybe dk64 but tbh I didn't really enjoy it, it's a banjo kazooie clone with a gazillion collectables..

DK64 is a brilliant game IF you can get past how much stuff there is going on. Once you get into the swing of things it is such an utter joy to play, easily as good as Banjo-Kazooie.

Sprawling levels, magnificent sights, tons of character and sometimes quite challenging. You've got to give it a proper go.

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