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  • Amazon marks GTA5, FIFA 16, Minecraft and more as "exclusively for Prime members"

  • Ferral 22/04/2016

    @riceNpea It is decent enough but I feel Netflix has a better selection. You do get Prime Music also which is really good. Prime Video does have series that Netflix doesn't have like Constantine, Black Sails and so on.

    As a whole package it is pretty good, one thing it does have over Netflix is that you can rent movies from them (like movies on PS4 or through the Sky Store), ideal for the movies that are watch once type thing
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  • Ferral 22/04/2016

    You can do monthly now with Prime which gives you access to their movies and music on top of the next day delivery.

    The streaming movies and tv shows aren't quite as good as Netflix as some of the stuff you still have to pay for but I have found stuff that isn't on Netflix is usually on Amazon and vice versa. The Amazon music streaming is REALLY good, it adds purchased CD's to your account but you also have access to user playlists (also creating your own) and so much music you would be hard pushed to not find what you are looking for.

    Then the next day delivery, granted having to wait in all day can be a pain, this only matters though if it is larger items but games and media will just post through letterbox.

    So for £8 a month it is a pretty good service

    On the flip side of that though the Amazon Prime price is higher than buying from a marketplace seller that offers free delivery
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  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron 3D now on Steam

  • Ferral 30/03/2016

    Strange that it has took this long to land on Steam, it released a while ago on GOG when they started releasing the Lucasarts Star Wars stuff. Cool regardless :) Reply +2
  • Digital Foundry: the best gaming CPUs for the money

  • Ferral 13/03/2016

    I would love to know where Digital Foundry managed to get hold of an FX 8350 for less than £100, even their link to Amazon has it priced at £140.

    I honestly don't know where they are getting their 8350 figures from, I am asuming that they have mixed something up as the FX8350 comes in on recommended spec for games on PC now alongside the i7

    I am running an FX8350 with 8Gb DDR3 1600 and a Radeon R9 380 Nitro and not seeing low frames etc from it in the light that DF are currently showing.

    I think there is something wrong with the test methodology here when a dual core i3 is out performing an 8 core FX chip......
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  • Is it finally time to upgrade your Core i5 2500K?

  • Ferral 21/02/2016

    I am quite surprised that Digital Foundry don't include some of the AMD CPU's in articles like these. Take the Phenom II X4 965BE which can be overclocked pretty high which is also from 2011, at the time that CPU came in a lot cheaper than the Intel CPU's. In turn this is great for people with families as it means you can afford something mid / higher range without breaking the bank (AM3 Boards were cheaper that the Intel boards also)

    Newer generation things like the FX 8350 should be included for higher end tests, again this CPU is a fair bit cheaper than the Intel line. Looking at Sys Requirements site, Steam and so on newer games are asking for quad core as minimum (usually 3.4Ghz) and recommended points at an i7 or the FX 8350.
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  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon on Wii U Virtual Console this week

  • Ferral 08/02/2016

    @Saddoking Yeah, the new 3DS can play all 3DS games and also the older DS stuff, you can also get changeable face plates for it. I decided against personally with only 1 game available for it. Mind you the extra analog you get on it does mean you have a full 3D camera on stuff like Majoras mask.

    I went standard XL though as my wife just over a week later allowed me to order the Xenoblade Wii U bundle and a few games to keep expenditure down a bit.
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  • Ferral 08/02/2016

    @Saddoking I picked up a Silver 3DS XL with Luigis Mansion 2 (Dark Moon) for just over £100 from Amazon a few weeks back and loving it. There is also the New 3DS and XL version but so far there has only been Xenoblade Chronicles released for it (not compatiblle with prior 3DS either)

    So I would go for one of the XL bundles available, bear in mind that Nintendo no longer put a charger in the box with the 3DS either so you will need to either already own one or get one when you buy the machine.

    As for games definitely pick up Ocarina of Time and Majoras Mask, they are priced at around £35 each so get one at a time, I would also get A Link Between Worlds (I do enjoy the Zelda games). My favorite Mario game on it is Dream Team which is kind of like Mario RPG, full 3D world to explore but the battlles play out turn based like Final Fantasy.
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  • Jade Raymond building "Assassin's Creed-style game" for EA

  • Ferral 17/11/2015

    Must admit The Saboteur was a pretty good open world game, done by Pandemic and published by EA. They could always return to that world and expand on it. Reply +3
  • SNES game Super Star Wars out on PS4/Vita this week

  • Ferral 16/11/2015

    Bloody hell, this is something big right here, loved the trilogy on SNES, Factor 5 also did an awesome Indiana Jones game which plays similar.

    Watching PSN now for release
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  • PlayStation Paris Games Week 2015 conference live report

  • Ferral 27/10/2015

    I am hoping that they announce classics (PS1 & 2) on the PS4 either digital or being able to run orginal discs. Reply 0
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB vs 4GB review

  • Ferral 18/10/2015

    @CaptainKid Yeah, I had it overclocked a few days back up to 3.8 and it made a difference with games that have a lot of physics.

    I am on the stock cooler though and when running prime 95 it was maxxing out close to upper safe temperature (62 Celcius) so dropped it back to stock.

    I will be doing the overclock again in a few weeks time when I get a better CPU cooler
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  • Ferral 18/10/2015

    I would be a little hesitant with the Gigabyte card as it only comes with a 12 month warranty, the Zotac board with 4Gb Vram has 2 years.

    I was looking into this last week, choice between a Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4 Gb Nitro and the Zotac GTX 960 4Gb, both were the same price bar a few pence. In the end decided to go with the Radeon with it having the 256 Bit bus over the 960's 128 Bit.

    Everything is running buttery smooth maxxed out on my now ageing Phenom 2 965 Black Edition with 8 Gb Ram (Upgraded card from an MSI GTX 570 PE OC)
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  • Rediscovering Lego Dimensions through the eyes of a child

  • Ferral 08/10/2015

    I have a feeling this will be landing for Christmas, my son is now 14 but we play co op retro stuff on PS2 & Megadrive and he does still like the LEGO games for the humour Reply +5
  • What returning to Gears of War says about the series' future

  • Ferral 28/08/2015

    I am hoping that they do the full original trilogy and also release the full trilogy on PC. Recently been playing the PC version of the first game (bought day 1), was gutted when they stated that due to piracy no PC sequels. Reply +3
  • A great explanation for how oldschool graphics worked

  • Ferral 20/08/2015

    My 1985 Breadbin C64 is set up beside me at the minute hooked up to a Toshiba 21" CRT, was playing Turrican on it yesterday and just before that X Out (also Rainbow Arts) and Cybernoid 2 from the awesome guys at Hewson.

    Given the restraints of these systems back in the 80's it is amazing they managed to pull off what they did with what was available. The Spectrum didn't have the whole hardware sprites and benefit of the VIC II chip, graphics had to be hand drawn and animated.

    Long live the 8 & 16 Bit era!!!
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  • The Amiga is 30 years old today

  • Ferral 23/07/2015

    I own a 600 and 1200 now, back in the day though a 500 (Kickstart 1.3) with the ram expansion taking it to 1Mb.

    I bought a few games from eBay last night for my Miggy : Syndicate, F29 Retaliator, Corporation & Jaws. Should be here in a few days and will be firing them up on my 600.

    I do need to find a new keyboard for my 1200, membrane is gone on it and Amigakit don't have any in stock, keyboards either :(

    Such an awesome amazing machine
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  • PlayStation Plus July Instant Game Collection revealed

  • Ferral 02/07/2015

    I am pleased that Styx has landed, been thinking on getting it for a while now so perfect timing. I enjoyed Of Orcs and Men and it expands on that universe and the Goblin.

    Rocket League looks interesting
    Reply +6
  • Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is coming to PC

  • Ferral 17/06/2015

    I still have my retail copy of Gears of War for PC which I bought from Game back when it was released.

    Looking forward to this and hoping that 2 & 3 will get spruced up and finally bring the entire trilogy to PC
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  • PS Now UK beta rental prices are pretty high

  • Ferral 11/06/2015

    They should do some form of discount for people that own the originals on PS3 or via PSN.

    Maybe look into emulating PS1 & 2 stuff like they did previously so we don't have to rent stuff we already own.
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  • Jon Blyth on: The National Videogame Arcade

  • Ferral 09/05/2015

    That pic of the Competition Pro is wrong on so many levels. That there is mine, opened up just so you can see where the wiring goes for a start, nowhere near the main shaft. In the center is the metal shaft the goes right through the rubber that returns it to position held in place with a spring washer.

    I couldn't be bothered to dismantle it completely, I couldn't find the diagram for where the wiring / switches go to put back together!
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  • You now have to spend at least $5 to access some Steam features

  • Ferral 20/04/2015

    Not a bad idea, over the last 5 - 6 weeks I have had loads of invites from Level 0 users that I don't know. A lot of them using the same avatars (Gabe Newell in the religious garb you often see round the net when a sale is upcoming etc) Reply +6
  • The best and worst of April Fools' Day 2015 in gaming

  • Ferral 01/04/2015

    HEXUS done an article on 3DFX Voodoo Reloaded :

    Reply +5
  • Video: Eurogamer's Christmas live stream spectacular

  • Ferral 18/12/2014

    Awesome, I love Robocod, have it still on my Megadrive, Atari ST, Amiga and also on C64 tape in the small card box, this should be fun to watch

    James Pond 2 C64 Tape
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  • Don't call it a comeback: Xbox One's first year

  • Ferral 22/11/2014

    I would really like to see an article like this on the Nintendo Wii U to see how it is shaping up against the more powerful XB1 & PS4. Nintendo have been working hard lately since the loss of 3rd party support and I have been reading that the machine has many must have titles and now is the time to buy.

    I was talking with my wife a few days back about the 3 main contenders this Christmas, I was all but set on a PS4 as The Order and Bloodborne are out next year, then I started looking at other titles, granted there are a few that are XB1, PS4 & PC exclusive but most games are still coming out on the 360 & PS3.

    My PC is now 3 yrs old and can still run stuff 1080p high detail which is roughly on par with the XB1 & PS4 (I have wired my PC direct to my TV in the front room now also and have been using a wireless 360 pad and playing stuff on the TV over my PC screen). Console exclusives are still landing on PS3 so I can honestly say I won't get a PS4 or XB1 now till next Christmas, when they will no doubt have a stronger line up of games and development for the 360 & PS3 have slowed right down or even come to a complete stop.

    This Christmas though I have actually decided on getting a Wii U, getting either the Mario / Luigi U Bundle or the Mario Kart Bundle, an extra Pro Controller and going to pick up Watch Dogs for it. Looking at next years line up that has already been announced there are some great games coming out on the machine.

    On Christmas day I will hit up the eShop and grab some SNES classics like Metroid, Donkey Kong Country and Castlevania. Not forgetting the N64 is landing on the Wii U eShop (been waiting a while on this from what I have read), but I wouldn't be surprised at all if the N64 happened in time for Christmas so could be looking at stuff like Ocarina of Time also.
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  • Bungie pays tribute to Destiny's famous loot cave

  • Ferral 15/10/2014

    @YenRug I was stood behind them, not in the area in front of them just watching what they were doing. Fair play if I was in the respawn area but I wasn't Reply 0
  • Ferral 15/10/2014

    Whilst playing a few weeks back on PS3 I noticed 2 people shooting at the 2nd loot cave area. Decided to watch what they were doing for a minute or two but not joining in and the numpties started attacking me just because I just happened to be there, I was doing the patrol missions and where I was heading just happened to go past where they were.

    Quite surprised by the mentality in all honesty, they weren't doing any damage to me but for some reason I was a threat to their loot farming
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  • GOG.com adds movies section with documentaries aimed at gamers

  • Ferral 27/08/2014

    I for one am very happy with their new fair pricing policy, my bank was taking the mick whenever I paid with my card charging me £1.50 per transaction. I am happy with the fact I can now pay in pounds sterling and the fact that users can if they so wish still pay in their own currency or in USD.

    So now I am happy to buy from GOG again :)
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  • Some celebrity games that don't feature Kim Kardashian

  • Ferral 27/08/2014

    I have found the best emulator to use at the minute that is free for the Spectrum is ZX Spin :


    Quite far down the list in the second section there.

    It supports all the various Spectrum machines from the early 16k model up to the QL. File support it runs everything from TZX, TAP and even the disc images if you set it to +3. Also supports various interfaces and a standard Windows Game Pad works fine with it. Best bet is just stick with Kempston which is the Atari 9 pin standard.

    Spin works fine on 64 Bit systems hence why I use it.

    If you really want to go retro you can get a USB to 9 pin Atari compatible adapter from Funstock, this allows you to use your old single button joysticks like the Powerplay Cruiser & Competition Pro sticks which you would use on C64, Amiga, Atari systems and via the Kempston Interface on a Spectrum.


    That's the one I use which I got from Funstock and it works a treat when using Vice (C64), WinUAE (Amiga), APE (Amstrad CPC), Steem (Atari ST) & ZX Spin (Spectrum)

    You can't beat proper hardware and I use my machines regularly but emulation has come on leaps and bounds for the 8 & 16 Bit machines over the past few years, if I want a quick fix if I have 20 minutes spare in my day emulation is just fine.
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  • EA's Gamescom 2014 briefing

  • Ferral 13/08/2014

    Yeah, they do now. It was originally done by EA though many moons ago! Reply 0
  • Ferral 13/08/2014

    I would love to see EA bringing back some of their really old franchises, games like Bards Tale & Neromancer Reply 0
  • Remember Sierra? Looks like it's coming back

  • Ferral 08/08/2014

    Cool, I noticed Gold Rush was released on Steam a few weeks back and you can get the various Quest series of games on GOG, if they are selling well there is no reason not to revive the awesome name :) Reply 0
  • Video: Ian's about to tell you all about his favourite game

  • Ferral 04/08/2014

    I have the Dizzy collection on my C64 and all the games as singles on my ZX Spectrum. Fantasy World Dizzy has to be my favorite out of the entire series followed by Crystal Kingdom.

    Has to be said, even today they stand up well as fun, quirky arcade adventures that are still enjoyable to play through. Even my 13yr old son will sit and play them for hours, one afternoon a few weeks back we were playing them without using a solution firing ideas on what to do next, great fun.
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  • UK game publisher Mastertronic suffers layoffs

  • Ferral 31/07/2014

    I really hope things turn out ok for these guys, they looked after us in the 80's with their budget range, pocket money prices for us kids back then on the various machines like C64, Spectrum & Amstrad, would hate to see them disappear into memory. Reply +46
  • Remembering Rick Dangerous, the original tomb raider

  • Ferral 06/07/2014

    Love Rick Dangerous, have it for all my 8 & 16 bit systems, recently there has also been a homebrew version released on SNES and the creator is trying to get a limited cartridge run for that machine so looking out for it. I do have the original big blue Firebird cardboard box version on my C64 bought June 1989, has the comic and poster with instructions on the back, it hasn't actually been loaded in that much as it is a single load and I backed it up onto a disk many years ago with my Action Replay and just play it from there preserving the tape.

    The 16 bit versions has the famous Waaaaaa and each level is actually bigger than the 8 bit versions. Where a level finishes on C64, Spectrum & Amstrad there are around another 16 or so screens per level on Amiga & ST.

    Going to fire it up at NERG today I think on the Amiga or C64 that is there, its a great classic game that deserves a bit of attention, has that one more go to get a bit further each time you play.
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  • Lionhead teases Fable Anniversary for PC

  • Ferral 03/06/2014

    Its pretty cool that they are doing this for PC, I still play Fable on Steam and enjoy it, its just one of those games that are fun to play. We also need Fable 2 on PC, I bought a 360 (now dead ion the water) for Fable 2 and it was a blast.

    We do need them to also sort out Fable 3 and make it Steamworks before GFWL shuts down, must admit I did enjoy Fable 3 on PC and hate to think it will become a digital coaster sitting on my Steam account if they don't sort it out.
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  • Midnight Resistance retrospective

  • Ferral 11/05/2014

    I have this on Amiga, C64, Amstrad CPC and Spectrum.

    Fun arcade game and they did a decent conversion considering what they had to work with. One thing I do really like about the Spectrum version is that the color clash isn't to bad, no large block of color round the character when moving over the different color backdrops, same can be said for Cobra on Spectrum.

    Love the C64 version, fast moving with decent sprites, backgrounds look pretty cool also.

    Special FX did some great games back in the day, they also did the conversion of Hysteria and they did do a few non arcade or movie tie in games like Gutz which is similar kind of to Alien Syndrome but a top down angled view point.
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  • Block rockin' beeps: What's behind gaming's greatest soundtracks

  • Ferral 30/04/2014

    Can't beat the Last Ninja 2 Soundtrack on the C64, by far my favorite piece of game music ever, from the Central Park loading tune and level itself and different atmospheric music for each level, it is superb.

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  • Sony survey hints at possible PlayStation 4 features

  • Ferral 02/04/2014

    Didn't they mention last year that Flixster was coming to PS3 - Still waiting on them delivering that one. Reply -1
  • Win a £400 Sony Entertainment Network voucher

  • Ferral 21/02/2014

    Fallout New Vegas : Old World Blues

    After waking in the research center after losing your brain, heart and spine, you are tasked by the scientists (brains in jars using monitors for eyes and mouths) to save them from their experiments. You would think after losing those vital parts of your anatomy that you would either die or at least have difficulty getting about, but no, you have had a weird makeover that gives you a few new perks to help get you on your way!!

    This DLC has a very 50's / 60's Sci Fi Americana feel to it like an old black & white B Movie. A decent sized underground set of labs filled with mutants and various other strange oddities and not forgetting the atomic robots / dogs, you still have to stop Dr Mobius also (Mad Wacked Out Scientist).

    The voice acting alongside the whole setting is superb, each of the scientists talk in different ways like one only talks in static and another only shouts. There is some great fun dialogue in there.

    It is a genuinely funny and superb slice of DLC for New Vegas after the poorer Honest Hearts and Dead Money. I felt it had a kind of similar feel to where you are in the sleep tank in Fallout 3 and go back to the 50's with full black and White filter!

    This is the type of DLC I personally enjoy, yeah its Fallout but manages to disconnect enough to take you on a surreal funny ride.
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  • Suda 51's Killer is Dead hits PC in May

  • Ferral 17/02/2014

    Cool to see the PC getting a few games that were console only titles.

    I would like to see Shadows of the Damned on PC next, have it on PS3 already and love it, granted very weird but highly playable action / horror game.
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  • Microsoft's PC gaming chief leaves after just six months

  • Ferral 13/02/2014

    @bad09 Yeah completely agree, there are unofficial fixes to remove GFWL for quite a few titles and like you say fixed files to bypass authentication etc It's easy enough to do this taking only a few seconds to fix the game.

    Thing is though we should not have to do that with games we have bought and legally own.

    If stuff doesn't get GFWL removed by the companies involved they are literally saying to us tough, we have your money now scoot (being polite there!! )
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  • Ferral 13/02/2014

    To keep PC gamers happy they need to liaise with the companies that done the games that use GFWL and get everything either converted to DRM Free or Steamworks.

    At the minute there is a fair bit off stuff out there that uses GFWL and not even half of it is having the service removed which will make certain games unusable after the turn off as they require server authentication to activate it.

    Granted, the ones that don't need server authentication you will be able to use with an offline GFWL profile but there are a few that will end up as digital coasters for a lot of users.
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  • Retro-Bit Super Retro Trio review

  • Ferral 10/02/2014

    @Alex_976 No as it requires an additional power and additional connecting lead to a MD, these just don't have the required inputs for stuff like that unfortunately.

    Master Converter should be fine though as it doesn't need extra power or connectors
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Ferx I have a few photos on my Twitter Acoount and some photos of the games on Colexionx

    Twitter @IainGrimm



    Haven't took photos of everything yet though as still moving stuff about to get it setup just the way I want to.
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @gamefan Its not actually released till mid March this year.

    Once it is released I think Funstock will be selling it
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @vert1go Console Passion do updates and repairs, I would give them a shout to see if they can do anything with it

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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Tet5ujin Errrr

    Married with 3 kids.....Go Figure!

    Wife has the horses and I have my retro stuff
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @Longrange I can honestly say only had a few that have failed on Spectrum & C64. Tends to be the ones that got loaned out to friends back in the day.

    However I do have a mills deck for my C64 with adjustment knob and lights to get strongest signal which reduces failure rate.

    Single load games that are hit and miss I back them up to a disk with my Action Replay now.

    I have found though that as long as you keep the heads clean and properly aligned you tend to get less failures loading.

    @reggy72 First thing I done after the cleaning of my +2A was order a new drive belt from Dataserve Retro, going to do the same with the Amstrad. You tend to find that you get a kink in the belt where it fits over the small drive wheel with sitting unused for so long
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  • Ferral 09/02/2014

    @jablonski If you look on Youtube, there is a Game Sack Episode where they try out the Retro Duo Portable and they actually hook up a Master System Converter to it (Version 1 that looks like the Death Star) and it was running the Master Games with no issues. Thing with the Master Converter is that it requires no extra leads to be able to use it, literally just plug & play.

    You can get a Master 2 converter which literally just looks like a Megadrive cartridge but is open topped and you plug your master System carts in there and away you go. This will most likely work on this machine I reckon.

    At the start of the article it talks about failing machines, my original 1984 C64 Breadbin died a few weeks back, as did my backup C64c, was absolutely gutted. Thankfully now replaced with another C64c which is working lovely. Think I need to get another 64 though just incase so I always have one spare, think I also need to get another 1541 disk drive, mine is the Vic 1540 so is quite an age at the minute.

    Alongside my C64 I have a Spectrum 128k +2 with a Kempston Interface, this is hooked up to the same TV and shares the same desk as my C64 setup. The Spectrum was in a bad way when I first got it, took a few days just to clean it up, then replaced the drive belt and redone the silver lettering and now the only thing missing is one of its feet. Looks nice and works lovely now. Going to get the Divide interface for it somepoint this year. I have a Competition Pro and Logic 3 Competition Pro style joystick I use on the third floor.

    Next to that is another desk, this time with an Amiga 600 on the desk, basic setup with an accelerated Quickshot mouse, I do have PCMCIA Adapter and easyADF for transferring the emulator images back onto disk but other than that it is completely stock, under the CRT the Amiga is hooked up to I have a Megadrive Version 1 with MegaCD addon and I do have the original Master Converter and original official pads, also have 2 spare 6 button Quickshot pads.

    Moving into our main bedroom I have a SNES with 2 pads connected up to the TV and also another desk with an Atari 520 STe, the Atari got a ram upgrade yesterday to 4Mb and I have the Ultra Satan Disk coming in the next few days so I can download and put on all the Hard Drive converted games on it. I also have an external floppy Drive which I tend to use on the games that have a bit of disk swapping like Monkey Island, Rocket Ranger and a few other adventure type games.

    Handhelds at the minute I have the Game Gear and Gameboy Pocket with a few games on each.

    I have hundreds of games on tape for both Spectrum and C64, loads of disks as well as around 40 originals for the Amiga, around 50 MD games, 10 Master Games and a half dozen CD games and my ST I have around 50 originals.

    Next month I am getting a Amstrad CPC464 with color screen and around 60 original tapes. This will have to be setup in the bedroom also as no space on the third floor until I move a few things about. This is the last machine I am allowed to get though, my wife has said she wants an N64 but no doubt that will land in the front room.

    So now it is collecting and building up my already large collection and keeping all the machines running nicely for years to come.

    I may get a Retron 5 when it comes out to connect it up to the main TV in the front room. Until then though I have so many machines to be playing on in different areas of the house!
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  • Playing this cancer research game could actually help find a cure

  • Ferral 04/02/2014

    I believe this working in the same or similar way to SETI or Folding on the PC. You collect stuff in the game and it does the calculations and breaks it down then sends it to cancer research Reply +9