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  • The back catalogue of Zuntata, Taito's legendary house band, just hit Spotify

  • cawley1 22/02/2018

    I am sure most of you are aware of the site, but head over to VGMRips and enjoy all the Arcade, Mega Drive and X68000 goodness to be had (plus loads of other sound chips!) Reply +1
  • Jelly Deals roundup: Dark Souls 3, Nintendo eShop sale, Bayonetta 2 and more

  • cawley1 13/02/2018

    @MrTomFTW - You are correct. The Amstrad Grey +2 has a better keyboard and RGB output than a 'toastrack' 128K, but obviously purists will never agree with this.

    I have a grey +2 I had cut down at the cassette deck (just next to the power LED) and then replaced the massive heatsink with a modern component and did the audio mod so that the speaker and sound chip is the correct volume. It's the nuts...

    The +3 or +2a/b is a different story, as you say!
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  • Where do downloadable games go when they die?

  • cawley1 23/01/2018

    I'll have a read through the comments shortly, but my gut feeling...

    1) This is why I detest the 'digital only' future of everything content related (games, films, music, whatever) - if I can buy physical, I always will. Younger colleagues at work do not understand this, they actually *choose* the download option, which I cannot get my crusty old head around.

    2) This won't be a popular opinion, and will get me some negs, but this is one time I cannot see any downside to piracy. If the title in question is no longer available to download, then thank Christ someone has hacked it and saved it to run on a hacked console. This is the reason I know I will always be able to access OutRun 2, Rally Côte d'Azur or Daytona USA as long as my PS3 or 360 is working - all those WiiWare games are thankfully hacked and saved for future generations.
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  • Legendary cover artist Bob Wakelin passes away

  • cawley1 22/01/2018

    I was just looking at that Rastan artwork in an old mag yesterday, literally, and thinking with a wry smile how he did a good job of nicking the Conan typeface - from reading interviews over the years I know he was quite open about a bit of good old fashioned plagiarism! Reply +2
  • cawley1 22/01/2018

    Just got in from work, and read this.

    I am lucky enough to know who Bob Wakelin is, and the art he produced, having lived through gaming in the 80's - and that actually makes this news even more sad.

    I love Ocean and Imagine titles, and I am sure the main reason for this is the incredible artwork. I don't do retro conventions, but had I gone to one, I would have been starstruck if I was in Bob's company.

    His artwork means so much, given that it's a window into many childhoods from a time long gone.

    Genuinely gutted, what a sad start to 2018...
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  • Eurogamer's Top 50 Games of 2017: 50-41

  • cawley1 26/12/2017

    >Christian Donlan: This time we got his best game since Space Giraffe...

    What the absolute fuck? I am assuming you forgot TxK came out *after* Space Giraffe, Mr Donlan???!
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  • Capcom confirms it has new Switch games in the works, including an Ace Attorney

  • cawley1 11/11/2017

    Black Tiger update, please!

    But still in 2D - get WayForward to do it.
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  • Nintendo sold 2m SNES mini consoles in a month

  • cawley1 31/10/2017

    @OurDogFudge Just wish I knew enough about computers and were brave enough to do the same to mine.

    It's an utter piece of piss to do, just don't overload the folders (have a good read on that forum).

    I have about 85 games on there right now. Final Fight, Parodius, Turtles in Time FTW!!!
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  • cawley1 31/10/2017

    Last Wednesday I had to go into Watford to take my iPhone back to Apple as it had stopped working, this led to me having an hour of time to kill.

    I walked into CEX, was utterly disgusted at the twenty odd units they had in there at £140 a pop - greedy cnuts, especially when you consider the going eBay rate now appears to be around £110, when they actually sell.

    I then later went into Game and was amazed to see six units behind the till for £79.99 each! I already have mine, but my Brother was after one, so managed to bag him one with no grief.

    So, they are out there, just need to keep your eyes peeled and have some luck.

    And FUCK CEX!!!
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  • Sonic Mania and its impact on the future of the Sonic series

  • cawley1 23/10/2017

    @TheGreenYamo >I agree Super Mario World is the best 2D platformer ever.

    I cannot believe I am playing through it *yet again* on my SNES Mini! I promised myself this would not happen, and suddenly I'm in the Forest of Illusion!
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  • Gran Turismo Sport finishes first in UK chart

  • cawley1 23/10/2017

    But... Will Mario Odyssey knock it off the top spot in a week, though? Reply +5
  • How one Mega Drive dev cheekily slipped through Sega's certification process

  • cawley1 05/10/2017

    Here's another odd discovery I made with some mates back in the day.

    I had Super Monaco GP (can't remember if it was PAL or USA), but somehow worked out that if you pulled it out while the console was on *shudder* and put another game in and pressed reset, rather than powered off, it often brought up level selects or debug menus - certainly in the earlier Mega Drive titles. I had about three or four games that it made something odd happen, and I didn't have a big library.

    It used to bring up the Sonic 1 level select/debug screen, this was before the button combination was known.

    I have no idea why Super Monaco triggered this, still can't explain it to this day...
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  • cawley1 05/10/2017

    Bloody interesting stuff! I clean all my old cart contacts with white spirit, which means the contact is usually spot on and I don't get any game freezes, even if I knock the cartridge.

    Before cleaning, some games will crash if the table the console is on takes a knock, they are that sensitive due to all the filth on the connector!
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  • Nintendo Super NES Classic mini review

  • cawley1 01/10/2017

    Given I own both a 1-Chip RGB modded American SNES 'Jr' and the SNES Mini, I would say that for the majority of people who have picked one up and not played a Super Nintendo game in many years (or bought for their kids), they will be blown away by this - they are not going to notice a slight lag in audio, or that the CRT filter has a blurry image. Hell, on my LCD TV, it looks great, in my opinion.

    These guys are going to be used to a PAL SNES running at 50hz with borders, often through RF! The SNES Mini will be a massive upgrade over what they remember.

    For the rest of us - the retrogamers and collectors - We already probably own a SNES with the best possible configuration and a CRT TV or monitor to go with it (plus an Everdrive!), so no real bother.
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  • Nintendo's half-arsed online cripples FIFA 18 on Switch

  • cawley1 29/09/2017

    See, I don't give a toss about playing online, or about FIFA or EA games in general, and I am a fully paid up Nintendo fanboy...


    They need to sort this shit out, seriously! I was in the queue for my SNES Mini at Smyths last night. There were probably 40 people there by Midnight, but only three of us for a SNES, and everyone else was there for FIFA.

    These are the people that Nintendo SHOULD be working hard to call out to... The guy who works with me who always takes holiday when FIFA comes out, and laughed when I told him there was a Switch version coming. No surprise every pre-order I saw being collected was in a blue or green case.

    WAKE UP, Nintendo! You might have a hit on your hands, but to be truly great and have far more mass market appeal you need to work on this stuff that people expect as a minimum in this day and age...
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  • Tokyo Game Show may have underwhelmed, but Japan remains the heart of gaming

  • cawley1 28/09/2017

    More's the bloody pity that Japan is no longer the heart of gaming! Reply 0
  • The doors close on The Chinese Room - for now

  • cawley1 25/09/2017

    Joking aside, it's a shame that the cost of being a developer is so notoriously difficult - how many excellent studios have hit the skids over the last 10 years?

    This despite how good or bad their output is, it shows that something is wrong in the way games are funded, and why smaller studios turn to crowdfunding.

    I mean, if The Chinese Room can't secure funding from a publisher, despite their obvious success over the past year or two (and those BAFTA's), what hope is there?
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  • cawley1 25/09/2017

    Everybody's Gone to the Job Centre more like... Reply +41
  • It looks like Dragon's Crown Pro is coming to PS4

  • cawley1 19/09/2017

    Get it on Switch, please Nintendo... Reply -1
  • Capcom re-releasing Street Fighter 2 on a SNES cart with one hell of a safety warning

  • cawley1 01/09/2017

    See, although I missed out on this, I'm not too bothered (I already have all three flavours of Street Fighter II on the SNES). Nice to see the cost is in line with what it was back in the day!

    I would much rather pay the entry cost of Paprium on the Mega Drive, which I did, and should be out soon! Looking forward to some new, fresh 16-Bit brawling, that looks like it will push my Mega Drive to the limit!
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  • Much-loved UK video game mag Super Play returns for a one-off to celebrate the SNES mini launch

  • cawley1 01/09/2017

    I foolishly sold all my Super Play magazines on eBay in the early 00's, made some good money and I was pleased at the time, then regretted it and ended up buying them all again (on eBay) a few years ago!

    The issues after number 40 were, a) a bastard to track down and b) bloody expensive.

    I shall look forward to adding this to the collection!
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  • CEX suffers security breach that may affect up to two million customers

  • cawley1 30/08/2017

    Jesus, I used to LOVE 'Computer Exchange' back in the mid-90's. Every trip to London was like an exciting pilgrimage, never knowing what you'd find in Rathbone Place or Tottenham Court Road.

    They employed people who were awesome to talk to, had the latest imports and a load of great import games to buy at really good prices - they even started up a Retro store (which only lasted a couple of years, but it was fun while it lasted). The music was a bit loud, but that was fine as the shop was grey import heaven.

    Then they stopped selling import Nintendo gear, so they could get PAL GameCubes off Nintendo, then they started 'diversifying' into other tech and particularly phones, started calling themselves 'CEX' and promptly became total shit.

    Mind you, they are the last 'independent', if you can call them that, so they deserve some credit, I guess.
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  • There's a special edition Metroid: Samus Returns 3DS

  • cawley1 08/08/2017

    Hang on, so the New 3DS is cancelled and only the New 2DS clam thing is available now, unless a special edition comes along, when they roll out the 3D again...?

    Is that right, or am I being thick?
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  • Tempest 4000 is real, Jeff Minter is developing it and Atari is publishing it

  • cawley1 08/08/2017

    Still think Atari are dicks for pulling their shit with TxK, but if Jeff has made up with them, who am I to complain?

    Now - let's get this bad boy on the Switch, as well as PS4 and Xbone, please...
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  • Spelunky, Downwell and more indie devs announce 8-bit game anthology UFO 50

  • cawley1 07/08/2017

    Is this like Cascade's Cassette 50?

    If so, I demand it available on every format under the sun and black and white adverts in the gaming press (even you can have some round the edges Eurogamer - as long as it's still black and white!), but it must come with a free digital watch...
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  • Why Wii U ports on Switch are good for Nintendo - and for us

  • cawley1 15/07/2017

    I get that a lot of people who stuck by Nintendo in the Wii U years will be upset at all these ports, but for those of us, for whatever reason, did not own a Wii U (and my Kids have one with a healthy collection of games, I just didn't get any time to play on it!) it's awesome being able to play some of these titles.

    It's more about form factor for me - I prefer handhelds these days as I can fit in half an hour here, a couple of hours there, when waiting to pick the kids up from school, or in the bedroom where we don't have a TV.

    I am well up for a number of Wii U games making the crossing to Switch - I would personally love Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and Super Mario 3D World (we didn't even get DK on Wii U, so that would be a day one purchase for me). At the same time a Mario Galaxy compilation would be good as I never spent any time on these on Wii, also a New Super Mario Brothers All-Stars with all the New Super Mario games on it would be awesome!
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  • Thoughts on three months spent with Zelda: Breath of the Wild

  • cawley1 15/07/2017

    >it's probably more accurate to say that I've spent 3 months living with Breath of the Wild.

    I can agree with this statement completely. This is the first time I have been completely into a 'modern' game in years (I'd say Resi4 was the last one), and I never even liked Zelda before this!

    Bloody awesome game.
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  • Sports Direct buys chunk of GAME

  • cawley1 13/07/2017

    @the_ewan I get that, but would still be an easy way to get hold of a laod of sites in one swoop... Reply 0
  • cawley1 13/07/2017

    Maybe everyone is missing the point here - what if Mike Ashley only wants the 'bricks and mortar' long term? He might have seen an opportunity to snap up the shops and when Game goes tits-up (or before if he continues to buy more shares and force it's hand) he can then re-brand and re-fit them as high street Sports Direct shops.

    It looks like he only paid £10m for a quarter of the company! Could be an easy way to get a large high street presence for less than £50m.

    If he does get more involved and ends up running it as a videogame store, then I would imagine e-sports will have some kind of a presence.
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  • Summer Games Done Quick raises over $1.7m, smashes previous record

  • cawley1 10/07/2017

    I thought this was something to do with the old Epyx games on the Atari & Commodore 64!

    I really am an old bastard!!!
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  • Cuphead will never come to PS4

  • cawley1 05/07/2017

    Resident Evil 4 was a GameCube exclusive as well... Reply +1
  • Tequila Works opens up about turbulent development of Rime

  • cawley1 05/07/2017

    When are we going to get an actual release date for the Switch version?

    I was hoping to have it in time for my holiday, but that's now in five weeks, so I'm guessing that's a no!
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  • Namco Museum is coming to Switch next month with Pac-Man Vs.

  • cawley1 30/06/2017

    What a piss poor selection of games! Namco has never gotten Museum right since the Playstation originals. Reply +4
  • UK shops get SNES mini in stock

  • cawley1 30/06/2017

    Anyone thinking of paying £150+ on eBay for one would do well to just buy an unboxed SNES unit and a standard Everdrive cart, then you can play all games with the exception of a few with special chips.

    Admittedly this rules out Mario Kart, Starfox, Yoshi's Island and Pilotwings, but you could just pick those up separately if really wanted.
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  • Nintendo confirms SNES mini, including never-released Starfox 2

  • cawley1 28/06/2017

    In-Store pre-orders working on Smyths right now, but I'm not sure if they take the £79.99 upfront? Reply 0
  • cawley1 28/06/2017

    Everyone fretting over the Amazon price drop, they will honour the lower price, it's part of their pre-order guarantee.

    I've never experienced them charging the higher price on a pre order.

    Mind you, if their notification of this is as good as the email they should have sent me alerting it was available to order again, you'll likely get it in a couple of weeks.
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  • cawley1 28/06/2017

    Well I never! Before the Nintendo store miss yesterday, I'd gone on ShopTo and thought I was filling out a notification email request, but I've got an email this morning saying I've secured a pre-order, and sure enough it's there in my account!

    Happy days. Good job ShopTo. Anyone else struggling could give this method a go.

    Now, just need to get a US one and a Super Famicom one now!
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  • cawley1 27/06/2017

    Well, I just managed to add one to a cart on the ebgames website...

    Pity it's in bloody Australia!!!
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  • cawley1 27/06/2017

    I read somewhere long ago the US SNES was designed that way (by the same bloke who designed the NES), as Nintendo of America had many NES units returned damaged due to drinks being spilt on them as the flat top design allowed drinks and the suchlike to be placed on top.

    The US SNES is clearly lumpy and bumpy on the top, so it would be difficult to place a drink on it, the Super Famicom shape not so much, you could definitely get a large glass on the back of the console.

    So, while I have no idea if this is true, or even where I read it, it sounds like it could be the case. Lance Barr (the designer) still works for Nintendo, so maybe someone could find his details and ask him.

    Still no pissing pre-order for me, though. At this point I am resigned to taking the day off and going to Game, Smyths and they supermarkets and hoping for the best, assuming there is not another round of pre-orders I luck out and manage to be part of in the next few weeks.
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  • cawley1 27/06/2017

    I don't think I have genuinely been so fucked off about anything retail related in a long time.

    After missing initial batches yesterday, as I'm working and not tied to a phone or computer, I find out I've missed both Nintendo store and Amazon restock.

    What a cnuting joke.
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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    I don't actually know why I am bothered - US SNES Jr sitting here with RGB mod on a CRT TV and an Everdrive, but I still bloody want two of these - a PAL one and a US one for the collection!

    Actually, make that three as there will be a Super Famicom as well!
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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    For fuck's sakes - unavailable on Shopto, Amazon and Smyths!

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  • cawley1 26/06/2017

    BOOM - Head Explodes! Reply 0
  • Watch: Chris and Aoife play Super Mario Odyssey

  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    @Volthis Was wondering the same thing, but I am sure they will have it covered. Reply 0
  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    @_TheDarkSide_ See, I didn't have a Wii U (but the kids do!) - so I didn't get into SM3DW, I played SM3DL on 3DS to death, so I'd quite like a Switch port of World.

    I also got a big Mario 64 vibe off this!
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  • cawley1 15/06/2017

    I was thinking this looked a bit pony when I saw the New York style stuff in the previous preview, and I still think it looks a bit odd here - but that desert level has me sold on it now! Reply +3
  • Sony downplays dream of PlayStation Vita successor

  • cawley1 07/06/2017

    Well, as with owning a Jaguar for just Tempest 2000, I will always love my OLED Vita for TxK, and I even bought a VitaTV so I can play it on any size TV I want to!

    Take that Atari/Infogrames, you wankers!
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  • The story of Mean Machines magazine

  • cawley1 04/06/2017

    @BaronVonBumpkin Jesus - that was probably horrendous! Reply +1
  • cawley1 04/06/2017

    Long day at work and I come in for tea to find this unbelievably awesome article begging for a read!

    Funny, last year I managed to get a complete set of Computer and Video games from the years that matter to me (Jan 84 - Apr 92), and I was reading through the Mean Machines sections of '87 - '90 the other day! I still have the original 24 Mean Machines magazines I bought on my paper round back in the early 90's... I would say that this along with Super Play (and Your Sinclair) are among my fondest gaming memories.

    What a bloody fantastic time!
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  • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is coming to Switch next week

  • cawley1 30/05/2017

    Awesome! I'm pleased I didn't unseal my PSVita version now! Reply 0