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    I dont really get those batteries. I've got some carts that run fine, but then I have some newer carts that have dead batteries.

    I was going to make a thread about this issue (might still do), where I started to find ways of backup up all my saves for archive purposes. I started this thing recently where I wanted to try and complete as many games as possible and then backup the save file on a computer somewhere, which can be easily transferred to the cart again in case the cart got wiped (battery issue or just general failure).

    More on this at a later date.

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    The Donkey Kong Country I got from CEX doesn't save which is apparently due to some sort of battery inside the cartridge being dead. I've never seen a cartridge that just straight up doesn't work anymore though.

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    Pretty much all carts with a save feature back then had a battery, until they started using flash memory years later. I dont think any game would refuse to work without the battery. What you may find is that your game will look like its working fine including the saves. But the moment you turn the console off and on again, the save would've been wiped.
    There are guides that show you how to replace the batteries, but it usually requires a little soldering work. I've personally only ever replaced one cart battery for a GBA game, and the replacement lasted like 1/4 of the time that the original did (even though it was supposed to be the same capacity).

    I dont bother playing off of original carts any more. I only buy them for the sake of collecting, and then play the roms anyway.

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    Let it be known that any time anyone from Rajah is within driving distance of my establishment you are more than welcome to make yourselves at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nash Diesel View Post
    Let it be known that any time anyone from Rajah is within driving distance of my establishment you are more than welcome to make yourselves at home.
    the day I find myself in the middle of Nowhere, Iowa, Iím gonna be too worried about running away from the children of the corn to stop by and play vidya games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hero! View Post
    the day I find myself in the middle of Nowhere, Iowa, I’m gonna be too worried about running away from the children of the corn to stop by and play vidya games.
    Luckily for you I do not live in the middle of Nowhere, IA. I live about 2 minutes from the airport so you could literally just walk to my place if you wanted. I'll save you a spot my brother!

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    So this save archiving idea (that I mentioned above) came from something I used to do like 20 years ago when emulation first became a thing. I guess I always thought it was cool to be able to go through all my old SNES carts and NES carts, or PSX memory cards and be able to revisit old save files. In some ways its kinda like a trophy when you have a Final Fantasy 6 or Super Mario World cart with a personal completed save file on there forever, that you knew was achieved by yourself. So when I first discovered roms and emulators, I like most people started to play through a fuck ton of games. And I'd keep backups of all the save files from the emulators, just like how I used to preserve the saves from the carts I had.

    Fast forward all these years and cart batteries dying had become a real issue, and I saw the odd save wiped from some of my SNES or Gameboy carts. So I started to look into way to transfer save data from original carts to my PC in case this happened to any more games. I found multiple ways to do this depending on the console you're using.
    For something like the SNES, I use this:

    Which is basically a backup device. The white cart has a SD card slot that you load all your roms onto, and then play on a real SNES. The cool thing about the thing is the cart slot at the top which allows you to put a real game into, and then make a backup (including the save) to the SD card. The thing also lets me UPLOAD a save to a real cart too. So in theory I can play and complete a game on an emulator, and then transfer that completed save to a real cart of the same game. There are ways you can do this with GBA games, Gameboy, PSX and PS2 memory cards, etc (with their own specific methods which I wont bother getting into).

    So what I do now is use a single device (such as a handheld or a PC) with all my various console emulators in one place for convenience. Then when I'm done playing the game, I transfer the save to the legit cart that I own, whilst keeping a backup of the save on my PC in case the cart ever gets wiped. I used to insist on playing on the actual consoles, but eventually accepted I'm just being a retro VG snob. These days I'd rather just use emulators, and keep the original carts I have just purely for collecting purposes. If I REALLY have to play on a real console, I just use a flash cart like the one pictured above.
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    That's fairly badass.
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    Destroyed my mate on Mario Kart Battle Mode. He forgot ghosts can steal red shells then he slipped on a banana skin to end it.

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    Yeah, I just made the plunge on an N64 with 4 controllers, Goldeneye, and Kart. It was about $100, but it's a good time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid_Planet View Post
    Foolish mortal.
    I wish I got this on Youtube. "Ghost whaaaaat?" The banana skin was the icing on the cake!

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    Found a hand held Oregon Trail game today at Wal-Mart in the board game section. It is just like the old computer game. Couldn't resist buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarrod1983 View Post
    Found a hand held Oregon Trail game today at Wal-Mart in the board game section. It is just like the old computer game. Couldn't resist buying it.
    I prefer Organ Trail on PS Now. Oregon Trail meets the zombie apocalypse.

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    Did anyone have one of those cheat cartridge things for PS1? It plugged into the back of the console and allowed you to put in these long codes that would alter a game's code or whatever and let you do all sorts of mad shit in games, as well as watch any cut scenes, listen to game audio etc. If I remember right I think it also allowed you to play copied games, although the real badboys like me used the pen lid trick.

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    i had one. it came preloaded with a shitton of codes. could also view the FMV sequences and shit through it. also used it and my unlimited Blockbuster rentals to burn a fuckton of game, eventhough i maybe played 5 of them. you could also use it to somehow download saves online. i think i bought it off eBay for $30 and considered it the best purchase of my life, at the time.

    the n64 one i had kinda sucked. but i think that is because i had to program in long ass codes to get stuff like THE HELL IN A CELL in No Mercy.

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    I vaguely recall using something like that, cuz I remember using it to help my PSX stand up vertically (which apparently helped my dodgy laser load the discs better). I cant remember what use I actually had for the device itself, but knowing me it was probably something to do with copied games. I do remember using the PS2 version quite well, because I used to go online and look for codes for the games I had. The PS2 one used to come with a disc and a dongle that went into the memory card port. And again, I think the primary use for most people was its ability to load copied games.
    I personally used to use it to mess around with the cheats and codes for the Smackdown games. The stuff you could do with them used to be cool as hell. The best part was the ability to merge two match types, so you could go into a cage match via the game for example, but put in the code for a TLC match, and it would merge the two together to give you a cage match with the TLC weapons, or you could do a Royal Rumble and then use a code for HIAC.
    Also you could use codes to let you hack moves onto your CAWs, meaning you can give them Stunners and Rock Bottom's as regular moves (when they used to be exclusive to finishers). Or even remove the hard coded limit of how many weapons you can grab from under the ring, meaning you could literally pull out an unlimited amount of ladders and tables (the game would start to lag after like 10 ladders or so).

    These cheat code devices arent common these days as you can now do all of this purely through software. So providing you've hacked your console, you can get apps that do this for you on things like the Wii, Switch, 3DS, etc.

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    for PS2 (original style), i got the modded top that made the disc drive into a flip-top.

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    Never had the specific device you guys are talking about, but I had a GameShark for my PS1. I think I mostly used it to go into debug modes and do ridiculous cheats(like playing FFVII with constant limit breaks or every skill unlocked). I remember I briefly had one for PS2, and there apparently codes that let you use wrestling entrance themes that weren't in the games. I could never seem to get that to work, though.

    I think I also found one that let you play with Sephiroth in your team.

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    so, that raspberry pi dealio, is it difficult to figure out? i kinda want to get one with a bunch of games (like ND has up there). i see there are premade consoles, some have the games preloaded.

    i figure downloading the games myself shouldn't be hard, though

    is there anything you guys could recommend?

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    You can download pre compiled emulator packs and stuff that you just copy and paste onto the SD card, stick it in the Raspberry Pi, and you're good to go.

    When you buy these things, you're basically paying for the presentation of the device and the convenience. Anything over $45 or so is just money they're pocketing for the work you could've done yourself. A barebones Pi is like $30-ish, then you pay for an SD card, some USB controllers, etc.

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    do i needs cooling units for it and shit? what would you recommend?

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    It doesnt need any extra cooling. The thing can automatically scale back on its power whenever it starts to overheat, so it'll never heat up to a harmful level. You'd only need a heatsink and/or a fan if you plan on overclocking it for more power, which apparently you might need if you want to run N64 games at a good speed. Anything up to PSX emulation doesnt require additional cooling stuff.

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    i have $50 in amazon money

    do the work for me

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    The cheapest Raspberry Pi 3 is about $38 on Amazon, which is the most powerful one. You can go for the cheaper older models, but I'd suggest sticking to that. Then its a case of seeing what extras you already have around the house if you want to save money. You need a micro USB charger, so if you have one from a phone, you can use that. You need an SD card of course, HDMI cable, and a USB controller. If you want, you can use your PS4/Xbox One controller AFAIK.

    http://www.lakka.tv/get/linux/
    Follow that guide if you want to install nothing on the OS but just the emulators. Basically when you're done, you'll turn it on and you'll jump straight into RetroArch.

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    So I've been diving pretty hard back into the old games that defined a lot of my early years. Turok... used to play it, but never beat it as a kid because it intimidated me lol. Played it again and conquered that shit. DMC3... used to play it like a pansy and would only use gunslinger. Now, utilized swordmaster and trickster to the point where I was untouchable. Cerberus and Rebellion are my weapons of choice always.

    But now I've gotten back into Midnight Club 2! Holy frick, this was my game as a kid. I'm only a third of the way into it, and I don't think I'll need to progress even further because the final race w/ Dice is my favorite race in the whole game. I've gotten to the point where I only play that race just to beat my own record. As a kid, I never used the motorcycle... now I've got it down to a science.

    Sigh. video games

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    Got my Sega classic set up. Good to be able to play game cartridges and not just the preloaded stuff. Haven't gotten too much into those other than curling, which is nothing like the sport but it's really ridiculous fun. Not bad for $29, will post if anyone wants the link to buy where I did. (Not sure if they ship outside of US/N. America)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Did anyone have one of those cheat cartridge things for PS1? It plugged into the back of the console and allowed you to put in these long codes that would alter a game's code or whatever and let you do all sorts of mad shit in games, as well as watch any cut scenes, listen to game audio etc. If I remember right I think it also allowed you to play copied games, although the real badboys like me used the pen lid trick.
    They still exist though they're more common for handhelds than consoles. Action Replay still makes cheat devices for handhelds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuneEdge View Post
    The cheapest Raspberry Pi 3 is about $38 on Amazon, which is the most powerful one. You can go for the cheaper older models, but I'd suggest sticking to that. Then its a case of seeing what extras you already have around the house if you want to save money. You need a micro USB charger, so if you have one from a phone, you can use that. You need an SD card of course, HDMI cable, and a USB controller. If you want, you can use your PS4/Xbox One controller AFAIK.

    http://www.lakka.tv/get/linux/
    Follow that guide if you want to install nothing on the OS but just the emulators. Basically when you're done, you'll turn it on and you'll jump straight into RetroArch.
    awww yea

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    Thank God for RE on this because I'm not tech savvy one bit. All I know is my boss ordered it, his brother set it up, and I'm fucking up Bubble Bobble, Ms. PacMan, SpiderMan v. X-Men, WrestleFest, Super Mario Land, it's all so dope.

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