Choosing the right TV for classic gaming (In the USA)

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Choosing the right display for playing our classic games isn’t as straight forward as it may seem at first. If you want to get the best quality picture there are a variety of things to take into account. This fact is compounded in the USA by the myriad of different video transmission methods we have gone through each of ascending video quality. This is a guide designed to help those that want the best video quality out of there “classic” systems (pre PS3 for the sake of this article).

Before we can talk about the correct displays to use we need to have a basic understanding of how the video signal is sent and the various connection methods used to deliver the video signal to the TV. Since we are talking about classic systems here were going to focus on analog video and not digital methods like DVI or HDMI…

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Awesome Nerdy Mini Fridges

We’ve had this mini fridge, which I got from my dad, for many years. It’s a standard multi-purpose fridge which also has the option to heat up its contents. This particular one was designed for a snus company (some kind of very typical Swedish tobacco, please don’t use any kind of tobacco readers).

Anyhow, we stopped using it as everything it contained smelled like snus, and that’s a nasty smell. We put it in storage to remove the smell and forgot it there. Then I started to think of how my future Gamer Room, or Man Cave, if you will, would look like. I was reminded of this one for my future thirst quenching needs while gaming with my bro and homies, and it was still available for my taking, but a few problems remained:

1) It wasn’t a Video Game themed fridge.

2)  I didn’t want to advertise for snus.

3)  I wanted a white fridge.

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The fridge with the transparent door covered up, ready for spray painting.

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I had to make some rudimentary cover for the balcony as not to cover it with white paint. Also there was a slight drizzle falling on the fridge as rain was puring outside, hence the wicked umbrella.

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The newspaper covering the fridge removed. The white color really compliments the design in my opinion.

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The back was colored really nice as well. 

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Inside we (me and my dad) had covered the fan compartment with some tape to prevent spray paint to enter the sensitive electronics inside.

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And here it is! The fridge in all its completed glory! I put some custom stickers on, and while you can’t see it the right side has the Gameboy Color logo, and I plan on ordering something for the left side as well, but that’s a project for the future.

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This is a fridge which the guy behind http://backgroundcharacters.wordpress.com/ customized.

This is also a tobacco fridge, presumably a snus one, which he simply customized by swapping the tobacco inserts for  parts of a Dragonball poster which he had at home. That’s incredibly clever!

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One of the sides of the fridge.

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The other side, sweet!

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And this fridge not only looks awesome, it lights up inside as well! That’s magnificently delightful! Great job!

Game Hunting: Magnificent Bargains!

I was at Game again… and they had that 3 games for 4 £ deal again… and I guess you can understand what happened next!

I’ve cleaned all my PS2 games up and removed the price tags and such. The newer ones are so easy to remove without any kind of solution at hand, but the older ones are mean. I got them off with Label Off (equivalent to Goo Gone I reckon) and quite a bit of manly courage.

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Biker Mice from Mars:

I bought this because:

1) Biking mice are awesome

2) Biker Mice are awesome

3) Bikers, who also happen to be mice, are awesome

4) Mice, who prefer to travel by motorbikes, are awesome

5) Games based on Mice from the Planet Mars, who enjoy riding their motorbikes, are awesome.

It’s a racing game kind of, where you also have to shoot up enemies and stuff, and between levels you can customize and upgrade your ride at Charlie’s. This is, by the way, a game based off the remake cartoon. There’s a difference in story and minor differences in the design of the mice, when compared to the old cartoon which I grew up with, but if I never adapt to what’s new I won’t evolve and then I will die out. Like the Paranthropus Boisei.

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Ratchet & Clank:

I’ve started playing this game and it’s a really good platformer with a lot of humor. I’ve reached the 3rd level with the swamp which is impossible to cross if you don’t follow a set path… for now.

Why did I buy this game?

1) Humor

2) Action

3) Ratchet

4) Clank

5) It was cheap.

Ratchet is supposed to be a teenage guy or something, but I can’t help to think that Ratchet sounds more like a girl’s name.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell:

I tried this one out and it plays very well. Stealth games are always fun, and the lack of their kind in my game library is stunning. I snagged this one and I’m not regretting it.

Why did I buy this again?

1) Covert stealth missions will give me that pre-diarrheal feeling that I long for now that I’m not playing a Metroid game (well, I have Prime next on my list but I’ll have to finish other games first).

2) He’s wearing a black outfit in the game, and as everyone knows black will never fall out of fashion. The game is, in other words, fashionable.

3) It was cheap

 

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Last image from: http://frario.deviantart.com/

Choosing the Correct CRT TV for Retro Gaming

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I present to you a guide to choosing the correct CRT TV’s (fat, thick, old, retro, tube TV) for video gaming.

Since everyone else has written a lot of comprehensive guides I thought linking to them would be enough for you!

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The Definitive Guide to using CRT TV’s for Retro Gaming, and why you should stop using your HDTV

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In Search of Scanlines: The Best CRT Monitor for Retro Gaming

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More Super Scribblenauts: Now With Free Glitches!

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I finished the game (all the main worlds that is, having beaten Maxwell’s clone) and went on playing the S levels. Finishing them wasn’t that hard but I experienced a glitch:

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You see that hyena? I put it to sleep with a dart and… then this happened. The hyena glitched and flew up to the left corner of the level, still asleep.

That’s weird!

 

Anyhow I’ve finished the game so on to Exit DS!!