What did you buy today?

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Are you collecting vintage games or systems? Please let us know what you received or purchased--how much did you pay, was it worth it, etc.

Some of my latest acquisitions -

N64: Goldeneye, Castlevania, Ocarina of Time ($20 for the lot)
Xbox: Halo 2, Jade Empire, KOTOR ($5-15 each)
Wii: Mario Galaxy, Star Wars Lego collection, Zak & Wiki, Zelda Twilight Princess
GC: Sonic Mega Collection ($3), two used Nintendo GC controllers ($14 each)

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Ghostbusters and Autoduel

Autoduel always intrigued me. Beyond the little toolkit in the box and the fold-out map thingy, the basic concept was very appealing. What disappointed me of course having played and beat the Commodore 64 version was the wholesale port from the Apple II original. Zero attempt was made to update the audio-visuals and it had the same relative floaty controls that you would get as if you were using an Apple II analog joystick. Luckily, other ports rectified that situation, with my understanding the Commodore Amiga version being the best technically (Besides the original C-64 version I have, I also have the Atari ST version, which is supposed to be disappointing as well, though I have not personally tried).

I remember the game initially being slow going, as it had something of a learning curve to it, partially due to the fact that it doesn't conform to the fantasy norms, but it became terrifically engrossing after that, making it among my favorite games of all time. That's saying a lot, as the aforementioned technical "issues" really did disappoint me back then.

Ghostbusters I of course love and beat several times as well, though I certainly haven't played it in quite some time. I did recently acquire the Sega Master System version, which is supposed to be one of the better overall versions from an audio-visual standpoint. I loved the C-64 version, which I only have copy of, but was lukewarm about Ghostbusters II, of which I have the Amiga version. It was missing a lot of the magic.

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Thanks, Bill. I guess I'll

Thanks, Bill. I guess I'll just hold off until I have $500 or so to blow and then get something that will satisfy. Yeah, that'll be awhile! Well, maybe if our movie hits big...!

I find myself spending most of my time playing Twilight Princess. It reminds me, oddly enough, of Tomb Raider, with all the puzzle solving and acrobatics. It's a lot of fun getting to pulverize enemies just by shaking the wiimote.

Elizabeth and I also played Birdman awhile last night. The humor is definitely eccentric and zany, to say the least. Still, I like the animation and am starting to grow fond of the style of humor.

I guess I should keep slogging away at FF IV on my DS as well. Yawn.

I'm still trying to decide the next Matt Chat as well...Ghostbusters or Autoduel? Tough choice.

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TVs and an option
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I guess I could spring for a cheap upgrade, maybe something 24". It'd be a smaller screen than I'm accustomed to for console gaming, but at least the resolution would be better and I'd have more input options. Or I suppose I could look into getting some type of adapters for my HDMI monitor. It has HDMI and VGA input. I'm guessing there are ways to feed in svideo or component in there somehow, right?

Instead of doing that, you could go sub-$50 and get one of those TV Tuner boxes for your monitor and buy yourself time to save money for a proper TV instead of going half-assed and be dissapointed. Something like this (though shop around a bit): http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-External-VGA-TV-Box-Tuner-CRT-LCD-TV-Monitor-T-6...

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Looks like I'm SOL in terms

Looks like I'm SOL in terms of Saturn output. It has a proprietary socket of some sort that looks a bit like s-video, but that integrates audio. So I pretty much have to buy two new cables if I wanted to get serious--one composite one for my TV and another s-video for my capture card. I'm starting to really feel the anger about not having a TV with anything but composite and RF inputs. Just not suitable for my needs.

I guess I could spring for a cheap upgrade, maybe something 24". It'd be a smaller screen than I'm accustomed to for console gaming, but at least the resolution would be better and I'd have more input options. Or I suppose I could look into getting some type of adapters for my HDMI monitor. It has HDMI and VGA input. I'm guessing there are ways to feed in svideo or component in there somehow, right?

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Dremcast is your answer
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Aw, that blows.

One negative - apparently the guy only had an RF a/v cable (yikes!!). But it appears that the unit has an svideo out? Hard to believe anyone would own this unit without investing in at least composite! The RF signal is terrible.

I was playing Sonic 3D Blast for awhile. Seems like a fun game to me. What's wrong with it? The basketball game was pretty fun, too. I'm not really interested in the Madden game, though it's always handy to have stuff like that around for articles and such.

After more or less promising a next gen Sonic game, they foisted Sonic 3D Blast upon us. What's wrong with it? Other than being nearly identical to the Sega Genesis cartridge, nothing, if you catch my drift.

NBA Jam is lots of fun and both the PS1 and Sega Saturn were capable of delivering a very faithful arcade-like experience versus the almost-there prior versions (even the Jaguar version has mediocre sound).

As for the output cable, just use your s-video cable from your Dreamcast. I seem to recall them being the same (at least I seem to remember using the same cable when I was capturing screenshots for our book, though that kind of stuff is sometimes a blur to me).

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Aw, that blows. One negative

Aw, that blows.

One negative - apparently the guy only had an RF a/v cable (yikes!!). But it appears that the unit has an svideo out? Hard to believe anyone would own this unit without investing in at least composite! The RF signal is terrible.

I was playing Sonic 3D Blast for awhile. Seems like a fun game to me. What's wrong with it? The basketball game was pretty fun, too. I'm not really interested in the Madden game, though it's always handy to have stuff like that around for articles and such.

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Good idea, but...
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Hey...What's this cartridge slot on my Saturn for? The guy that sold it to me said it may be for Genesis carts.

No. RAM and save carts.

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Hey...What's this cartridge

Hey...What's this cartridge slot on my Saturn for? The guy that sold it to me said it may be for Genesis carts.

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NBA Jam TE is just fine. In

NBA Jam TE is just fine. In fact, I own the PS1 version. The others are pretty awful on the Saturn.

If you get Nights..., you'll need the analog controller as well, so keep that in mind. It won't be cheap putting that combo together. I never got into the game myself, but lots of people love it, of course.

I don't think it plays burns, though I've never tried it.

I always enjoyed the Saturn and still do, though its visuals are very, very rough most of the time.

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Sega Saturn

It wasn't the save games thing. It was the clock. I hadn't set the time or date, and that was what was causing the problem.

On a side note--I'm getting a Sega Saturn and four games today for only $20!

Here's the ad. Bill says that these games suck, but at least I'll have a working Saturn. I don't often come across games for it in the shops, but at least now I have the option if I do. It's too bad he doesn't have Tomb Raider or Nights for it, though. This was the last of the consoles that I really wanted to get--as far as I know, the others can easily be emulated (with a few exceptions like the Vectrex, of course). Now I just need to find a great deal on a PS2 and I'm pretty much set for everything pre-PS3 and 360.

Can I use burned CDs on the Saturn or does it require originals or modding?

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