Already hit with the first snow of the year and it was a doozy!
Heavy snow knocked out power lines and destroyed trees. But I was
lucky to escape most of it.
Have been spending some time with the Ouya and especially MAME on it. Will
get more into that in the Ouya reviews section. Already received some
emails from people who were surprised to see the newsletter is back.
Quicker than I expected to get any notice, but it was nice.
I was at the local flea market on a Saturday. It was my second time
through the flea market (I would get there early to do a first walk, trying to
snatch up deals as they were being set out and then I would do a second walk to
look for vendors who were setting up late) and I already spent most of my money.
I had $50.00 left and hoped to find a good deal. As I was walking around,
I came across a table with a boxed Bally Astrocade. It looked like new and
had a price of $25.00. I picked it up and looked it over. I opened
the box and it was complete. Looked like it was never used. I was
excited and ready to buy it as I never found a boxed one before. But there
was one problem, there was no one at the stand. I looked around and asked
the people at the other tables if they knew where the seller was. They did
not, so I waited with the system in my hand.
As I waited, another guy eyed the box and watched from behind me. I
could tell he wanted it as well and I knew there would be trouble. If the
seller would be at their table, I would have purchased the system and been on my
way. But now, I had another interested buyer to contend with.
The seller finally came back and she saw me with the system. I
pulled out my money and told her that I wanted to buy this. Before I could
hand her the money, the other game stepped up and said he wanted it. The
lady looked at me and then at him " She then turned to me and waited to
see if I would raise him. I did raise him $5.00 bucks. This went
back and forth until he reached $50.00, the amount that I had. I made one
last offer, even though I know I didn't have it. I said $55.00. He
did not hesitate and went up to $60.00. I finally gave in and let him have
At first I was upset that someone outbid me on the system. I was
even more upset when I saw similar ones selling on ebay for anywhere from
$100.00 - $150.00. But I did have the satisfaction of knowing that I
helped the lady get $35.00 more for the system than she would originally had
received. And from the looks of her car, she needed to money more than I
did. I never did find another boxed Bally Astrocade again in the wild.
Ouya Review This was a great month for me and the Ouya. Two programs came
out that I have used considerably. And they came at a good time as my wife
has taken over my computer and my son has taken over the Ipad.
MAMEDroid If you have a android device and are a classic gamer, the odds are you have
tried MAMEDroid. It is based on the MAME .139 build and offers a ton of
great games. While the Ouya controllers aren't ideal for MAME (nothing
beats my Devastator II controller), I quickly figured it out. The biggest
problem is that many of the controls are set in less than optimal places.
Push down on this joystick and you get a screen, which happens too often.
But I cannot complain about playing exact arcade games on my television in my
bedroom. Guess I could do the same with my laptop and an HDMI cable, but
that is so much more trouble.
While the more advanced games do not work (any of the Sega Naomi based
games), I found that the vast majority of games work flawlessly. It was
nice to bounce from Donkey Kong to Anteater to Jungle King to Zookeeper and not
leave the program.
Comic Reader If you ever looked around this site, you know that my other love besides
video games is comic books. I once owned my own comic book store, so the
love is still there. While I don't read as much as I used to, I do have
alot of digital comics. Years ago, I bought a bunch of DVDs that were
filled with Marvel Comics. A company was selling them before Marvel
decided to put their comics online and didn't renew the license. But I was
able to buy almost all of them. And they were cheap then (not so much
anymore). For about $25.00, you would get all the issues of Amazing
Spider-Man or Avengers or Incredible Hulk. This included the original ads
(the main reason I bought them, for my Comic Ads section), letters page and
everything else. But the problem was I did not enjoy reading them on a
computer screen. It was all right, but it sometimes was hard to
read. But with this program, I can read comics on my television!
At first it would seem odd to read comics on a television, but I can say
that with the default settings, I love it! It makes the picture extremely
big and navigates easily. I found myself pouring through these old comics
and enjoying them once again. I now have to see if I can find anymore
Benefits of New Systems
All the talk in the video game world is about the two new video game systems
that are being released this year. With the Playstation 4 vs the XBOX ONE,
we will see an epic battle. With so many people looking to buy one or both
of the new systems this holiday season (wonder if people will camp out like they
did in the past), it can only mean one thing to gamers like us, tons of PS3 and
XBOX 360 games will be traded in and the prices of used games will drop.
That's right, it will mean that many of those games that you were on the fence
about buying will now be irresistible at their new lower prices. It is a
great time for vultures like us that will circle around the dying game systems
and wait for the carrion, I mean falling prices.
With two new game systems taking up precious shelf space at used game
stores, look for not only lower prices on the last generation of games, but also
look for them to clearance out the inventory on the PS2 and XBOX games, if you
they much left. You will see some awesome deals on these as their prices
get pushed down even further. So this Thanksgiving, remember to be
thankful for dying game systems and the bountiful harvest they produce.
of the Month
With talk of MAME for the Ouya, I decided to spotlight a couple of
ROM sites. One is a straight download site and the other provides a
The Old Computer Site This site has roms and more roms. This includes some of the older
versions of MAME like 139 that is used in MAME Droid. And it is not just
MAME roms, there are also tons of consoles as well as old PC games. As
Frank Sinatra said "If you can find it here, you can't find it anywhere."
OK, that is not his actual quote but you get the idea. For a small
donation you can download to your heart's content.
Tiptonware For people who want it all and don't want to problems with downloading,
there are sites like this that offer a hard drive full of downloads. This
hard drive is amazing! The amount of work that went into this is out of
this world. You not only get MAME, but 20+ classic consoles and it all has
a awesome frontend that is beyond amazing. You can spend hours just going
through all the menus with the animations and sounds. Just watch the video
and you will see.
Youtube Classic Videos Time to dig through the vast amount of videos for a couple to
showcase this month. This time I decided to theme it after the system that
got away. In my Video Game Hunter article, I talk about getting outbid on
a Bally Astrocade. While I did get a loose one later, I still was bummed
out of missing out on a complete boxed one. So with that in mind, I
decided to put a few videos that highlight the Bally Astrocade, a system that
for the most part had a handful of good games, but was still a pretty
Bally Astrocade Review Here is a eighteen minute review of the game system that I think is a very
fair review. The reviewer goes into some reasons for why it didn't do well
as well as some of the strengths of the system. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is0IrFJLiFM
Conclusion I know this is a shorter issue, but my wife is big into
genealogy and has been monopolizing the computer. So I had limited time to
work on this, but I was able to get an issue out. Hopefully next month, I
will get more time and make a bigger issue.
(This issue was done while listening to Buckner & Garcia, Midnight Syndicate and
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