Author Archive: JFT

Nintendo Switch

It’s been a few months, and I’ve seen that the Nintendo Switch is doing well. It has far too many “enhanced” versions of games (I suppose that’s generally to put product on the shelves. Save the new stuff for later in the year, like Christmas). I have seen that the Switch is going to get Xenoblade Chronicles 2, but so far, there have been no compelling titles that I really am interested in playing at the moment. I guess because I’m still immersed in Skyrim, Mass Effect Andromeda, and Diablo 3. I know, it’s a bit silly to be playing Diablo 3 (over and over and over), but by golly, they got the Necromancer finally! I am so glad they added that character. 🙂

Anyhow, I suppose at some point I’ll get a Switch. But for now, I don’t expect I’ll need to make room under my TV just yet. 🙂

Net Neutrality

All I know is people who think they know about Net Neutrality are annoying to those of us who do know what it means. And the Obama Administration’s “rules” are NOT net neutrality. They never were. They were government overreach into the Internet. It attempted to move something that was never meant to be a public utility under the umbrella of public utilities.

 

So, if you’re advocating Net Neutrality without knowing the inner workings of the Internet. Stop. You’re making yourselves look silly.

Twitter part 2

I have left twitter, but I decided to leave my “self” there, rather than disappear completely. I have no desire to interact with any of the nitwits anymore. I simply don’t. I thought after a break it’d be a pleasant change and things could go back to normal and the polarized (not sunglasses) opinions would calm down. Well, like in everything else, there is no such thing as an adult anymore. One or two folks who I really enjoy chatting with are still there, but for the most part, it’s a flaming ball of yelling, name-calling, and other nonsense. Twitter has their “elite”, which reminds me of the old days of IRC mods. They were the blue-checks of the pre-social-media era. 🙂 And some were quite alright. However, some were not. And that became most as IRC got more and more AOL folks on its servers.

I guess I’m trying to say, the more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m frankly done being bothered by it. I need to write a script that sorts my working v. non-working MAME ROMs. 🙂

Quick Python Game Update

I thought I’d leave a quick note to my millions of readers about my Python game.  I got to reading the rules of the game I was going to port, and well, it might be too esoteric to be fun solo. So I will play it on paper first to see if it works for electronics. In the meantime, I have a few other ideas involving dice and cards for games that just might be fun. Ages ago I found a website that made a starship combat game with only a poker deck. I wish I could find that site again (it’s not in my bookmarks for some reason.) But needless to say, I think I could create one similarly with some dice and cards too. I’m going to be working on that too, just because I can. 🙂

 

By the way, Moria is an addictive game like Nethack, and I’ve not even left the town yet to explore the endless dungeon. (I did accidentally kill a homeless person in town though. I feel bad about that.) Anyway, in between trips to the dungeon of Moria, I’ll be working on that game. 🙂

Retro-gaming dilemma

At the local Game-eXchange, there’s a Sega Saturn (US version). It looks in reasonably good shape, but it certainly needs a good cleaning. There’s also a few XBox (originals) there as well. I have often thought about getting another spare XBox, because I only have the one that is working (and one spare.) I have a damaged DVD drive XBox that I might could repair now that no one cares if you open the XBox case. I’ve got enough PS2’s and Wiis (though I think I’ll get another one for good measure.)

The dilemma, I suppose you could call it that, is should I get another Japanese one (and perhaps another Action Replay cart), or an American one and another Action Replay cart. 🙂 It’s not an easy decision, given my two Japanese Saturns are in great shape. Based on the number of games I have, I am always on the lookout for spare PS1s. Because it’s easier to play on the original units than overtax my PS2s. (or Ps3 for that matter.) I have many games on the PS2 that will require them to be on for long stretches as I play. Plus, with my secondary console setups (over here at my PC desk), I’ve got enough room to have all my consoles hooked up to something. 🙂

Well, I’ll have to sleep on it, I guess. I’m not going to be able to figure it out this week anyway. Father’s Day is this weekend, and I’ve got lots of work to do. 🙂

 

Twitter…

It’s really not worth it anymore. Sure it was fun for a while, but it has become a cesspool of people who generally want to be as wantonly mean and idiotic as they possibly can. They would not act this way in real life, but I am increasingly not so sure about that.

 

Still, I am done. It was a silly run. It did nothing but make me angry at the wanton ignorance of people and it made certain that reasonable discussion was impossible. We have lost (and not just America, the WORLD) the ability to communicate and think critically. So good riddance, Twitter. You will not be missed.

Retron 5

Now that I’ve used it for a time (a long time actually), I have grown rather fond of it. I don’t necessarily care about the HD portion (though now that I use a 24″ television as a monitor, it’s much more convenient), but the emulation is very good. I have all my retro-esque consoles hooked up now, with the exception of my PS1. It’s not that I don’t want to plug one in, it’s just that I don’t have the room on the computer desk/entertainment center. 🙂

The console is quite playable with the supplied bluetooth controller, but I prefer using the actual system controllers when possible. (I have a Genesis/SNES/NES controller set plugged in at all times, and surprisingly, you can use any of them for any other emulated console, of course the # of buttons will be the deciding factor.)  If you wanted to play Super Mario Bros 3 with an SNES controller, it is possible (and quite usable).

On the other retro-console front, I decided to get my original XBox out of mothballs (I only have one other spare, and one with a dead DVD drive that I could possibly fix in the future) and play a few games. I am shocked how good it was for the time. I enjoy playing Gauntlet:Seven Sorrows on it the most (better than the PS2 version.)

I’ll plug in Morrowind at some point, after I play KOTOR again. (well, finish it for once.)

I guess at some point I’ll turn on my PS4 again. 🙂  Last time I turned on my PS3 was to play Robotron:2084 on the Midway Origins collection. 🙂

 

R.I.P. John Wetton (1949-2017)

I’ve been bummed when a singer or musician dies, particularly one I really enjoyed hearing (especially my teen years.)  When Kevin Dubrow passed away, I was sad, and in some ways still am, given the future he had with music and the revived Quiet Riot. Then Lemmy died, but he was just an icon of metal and rock to me.  I was sad, but Motorhead’s music wasn’t my favorite. I liked it, but I never played it over and over like Quiet Riot. Or for that matter, Twisted Sister. When A.J. Pero died, I was really, really bummed. I still have my Twisted Sister poster on my closet door. A.J. is in the center, raising a fist for metal. I still get a bit teary-eyed when I hear something from Stay Hungry. Knowing he’s gone, and he had more to do as well. I will forever point to Quiet Riot and Twisted Sister for my love of Metal.

But one singer/bassist died yesterday that ripped my heart out of my chest. He had a long career, like Lemmy, but his music is something I listened to almost every day since I first bought Asia’s self-titled debut in 1982. I still have my original LP, that I think I will frame now that John’s gone. I don’t know what else to do. I’m a bit numb. All my favorites are dying, retiring, or who knows what. I know this is how old age must feel, but I am still going to miss Mr. Wetton’s voice. It was singularly unique and always soothing to hear. I don’t know what will happen to Asia now, but I am glad they reunited. It would’ve been a crime only to have John on three records. I’m listening to “Rock of Faith” right now, and it’s hard to imagine he’s gone. He has left a great catalog of music and awesome musicianship to us, but what can I do to stop feeling blue?

If I could go back in time and tell my 12 year old self to do one thing, it’d be “enjoy every day. Stop wishing you were older.”  I’ll never get those days back listening to Asia on my Sears record player. And we’ll never see the likes of John Wetton again. His work opened up musical doors for me that I will be forever grateful for. I hope he knew how much we loved him.artists_johnwetton

Goodbye Mr. Wetton.  I always loved your music. You touched the world and your legacy will live on.  I, and the world, will miss you.

Retro overload

I kinda overdid the whole retro-purchasing bit. I even went so far as to (almost) buy a Japanese Dreamcast so I could play some of the shooters. (I decided against it.) I did spend a tad too much on a second (third?) Sega Saturn. It was a good price, but I had already bought so many games (many still on their way), it wasn’t a necessary expense. I did get a $25 PS1 (9001 version, which handles the overheating gear problem with the lens gears being right over the PSU), but that was the extent of my “great” deals.

I need to start playing the games now. I never seem to do so, though. It’s sad, really. I am probably just more familiar with Skyrim or Tetris, and I never try a new game. I played a round of the PS1 version of Tiger Woods PGA Golf (I believe ’99). It was great fun. I should give it a go again. I should also stop spending too much time playing football games. I’ve no idea what the plays are for (besides nickel being good for passing defense and 4/3 is for running plays?) I think I’ll play some shooters and then play a few other gems before getting back into Breath of Fire. (I might pick a different one first.)

I never spell/grammar check these things… for good reason. They’re a stream of consciousness. Editing makes them sound fake. 🙂

Sega Saturn

I recently got back into Saturn (after somehow losing the hiding place I put my last Saturns, I’m sure there’s a box in the closet full of them), I went on a buying binge. I recently switched to a full-blown TV for my computer monitor, which enabled me to use composite for my PS1 and my Dreamcast. So after getting a switchbox, I decided that it’d be neat to get my Saturn out. It wasn’t the best version when I bought it, but it was in fairly good shape. Problem was, I needed my Action Replay Cart, which allowed me to play US games on my Japanese Saturn.  Well, that went well, and long story short, I got another console (a light gray Saturn rev 1.01) and another Action Replay.

So I’m looking online for games, since I only had Space Harrier and a couple of shooters (DonPachi and DoDonPachi, the latter not working on my current Saturn)… So I went on a binger buying up tons of games for my Dreamcast and my Saturn. So I’ve got a stack of games high enough to hide behind now. 🙂  Couple that with my PS1 RPGs I never finished and I don’t think I’ll need another game until I die of old age. (Then I want to be buried with Radiant Silvergun… Saturn version.) 🙂

I’ll review some of the games later, but for now, I’m knee deep in a $20 Japanese version of Fantasy Zone for the Saturn. It’s addictive! 🙂