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Old 22 August 2020, 18:32   #101
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Does your HP monitor accept 50hz signals via the Retrotink? I was planning to use my 2x-SCART with my Dell 2001FP but it won’t do 50hz over DVI (via HDMI convertor).
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Old 22 August 2020, 18:44   #102
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Nice write up squakbox!
The only thing I'll add is that I've always found s-video to produce a nice picture, comparable to rgb or component, as long as the cabling is good quality.
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Old 22 August 2020, 22:42   #103
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Thanks a bunch. Before I got hold of the HP, I was using a Samsung Syncmaster 214T which offered S-Video input (well, in the meantime, I have been using a 19'' 16:10 HP Compaq, but let's skip that one). Made a few attempts to play PS2 games on the Samsung with that PS2 S-Video cable of mine, it didn't look too good (similar to composite), except when it came to FPS maybe (Black...). I got the high grade smelly S-Video cable later on, but I am pretty positive the receiver was responsible for the unsatisfying image.

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I don't think it is a matter of 50 Hz or 60 Hz. The HP monitor doesn't know what to do with the signal coming from the Retro Tink 2X (whether the PS1 is turned on or off), it just goes into standby mode after a few seconds as if nothing was plugged in. If you want to play PAL games on a flat screen (we're talking normal LCD's here, not top of the crop FreeSync enabled and such), SquawkBox would advise peeps to get a LCD TV (4:3 ideally) instead.
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Old 28 August 2020, 14:38   #104
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A bit of Ray-storm love

Retroarch -> CRT
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Old 24 June 2021, 01:02   #105
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So, is PS1 bringing back the nostalgia and interest for anyone else?
Started a Final Fantasy 8 perfect game run same days ago.

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Got any hidden gems to recommend?
Found a new emulator called Duckstation: https://github.com/stenzek/duckstation

Has the fantastic ability to down sample 3D models that are rendered in a higher resolution back down to lowres. Basically it gives you multisampling. Allows you to keep the games in lowres while getting a big rendering improvement. This is great for when you don't like that highres stuff that gives you a miss match of lowres backgrounds and crappy looking highres models and just want the original resolution. Original left, improved right:

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Old 24 June 2021, 02:43   #106
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Found a new emulator called Duckstation: https://github.com/stenzek/duckstation

Has the fantastic ability to down sample 3D models that are rendered in a higher resolution back down to lowres. Basically it gives you multisampling. Allows you to keep the games in lowres while getting a big rendering improvement. This is great for when you don't like that highres stuff that gives you a miss match of lowres backgrounds and crappy looking highres models and just want the original resolution. Original left, improved right:

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That's pretty cool. Gives it a hand-drawn kind of look. Reminds me of Flashback.


Personally, I love this era of 3D. Developers were still trying to figure out the possibilities of the medium and the limitations of the hardware. I was (and am) in the Saturn camp and the technical wizardry on that platform impresses me far, far more than most things today. Probably for the same reason Amiga demos continue to impress. The unexpected can still wow.
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Old 24 June 2021, 07:40   #107
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Since i finally have a xstation ODE installed i've played Ridge Racer Type IV a lot. Also Alundra 1, still a fine Zelda clone.

Yep, Duckstation is a fine (newer) PSX Emulator. A lot of nice features, clean GUI and a very good compatibilty.

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Old 24 June 2021, 10:24   #108
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Epsxe from time to time, just finished all tournaments in Need for speed 4. I try to play every game released on playstation and saturn.
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Old 24 June 2021, 10:54   #109
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Started a Final Fantasy 8 perfect game run same days ago.
I did that with Final Fantasy 7 a long time ago... goodbye 80 hours of my life, at least half of which was spent grinding to level up materia I cured myself of wanting to do 100% completion runs, 50% is more than enough for me.
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I was (and am) in the Saturn camp and the technical wizardry on that platform impresses me far, far more than most things today.
Of course. Things were a lot harder. Current and recent hardware makes things more straightforward. I've tried some basic shader programming and it's just insane what those GPUs can do without breaking a sweat. That seriously makes things look less impressive.

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I cured myself of wanting to do 100% completion runs, 50% is more than enough for me.
I'd do it again in a heartbeat
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Old 04 July 2021, 10:29   #111
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Soul Blade, played it way too much back then. Great fun and still a great game.
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Old 05 July 2021, 08:19   #112
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I just completed the New Game + in Yoyo‘s Puzzle Park on PS1 for the first time in my life. Yoyo’s Puzzle Park is the best Bubble Bobble type game IMO.
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Still play on a PS1?! of course, how else would I play Einhander - the most stunning shmup ever created and the first 3 Wipeout games?! Emulation?!,...ha yeah right.
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Love Einhander - sadly too difficult for me after the water level.
Only saw past that by abusing save states.
Also love R-Type Delta. Same deal though - rock hard on the later levels!
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Old 12 July 2021, 19:00   #115
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Quake 2 - CD still works after many years. Barely working controller adds some additional difficulty.
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I played more hidden gems on my PS1, now connected via Retrotink 5x via HDMI:
- N-Gen Racing: Awesome futuristic racing in planes, made by people who also made WipeOut
- Sled Storm: Wonderful snow mobile racing. It really feels like racing in powder snow and ice.
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