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|>>|| No. 22636
I found a crystal xbox in some bushes, I've fixed it up and am just waiting on a controller now.
Are there any decent xbox exclusives? I can't think of any - Halo, Halo 2 and Fable all have PC ports. It is hardmodded so homebrew/foreign titles are options.
|>>|| No. 22637
It doesn't really have many exclusives, to be honest. Nothing worth writing home about, at least.
|>>|| No. 22644
Blinx: The Time Sweeper, the first two Amped games, Panzer Dragoon Orta and I think that one with the robots Jim Sterling likes was an Xbox exclusive but I don't recall the name right now.
|>>|| No. 22649
Good find, especially since it's modded. Nice to see an old 4:3 CRT doing its thing too. Get it an RGB cable though, rather than that composite (?). You won't regret it, it's like the difference between VHS and DVD.
Panzer Dragoon Orta is pretty well liked, another vote there.
There's a great version of Conker's Bad Fur Day, if alcoholic gobshite cartoon squirrels are your thing.
Outrun 2 is a fantastic arcade racer, it's a joy to play. (I would've recommended Burnout 3 but I replayed it recently and it's not aged well at all - just flash and no substance.)
Tony Hawks 2 X is considered the best version of the game, and has a bunch of extra levels from other THPS games. The downside is the Xbox controller and its incompetent d-pad.
There's a ton of Sega games. Sega put in a remarkable amount of effort toward the original Xbox - Shenmue 2, Sega GT, Panzer Dragoon, Toejam and Earl 3, Crazy Taxi 3, and literally dozens of sports titles. Almost like they were having a dig at Sony by throwing loads of support at the underdog.
Mostly though I played Counterstrike, against the bots, the servers were long dead. Pretty good fun, actually. Nostalgic if you ever played 1.6 online.
|>>|| No. 22651
Several years ago I bought an Xbox included with a copy of Steel Battalion, with the massive fuck-off controller, for a hundred quid. It's a hard as nails game. Unfortunately it's a lot more unaffordable these days.
I have a comnumdrum though, and maybe the OP can help as he is so good at fixing things. When the package arrived the bubble wrap was insufficient and one of the controllers had been smashed in. (I claimed a partial refund.) I took it apart and found the only permanent damage was a rip in one of the circuit boards. I bent it back into place but one of the buttons wouldn't work because the trace had been severed. So I cut a sliver of tinfoil and sellotaped it to the board, and lo and behold it worked again.
Last time I took the game out of storage, however, I guess the adhesive had come unstuck because I has to redo the whole procedure. I imagine I will have to do it again. Is there a more permanent solution that doesn't involve, y'know, solder?
|>>|| No. 22652
>Is there a more permanent solution that doesn't involve, y'know, solder?
Why so averse to soldering? It's not that difficult.
|>>|| No. 22653
This TV only has one SCART socket along with the RCA Composite - I know SCART natively suports RGB/YPbPr Component but I can't seem to find an adapter for RCA YPbPr to SCART - and don't even know if the TV will comply with it - it seems like a pretty cheap one.
Judging by the state of it, it had been there for a good while. I don't (want to) know how it got there, but it's a 14 year old games console and I think it's better repaired and working than rusting away.
Nice one, I'll check those out - since it's hardmodded, I should be able to put the games directly on the hard drive.
Soldering is your only long-lasting solution. If you don't have the skill, find a local electronics shop or go to your local vocational college and see if they'll do it - it'll be a 5 minute job.
|>>|| No. 22654
Because it's scary! It's precision work that is somewhat dangerous and needing somewhat expensive equipment that could irreversibly fuck up your device.
Five minute job? Really? Well, OK...
|>>|| No. 22655
It's got SSX Tricky on the hard drive; that fucking takes me back to playing it on my m8's PS2 way back when.
It's gonna take me a while to get used to the 50Hz refresh rate of the CRT - I've been spoilt by good LCDs for too long.
|>>|| No. 22656
If the trace is wide enough that aluminum foil can be used as a substitute, I would assume it's wide enough that it's not particularly "precision". Post a picture and we can getter gauge.
|>>|| No. 22657
Trace repairs really are very easy - you just scrape off a bit of the soldermask either side of the broken trace and solder in a wire jumper. If it's a clean break, you can usually just drag a bit of solder to bridge the gap. A basic temperature-controlled iron like the Daniu PX-988 costs about £15, or you could have the excellent Mini TS-100 for about £40. Once you've identified the fault, it's a doddle of a job.
Conductive adhesive would also work, but I don't really trust the cheap stuff and the good branded stuff is about £10 for a 3ml syringe.
|>>|| No. 22658
Metal Wolf Chaos was an Xbox exclusive that looks quite good, though a remaster is coming out for current gen consoles so not an exclusive for long. Grabbed By The Ghoulies is also decent.
|>>|| No. 22659
> Pretty good fun, actually. Nostalgic if you ever played 1.6 online.
I still do. The bloody game is almost 20 years old (or actually 20 years old if we start counting with beta versions featuring that swanky scoped M4 carbine).
Polite sage for veering into off-topic land.
|>>|| No. 22660
Careful with the FPSs old lads. I was dabbling with UT99 last year (still a few iCTF servers running), and my mousing hand couldn't take it after long sessions. Although possibly it was not a good mouse for it.
|>>|| No. 22661
Lowsens master race. You need to really turn down the sensitivity, so you're making gross movements with your arm rather than fine movements with your hand. It's more accurate and more ergonomic. There's a reason why gaming mouse mats are so comically oversized.
|>>|| No. 22666
Perhaps, though at least that thing does have an actual physical effect on your mouse cable, unlike most audiophile snake oil.
I can't say I've ever snagged my mouse on something, but I'm sure it could happen on a cluttered desk, or if you're doing massively low sensitivity like the Pr0 Gam3rs and the lad in the video above do. Saying that I play with my mouse at 800dpi and my desk is a shithole.
|>>|| No. 22668
I thought I was clear I wouldn't buy a mouse bungee so I also wouldn't buy an infrared finger blaster either.
I did spend £130 on a keyboard mind. But that's more for pleasurable britfa typing than gaming performance.
|>>|| No. 22669
For those days when you really can't afford the gas bill but absolutely must play Battle of Honour: Black Warfare 6 Season 3.
|>>|| No. 22671
I bet the idea is that the heat loosens up your fingers for more dexterous gaming or similar bollocks, rather than just being for comfort.
Having said that I used to rent a workshop space that was freezing and expensive to heat, so I might well have appreciated a desktop hand warmer then. I doubt very much that's what it's designed for, though.
|>>|| No. 22672
Not him, but I immediately Googled it to see where I could buy one. Sadly it's a bullshit Kickstarter, but it has given me a few ideas. I've ordered one of the heat mats people use for keeping reptiles to go under my mouse mat.
Warm hands really do make a huge difference in terms of speed and preventing injury. Everyone knows that your hands get really stiff when they're freezing cold, but the same applies to a lesser degree at normal British room temperature.
|>>|| No. 22674
>It's gonna take me a while to get used to the 50Hz refresh rate of the CRT - I've been spoilt by good LCDs for too long.
That's PAL games only, presumably? The Xbox should switch automatically and there may be a way to force 60Hz. The TV is of the right age to support both 50 and 60Hz.
|>>|| No. 22675
Lads, I cannot for the life of me get connected ad-hoc to ethernet. I have it set to static IP, likewise with my laptop. I've used (what I believe to be) xover cables as well as standard patch cables, but the xbox always reports 0.0.0.0 as its IP. Any guesses?
It's an el cheapo "Goodmans" TV, so I'll see if I can play an NTSC or PAL60 game but I wouldn't keep my hopes up.
|>>|| No. 22676
Does it look better on the CRT, or you don't have an LCD (or one with suitable connections) ?
|>>|| No. 22678
Okay, it works fine on the standard xbox dash, just the mod dash doesn't want to play. Hm.
|>>|| No. 22679
The only LCD screens I have have digital-only connections. That said, there is something nostalgic about that 15KHz whine of a CRT.
|>>|| No. 22680
And we're in. No idea what changed. Downloading an NTSC version of Crazy Taxi 3 right now.
|>>|| No. 22682
Either the TV or the Xbox seem to be resampling to 50Hz. Ah well, I'll get used to it. I have a 200GB IDE hard drive, but no way of interfacing to it with any of the PC hardware I have. I'll have to get a USB/IDE adapter.
Sage for blogging.
|>>|| No. 22689
As I get older, I have found that I suffer from very mild tinnitus - it is exactly that whine. From time to time I often wonder if there is a misfiring VGA somewhere in the house and then remember.
|>>|| No. 22692
Did you assign an IP to it?
Static IP implies you should, unless I misread you.
|>>|| No. 22695
Hard drive upgraded. Now, just to find all these games. The one working download I found for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X is hosted on a site that has a 25KB/s cap unless you pay them.
I also have the cheapest controller I could possibly find, and I think the analogue sticks aren't very.... analogue. I have two original big boy controllers in my parents' cellar somewhere, I'll have to dig them out next time I'm home.
|>>|| No. 22696
Christ, pirating games is a lot harder than it used to be. I can barely find anything with any seeders or working links.
|>>|| No. 22698
At around 112kb capacity you'd need about... the first thing that came up when I googled "most popular PC game right now" was Destiny 2 and their website says the minimum hard drive requirements are 68GB so... 607,143 cassette tapes to play.
|>>|| No. 22700
Sod's law you'll get a tape loading error halfway through side B of cassette 607142.
|>>|| No. 22702
That and buying a game and waiting over 15 minutes for it load up, only for it to stop loading, and you're staring awkwardly at the loading screen.
Frostbyte for the CPC 464 was a classic example :'(
|>>|| No. 22703
It was a handmedown and was older than I was at the time, but the C64 I had as a lad brought me joy and despair in equal measure.
I'm not even joking when I say I think it's what taught me a lot of life's hard lessons - the concept that sometimes, things just don't go your way. Sometimes you don't get what you want. I think if I'd never had to fuck about with Dizzy on a 15 year old cassette, and had gone straight to the flawless luxury of the PlayStation and CDs, I'd have been a much less resilient person.
|>>|| No. 22704
Forced it into PAL60 mode (which the TV actually supports, to my surprise) - christ it's so much better, I don't get a brutal headache as I do with 50Hz. Halo really doesn't like being forced into 30FPS though, I get audio issues.
OutRun 2 is loads of fun. I've also got Jet Set Radio Future, Conker Live and Reloaded, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2X (which also has audio issues) and am currently downloading GTA San Andreas (which I have the PC version of, but I'm just getting it for the CRT nostalgia), The Wrath of Cortex, and Beyond Good and Evil.
I'm also looking for a light gun at not-ridiculous prices.
|>>|| No. 22706
Fuck. I can't stop playing OutRun 2006. It's got that perfectly balanced arcade thing of being mere seconds short of getting to the next stage that just makes you want to keep playing and playing and playing.
GTA: San Andreas' control scheme absolutely destroys the PS2 one.
SSX 3 is loads of fun.
|>>|| No. 22709
I think he means that CDs were fraught with their own issues - scratching, poor laser units on earlier model PlayStations, etc.
|>>|| No. 22710
I feared that's what he meant. I had thought my hyperbole was obvious enough.
|>>|| No. 22712
I remember when I was rescued from a desert island after being stranded there eating raw crabs for over a week. The luxury of eating a pot noodle in my grotty bedsit was actually not that great compared to various foods that had not yet been invented I thought to myself.
|>>|| No. 22715
>Hyperbole doesn't mean 'joking'.
OK, so then why were you using hyperbole?
|>>|| No. 22716
To highlight the contrast in reliability between the tape loaded C64 and the CD based PlayStation, and to elevate my writing beyond stating bland facts.
If you'd like a dull cunt version of my post, here it is:
I had a C64 and the tapes didn't always load for it. I got a PlayStation later on, and that had CDs which loaded successfully more often. If I hadn't had the C64 I might not have appreciated that as much.
|>>|| No. 22720
The list of teenage "wow" moments I do at least once a week now is what keeps me content in life. I never had access to a shower until I moved out of my parents some 13 years ago, so baths are just for fun now and that has never worn off. I have an entire cabinet of bath related smelly stuff and salts to mess about with (and a boat, obviously). I can walk about bollock naked, have my PC riggged up to the TV in the living room and my wife doesn't care either because she appreciates the same simple freedoms.
It's not much compared to what some have, but I think keeping that teenage ability to marvel at things that adults can just do because we have the cash is what keeps you humble.
|>>|| No. 22723
For me it's comics. When I was a kid a comic was a treat, a small one but a treat nonetheless. You had to at least be good for half an hour first while you went around the supermarket with your mum. Now I can just sit in bed reading years and years of Spider-Man in one go on my tablet whenever I have a couple of days off. There's a part of me that still wants to pinch myself even as a 30 year old man.
|>>|| No. 22724
For me it's online chess. I used to dream of the day when I'd be old enough to get the bus into town and play against good players every week. By the time I was old enough I had very much lost interest in chess, but now I'm a boring old man and I can play blitz against strong players at any hour of the day or night on my phone. If you'd told the nine-year-old me that one day it would be possible to watch lectures by grandmasters or play in chess tournaments on a little glowing slab, he would have been delirious with excitement.
Also YouTube in general - it's now possible to curate your own nerdy TV channel that's full of fascinating weirdos. TV is a lot stupider and more facile than it used to be, but it almost doesn't matter.
|>>|| No. 22726
Not quite the same but I've been spending too much time and money in B&Q lately; it feels like being a kid in Toys R Us.
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