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I think your best bet would be to check with some old names in the warez scene for getting around SafeDisc. Shooting some emails around will probably yield results.

News Submissions / Re: Site: RHDN 3.0 Site Refresh Launched!
« on: June 27, 2017, 12:00:53 am »
The new site looks great for me, I use a 49" UHD TV as my monitor so having a bunch of stuff in my face but organized looks good since the size keeps it from looking "cluttered" as some have mentioned. Kind of an outlier as far as users go I realize, but just wanted to throw my chip in the pile.

News Submissions / Re: ROM Hacks: Metroid Rogue Dawn
« on: February 02, 2017, 02:21:45 pm »
This hack is starting to go viral on the web being headlined as a "fan game".

...You know what that's going to mean.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Did any of you ever play retro western RPGs?
« on: January 18, 2017, 10:44:51 pm »
Old CRPGs are amazing to me. While most people tend to look at western RPGs as being more of an open adventure and JRPGs being the telling of an epic storyline, there's obviously crossover between the two. The Ultima games were a really big deal in Japan and definitely inspired devs at the time. Japan had really, REALLY robust computer RPG development in the 80s and 90s and it's fun to get to know the games and see names involved in their development you might recognize today.

Back to the west though, I really liked how many of the games felt like a grand adventure. You can really feel the pen and paper inspiration even if you yourself never played D&D or similar. The games often threw you into the adventure with the main character simply being your avatar (quite literally in the Ultima series). Of course, when I think "retro" I'm looking way further back than the pre-rendered games. Before Baldur's Gate, Planetscape, and Fallout there was the Dark Sun games which are still a lot of fun if you give them a shot. Al Qadim was fun, but I think a better take on that style gameplay was Conan the Cimmerian. Darklands is fun.

A semi-unknown game that's getting long in the tooth but still under development is called UnReal World, a wilderness survival-based roguelike. Being an outdoors fanatic (a complete contrast from gaming I realize) this is still one of my favorite games and has effectively ruined all other "survival" type games which I deem as inferior.

I know many of these games will be inaccessible to a lot of you just because they're so simplistic on the surface and seemingly not worth investing time into and learning to bend your mind around the game to immerse properly, but they're probably my favorite to collect and play. Not just RPGs, much less western, but any classic computer games really.  :thumbsup:

Gaming Discussion / Re: Games you want to love but can't
« on: October 16, 2016, 12:46:00 am »
I finished Treasure of the Rudras lately. Reading up on it, it seemed a technical marvel at the time. Beautiful, seemingly fun story for the era. I tried so hard to enjoy it but it just. Dragged. On. The encounter rate was terrible and fights ended up boiling down to finding exploitative mantras that hit hard and cost little. The sense of freedom was almost non-existent. You could do a little optional running around but it was rarely worth it. By the time I finished, I wasn't excited to see the end I was just relieved the damn game was finally over.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo DS USB Card Reader - Does this exist?
« on: October 11, 2016, 02:02:41 pm »
Thank you for the informative post, I'll look into that product and see if I can make it work for what I want. If anything fun happens I'll post about it.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo DS USB Card Reader - Does this exist?
« on: October 09, 2016, 01:18:23 am »
Right, but which dumper has the file available to be found using explorer or a program without having to run through a process first? Basically you plug the device in, put your card in, open the emulator, and open the NDS file as though the USB device is a drive. Some do this, some don't.

Gaming Discussion / Nintendo DS USB Card Reader - Does this exist?
« on: October 08, 2016, 08:24:33 pm »
Basically what I'm looking for here is a USB device that reads Nintendo DS cards and Windows can see it as a .NDS file. I don't care if it can dump or not, the hardware would be for a weird peripheral I'm building that reads various carts to be played directly via emulator similar to the Retrode if any of you have played around with that (even if not as refined). Anyone?

EDIT - To clarify as well, I've Google'd around but what device does what is super unclear along with how it does it. I'm hoping someone with dumping experience here can point me in the right direction of a device that might work for what I want it for instead.

Gaming Discussion / Re: CRT Going to Bite the Dust Sooner or Later...
« on: August 26, 2016, 05:52:55 am »
Ah yes, CRTs. Eventually they're all going to bite the dust, we can only hope that before then fast response OLEDs are available and lower cost. Coupled with the correct output mods/devices, that should replicate the CRT experience quite nicely.

In the meantime, it might be worth your time to research your model and learn of possible fixes you can do yourself. I have a 36" Sony Trinitron that stopped turning on and I learned a lot about it during that time, then fixed it by soldering in new diodes in one of the boards - just some diodes I pulled off an old junked monitor. When you get a CRT you're happy with, it can be VERY difficult to find a suitable replacement. Sure, you can find CRTs out there but if you're like me and like a good picture quality, heaps of inputs, and a massive screen then you're going to have more problems.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Metroid 2 remake released.
« on: August 10, 2016, 03:29:30 am »
Well, they may have taken down this amazing remake of the game they seemingly forgot about, but at least we get that overpriced plug and play NES game library everyone is excited about for some reason plus the Wii U 2 is right around the corner. Nintendo knows what you really want. Don't question them. 

Gaming Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fun, classic MS-DOS games
« on: August 04, 2016, 12:50:29 am »
I would've mentioned U8 if the controls weren't shit.

You're not wrong about that, the Avatar controls like a brick. Still, all the stupid things you could do in that game were priceless. That's sort of how I looked at 8 and 9; don't play them how they were intended to be played.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Suggestions for fun, classic MS-DOS games
« on: August 02, 2016, 02:53:24 am »
There's almost too many to list. Someone mentioned Darklands, that was amazing. Ultima VII was fun, VIII was panned but I really enjoyed both. You could seriously be a huge douche in both games and I always got a kick out of that.

Tyrian 2000 was an amazing vertical shooter I still play from time to time, amazing soundtrack, graphics, and upgrades.

Raptor - Call to the Shadows is basically the horizontal equivalent to Tyrian.

A lot of the later Advanced D&D games were super fun, specifically the two Dark Sun games and the Al-Qadim one were the best of that era IMO.

Fighting ports for DOS like the early Mortal Kombat games, Primal Rage, and a few others are the most arcade accurate from the time.

Albion is an amazing obscure RPG worth playing.

Imperium Galactica is a criminally overlooked space strategy game that's a lot of fun to play.

Daggerfall, Arena, Betrayal at Krondor, Mobius, Windwalker...

I could go on, but I'll spare the forum. I love classic PC gaming. A lot. To me that was a special era and a good period hardware set-up to play the games on is priceless.

Hawk is fun to play as just because he can hit so often, but I always preferred Duran for being able to hit multiple opponents at once and he hits like a dump truck. Duran, Hawk, and Lise would make for a chaotic time. Just keep stocked up on healing items or have Duran go a light route, it's not like his attacks are weak by any means plus a shield and healing spells makes him nearly indestructible. Duran and Hawk have the best story scenarios, IMO.

Gaming Discussion / Re: This new Sonic is something interesting.
« on: July 25, 2016, 10:44:16 pm »
Sonic 2 HD? GHZ was released, the team did a good job but internal bickering ground the project to a halt and nothing else ever really happened. Supposedly they're still working on it... except they're not.

Gaming Discussion / Re: This new Sonic is something interesting.
« on: July 25, 2016, 02:28:26 am »
All Sega has to do here is leave the team alone to make this game and make it correctly. It looks like a good game precisely because of who's developing it, but Sega still has the potential to pull a stupid and ruin it by forcing its release early, intervention, etc. Never underestimate Sega's ability to ruin anything. Their management lately is like the opposite of the hand of Midas.

I agree that it's an exciting development to see the Saturn being better understood. But I feel the same about the loader as I do about the 3DO drive replacement and to a lesser extent the Dreamcast SD loaders out there - cool but not for me. The games came on disks. I want to put a disk in the drive. In the Saturn's case, overcoming the copy protection will be critical eventually as will coming up with aftermarket drives because the latter will burn out and the disks will all eventually fall to rot. Popping a USB stick into plastic case clearly designed to accept a disk misses the point for me completely. I know it's "original hardware" but the feeling is lost and at that point is no more satisfying than just using an emulator.

Gaming Discussion / Re: What do I do if the Nintendo ship sinks?
« on: July 20, 2016, 06:46:58 pm »
I've left the console wars completely, I use my PC to play new releases if I care to play any (getting rare today). Steam is picking up, well, steam so more companies are realizing they're leaving money on the table when they don't port their games over. My only gripe here is that the collector in me doesn't like the digital-only aspect of this. I'll happily pay money for physical copies if anyone should be awesome enough to make them - I caught some crap from my friends for buying Terraria as an example and also Retro City Rampage for my old beige Compaq computer.

I had gotten good deals on a damaged 360 and PS3 for collector's purposes and the few exclusives I cared for, so repairing those was worthwhile and didn't set me back much. Wiis are a dime a dozen. But this generation? Nope. And half of the decent games from last gen have received HD remasters for current gen plus Steam so it almost craps on the whole idea of me getting the last gen systems.

Anyway, I'm rambling. I loved both Sega and Nintendo back in the 8 and 16bit eras, so it's sad to see Nintendo kind of reduced to being almost an "off-brand" (even if they're doing well financially) gaming company. I think they're still shipworthy for awhile though, the whole market seems like a shitshow to me but what do I know? Sony and MS are busy recreating the Sega 32x with their consoles but with the intelligence of today's market there's enough stupid people to gobble it up and ask them "Please sir, can I have some more?"

Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 28, 2016, 03:10:52 am »
Welcome to 25 years ago. Neither Sega nor NEC make consoles anymore so I guess it doesn't really matter which console was supposedly better.

Personally, I'm glad both Sega CD and TG-CD exist, both have fantastic games. The number of awesome games might not be as high as other consoles, but I'd feel cheated without some of their titles. And in my perspective it's cool seeing different ways they handled the same game.

Sorry to contribute to the off-topicness, I just don't get this argument at all that's going on right now.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Sega embraces game modding.
« on: April 25, 2016, 03:55:08 am »
I grew up on Sega, but it's so hard to have confidence in basically anything they do anymore. They just make bad decision after bad decision, so I don't know what to make of this. I learned a long time ago to just not get excited about anything Sega does anymore. It's the rule these days, if broken it's a remarkable exception I'm sad to say.

If the hand of Midas can turn anything to gold, right now the hand of Sega can turn anything into a train wreck. At least when it decides to touch it. "What's Streets of Rage?"

Gaming Discussion / Re: Graal
« on: April 03, 2016, 12:23:46 pm »
Graal should be study material at universities for how not to manage a game company. They could have gone anywhere, but instead they went straight into the ground.

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