Guess Who?.. It’s me.
No, I mean the “The ORIGINAL Mystery Face Guessing Game” from MB or in this case Guess Who? Extra from Hasbro.
The kids have been having a clear out of some of their old
crap toys and games. Amongst them was a Guess Who? Extra game bought for my youngest at one Christmas or another. It’s the electronic one where the electronic bit doesn’t really do anything worthwhile but is there more for the sake of novelty.
It initially came with a few swappable character cards (such as kids and aliens) with a promise of more being available on the Hasbro website. I remember perusing the Hasbro site at the time, and looking at a handful of printable cards that were available. I also remember my son not being all that interested in their offerings.
Well, now he’s decided to get rid of it because he’s “too old for it”. He may think he’s too old but I’m 40 and I’m having it. I think it’s the perfect game to play with my daughter. She has, amongst other issues, autism, ADHD and global learning difficulties so this game is the ideal opportunity for us to spend some time together with something that may hold her interest.
Not only that but if she takes to it I can make other cards with her favourite characters, Worzel Gummidge, The Wizard of Oz, maybe even family members.
To that end I decided to see what character cards were still available on the Hasbro website but all I could find were character cards for a different version of the game; and those don’t fit into the Extra shell. This presented me with the ideal opportunity to come up with my own character sheets, amongst them Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Super Mario and a retro gaming card. I decided I’d upload them here for the benefit of anyone else who may want to use them. I’ve created both red and blue and kept to the original character selection positions of the original cards. It wasn’t necessary but it makes it more difficult to guess your opponents character by watching them move the sliders.
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Print using Landscape mode at 100% with no scaling.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
At some point I’d like to do a Transformers G1 set and maybe some adult orientated (not pr0n) sets such as the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones.
Edit: I had a free hour or so this afternoon so knocked together these “The Walking Dead” Character Cards.
The Walking Dead
Further edit: I had a bit more time free last night and this afternoon so, having found some nice box scans on botchthecrab.com, I put together these Transformers G1 Character Cards. Decepticon names are printed italicized for easy identification. I’ve reworked the template slightly for a better fit in the Guess Who? Extra shell.
Transformer character images courtesy of botchthecrab.com
I’ve never played Pokemon…
Yep, that’s right, I’ve never played Pokemon before. It’s one of those games that just didn’t appeal to me, that is until…
The fascination people seem to have with this game intrigued me and curiosity got the better of me so I jumped in head first. I downloaded the game late Wednesday evening using one of the server tricks to allow my iPhone to download from the U.S. Apple store.
The game itself seemed simple enough and I got stuck in. Everything was going great until the weekend when a wild ERROR appeared!
OK, the servers were apparently subjected to a DDOS attack on Saturday and, having worked in I.T. for nigh on twenty years, I can sympathise with the poor suckers (@PokemonGoApp on Twitter) having to get this sorted.
It’s now Sunday and my Pokemon gaming today has gone as follows: –
- Tried to login, crashed
- Success, logged in
- Ooh, caught Voltorb, crashed and lost Voltorb
- Caught Venomoth, crashed and lost Venemoth
- Caught several others, crashed and lost them
- Just sat there with the game open, crashed
- Tried to buy an item in the shop, crashed
- Used incense, got 7 minutes in and crashed. When I finally managed to get back in I had just over 1 minute left of incense.
- Walked out on to my drive to catch a Pokemon in the street, froze, had to end app.
Now, like I said, I’d never played Pokemon before but I was at least familiar enough with the game to know why it is so popular but, had I not been familiar, this experience would have really put me off. I’m just glad I got a few days enjoyment out of it before the hassle of constant server crashes.
I’ll stick with it and ride out the server crashes because on the whole it’s quite enjoyable and makes my trips here and there more tolerable.
Nintendo Classic Mini: NES
The classic Nintendo Entertainment System is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of the original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in including, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts & Goblins, Mario Bros., MEGA MAN 2, Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.
The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.
There’s no USB PSU adapter included though so if you want to power via the mains you’ll need to fork out a bit extra. On the plus side the controllers are compatible with Wii and Wii U Virtual Console via a Wiimote.
The original announcement can be found here along with a complete list of games.
I was invited to an old friend’s place for an evening of retro gaming with himself and a few of his friends. My friend asked us all to bring a retro console with us so I decided to take my Atari Jaguar along with the handful of games I could find, much being still in storage from moving house last year.
I’ve owned my Jaguar since just after it came out, so roughly 20 years. We connected it up to find it wouldn’t power up. “Oh well”, I thought, we’ll just have to manage without it and I can look at repairing it when I get home.
After an entertaining and enjoyable evening, complete with a variety of delicious pizza made by my friend’s girlfriend, it was getting late so I decided to look at the Jaguar the next day.
The next morning I tried powering up the Jaguar with a spare PSU in case it was that but still nothing. I cracked open the console and started probing with my multi-meter. I couldn’t find anything unusual other than it seemed not to be switching on. It was at that point I decided to plug in a game cartridge. This is the point I learned something new, after owning it for over 20 years, about the Atari Jaguar. The console won’t power on unless there’s a cartridge plugged in.
Anyway, while I had it cracked open I could see how simple it was to modify this 50Hz PAL model to run at 60Hz. I did a bit of Googling to be safe and sure enough it’s as simple as removing a resistor. I decided I wanted it switchable between 50/60Hz but the shell didn’t allow much room for additional switches without interfering with peripheral devices or affecting the design of the shell.
I saw one guy online had used a small rocker switch behind the right-hand fin and that looked fine but I wasn’t happy with how close it was to the 9v DC socket. The only other option I could see was what I refer to as the “lazy mod”, that is using one of those ugly metal toggle switches many modders like to use. Now, they’re fine if you’re trying to bring life to a series of body parts that you’ve stitched together or trying to touchdown a 1970s shuttlepod but otherwise my opinion is they’re just too ugly to be using for console mods.
After a little research I managed to find a reasonably sized, lockable push switch at Maplin. It’s a little bigger than I would have ideally liked but it done the job.
Whenever I need to go somewhere there’s always one thing that irritates me… travelling time.
It doesn’t matter if I go by car, by bus, or by foot, what a complete waste of time. If a destination takes me 30 minutes by car then that’s a waste of an hour, 30 minutes there and 30 minutes back, that I could be using to do something useful.
In an hour I could’ve region modded at least four Sega Mega Drives (including slot mod) or three Sony Playstations. I could’ve written approximately 700 lines of code or cooked a meal.
It’s for this reason that I decided, if the universe ever starts throwing out super powers then I want The Flash’s superspeed. Not the current CW Flash though, no. I prefer the 1990s version played by @JohnWesleyShipp complete with motion blur and crushed velvet suit.
Not that I have any issue with CW’s The Flash, I enjoy watching it and I really like Grant Gustin, but he’s not “my” Flash. Besides, he’s spent ages trying to keep up with Zoom when all he really needed to do was use Photoshop…
With the kids off school over the Easter holidays I once again found myself putting my gaming exploits on the back burner, besides a bit of multi-player Mario Kart and Turtles in Time via the network with my Daughter anyway.
I thought, seeing how my Daughter loves the Wizard of Oz, I would introduce her to another scarecrow from my childhood in the form of Worzel Gummidge; played beautifully by the late Jon Pertwee.
Now, I just need to teach her Worzelese. G-wor-o-wor-o-wor-d-wor-zel d-wor-a-wor-y-wor-dip a-wor-l-wor-l-wor-dip.
Like the headline says, I’ve been busy. Both of my eldest children have now birthdayed their way in to adulthood so there’s been the whole organising celebrations along with the shopping adventures that go with it and I just haven’t had time for much else.
How anyone has the time to do life, work, hobbies and then blog about it daily is beyond me.
Anyhoo, I’ve been too busy to be working on my Playstation mod and about the only thing I’ve really had the spare time for is late evening installation all of the Grand Theft Auto games, one at a time, on my media server, getting them to work (including radio stations for London: 1961 & 1969) over the network and on current versions of Windows.
With most of this years landmark birthdays now behind me I can carry on with my console modding. It’s not like all I ever do is mod consoles though, just when the mood takes me so it won’t be a case of posting every day.
But for now, here’s a video short from Nukazooka
More work on the Playstation mod…
I finally chose to transfer the text onto the buttons using the PVA method. I downloaded the Transformers Solid font from http://www.fonts2u.com/transformers-solid-normal.font, typed the text using Photoshop before flipping the whole thing horizontally.
Other than a bit of a wobble with the ‘T’ on Reset I was quite pleased with how well the buttons turned out. I’m still waiting on the Power and one of the Memory Card labels to dry.
I’ve also sprayed the Memory Card/Controller port module while I had the Memory Card doors stripped. The white strip inside each port is a piece of electrical tape I used to stop paint getting on the contacts.