From Vaping to Spectrum to White Lines…

Posted by  on August 25, 2017

RANDOMIZE USR

If anything ever really offered a true representation of the randomness of my life it’s been these last few weeks.

Vaping …

It all started with a loose 510 connector on my Vaporesso Target Pro. The tank kept getting a wobble on so I stripped the base down to find the 510 connector is a “pop-on” type. I wasn’t going to open it up every other week to pop the connector back on so I decided to order a Fat Daddy v4 510 connector from https://www.modmaker.co.uk/. It arrived pretty quickly. I had to Dremel out the hole on the Vaporesso for it to fit but the final job was worth it.

… to Spectrum 48K …

I decided to do some of those soldering jobs I’d been putting off while my soldering gear was out. My first task was to composite mod my old Spectrum 48K. I took my faithful old Speccy out of storage and, before getting its composite on, I decided to take it for a test run. This presented me with a slight problem… I haven’t owned a cassette deck in 25 years. After finding a couple of games online in TZX format I converted them to MP3 and dropped them on to my iPhone. I know there’s a long list of people having already done this but I can’t help but love the ability of 30 year old technology running in harmony with modern technology.

Spectrum iPhoneA quick game of one of my Dad’s old favourites, Bomb Jack, loaded from my iPhone

… to Spectrum 48K+ …

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Mega-CD Box Art (Europe) collection

Posted by  on January 10, 2017

Mega-CD European box art

UPDATE: It has been brought to my attention (thanks, Rob) that Facebook screws with the images, namely adding a white background and a random filename. I have now uploaded the full size versions in TOSEC naming format to MEGA and added a download link below.

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I have a Mega-CD unit in my collection but it’s not always practical digging it out to play a game. Like many others I find it easier to make a backup of my CDs and play them on the PC via an emulator.
I backed up all of my Mega-CD games a while ago so when I received a Linx Vision gaming tablet from the missus and kids this Christmas I decided to install Retroarch and put my Mega-CD games onto the micro SD card.

Linx Vision 8 running Mega-CD via Retroarch

It’s not the first time (and probably not the last) I’ve set up a front-end for emulation. A few years ago I converted an old Sega Saturn controller to USB and added a 64GB flash drive to it. On the flash drive I installed Kega Fusion along with a Hyperspin front-end. It all looked great but something bugged me, the fact all of my European Mega-CD games were accompanied by US “Sega CD” box art. I tried looking around for some European Mega-CD box art for my games but there wasn’t much offering out there.

The Quest

I decided to make some European box art myself. I mostly used box scans found at segaretro.org as source material and re-worked them to fit with my goals. Some images (such as “The San Diego Zoo Presents The Animals!”) I’ve found by scouring the web and rebuilding them as best I could.
After completing box art for my own games I decided to go ahead and do the whole set* of European boxes. I then decided to put them out there on the web for others in the same mindset as myself. There’s a few below as an example but they can all be downloaded from the Hey Munky Facebook page MEGA. Continue reading “Mega-CD Box Art (Europe) collection”