Posted by Munky
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.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.
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.
I decided, after configuring Retroarch, it was time I made some up 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. Continue reading “Mega-CD Box Art (Europe) collection”
Posted by Munky
on December 22, 2016
Christmas is an exciting time for a child.
Nothing beats a relaxed family Christmas but while those memories really bring on the nostalgia they’re specific to me and will mean little to anyone else; nor are they really tangible things I can reminisce over with others. Something I can share and nostalgically reminisce over with others though is gifts, specifically toys.
Looking back at my childhood Christmases there are a number of toys that really struck a chord with me, and possibly others.
Continue reading “Toys of Christmas Past”
Posted by Munky
on December 20, 2016
I just won a Nintendo Classic Mini…
Yep, a Nintendo Classic Mini. Sorry, it’s still sinking in that I won something.
I’m not the type of person who would normally enter a competition and even on the rare occasion that I do I rarely rank amongst the top scorers; and that’s OK because it’s normally for brain exercise and enjoyment of it all.
The last time I won a prize was back in the early ’80s when I won a competition to meet Worzel Gummidge (Jon Pertwee) at a show way down in the deepest parts of Cornwall but my parents were unable to take me and 5 year old me threatening to make my own way there wasn’t really ever going to make an impact.
Just over a week ago my lovely niece tagged me in Game Smart Yardley‘s post to win a Nintendo Classic Mini. The challenge was to name as many classic games featuring the characters in the image as possible (below). The person with the most correct answers wins.
At first I thought I’d have a go just for myself. I could see a whole bunch of characters on there I recognised instantly and some characters that resided deep in the darkest pits of my memories going back 30 years. I started noting them down and by the time I finished I decided I might as well take a shot at the prize. I’m glad I did because I won.
Thank you guys at Game Smart Yardley and thank you to my niece for tagging me in the first place. If it’s any consolation to my fellow competitors, all this shows is I’m an old gaming nerd who can’t remember his own phone number but still remembers a character from a game he played in 1986.
Posted by Munky
on August 31, 2016
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.
Right-click and Save link as…
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
Posted by Munky
on July 17, 2016
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.
Posted by Munky
on June 5, 2016
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.