Hotel Mario: Philips CD-i May Review

Posted by  on May 1, 2021

Hotel Mario: May featured game

Mario’s first outing on the Philips CD-i comes in the shape of Hotel Mario.

Hotel Mario: Philips CD-iHotel Mario: Level 1

I’ve seen Hotel Mario slated on many occasions. As a Mario game I can understand the dislike but I prefer to look at Hotel Mario as an ode to the Golden Age arcade era. If you strip away the Mario-ness of it all and look at Hotel Mario for what it is then there’s a game akin to the likes of Donkey Kong or Burgertime, admittedly 10-15 years too late, but it can still be fun.

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Atari 800 and 5200 cores fix for IAGL

Posted by  on April 20, 2021

I got the Atari 800 and 5200 cores running

Following on from the Vectrex post where I mentioned I had a bit of trouble getting the Atari 800 and 5200 cores running properly through Internet Archive Games Launcher, I finally got them working this morning. Here’s how…

Atari 800

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Vectrex Overlay Config File Creation Tedium

Posted by  on April 18, 2021

A less time consuming way of creating Vectrex Overlay config files for RetroArch

It turns out Vectrex overlay Config creation pisses me off. I’ve been setting up IAGL (Internet Archive Games Launcher) on my computer (see previous post) and decided I’d like it set up on my Windows installation also.

I installed KODI, installed and configured the RetroArch basics then added IAGL into the mix all without much fuss. Painstakingly, I went through all of the emulators making sure everything worked and, for the most part, everything worked great. I have a couple of issues with the Atari 800/5200 emulator still to work out but otherwise it’s all good. Then eventually I got to the Vectrex.

KODI Windows 10 Vectrex Overlay config

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Internet Archive Games Launcher (IAGL) Installation

Posted by  on April 12, 2021

Something for the weekend in the shape of Internet Archive Games Launcher

I decided to install Internet Archive Games Launcher on my KODI box this weekend. It’s an old Intel Quad Core Q6600 with 8GB RAM and a 64GB Samsung SSD, but it does the job. It’s been running Ubuntu 18.04 for a while with KODI 18.x (Leia). Originally, I was going to just drop KODI 19 (Matrix) on there but I chose to go the whole hog and do a clean install of the latest Ubuntu too.Internet Archive Games Launcher (IAGL)

My decision was based on some issues I’d been having with Ubuntu. We’d recently had the power trip out due to a faulty earth on an upstairs power socket. Ubuntu had an unclean shutdown due to this and the file system had some corruption. I’d run a manual FSCK but the same issue reoccurred every time I rebooted the box. I’d thought about updating prior to this so I didn’t bother putting too much effort into sorting it out.

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The Transformers Comic Book Memories

Posted by  on April 6, 2021

Transformers comic: More… Much more than meets the eye

During my childhood Saturday mornings were great. No school, sleep-in, wake up to some of the best cartoons of the time, but nothing gave me quite as much enjoyment as getting my latest Transformers comic arrive through the letterbox to read while I ate my cereal.

More than just a range of toys, The Transformers comic told one epic story ranging from their origins on their homeworld Cybertron, to their arrival on Earth 4,000,000 years ago and beyond. At one point we get a glimpse of The Transformers activities 20 years into their own future.

I still remember getting the first weekly issue #27, September 21st 1985. It had Shockwave transforming from robot to space gun on the cover and came with a free gift, a Cadbury Wildlife chocolate bar. Not only was it the first weekly issue it was also now in full colour.

Transformers #27

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