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My hardwareretrospective – welcome to the nerdstuff

December 14, 2016

Ones I hang the whole evening senseless around my PC … bored as hell I made a (gaming) hardware list of the items I had/have so far. And I remembered some older pix never used, and I could do some new … and why don’t stick them together. Why I do that??? What the heck do I know?! Don’t ask! ^^

Beginning with the first gaming system I had till today.

1979PONGCLONE – we got at chrismas by my grandpa (yes he was technically more advanced than my dad xD). Sold around 2003, but all pix here are originals of my own hardware and games.

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1982 –  ATARI 2600 – childhood, don’t know the year exactly. Sold long ago, regrettably no photo found … think I’ve never made one 😉 But have some VCS cardridges left.

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1986MSX – I did not use it much, my parents bought it by surprise for Christmas, cause I had a computer course in school … yes they don’t bought a C64 … oh man … really?! ^^ … I had 3 datasets with some games on it and one cardridge … but I couldn’t trade games like all the others did with C64 *gmpf* … I lost interest after a while … sold around 2003 too.

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1991SEGA GAME GEAR – I really loved the Game Gear at the first sight. Yes battery was fast empty, but the most time I play even a handheld at home on the couch, bed, terrasse, in hotel, vacation, in hospital a.s.o. … but I never use it in busses or tram … maybe sometimes using it waiting in a doctors room.  So I used it most wired with the power unit plugged in.

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1992SEGA MEGA DRIVE/GENESIS …  later the 32X (1995), regrettably sold the 32X around 2003 and never rebuyed … later than owned a Mega/SEGA CD (retro). Sega 16-bit is simply my most favourate system of all time!!1 Love it!1

I have written an article about the 32X – click link: https://xanafalgue.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/the-32x-incident-a-mushroom-in-the-sega-universe-was-nintendo-behind/

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1994first PC AMD 133 Mhz (first PC phase) – … and what a big bang it was!! Strike Commander, Lucas Arts adventures, the Settlers 2, racing sims, western RPGs and more … WTF!1 Mindblowing!1 Sry no Hardware pic ever made, but from one of the most important racing games ever for me … together with Outrun, Sega Rally and Gran Turismo 2INDYCAR RACING from Papyrus  🙂

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And of course Daggerfall, what a game it was. The first sandbox game and my first western RPG … how huge it was!! I only scatched the surface, played more sidequests or simply wondering around than everything else, some quests worked some not, I did not know because of bugs or my fail. And it looked so beautyful! I like the 3D bitmap look still today.

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I was overhelmed from that game, maybe it was simply to big for the first western RPG experience. But it was an impressive one for sure back then. Shadows over Riva (DSA/Realms of Arcania) was my second western RPG entry. Love the games!

But as already mentioned … I scratched only the surface of Daggerfall. First time I played the Elder Scrolls series in the real way was Morrowind on XBox.

1996SEGA SATURN – I had a late entry into the Saturn, but for me the right choice. An import adapter was a must for the Saturn. I had a combo of an import cardridge with additional storage (you really needed after a short while, cause of the small internal memory), but sold it. Now I have only a simple import cardridge left in it. Best digital controller of all time, not beaten till yet!1

I have written an article about the SEGA Saturn, click link: https://xanafalgue.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/the-sega-saturn-a-console-drama-novel-but-with-great-games/

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Pix below are around 2007 – – – – – – – – – right one: SATURN in tate-mode  *\o_o/*

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1997second PC Pentium … but it felt more like an upgrade. So the first two PCs, I regard together as my first PC phase. Cause hardware development was so fast back than, I needed a new one. Rally Racing ’97 I could run on my old PC only in a small window and Nascar 2 from Papyrus I had to reduce nearly every detail to run it on my AMD 133 … so it was clear, I needed a new PC … to be able to run all the current stuff of the time and play games like Tomb Raider II or Final Fantasy VII … cause I had no PSX and decided for a new PC. Sry no hard-pic again 🙂 … but a game … Colin McRea Rally was the first sim orientated rally game … if I look at this game I recognize I want Dirt Rally for my PS4.

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1999SEGA DREAMCAST – this time at launch ^^ The last jaw dropping console release??? At least for me! The step from pixilated PSX/Saturn games to DC was an amazing step forward for console/television gaming. My first “chipped” multinorm console.

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Pic below from 2002

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Half-Life: yeah my first custom cover ever, was so cool to be able to play the game 2002 on my DC!1 … It’s cut out from a gaming-magazines advertisement back than ^^

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2003third PC (second PC phase) Pentium 4 – and wow, this time the start of emulators was the show … to play all what you ever wanted … your old games, only heard of, only read about in magazines back the day, never seen stuff, hidden gems … retro game paradise incoming! This time the PC big bang was not to play the actual PC games of its time, but to play all the good old console and arcade stuff. It was EPIC!1

… pic below is from around 2009 – RETRO CORE running on it 🙂

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Pic below is from 2006 onscreen OutRun C2C.

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2003 – SUPER NINTENDO / SNES – finally the lovely SNES was mine too 😉 Sold it later regrettably cause of emulator heaven, but luckily rebought it too!1 Together with the three SEGA consoles and X360 my favourite console. What a charming machine, SNES is pure love!1

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2003MS XBox – so many games on PS2 had heavy flickering (you can’t see on YT cause most are PC-emulated and/or upscaled in HD) – for me this was/is a serious flaw of the machine. I’m not a graphic whore, but the flickering decreased the visual quality of so many games on PS2 cause of the small RAM memory unit inside – in comparison the XBox was a complete powerhouse … … but way to much focused on fps and nearly no Japanese games … hhmmmm … a mixed bag.

Uups, right one should be PD Orta … Golden Axe BR belongs to X360 below :/

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2006Nintendo Wii – what a senceless buy – I have 4-5 games??!! Sold after I had it only one year. Till now no rebuy. But if I find a black one in great condition for a really good price … maybe I’ll do it … at least to revisite some lightgun fun.

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And the less games I had, I had fun with … e.g. I liked Red Steel really a lot. I know it’s a controversial game by many gamers … but I don’t care about if KI was not so clever. And to walk freely around and shoot with the Wiimote in lightgun style was for me personal kind of a revelation. It was really a new gamplay experience! And the guns feld sooo good! It was so much fun and I like the japanese setting!1 I enjoyed the game really a lot, but shooting was much more fun than the sword part … but wasn’t too often, so no prob.

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2007MS XBox 360 – I bought the 360 cause of a pricedrop at PS3 lauch in Germany (100€) – and this time luckily with a lot of Japanese games on it. But the hardware of the first generation was awful noisy, really terrible. Had of course a RoD too  😉 I regretted it for a while, as recently as the 360 Slim was released and we got fair replacement conditions at gamestop from Microsoft to change the ratteling noisy beast against the new shiny X360 Slim. Here the real X360 happyness began. Despite of the desastrios hardware start, the 360 is one of my absolute favourite consoles … and the only of the “new age era consoles” (after 32-bit + DC) with that status. At least for me. Best analog controller of all time, not beaten till yet (except digi-cross)!1

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2007Nintendo DS-L – bought it cause of “touch” … and everyone wanted to have it … but to be honest, I think the PSP was the handheld I should have purchased back then. But I like the small retrobar a lot … thx to recently purchased R4 again in use. A nice portable casual & retro machine.

Even my mom wanted back then a DS-L, but barely used it. So I have now two, and one still like brand new ^^

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2008SONY PLAYSTATION 2 Slim – a late purchase, a discounter had it and offered it for a good price stacked in front of the cash checkout and I had in my head some games I wanted – so I thought “welcome to the shopping basket” 😉

My second “chipped” multinorm system, to be able to play import games.

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2011fourth PC (third PC phase) – this time I don’t bought the PC for gaming, an average machine. But played of course some on it, like Skyrim, Drakensang tRoT, Anno 1404 and others (Rise of Flight on pic). Generally I’m no more so focused on actual games like in my first PC phase. Sometimes I even like to play some older ones more.  And of course it’s still an emulation retromachine.

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2012SONY PS Vita – cause back then I was a PSP fan, but had no, this time I really wanted the PSP-successor. Hmmm … really a lovely machine and enough games for me available. But the PSP has such a much better retail library – especially according to my taste of games – so more than double of the games I have on Vita are PSP or retro downloads (PSN). Has the best digi-cross ever made on a Sony machine (to play SF Alpha 3 Maxx (PSP) on Vita is pure joy, I really wonder why they didn’t transfered that kind of digi-cross into the PS4 controller … I really wonder!) … and the OLED screen is awesome!1

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2016 March – SONY PLAYSTATION 4 – it was simply time to enter next gen – heard so three weeks later rumors about the Pro version and was pissed off … and still be a bit. Beside of that I like my PS4. The for me most important upcoming releases 2017 are: Sonic Mania, GT 7 and Shenmue 3

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At all I had 19 systems so far. Do I have a rank list? Yes, of course  😉

My favourite systems (ranked and than ordered according to release date):

  1. MegaDrive/Genesis/CD, SNES, first PC phase, Saturn … and one system I never had, the Sony PSP!
  2. Dreamcast, X360
  3. rest of the pack …

The Saturn is maybe more a kind of a special interest piece of hardware, but despite of its issues I like the Saturn a lot.

Here is an article I wrote about the Saturn: https://xanafalgue.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/the-sega-saturn-a-console-drama-novel-but-with-great-games/

Next hardware?? I don’t know either a new PC in 2-3 years or if MS delivers with the Scorpio maybe that (too). We’ll see  🙂

Bored? O.k., lets do some random cover picporn:

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Phantasy Star Complete Collection is a jp exclusiv release, but you can switch the games to english language. The western versions are included too. And has some gameplay polishing features. Great collection!

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Happy Chrismas

Cheers

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