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Mr. D. P. Evans "Japster" (UK)

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TP-LINK TL-SF1005D Five Port 10/100 Mbps Unmanaged Desktop Switch
TP-LINK TL-SF1005D Five Port 10/100 Mbps Unmanaged Desktop Switch
Price: £6.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Works flawlessly!, 10 Feb. 2014
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No config, simply plugged it in and got extra connections to my LAN - perfect!

Just need an 8-port now, due to more devices nowadays...

Japster (The Retro Cavern)

AsRock N68-VS3 FX Motherboard
AsRock N68-VS3 FX Motherboard

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!, 10 Feb. 2014
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Cheap! - ...and for the money - it does everything needed and then some!

...granted, expandability is limited, but it's performed flawlessly since installation, and no doubt will for a good while yet, unlike a more expensive Gigabyte board I bought that stopped POSTing a few months after it was purchased...

Mayflash PC044 Dual SNES Controller Adapter for PC (USB)
Mayflash PC044 Dual SNES Controller Adapter for PC (USB)
Offered by PassioneCollections UK
Price: £9.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works *fawlessly* - over the moon with it!!!!, 10 Feb. 2014
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Bought some cheap 3rd-party USB 'Snes-a-like' pads first, and they are truly AWFUL... how someone can get a digital pad and buttons so wrong that they feel like they've a will of their own is beyond me, but this, THIS, is beautiful... works perfectly, with the original SNES pads!!

Granted, it's a more expensive solution, but by 'eck, you DO get what you pay for... for games control in general, and emulators in particular, you simply (imho!) CANNOT go wrong with this!! - Plus, it supports TWO pads at once!! - what's not to like?

Japster. (Japster's Retro Cavern / The Retro Cavern)

Rambo First Blood Part 2
Rambo First Blood Part 2

5.0 out of 5 stars Class C64 remix, given the love and attention to detail that the MG original deserves..., 10 Feb. 2014
My mate bought this album years ago, and raved about it - I remember wondering what the fuss was about (loved my SID music originals on the C64)...

Then I *heard* it, and in particular this track - awesome, and so professional... (at the time there were a lot of bad scene remixes around, but not only was this in tune, it was a *SUPERB* re-imagining of the original)... The most professional remixes I'd heard at that point!

Loved most of the tracks on this album, along with BIT2, and THIS is THE album that got me into the whole C64 reivival scene and remixes in general - Thanks Chris!

He's also a great guy, friendly, down-to-earth, and both he and the original C64 artists that he does right by, deserve your support, so please do yourself a favour, and give this and his other tracks a try!

Japster / Japster's Retro Cavern

The Video Games Guide
The Video Games Guide
by Matt Fox
Edition: Paperback

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Have to agree that this left me a little cold...., 14 Sept. 2009
This review is from: The Video Games Guide (Paperback)
Like another of my fellow reviewers, although there's a lot of info in the book, it IS a little too selective, dwells only on the first of a series in many case, and there were several notable omissions from my favourites list, none of which I consider niche or obscure...

I found myself nodding in agreement with some of the author's opinions, but, and this is a BIG one... found myself disagreeing FAR more. As the other reviewer earlier put it, it IS essentially only an A-Z in terms of what the author *himself* feels about the titles listed, and worse, it is coloured by his impressions on loading them up NOW, as opposed to when he may have played them initially (and in many cases, the present is the first time he has even set eyes on them).

Consequently, a lot of the CLASSIC retro games get short thrift, even though those who played them initially (rightly) consider them classics - This has the effect of working against some of the older, classic titles, given that the graphics may be worse, the game may be harder (especially after coming back to it years later, in an age of games that hold your hand all of the way through, let you save EVERY time there's ANY danger you'll lose a life, etc), thus lessening the chance that other (possibly more hardened) retro enthusiasts will hunt them out and experience them for what they are, when in reality titles such as Uridium, Paradroid, Wizball, etc STILL play superbly today, and were absolutely groundbreaking. I can't recall exactly, but the author gives the impression that Uridium is a poor man's rip-off/inferior version of another totally different arcade shooter, which really is NOT the case - It's got obstacles to avoid, is devious, super fast and smooth, has bonus games, etc, doesn't 'cheat', and death is ALWAYS the player's fault - a sign of a truly good game - couple this to the fact that this was running on a humble C64 in the early days of home gaming, and the game was (and IS) a classic! - and this is one example of an opinion that I feel is vastly different to the retro-gaming majority!

I suppose that the dangers in the "personal Opinion" approach is that (as I'm sensing here), the author now has the benefit of having played newer, realistic games, and therefore the impact that the older games had is diminished and diluted to him. Whereas I will still happily load up say, Robotron 2084, Armalyte, Pacland or Tekken 3 (The latter of which I DO wholeheartedly agree with his review on - an absolute classic), I can also enjoy Crysis, Geometry Wars 2 - RE and Fallout 3.

The important thing is that I can appreciate both, but I am fully aware that everyone's views are different - Hence why this book didn't really work for me, and other than Matt's great little anecdotes and nostalgaic memories, the sheer number of reviews that I disagreed with made me dislike the book on the whole, and what it was potentially doing to the memory of many classic games that I and many others I'm sure, loved in our youth, and in many cases, still enjoy today...

In short, I was perhaps hoping for a better description of what the game in question was about, it's merits (or lack therof), then the author's opinion/experiences regarding the game etc, as an extra...

There are several examples of where Matt mentions his misfortune in buying a turkey, and shouts "AVOID!", but would have been far better for him to be descriptive as to WHY it should be avoided, perhaps even with humour injected, but certainly with enough info to make the reader understand why, or to believe him! (In his defence, several of the "AVOID!" type reviews DO do this, so it's a shame when others don't...

Anyway, it sounds worse than it is! - In short, a LOT of info, with yes, some glaring omissions and differences of Matt's opinion Vs, Popular opinion, but still a good, long read, and has highlighted some titles for me to seek out that I didn't know about (even though some have been slated in the highlighting! ;o) )...

Personally, I preferred "Game On" for light reading, "The Ultimate History of Video Games" for more like-minded reviews, and Jack Railton's fantastic "The A-Z of Cool Computer Games" for MANY reasons, including his GREAT sense of humour, nostalgia-inducing abilities, and again, an author I wholeheartedly identified with as a gamer! - FANTASTIC book...

All the best, and hope this helps my fellow retro-heads!


The A-Z of Cool Computer Games
The A-Z of Cool Computer Games
by Jack Railton
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £12.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book - Highly recommended!, 18 Dec. 2006
This book is EXCELLENT - It also has the one ingredient missing from some of the other efforts - a dash of (sometimes very funny as well as nostalgia-inducing) humour!

I found myself identifying with a LOT of the reminiscences in the book, and it's written in a friendly, down-to-earth way - A real nostalgia trip, and I would THOROUGHLY recommend it to anyone else who was around in the 'Golden Age' that all of us Eighties retro-heads all loved...

PS - Let me know ASAP when Jack's written another book - I've sadly finished reading this now, but it was like meeting up and chatting about the "good ol' days" with a like-minded friend - very entertaining, nostalgic, and thought-provoking...
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