Mar
In episode 39, we chat about what we've been up to in games. Including some Castlevania, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Streets of Rage, JAMMA harness repair, a bit of pinball, and a bunch more!
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Intro music from http://www.bensound.com

Streets of Rage 2 (1992)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Rage_2

Blackout Pinball (1980)

https://pinside.com/pinball/machine/blackout

Avatar Pinball (2010)

https://pinside.com/pinball/machine/avatar-(le)

Twilight Zone Pinball (1993)

https://pinside.com/pinball/machine/twilight-zone

Out Run (1986)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run

RetroClinic

https://www.facebook.com/RetroClinic/

JAMMA

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan_Amusement_Machine_and_Marketing_Association

Mortal Kombat Series

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_Kombat

PSIO

https://ps-io.com/

Castlevania Series

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania

Street Fighter V (2016)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_Fighter_V

Horizon Zero Dawn (2017)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horizon_Zero_Dawn

Speedruns

https://speedrun.com

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Kinda got bogged down part way through one of my mega posts so I might post the post so far (to give me bit of breathing space on the tricky bit) as:

PART ONE:

Out of sequence I’ll just mention how appropriate it was (though presumably unplanned) that Mortal Kombat came up as it (along with Mario Cart, Solitaire [Windoze], and Colossal Cave Adventure) was just inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame.

Also slightly out of sequence I’ll be a pedantic dick to the podcasters as a package deal!
John: the term for “All Knowing” isn’t “omnipotent” but “omniscient”. Omnipotent is all powerful and there’s the associated “omnipresent” which is always present or everywhere. They also tend to come as a package deal for monotheistic gods, so confusion can arise.
Matt: when discussing Blackout you talk of “stand ups (targets)” when I assume you probably mean “drop targets”. Stand ups are just the boring target switches that take (& register) a hit, but stay where they are (which are no doubt also present on the machine). I was going to suggest that the “hole” you referred to that old machines just “pop it back out” from was probably a “saucer” but it does seem to have straight edges so IS officially referred to as a “hole” - I’m not in favour of that description because I think a “hole” should have the ball disappear from sight THROUGH the playfield before registering its presence and returning it to play.
Mark: when you talk of “tinning” I think you’re just talking of solder joins - “tinning” is usually referring to preparing a component or wire for being soldered (the term referring to the main component of standard 60/40% tin/lead solder) by coating the wire/component leg with solder before it’s positioned for actual soldering. That one was a little cheap, so let me try to add injury to insult by saying: couldn’t you have just got a replacement for the plug on the JAMMA cable and swapped it on to the end of the existing wire loom/macrame avoiding the issues of disconnecting all of the other plugs and splicing the monitor connector? I’ve often found that that style of plug has solder tabs to connect wires, so you just clip them off the old one and attach them to the new. Here’s a plug I got (but didn’t use [yet]) to connect to the User Port edge connector at the back of a C64:
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On the tech support front, I haven’t professionally fixed computers for well over a decade, but requests are still made with little regard for my Macintosh preference. Fortunately I have no sought-after technical knowledge in any other areas 😉. Rather than a Will Not Fix Computer T-shirt, I would tend towards (but don’t yet have) an RTFM (Read The Fucking Manual) shirt. Further to that I might go an LTWIFS (Listen to What I Fucking Say) shirt - so often I’m thinking (& probably saying) “didn’t I explain this last time (& the time before [& the time before that])”?

Samples being used for realistic drum sounds in electronic music have long been the prime way to go. Percussion is very difficult to synthesise accurately because, other than things like gongs, their waveforms are a mess. As a general rule synthesisers are more accurate to real instruments with a base waveform as close as possible to a sine wave. Early digital synths gave 4 basic waveforms to start creating a sound from - sine, square, triangle and sawtooth (plus “noise” which is really an absence of waveform). The sine wave is the easiest for electronics to produce cleanly and the others involve fudges and compromises. The most popular synth of the 80s was the Yamaha DX7 which used Frequency Modulation (FM), layering sine wave on sine wave and producing cleaner sounds than its competition (I have its smaller keytar-style sibling, the DX100).
Percussion waveforms may be messy but they are generally short and so don’t take up much data space and were ideal for sampling when memory was tight. I have a late 80s drum machine, the Roland R8, which already entirely uses samples for its sounds. It even has a sound card called “Electronic” which has samples of synthesised drum sounds, chiefly from the Roland TR808.
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Mar
Believe it or not, out of all the work I've been doing on pinball and arcade games, I'm yet to replace a single connector. I've always just spliced into existing ones. I know that's not a good thing, because commonly a problem could be a shitty connector. But it's just one of those things I haven't done yet, so I go the lazy (familiar) route.

One day I'll add a connector. One day.
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No, you seem to miss the point. Or are you purposely doing it to blunt my injury-to-insult taunt? 😕

My way is the lazy (easy) way. Replacing that JAMMA edge connector plug would have been done in well under an hour rather than your 2 weekends. You’d just work your way along the wires at the back of the plug: snip-strip-solder, snip-strip-solder, snip-strip-solder...  Your fist full of wires would stay in place and the splicing to the video plug avoided. Your method has got new connectors all round (except video) but it’s the edge connector plug at the game board that takes the wear and tear changing games, the rest mostly stay in place except for repairs and upgrades. 
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Mar
I did think about doing that. I thought about it seriously and many times! As you say, it would have been much easier, and I know it’s more common to just replace the connector rather than the entire harness.

But in the end, I had an entire - and new - harness and connector, and I’d be left with all of that wire if I didn’t use it. So I made the choice to change out the lot. It probably didn’t make any difference doing that, but it does mean that at least it’s done, and may not need doing again for another few decades.
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John: the term for “All Knowing” isn’t “omnipotent” but “omniscient”. Omnipotent is all powerful and there’s the associated “omnipresent” which is always present or everywhere. They also tend to come as a package deal for monotheistic gods, so confusion can arise.



Yes, so I might argue that when i said "like some kind of omnipotent being" i was referring to a being that was also likely omniscient.

Or another way i might argue is that I was referring to Matt's potential in being 'all powerful' rather than 'all knowing'. As in, he may solve computer issues without actually knowing the answer but simply by magic.

Oh course, I'm not afraid to say that really I just imagined Matt like Q from Startrek who is usually referred to as omnipotent. Not much thought went into it.. like most of the stuff I say on the pod lol...
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 Percussion is very difficult to synthesise accurately because, other than things like gongs, their waveforms are a mess.


That's interesting. I wonder if it has to do with the fact that a lot of percussion has more than one vibrating surface.

For example, most drums have a top head and a bottom head. There is obviously an interaction in vibrations from these two heads which I imagine causes some complexity in their recorded waveforms.

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