Mar
Episode 7 is here! Marc reviews the C64 Mini, Matt builds a custom PCB, and John gets all introspective and asks why we collect retro. Check out the podcast and full show notes over in the Podcast section of the site!

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Intro music from http://www.bensound.com

Retro style wireless controllers

http://www.8bitdo.com/

Amnesia: The Dark Decent (2010)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amnesia:_The_Dark_Descent

Gerber Format

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

Gerbil

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

Goober

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Goober

River Raid Wallet

https://ebgames.com.au/loot-235604-Activision---River-Raid-Bi-fold-Wallet-Loot

C64 Mini (2018)

https://thec64.com/

Australian C64 bundle

Retro Pie

https://retropie.org.uk/

The 8-bit guy review of the C64 mini

Shining in the Darkness (1991)

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

Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 (1995)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_Mortal_Kombat_3

Zelda Breath of the Wild (2017)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_Zelda:_Breath_of_the_Wild

Nintendo Arcade - Why we collect video

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bakersnarkMDW
Coupla quickies:

Buck Rogers video game gets mentioned and Marc says it’s an RPG with similarities to some D&D titles. Interestingly (well I think so), I own a Buck Rogers boardgame from 1988 published by TSR (publishers of D&D) - wondered if there was any connection (any TSR credits on video game?)
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https://videogamegeek.com/boardgame/548/buck-rogers-battle-25th-century-game

Also regarding the Switch and controllers and general retronicity...
“Internet” tells me that the 4.00 update for the Switch has a sly inclusion of undocumented support for this (as I posted elsewhere):
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Apparently it’s more comprehensive support than the Wii-U (which basically just allows GC controller use in Smash Bros), you can use them with any game on the Switch but there may not be button equivalence for some titles (you can’t use your shield in Breath of the Wild!)
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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Mar
Don't know if the board game Buck Rogers and the Megadrive game share the 'universe', but it is TSR based and by SSI (who did a whole bunch of TSR role playing games - about the only ones I really got into!).

https://www.giantbomb.com/buck-rogers-countdown-to-doomsday/3030-5771/

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Fantastic game. All of the 'gold box' RPG games were. I never liked JRPG's really, but SSI / TSR games were great. I have sealed copies of C64 Pool of Radiance, Curse of Azure Bonds, Heroes of the Lance, and Wizard's Crown. All awesome games.
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bakersnarkMDW
There’re of the same ‘universe’ for a couple of reasons; they’re both Buck Rogers, and they’re from a set of TSR Buck Rogers things from the late 80s. Different types of game though, boardgame is a ship & troop conquest of the solar system, with you playing a leader with a special ability as close as you get to RPG. From Wikipedia:

”Buck Rogers XXVC
In 1988, TSR, Inc. created a game setting based on Buck Rogers, called Buck Rogers XXVC. Many products were produced that were set in this universe, including comic books, novels, role-playing game material and video games. In the role-playing game, the player characters were allied to Buck Rogers and NEO (the New Earth Organisation) in their fight against RAM (a Russian-American corporation based on Mars). The games also extensively featured "gennies" (genetically enhanced organisms). The gameplay of the Buck Rogers - Battle for the 25th Century board game by TSR dealt with token movement and resource management. There is purported[citation needed] to be a single expansion for the board game called the Martian Wars Expansion, but it is not known if this was ever released.”

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Not sure how (or if) licensing worked for this. The stories originated in the 1920s, which  is the same time as the Lovecraft Call of Cthulhu stuff which I know is out of copyright (which is why you see so much Call of Cthulhu based stuff). Each incarnation would have its own copyright and obviously TSR didn’t have any rights to the TV series/movie.
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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thrax
VR and motion sickness: If you're particularly sensitive to it then that might be a thing, but I've got a high-end PC with an HTC VIVE and the only time I've had motion sickness is when playing DETACHED (note: they specifically designed the game to ignore the 'anti-motion sickness' design method most VR games are designed with). Vision fatigue however is definitely a thing, along with the uncomfortableness of having the headset pushed against your face and the weight of it hanging off the front of your head gives you a little neck strain. I've also played 'some' RE7 in VR and it was amazing! Scary, but definitely awesome and brings a whole new element to the game and peeking over barrels or between slats of wood in the external walls of the house. Side note: It absolutely sucks balls that you can play RE7 in VR on Playstation, but the PC version isn't VR or compatible with VIVE/OR.
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Mar
Was just wandering about my house listening to some pods, and spied in my C64 ‘stack’ this thing. I forgot I had this. Remember when games came with heaps of stuff?

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bakersnarkMDW
Mar wrote:
Remember when games came with heaps of stuff?


Sure do!

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Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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Mar
Want...
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bakersnarkMDW
Does this count?

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Unused stickers top left, Thunderbirds theme on Audio cassette, title etc screened onto disk plastic, A2 poster (with LOTS of folds). Manual is pretty underwhelming next to the rest of the package.
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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Mar
Holy crap, that is awesome. When are you going to sell me your C64 collection Mark? We need to have a chat...
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bakersnarkMDW
Mar wrote:
Holy crap, that is awesome. When are you going to sell me your C64 collection Mark? We need to have a chat...


So you can you can add them to your stacks and have them sit unplayed?!
Actually, that would mean they’d be better displayed and just as played as they are now 😐

As I mentioned in my lengthy ramblings about collecting (which I note didn’t make the latest podcast either 😉), it’s important to me that any of these collected things are the actual items I personally accumulated through the years. I’m also in agreement with something you said on a previous podcast about how every time you’ve gotten rid of a collection you’ve regretted it. I had as a kid accumulated a fairly large collection of Dr Who books which was the envy of some like-minded friends. I then hit an age where I decided I  had matured beyond that and was a little embarrassed owning them so I got rid of most of them (mostly to the aforementioned friends). Although I don’t think I’d recapture my early enjoyment reading them, I still regret dumping them because they were important to me for several years.

I have to shamefacedly admit that that Thunderbirds stuff isn’t in its original box however, if it was a folded carton-style box, it’s probably still around somewhere unfolded flat in an earlier space-saving exercise. 
Random item from my Tabletop Games Collection
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Mar


As I mentioned in my lengthy ramblings about collecting (which I note didn’t make the latest podcast either 😉)


When we sat down to record the latest episode, we did bring this up again as a point we need to discuss. We decided Episode 9 wasn't the right time as we hadn't had enough time to research both your post and the topic at hand. We also had a huge list of stuff to get through as well...

It's on the list of things, and we will definitely get to it eventually. Maybe we need to start recording 4 hour podcasts...
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