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Two Mortal Kombat Documentaries

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As promised, below are two documentaries found on the bonus discs of premium editions of Deception and Armageddon.  The first is a brief (only six minutes) documentary of the Mortal Kombat franchise, produced by Midway, and found on the Deception bonus disc along with an arcade port of the original arcade game by Digital Eclipse.  The second is a much longer documentary on the history of the fatality and plenty of stories from the staff.  This was also produced by Midway and included in the bonus disc of Armageddon along with another Digital Eclipse port of Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3.  Enjoy!

Fred’s Tech Corner: My Arcade 1up Raspberry Pi Cabinet

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I converted my Arcade 1up Street Fighter cabinet to a Raspberry Pi arcade machine using ETA Prime’s tutorial as a starting point (links at the bottom). I replaced the joystick as per his tutorial, which required very basic drilling, but kept the existing buttons because I liked them. I did buy a kit with replacement buttons in case maintenance was needed. I used the LCD Control Module that ETA prime mentions as well as the USB control modules he has in his videos (came with my joysticks/buttons as part of a $40 complete kit).

I voice displeasure with Arcade 1up’s customer support, which I still stand by, but I am happy to report that this week I did receive a replacement bezel out of nowhere with no notification. With this new replacement bezel all is well, clean, and scratch free. So prepare for a long wait (2 1/2 months in my case) but your replacements *should* hopefully show up.

The settings I use for the Pi are largely covered in my previous setup video. I did figure out Neo Geo, which is working in this demonstration. As I indicate, configuration is a big part of this project and there were far too many tweaks to get into here. My advice: know that setting up the pi, resolutions, sound, and controls are going to be a taxing part of this process that may take a long time. Make sure you have decent knowledge of the Pi if you plan to embark on this venture.  Read on for a price breakdown and links.

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Written by Fred Rojas

February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

Final Fight Retrospective and Version Comparison – All Ports Analyzed

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Capture Information
– Arcade version captured in MAME via VGA with aspect ratio integer scaling at 1080p60.
– SNES versions captured on Analogue Super NT via HDMI at 1080p60 with cross reference to standard SNES for performance comparison.
– Microcomputers all captured on RetroArch emulation via VGA with integer scaling at 1080p60.
– Sega CD/Mega CD captured on actual hardware with RGB via SCART cable out 240p upscaled via XRGB mini framemeister to 1080p60 using FirebrandX profile.
– NES footage captured on RetroUSB AVS console via HDMI at 720p60 using actual cartridges with cross reference to standard NES for performance.
– GBA footage captured on Gameboy Advance Player official software for initial Haggar scenes at 480i and later on Gameboy Interface homebrew at 240p and upscaled via XRGB mini framemeister to 1080p60. All captures made with S-Video cable.
– Xbox footage captured via component cables at 480p and integer scaled to 960p by XRGB mini framemeister.
– PSP footage captured at 240p (PSP 3000 via component cables with “interlaced” setting to get 240p) and upscaled via XRGB min framemeister to 1080p60.
– PS2 footage captured via component cables at 480i and then deinterlaced and upscaled via XRGB mini to 1080p60 (it appears some combing artifacts were present and not removed, reason unknown).
– Xbox 360 footage captured via HDMI at 1080p60 on actual hardware.

Special Thanks:
– Kerwin Sheldon at Tokkoro for wallpaper: http://www.tokkoro.com/1997216-final-fight-cd.html
– The Cutting Room Floor: https://tcrf.net/Final_Fight_(SNES)
– YouTube user FortunaChan: (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLSCUlYLEJgxGwN6oltUDgw) for his SNES Industrial Area glitched video.
– A View Askew Blog is found at: https://aviewfromaskewsite.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/fixing-amiga-final-fight

Written by Fred Rojas

December 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

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Fred’s Tech Corner: 3DO USB Host Controller Installation and Setup

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Fred recently purchased the USB Host Controller by Mnemo to replace his 3DO’s CD-ROM drive with a USB reader to run games. This video demonstrates how to install, set up, and run games on an FZ-1 (tray loader). The FZ-1 is a solderless solution, for the FZ-10 you will need good soldering skills. Please see below for links mentioned in the video and for the FAQ, which I ask that you read before asking questions. This was not a “review copy” nor was it given for free, this was purchased by me at full price. I have no affiliation with Mnemo and receive no kickbacks from these links. Thanks for watching.

3DO Host Controller site for ordering and getting the BIOS and NVRAM files: http://3do-renovation.ru

Official Web Site for ImgBurn so you can rip your games to ISO format: http://www.imgburn.com/

Official Web Site for WinISO to convert your games from other image files (like bin/cue) to ISO for use in this device: http://www.imgburn.com/

FAQ regarding the device and compatibility: https://gaminghistory101.com/3do-usb-faq/

Written by Fred Rojas

December 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

Hellsign First Look

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There’s a new early access game that premiered this weekend called Hellsign, which is an isometric action title that’s part shooter, part investigation, and part role-playing game (RPG).  You take on the role of a hunter who’s working freelance jobs to make ends meet, build up your character, and get better gear.  Fred takes a look at the opening areas and gives a quick feel to the game.

A preview code was provided by the developer.  Hellsign can be purchased in Early Access for $14.99 on Steam for the Windows OS: https://store.steampowered.com/app/606500/HellSign/

Written by Fred Rojas

November 11, 2018 at 4:39 pm

24 Hour Extra Life Livestream Video Playlist is Live

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Each video contains game data, how it was captured, and schedules for when various games/levels happen.  This was recorded on Oct. 20 originally, enjoy!

We Happy Few Impressions – Should You Get It?

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We Happy Few releases today after more than 3 years in development and 2 years on early access.  Now PC, PS4, and Xbox One players can play through a fresh new campaign that builds upon the original mechanics.  Assuming you haven’t played We Happy Few or only recall initial early access impressions like this one I previously did, or if you’ve even watched an early video like another I did, this video wraps up what you can expect in the first 8 hours in a mere 8 1/2 minutes.

Written by Fred Rojas

August 10, 2018 at 11:00 am

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Video: Let’s Compare Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic

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Thanks to the backward compatibility program on Xbox One, you can now play Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) in 1080p on the Xbox One and 4K on the Xbox One X. In this video we compare the resolution and performance of the original Xbox version, the Xbox 360 emulated version, both Xbox One versions, and finally the PC (with an without mods). This video is mastered in 4K at 60 fps, so if you have a screen that supports it we highly recommend viewing on that.

Written by Fred Rojas

April 27, 2018 at 11:00 am

Retro Game Night: Jam Plays Through Resident Evil 2 (Gamecube, Claire, Scenario A)

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Ever wanted to play see the Gamecube version of Resident Evil 2 in its entirety?  Jam takes you through the whole journey on Claire’s Scenario A in a scant 2 and a half hours.

Don’t know the differences in the versions of Resident Evil 2Check them out here.

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April 17, 2018 at 11:00 am

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Video Series: Neo-Retro Episode 1 – Kite (PC, 1080p60)

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Kite Steam Page

For our new series, Neo-Retro where I examine modern releases that look at feel retro. Today we are looking at the new action shooter from Lab Cat Games, Kite. A review code was provided for the purposes of this video, however selection of the games featured in Neo-Retro are at my sole discretion. Captured on a PC with an i5 4690K, GTX 1070, and 16 GB of RAM running Windows 10 64-bit OS (which is far more than this game requires).  For a full transcript (ie: written review) of this video, please click “read more” below.

Wish to request a game to be featured on Neo-Retro? Contact us: contact@gaminghistory101.com

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Written by Fred Rojas

March 16, 2018 at 2:00 pm

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