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This topic contains 28 replies, has 14 voices, and was last updated by  ian_hannigan 12 years ago.

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  • #4785

    P.J.
    Participant
  • #24115

    darf_danno
    Participant

    In general I dont get the new wave of consoles after their release, way too expensive. I stick with the previous generation for another couple of years, which is a good idea I think because in the last few years of a consoles life, developers have learnt how to get the most performance out of it so better quality games are made :D

  • #23974

    P.J.
    Participant

    darf_danno:
    I dont get the new wave of consoles after their release, way too expensive[/quote:f0bb9fe7ef]

    Yeah thats a good way to go alright. I will be doing the same thing, wont be getting anything new for a year or 2 as it takes that long anyway for quality games to start arriving. I did get the PS2 a couple of months after launch if i recall correctly but that was mainly because of Gran Turismo 3. What can i say? The hype got to me :)

  • #23975

    wilted
    Participant

    Yea had the same problem last year the dvd drive just falls over eventually.

  • #24694

    philippe_j
    Participant

    The GBA has got a switch to turn off the back light, are you sure that’s not what happened to you? Cos that would explain your problems seeing the screen. You could see the screen if the sun were shining directly on it, or some other strong source of light, but that’s about it. I never really understood the point of the whole thing…

  • #25494

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    The GBA has got a switch to turn off the back light, are you sure that’s not what happened to you? Cos that would explain your problems seeing the screen. You could see the screen if the sun were shining directly on it, or some other strong source of light, but that’s about it. I never really understood the point of the whole thing…[/quote:7f79b40f0a]

    He has the GBA, not the GBA SP…

    :wink:

  • #26532

    P.J.
    Participant

    I do (or did anyway) have the original GBA. I didnt see any backlight anywhere on it but to be honest i didnt look every where for it. It might be inside where the batteries go. Damn, Ill feel like a right idiot now complaining to you guys if i go home and find there was a backlight in it after all.

    wilted:

    Yea had the same problem last year the dvd drive just falls over eventually[/quote:70408b995c]

    That DVD drive is troublesome alright. Ill just have to survive with it for the time being.

  • #26527

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Dont worry, the GBA did NOT have a backlight switch. You could get kits (afterburner) to install one, but that was made redundant by the SP.

  • #27381

    noodledog
    Participant

    I thought doom3 took about ten minutes to load, but trying it on a mate’s box it started instantly. Even more recently it doesn’t play most of my dvd’s and whirrs like a….

    That said it’s a old box from May ’01.

  • #27385

    lk_
    Participant

    I stripped out the fan on my old PS2 and put in a quieter fan with a better CFM…. completely off topic but what the hay. Any ideas on how loud the XBox 360s cooling is?

  • #27386

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    I stripped out the fan on my old PS2 and put in a quieter fan with a better CFM…. completely off topic but what the hay. Any ideas on how loud the XBox 360s cooling is?[/quote:08357c3e28]

    Since it is Dreamcast2 I’ll go with “Loud”

  • #27445

    jediboy
    Participant

    No support for a USB MOUSE & KEYBOARD!

    I know soooooooooo many hard-core PC Gamers who would easily migrate, but for the lack of COUNTER-STRIKE Controls and keyboard & mouse.

    Its really very simple Nintendo / Sony / MS. GIVE US A FECKIN USB Keyboard & Mouse and we’ll use it if we want.

    I read all this TRASH-TALK about Sony Microsoft wanting to “differenciate” itself from being a tricked-out PC, that it purposely banned Keyboards & Mice, so that the market perceived XBox as a console.

    Idiotic drivvle. Consoles, PC’s, Playing Cards, they are all just a medium so that a game CAN BE PLAYED THROUGH (!!!) THEM. It shouldn’t matter if I use a feckin Lump-Hammer of a Wireless Controller, WE JUST WANNA PLAY!!!

  • #27469

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Design flaws?

    -The Original Xbox controller
    -Black and White buttons on either Xbox controller
    -Z Trigger on the Gamecube pad

  • #27502

    gizmo
    Participant

    Hrm, I loved the XBox Controller but I seem to be in the minority there…

    Hrm, a lack of a Blowing-Into-The-Cartridge Slot addon for my SNES? :D

  • #27503

    Max Marshall
    Participant

    did anyone use the Dreamcast keyboard and mouse. I used it once on rainbow six on dreamcast and it was shoddy as hell. It was a poor conversion on rainbow six which might have had something to do with it, but it was really unresponsive and slow.

    Annoyingly you could only use the joypad to use the menus.

  • #27509

    darf_danno
    Participant

    did anyone use the Dreamcast keyboard and mouse. I used it once on rainbow six on dreamcast and it was shoddy as hell.[/quote:14a503dd73]
    Agreed, but it really was a poor conversion. The Keyboard and mouse was a necessity for quake 3 though (which was actually rather good). But was totally unplayable with the joypad. The keyboard was well handy for phantasy star online for typing too. Apart from that it was a bit tatty :evil:

  • #27544

    Steph
    Participant

    (i) (as posted earlier) real USB backward- (or forward-?) compatibility, for consoles with USB i/o. How much I’d like to be able to use the same USB steering wheel for any of PC, PS2, XBX, XBX360 and further, instead of having to buy one for each (or ‘hybrids’, most of which are just dual PC/PS2), or taking a chance on a USB-to-[console] adapter, if any.

    (ii) proprietary AV outs – just to make sure you have to buy the SCART or Hi-Def or 5.1 or… pack :evil: (instead of -say- a real good & expensive set of leads, e.g. Monster Cables, that will last you several hardware generations).

    (iii) ‘extra’ DVD/remote kit – FFS, it’s only cents, put it in the box and the take-up rate will be just that little bit more, I’d venture enough to offset the ‘largesse’ of including a real remote, in time (consoles are still using the “Gillette business model” anyways).

  • #27549

    philippe_j
    Participant

    How can I put this concisely: they are consoles.

    It’s like comparing, mmmh, an Airbus/Boeing airliner and a Fighter jet… kinda :?

  • #27563

    Nifty
    Participant

    No. Its more like comparing booking a holiday abroad with buying an aircraft. Sure the aircraft could go other places, but do you really need it to?

    Maybe package holidays are all you want for you vacations, maybe all the little things that are involved in owning that boewing just make what should be a leisure activity turn into a chore. Plus its just so much more expensive.

  • #27567

    jediboy
    Participant

    Philippe (the Frenchman!) said: “How do I put…blahblahblah…they are consoles.”

    Yeah whatever.

    THEY ARE ALL JUST A MEDIUM. The stupid boxes (whether it be an AlienWare or a NES) are just there so I can execute some code. OF COURSE MY SNES should be able to support a QWERTY keyboard & Mouse.

    All these metaphors of holidays and Boeings. You guys are off your nut.

    Manufacturers of those products should be DESIGNING to include as many people as possible, (yep even crazy lefties!!!).

  • #27569

    Steph
    Participant

    Ooooh [salivate]me likes much[/salivate] :P

  • #27570

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    It costs a bomb

  • #27571

    Steph
    Participant

    I got a B52’s full load, bring on your invoice … :lol:

  • #27581

    gizmo
    Participant

    Did they even make that keyboard? I thought it was only a joke?

  • #27586

    kyotokid
    Keymaster

    Ohh I thought of another one.

    THE GAMECUBE MEMORY CARDS ARE TOO FECKING SMALL!11!!1!

    (small storage wise…not physically)

  • #27589

    Nifty
    Participant

    Now there’s a point, what do they retail for at the moment. and what size of a pen drive can you get for that price?

  • #27592

    omen
    Participant

    Ohh I thought of another one.

    THE GAMECUBE MEMORY CARDS ARE TOO FECKING SMALL!11!!1!

    (small storage wise…not physically)[/quote:a5995063e0]

    Just get a big one :)
    Thats what I did and haven’t needed a second one or to delete anything off it yet :)

  • #27604

    philippe_j
    Participant

    just use a bloody tablet PC Style interface. What’s the point of a 6 keys keyboard. Is that for kids? I hope it is.
    Or possibly for Mac “Oh teh n0!!1 Two mouse buttons, I am lost!” users ;)

    nifty : I bow to your superior skillz in Analogy Crafting. Very nicely put.

  • #27615

    ian_hannigan
    Participant

    [/quote:0e1f2a76c6]

    very sweet! ;)

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