The NES-athon returns again in 2013! They plan on gaming June 5th through June 9th. All donations go to help people with MS, so please support these guys by donating. Not only is it for a good cause, there's some good entertainment to be had! Check out http://nesathon.blogspot.ca/ for more info.
Synical_Enigma has brought back the newest monthly syn! Check it out here.
Project Nintendo has a new website that the Wez has made, very sleek looking indeed. Be sure to check out http://pnintendo.webs.com and have a look!
Newest videos include Leathco tearing into Thunder In Paradise on CDi, a tour of Four Star Books and Games, IndieSeouls pickups from his trip to America, NES_Pimps newest game collection video, and Leathco showing his playful side on a drumset.
Its been a slow start to Spring here at RRR. We do have some new videos up though. I have a tour of a local game store, my April pickups, and a huge review of Thunder in Paradise on CDi.
NES Atlas made its return with maps of quite a few games along with a making of an NES atlas.
Project Nintendo now has its own site at http://pnintendo.webs.com/
Also I really feel weird about the donation thing, so I'm going to start doing refunds to all donations for April. I havent had the chance to transfer donations to the site account so the money has been sitting there all month. So, refunds!
Some big changes are in for the site, and for me personally (Leathco)
First site changes. We are now hosting some rather large files, so large that we are swelling our available storage. I am looking at moving away from webs.com for two reasons, the file storage being first. The second being that we are spending 25 a month to stay alive, whereas I could take a small Linux PC and run the site from it instead. So, I am looking at personally hosting the site from home on a spare desktop. What would this mean for the site?
1. New forums that would run phpbb.
2. Virtually unlimited storage space and bandwidth.
3. (This ones a negative) Possible slowdown on the site if my internet connection gets strained, as its just a standard cable connection.
I am thinking about setting up a test site in a few weeks to see how it does. The old forums would still remain up on the webs server, just downgraded to their free hosting plan after the new site is built.
And now for the personal stuff: stress at my job has forced me to begin looking for new employment. My job was actually affecting my health and home life negatively. Unfortunately, I haven't found a good replacement job yet, but the stress levels have gotten to the point where I have no choice but to leave and take a lower paying job, and to let my wife take the reins with bills while my income becomes supplemental for awhile, which will cut a lot into my retro gaming hobby. I'll be doing a lot more emulation and less shopping for carts and systems. I won't completely back out of collecting, but will cut down to a few carts a month. But the new job is relatively stress free, and thats honestly what I need right now. Rest assured the site will remain alive and kicking!
Sorry it has been so slow on the site. It has been a very grueling first month of the year, but hopefully things will be improving.
The next review from Leathco is of an obscure PC game known as Ed Hunter. From the legendary band Iron Maiden, this game was left forgotten, likely due to the limited gameplay.
NES_Pimp shows off the NES Dominator controller. Will you be replacing your favorite NES controller with one of these?
Indie_Seoul travels to Vegas and checks out one of the few large arcades left, Insert Coins. Check out their awesome game selection in his tour.
Synical_Enigma returns with some more goodies he picked up in January. Check out the insane deals he got. We are talking literally nickels and dimes
Finally, Johnny reviewed Duke Nukem Forever from his retro perspective. Give it a read and chime in on your impressions!
The GCW Zero is another handheld retro games console that Syn brought my attention to, but it looks better than most I have seen. Its significantly cheaper than the Pandora, and seems much better built than my current fave, the JXD S601. It features a decent amount of power with a 1 GHZ CPU and 512 MB of RAM, plus some nice extras like built in wifi, and a 320x240 screen which means no upscaling for retro games, making the CPU do less work in the process. Instead of running android, it runs Dingux, an OS you guys may remember from my review of the Dingoo A320. But it has one thing that was the tipping factor for me: this is an American-made device. I wanted to get a Pandora, but those people have had a lot of issues with how they handle their customers, and are also behind the iControlpad 2. While I loved the first iControlpad, the new one seems plagued with production woes and the devs aren't letting backers in on what the problems are. With GP2X out of the handheld market, and newer Dingoos nowhere near as decent as the A320, this handheld looks like its the future of open handhelds right now. So, along with Syn, I am putting my money where my mouth is and backing the GCW Zero on kickstarter. The handheld is $135 dollars including shipping. Click the banner for more info.