• Fun with Linedrawing: The GCE/Milton-Bradley Vectrex and the PiTrex

    We’ve talked about interlacing video, and that introduced the fundamental concept of “raster” graphics: a beam that moves across the screen in horizontal lines, and is modulated to create brighter or darker areas. But a cathode ray tube can actually draw lines at pretty much any angle; the raster is just a convenient pattern, but in theory you could draw any vector. And you better get that that’s been taken advantage of. Let’s take a look at the only vector-based home console, and what modern hackers have done with it.

  • The Axunworks Supergun Mini Review, and Overview

    2021 has been the year of the arcade here at this blog. And since I live in a small third-floor apartment with narrow stairs and no elevator, that’s meant using a “supergun”, a device which converts arcade signals into something for my consumer-grade equipment. I’ve been looking to upgrade from my first model (discussed back in February) for awhile, and therefore I turned to Axunworks’ newest model. After quite some shipping delays (2021’s the year of that too), it’s here. How does it shape up?

  • Sound of the 2C33: The Famicom Disk System

    Recently, I attended the 2021 Retro World Expo in Hartford, Connecticut; I had a great time overall. One panel I enjoyed was hosted by the XVGM podcast about the Famicom Disk System, and how sound was recomposed going from the FDS to the western NES, which didn’t have the same sound capability. It was a really interesting panel focusing on the composition side, which made me want to dig into the technical side a bit more. Let’s do that now.

  • The Pioneer PX-V7: MSX Over All?

    To capture a composite video signal and display it on my computer’s output, I need to use an upscaler that converts to an HDMI signal, then an HDMI capture device which in turn communicates with my PC over USB. Then, I can overlay my stupid face over it and send it to Twitch or something. But what if it was 1984? Of course, Twitch wouldn’t exist, nor would HDMI. So what’s the next best thing?

  • Throw it in the box: The Sega Master System II Power Base RGB!

    A smaller one since a larger project kind of flopped and I don’t want to think about it right now, so it’s a system we’ve seen before here: my French Master System II, seen in Alf 2 and the Mark III rundown. What makes this Master System unlike other ones? Do you actually need a special cable? Why does Nicole find this interesting? All of these questions except the last one will be answered!

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