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  09:45:46  28 November 2017
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Lord_Santa
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11/28/2017 9:51:25
PICO-8

if you want something very different and not necessarily fitting for this thread, since it only runs on PC's (Linux, Mac, Windows), but at the same time, it refers to itself as a Fantasy Console, PICO-8 is exactly that

when booting up PICO-8, the user is presented with a black screen and a text-prompt, much like DOS, or BASIC, by pressing escape the user will enter the GUI of PICO-8 and this is where the magic happens

in the GUI, you have several 'tabs', the first one you are presented with, being where you need to input your code (i.e. program), then there's the tab for your sprite-editor, then there's the tab for your map-editor and one for your sound/music-editor

PICO-8 uses a 'simpler form of LUA' (from what I've gathered) and there have been and still are games being produced/released at a constant rate

the games themselves will be made within the restraints of the 'fantasy-console' that is PICO-8 and it provides you with the following specs:

32kb RAM
16 Colors
128x128 pixels per frame

add to that four directional-keys and two 'action'-buttons for up to two players (i.e., technically the programmer has 8 directional-keys and 4 'action'-buttons to work with, thus allowing for a certain extent of flexibility in terms of user-interaction in the games)

to load a game from within PICO-8, the easiest way is simply to type splore at the prompt, which gives you an on-line database of games available and all you need to do is scroll to the one you wish to play and then run it; simple as that

if you have any controllers for your PC, then you may utilize these, if you encounter any issues, whilst using third-party controllers, or similar; I strongly recommend XPadder, which allows you to rebind any key on your keyboard to any button on your controller; I personally have a SNES-controller hooked up to my retro-PC, running PICO-8 games on my CRT-TV from the couch - very convenient

also, if you wish to play the games, but don't want PICO-8 itself, then they're all freely available at:

https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?cat=7&sub=2&mode=carts

there are some amazing games (and demos) being made out there, given the constraints of the 'console'

there is a renewed interest in older consoles/computers, much due to their limitations, as these constraints really force the programmers/artists/designers to think outside the box (of endless RAM, CPU-power and graphical fidelity), thus giving us contemporary iterations of games which might as well have been released in another decade, but with a modern design perspective, thus giving those of us who actually do enjoy pixelated graphics, bleepy sound-effects and score-boards something to look forward to, whilst at the same time promoting new programmers, artists and designers to really push their creativity to the limit, in trying to create something even remotely interesting in a world with triple-a games and retro-'esque' games being pumped out daily

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(do note above rant does not necessarily apply to current gen consoles, since they are basically PC's in terms of hardware; rather I am mainly referring to the 8-16 -bit era)

for further information I'd suggest reading this:

https://thenewstack.io/retro-game-pico-8-basics/

to learn how to program for PICO-8, I recommend the fanzines:

https://sectordub.itch.io/pico-8-fanzine-1

as a splendid example of a game in PICO-8 I personally enjoy:

https://youtu.be/LrrZvixSUgA

and for PICO-8 itself:

https://www.lexaloffle.com/pico-8.php
  10:48:11  29 November 2017
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Lord_Santa
>>opinions will differ>>
 

 
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Splitfish Mouse and 'Fragchuck'

for those of you who have a difficult time adjusting to controllers, especially in FPS's and Third Person Shooters/etc. where you are used to controlling the camera with a mouse, per example, then there's Splitfish's accessories; I personally use their PS3 and Xbox 360 mouse and fragchuck with little to no issues (the main problem I have with is with the shape of the Xbox 360 mouse, due to button-placement, but one can get used to it)

a 'fragchuck', is basically inspired by the Nintendo Wii 'nunchuck' (i.e. a controller fit for one hand, with a thumbstick on top and a couple of buttons available), thus the fragchuck emulates the keyboard, whilst the mouse is... a mouse

https://eu.splitfish.com/

it is also possible to use a variety of keyboards and mice, by default for PS3 and PS4 (may work for Xbox 360, as well) - just ordinary PC-accessories - the main issue being that very few games utilize PC-mouse and/or keyboard, but at least you are able to use the keyboard for text-communication, if nothing else (which is how I mainly used it, since I don't care for voice-chat)

I'm not saying that playing GTA V with an 'inferior mouse and a fragchuck' will make it on par with the PC-version, but there are a bunch of games out there, console-exclusive (Red Dead Redemption and The Warriors, both Rockstar games, both console-exclusive, both worthy entrances in their catalogue, IMO - as recognizable examples), where this solution (or similar) may provide the user with a more familiar experience, thus hopefully heightening their experience of enjoying the game(s) overall
  12:51:12  29 November 2017
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11/29/2017 12:53:06
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Lord_Santa~

Wow. Three great posts in a row. Keep it up. You rock.

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Free PS Plus Games: November 2017 PS4 Games Out Now On PlayStation Store:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/free-ps-plus-games-november-2017-ps4-games-out-now/1100-6454738/

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  09:22:36  30 November 2017
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The Xbox One X makes the PlayStation 4 Pro feel like a half-measure:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/29/16704346/xbox-one-x-playstation-4-pro-power-discs

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December’s PlayStation Plus games end 2017 with Death and pandas:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/29/16715130/playstation-plus-games-december-2017

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The Pros and Cons of XBOX on The Computer Chronicles ( 2002 )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgVjK9pwl2A

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  11:40:10  2 December 2017
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Fallout 4 Looks Better On Xbox One X But Runs Slightly Smoother On PS4 Pro:
https://kotaku.com/fallout-4-looks-better-on-xbox-one-x-but-runs-slightly-1820919499

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ThinkGeek's Got More NES and SNES Classics to Sell You... If You Win a Contest:
https://gizmodo.com/thinkgeeks-got-more-nes-and-snes-classics-to-sell-you-1820917105/amp

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I Love It When Games Let Me Collect Souvenirs:
https://kotaku.com/i-love-it-when-games-let-me-collect-souvenirs-1820929559

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  07:10:25  4 December 2017
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DayZ will leave early access, hit consoles in 2018:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/1/16723532/dayz-beta-early-access-consoles-release-date-2018

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Games With Gold and PlayStation Plus free games: Change is inevitably coming:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/2/16728566/games-with-gold-and-playstation-plus-free-games-2017-analysis-opinion

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Xbox One X review:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/11/3/16601914/xbox-one-x-review

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  09:28:37  5 December 2017
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GoldenEye 007’s most untouchable speedrun record falls after 15 years:
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/3/16730066/goldeneye-007-52-seconds-dam-agent-karl-jobst

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Xbox Games With Gold gave out $1,029 worth of games in 2017. Were they any good?
https://www.polygon.com/2017/12/2/16717854/xbox-games-with-gold-free-games-2017-value-analysis

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The best Xbox One games:
https://www.engadget.com/2017/12/04/the-best-xbox-one-games/

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  09:47:26  7 December 2017
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Guess who's back in the Top Ten of the UK Charts:
https://www.destructoid.com/guess-who-s-back-in-the-top-ten-of-the-uk-charts-476059.phtml

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We got our hands on the Mario amiibo cereal, here's what it does:
https://www.destructoid.com/we-got-our-hands-on-the-mario-amiibo-cereal-here-s-what-it-does-476528.phtml

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Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Debuts at Number 2 in Japan:
https://attackofthefanboy.com/news/xenoblade-chronicles-2-debuts-japan/

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  22:55:20  9 December 2017
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Bayonetta 3 Revealed As Nintendo Switch Exclusive:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/bayonetta-3-revealed-as-nintendo-switch-exclusive/1100-6455491/

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New Call Of Duty: WW2 Update Adds Winter Version Of Classic Map, Gun Game Mode, And Lots More:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/new-call-of-duty-ww2-update-adds-winter-version-of/1100-6455457/

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Biggest PS4 Trailers Of PlayStation Experience 2017: Soul Calibur 6, Medievil Remastered, And More:
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/biggest-ps4-trailers-of-playstation-experience-201/1100-6455524/

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