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  22:49:35  28 October 2021
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Lord_Santa
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Did you buy a used phone? Nothing wrong with that, it's just that in the US most of the carriers are dropping 3G phones and only supporting 4G and 5G and that model came out in 2014 with a really old version of Android. I think your Nokia was much newer. Perhaps you got one of the newer variants?

Samsung Galaxy S5
https://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s5-6033.php

Here's the phone I replaced my Google Nexus 6 ( made by Asus in 2014 ) with in 2020:
https://www.gsmarena.com/motorola_moto_g_power-10076.php

TS
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yeah I got a used one; main/only reason I need it, is due to an application, necessary to monitor a certain device; alas, apparently said app will require Android OS 9.0 or newer for future updates and as such I will need to upgrade anyways

my Nokia 1 has barely been capable of managing to text proper; it may be newer, but was the absolutely cheapest model available of any kind and as such I've been cursing at it ever since I got it, having had it on the shelf for most of the time, rather sticking to my tried and trued button-phones (for some reason, or the other, certain smart-phones' screens simply will not register my finger-input proper, most likely due to cheap technology)

I've had my Samsung Gio s5660 for a decade now and that little beauty still runs perfectly fine and capable - I use it mainly for playing mp3, but it does have memo-pad and internet-radio installed as well

we're going 5G in Sweden as well, afaik - but thus far I've had no issue using 2G phones still, so I don't think that'll be anything that is likely to affect my usage of smart-technology any time soon

Samsung feels like a reliable brand and although an s5 might've been a tad too old, I managed to get it fairly cheap and it runs helluva lot better than my Nokia 1 ever did

unfortunately I find myself in the tricky spot where I need to purchase no less than three smart-phones, which all need to be Android 9.0, or later and compatible with a specific device, as such I need to either buy three brand new phones that are certain to be compatible, or try to find three of the cheapest available, with future compatibility and due to having been what one might call "ridiculously poor", I've never been able to afford anything but the cheapest models available; fortunately these days people have way more moneys than they have brains and as such perfectly good, functional devices are available at decent costs, as long as one is willing to wait 'em out at eBay, or similar venues - and considering that is how I have amassed my collection of consoles and computers, I'm kinda used to waiting (unfortunately this time around I kinda need compatible phones yesterday and as such I'm trying to find the best ones available, compatible and decently priced - also I have (for personal reasons) never had any 'subscription' on any of my phones, as such they ae a tad more expensive)

(sorry for OT)

back on topic anyone played 3D Space Cadet back in the days? Windows XP pinball game, that came with the OS? Well, apparently it's also available for Android:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.azurinteractive.pinball&hl=en_US&gl=US

it's a simple enough pinball game, rather a relic of its era, perhaps - but available to play for free (or buy at decent price) and is a fitting game for a smart-phone, imo

afaik there's only the one stage, but the controls are intuitive enough, as you simply press left, or right on the screen to use the bumpers and hold down on the screen to pull the spring-loader

nice little game to kill a few minutes while waiting

(also available for Windows 10, apparently ^^)

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-7-3d-pinball-space-cadet-game/

(I have downloaded and booted it up, can certify that it works )
  01:31:31  29 October 2021
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Three Mile Island
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nasha,

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I should do that but I don't use Facebook, Twitter & Twitch etc unless it's a requirement for a contest of some description, I missed my chance when I was putting regular content up on my Moddb page, Maybe if I'd pulled my finger out then I could of got some movement, I had over 450.000 visits there between 2012 & a few years back. My loss
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You could try following other Youtube gamers, many will politely follow back in my understanding. Also link to your Youtube account from your Moddb page. Imagine how many t-shirts you could sell!
  01:52:23  29 October 2021
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Three Mile Island
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Santa,

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back on topic anyone played 3D Space Cadet back in the days? Windows XP pinball game, that came with the OS?
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I wonder if I had that one on my XP install, can't remember ever seeing something like that.

On Android I used to play Reversi a few years (the one by Aart Bik is free and without ads), but the last couple of years I've played Klondike exclusively (from an app called Solitaire by Carl Reinke, free and without ads). I also used to enjoy Mahjong in Windows, but I don't think small smartphone screens do it justice.
  04:59:21  29 October 2021
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Tejas Stalker
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Community Game Reviews

Lord_Santa:

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yeah I got a used one; main/only reason I need it, is due to an application, necessary to monitor a certain device; alas, apparently said app will require Android OS 9.0 or newer for future updates and as such I will need to upgrade anyways

my Nokia 1 has barely been capable of managing to text proper; it may be newer, but was the absolutely cheapest model available of any kind and as such I've been cursing at it ever since I got it, having had it on the shelf for most of the time, rather sticking to my tried and trued button-phones (for some reason, or the other, certain smart-phones' screens simply will not register my finger-input proper, most likely due to cheap technology)

unfortunately I find myself in the tricky spot where I need to purchase no less than three smart-phones, which all need to be Android 9.0, or later and compatible with a specific device, as such I need to either buy three brand new phones that are certain to be compatible, or try to find three of the cheapest available, with future compatibility and due to having been what one might call "ridiculously poor", I've never been able to afford anything but the cheapest models available; fortunately these days people have way more moneys than they have brains and as such perfectly good, functional devices are available at decent costs, as long as one is willing to wait 'em out at eBay, or similar venues - and considering that is how I have amassed my collection of consoles and computers, I'm kinda used to waiting (unfortunately this time around I kinda need compatible phones yesterday and as such I'm trying to find the best ones available, compatible and decently priced - also I have (for personal reasons) never had any 'subscription' on any of my phones, as such they ae a tad more expensive)

(sorry for OT)

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I don't think it's a problem for any of us to get off topic since we know each other and realize it just happens sometimes.

I would highly recommend Motorola phones. I corrected my earlier statement where I wrongly said my Google Nexus 6 was made by Asus. It was actually made by Motorola in 2014 and I confused it with my Nexus 7 tablet made in 2012 by Asus.

If you want good quality with a lot of features including fingerprint readers and a modern Android version check out the full range here. Be sure to scroll all the way down as they are not in price ascending order but somewhat scrambled. You can get a good deal on a 2019 or 2020 model now that the 2021s are out.

Motorola Mobile Phone Prices In Sweden And Full Specifications
https://www.mobile57.com/se/phones/motorola/

I think this one is the cheapest and it has a fingerprint reader and is Android 9.0 (Pie)
( GSC Forum software breaks the link so copy and paste it in your browser to work )
https://www.mobile57.com/se/phones/motorola-moto-e6s-(2020)-10327

Buying directly from Motorola might get you some good deals. Otherwise various carriers might have good deals to get 2 or 3 at the same time. I can assure you that they are better quality than the Nokia. The Motorola phones are clean and don't have a lot of bloatware like Samsung does.

TS
  01:40:21  8 November 2021
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Three Mile Island
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Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (2001 original)

This was my first FPS ever, and unsurpassed until Crysis and Stalker came out. Thought I'd try it again now 20 years later, currently I'm half-way through and still enjoy it almost as much as when it was new. Highly recommended.


Setting
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US elite soldiers fighting Russians in Eastern Europe 2008. The two expansions take place in Eritrea and Cuba, respectively. Focus is on gameplay, not plot writing (though the latter is perfectly fine).


Gameplay
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Each map is a standalone mission in a different location. The maps are very big and open for being 20 years old, almost comparable in size to Stalker's. Even in the cities there are several ways to advance. Map designs are very varied and well thought out.

This review from 2015 describes the unique tactical gameplay mechanics:

Ghost Recon 1 PC Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajv3V4PAIyI

In short: before each mission you assign 1-6 soldiers into 1-3 teams. You control one character at the time in 1st person view. The NPCs/teams are controlled from a Command map, where you can set waypoints anywhere on the map (the AI usually finds its way) as well as enemy engagement (like stealth or supressing fire). If your current character dies you can continue with another. There's also quicksave, which is often needed.

Both weapon damage and accuracy is higher than most other games. There are no bullet sponges or medkits. It's easy to kill enemies, but they can also kill you just as easy. The intro of this 2020 review illustrates it fairly well:

Ghost Recon (2001) | 2020 Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaEqfjyhXJw

To avoid being overrun you must either be on the move (assuming you're very familiar with the areas), or position your teams in strategic locations so they'll cover each other or ambush the enemy.

There used to be lots of mods for the game. This third review from 2017 showcases a big one at the end ("Heroes Unleashed", can't remember if I've tried it myself):

Ghost Recon, Desert Siege, Island Thunder, & Heroes Unleashed v1.0.0b9 Video Review
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-KTSp7Ctt4


Software issues
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I first tried installing my old CD version, but that didn't work in Windows 10 even in compatibility mode. Instead I bought the game and the two expansions on Steam:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/15300/Tom_Clancys_Ghost_Recon/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/13620/Tom_Clancys_Ghost_Recon_Desert_Siege/
https://store.steampowered.com/app/13630/Tom_Clancys_Ghost_Recon_Island_Thunder/

You can also buy the base game from GOG, but it seems the expansions are not available there.

The HUD was very small in today's high screen resolutions, and with HUD scaling enabled it instead looked too big. I fixed this by lowering the game resolution instead, which didn't harm graphics quality. Other than that the game appears to run just as smooth and bug free as when it was new.

This Ghost Recon forum still seems to be alive: https://www.ghostrecon.net/forums/index.php?/forum/68-ghost-recon/ (apparently started in 2003)!
  23:51:13  13 January 2022
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Lord_Santa
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Robotron64

Robotron64 is an excellent re-make/re-imagination of the arcade-classic Robotron 2084. The premise is simple enough; Shoot all the robots, save family-members and gather powerups, in order to reach the highest score possible, or complete the 100 levels (easy), or 200 levels (normal/hard), with varying degrees of difficulty, save-game functionality (if you have a mem-pak) and option to play 2 players (take turns, unfortunately), Robtron64 has a lot going for it. Its graphics are quite simplistic, even for its era and although it is 3D, the models are quite rough and simple, but don't let that fool you - there's usually so much action going on at once, that you'll hardly notice the graphics. The music and sound-effects on the other hand, is late 90s techno soundtrack, thumping throughout the entire experience and some nifty sound-effects that fits nicely into the music and game.

There are slowdowns occurring quite often, due to the sheer number of enemies on the screen at once, but this doesn't necessarily deter from the experience, rather Robotron64 feels like a more 'casual', or perhaps 'approachable' version of Robotron and with its various perspectives available through the push of a button, dual-stick using two N64 controllers, save-game functionality, great soundtrack and use of colors, I can highly recommend this game, even in 2022.

Of course not everyone will have access to a Nintendo 64 and as such I strongly recommend emulating it, using a proper dual thumbstick controller (or even better a dual arcade-stick), as although it might not be the greatest of N64 games, nor arcade games for that matter, but it does provide a very special experience, especially in comparison to similar games of the genre, as it keeps the gameplay very close to its arcade-roots and don't tamper too much with the formula, while at the same time adding just enough to make it interesting and challenging enough that it's well worth booting up, more than once. If nothing else to try and rack a higher score, or trying to beat your friends'/families'.

(Robotron64 Intro + Gameplay)

https://youtu.be/NJtTB5DyAog
 
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