I wrote one of these things last year simply because it was a fun little way to kill time. I figure I might as well do it again this year. As will last year I doubt many people will read this, though I do have a bit of increased traffic from the Game Boy Macro stuff so maybe a few people will see this and find it interesting!

To preface, I’m primarily a PC gamer, so pretty much all of these games you can assume I played on PC, and one game on the list is technically a 2015 game since that’s when it was released for PC! Anyways, I’ll stop wasting your time. Here’s the list:

 

 

Favorite Old Game – The Walking Dead: Season 1

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I did this last year as well. I don’t have a ton of time for games, so I play a lot of games from previous years. I put this game off for a while but finally decided to tackle it early 2015 (literally started playing it on January 1). After episode 1 I was hooked. I practically played non-stop throughout the story and even the 400 Days expansion trying every option that felt meaningful. If it weren’t for this series I may not have ever tried Life is Strange. The Walking Dead really opened my eyes to these Telltale style point and click adventures. I am certainly hoping for more.

 

Runner Up – South Park: The Stick of Truth

I don’t really have a ton to say about this game other than it was an incredibly fun RPG, especially for someone who doesn’t typically like turn based RPGs. The art style was incredible and felt exactly like I was watching the show. It’s a great game that easily would have been my favorite had I played The Walking Dead one day earlier.

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A few weeks ago I had the urge to get a backwards compatible PS3. I’ve had a few in the past, but they seem to eventually die of YLOD. I decided to pick a YLOD console up off of ebay for $30 and fix it. I did the standard reflow as a repair, as well as replaced the thermal paste on the IHS for the GPU and Cell processor in some crazy dream that it will keep going if I do that.

In addition to that, I also decided to make an adjustable fan mod. I did this fairly simply, and you can see the photos below on how to do it yourself if you’d like.

Initially I was just going to mount a POT to the front and use it for fan adjustment, I eventually decided it might be beneficial to also put a switch in so I can switch between the fan being controlled by the PS3 and the fan just being controlled by the POT. Keep in mind, this POT isn’t really the perfect rating (250k I believe), but it works fairly well and I had it on hand. As well as a random DPDT switch. The mounts aren’t perfect, but I’ll clean them up in a bit, this is just a quick hour long project.

 

 

Here’s a dumb video:

 

In the back of my head for a while I’ve had plans to build a jamma box so I can use xbox 360 on a cabinet. Well my Vewlix came a few days ago, and I really wanted to use a 360 in it. The vewlix was wired for Chinese Jamma (which allows buttons 1-6 over one harness) so I figured why not build it for that? I can always use a JNX adapter to make it normal jamma! Anyways, I used the padhacks below that I’ve had sitting in a drawer for a year

 

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Anways, I used a project box and a Jammaboard.com (RIP) jamma edge connector. I feel like it came out pretty nicely!

 

 

That’s pretty much it. I just wanted to throw a quick post up!

My Chinese Vewlix (Chewlix?) cabinets came today. This is a relatively short post text-wise, but I have a video on some of the fixes I’ve done so far!

 

 

Here’s quick video on some of the fixes I’ve done:

 

NeoGeo

You may or may not know that I LOVE SNK and NeoGeo. There’s something strange about SNK games, some incredible charm they have and I just love it. Maybe it’s the broken English, the weird gameplay, the beautiful visuals, or just everything. But something about them I really get into. Anyways, I’ve wanted a NeoGeo AES for a very long time, I just can’t bring myself to buy one. Then it occurred to me, why should I buy an AES when the MVS games are cheaper and more abundant? I should just build a consolized MVS! Well, I’m in luck since I have an extra MV1FZ board! While it isn’t the MV1C, it is still a one slot board and should do what I want it to do! I’m sure eventually I’ll buy an AES and an Omega though. The parts I’ve chosen are as follows:

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Yay!

Recently I picked up a New Astro City. It was in pretty rough shape…

 

 

Anyways, per usual I broke out the hose and Simple Green (I wonder if I get enough traffic for them to become a sponsor? Probably not). The display was particularly gross. Not as bad as my blast city, but still pretty bad.

So we go from this:

 

To this:

 

Now onto the rest of the cab. I didn’t take any photos of the post cleanup, it just took a lot of simple green and water really. This definitely needs to be repainted at some point, but not today. Here was the corpse after the clean.

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Not looking too hot next to the blast…

 

Next up was ripping out the jamma harness and rewiring it. That took probably 4 hours. Wiring is such a pain. On the plus side I did improve a bunch of wiring in the cab from being spliced to using AMP connectors and whatnot.

 

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Shockingly everything worked, including audio.

 

I then worked on the control panel. Removed the 50 yen sticker that had been placed on it, only to have a 100 yen sticker be underneath that. These 100 yen stickers are so much nicer! In the process of washing the CP the center bolt hole broke off so I had to use some abs cement to weld it back into place, see the hi-tech electrical tape stabilizing it?

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With that in place I had to get a new cp, thankfully Jasen (of Jasenscustoms.com) makes some awesome repros so I picked one up from him and applied a new overlay to it 😀

Then it was just a matter of buttoning the baby up! Right now I’m running Darksoft’s CPS2 multiboard in it, I might throw something else in there sometime, we’ll see!

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So I came across a Sony PVM on craigslist a week ago and couldn’t resist getting it. Since then I’ve fallen down a retro hole. I have a bunch of scart cables on the way, so I’m pretty excited to see how everything looks on it. Scart is actually kind of complicated, who would have thought? My head just about exploded trying to differentiate between Composite Sync and Composite Video + Sync. Still not sure I totally get it. Anyways, it resulted in my picking up a new snes, model 1 genesis (original with “High Definition”), saturn, and hooking up my n64 and ps2.

I ended up doing a stereo mod to the Genny after cleaning it out, pretty pleased with how clean it turned out!

 

Now I just have to clean up these bad boys

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I noticed the snes has the center pin for the power jack broken off. I ordered a replacement, but I’m considering doing something weird like internalizing the PSU and putting a figure 8 connector on it or something. That could be neat.

 

Anyways, this TV is fantastic, I need to find a better place for it.

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horivlx

This is mostly for reference as I’m starting to look into modding my Hori VLX! But if anyone needs it:

Pin Spacing: 2.54mm or .100″

Connector Dimensions: 38.15mm x 5.09mm

Pinout:

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For clarification, the pin layout is as follows!

 

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PS: I picked up an astro city today. So I’m going to start posting about that soon 😀