Over the past year or so I’ve gotten far more into pinball. I’m not really sure what it is about it, but I’ve grown quite fond of it. One of the games that has been on my hit list has been a Whirlwind, which I’ve been looking for since August. As of a couple of weeks ago I finally got one! Though, that being said it is quite rough:Continue reading

It’s a bit late, but I’ve written one of these things again. Have fun all six people who will read this.

Favorite Old Game – The Surge

Drop the beat.

If you’re familiar with The Surge then this really shouldn’t be a surprise. I’m a huge Dark Souls fan, and this is basically future robot Dark Souls! This game looked like a sort of B-list clone of Dark Souls, but after picking it up on a sale it really won me over. They have a lot of interesting mechanics that build on what you’d want out of a souls-y game, which adds a nice spin to how you handle dodging, blocking, and just overall encounters with enemies. I can’t recommend this game enough!

Runner Up: Titanfall 2

10. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Well it’s more smash

It really shouldn’t be a surprise that this is on here, three years ago Smash made my list and now it makes it again! Honestly I don’t have a ton to say about this other than it’s more Smash, which is certainly never a bad thing.

9. Yoku’s Island Express

Such a bad influence

This is such a neat little game that I don’t think got a lot of attention, but hey, I liked it! It was a very unique blending of a standard puzzle-ish platformer with pinball of all things. Best of all it works well! I’m a huge fan of pinball so it’s great to see someone try to incorporate some form of pinball mechanics into a video game. Though we’ll never get anything better than Sonic Spinball.

8. Marvel’s Spider-Man

You can almost see the smog.

In terms of gameplay Spider-Man is really just another super hero game, but there are plenty of small touches and interesting story choices Insomniac implemented that really make the game stick with you. While I personally don’t think Spider-Man does combat better than the Arkham games, I do think the story blows it (and any other super hero game) out of the water. If you haven’t played it, you really should. I guarantee it isn’t what you expect.

7. Donut County

I hear she has wings.

This game is just so pleasant. The mechanics aren’t really anything out of this world (heh), but it is a fun game, with a cute story, interesting style, and wonderful music. If you haven’t played it then do yourself a favor and check it out! Donut county is the cutest game I’ve played since Lovely Planet.

6. DUSK

Straight Ballin’

DUSK takes you back to the 90s to experience the absurdity of Doom and Quake all over again. There isn’t anything to say in regards to story, the game is just pure fun. At the end of the day this game was the tribute to the 90s I never knew I wanted.

5. No Man’s Sky

Those sentinels really suck

I know, I know, this isn’t really a 2018 game but I feel their game changing patches should qualify. I decided to pick up No Man’s Sky after hearing the positive buzz around some of the mid-year patches they put out and am I ever glad I did! The game is phenomenal. I’ve never been much for the survival-exploration style of games but something about this game really clicked for me. In seconds you can go from foraging or battling on a planet to having a massive space battle in your ship(s). I can’t say there is much in the way of story, but the atmosphere and combat surely make up for that. No Man’s Sky has really evolved into a fantastic game.

4. Hitman 2

Quality periodicals

Hitman 1 was one of my favorite games of 2016. IO took a pretty much dead franchise and somehow breathed new life into with an episodic game. They’ve built on it even more with Hitman 2 and have managed to make the game even more enjoyable. The scenarios are wackier and you constantly find Agent 47 pulling off even more unbelievable impersonations. I do have my gripes with the game, but in the end I love it and will continue playing through all of the elusive targets and community content!

3. Celeste

Oh snap

Celeste is one hell of a game. The game starts quite easy, with an interesting narrative, but it eventually evolves into one of the most difficult platformers I’ve played since Super Meat Boy. If you just mainline the game it can be fairly straightforward, but the side quests/objectives really drive the game home and gives you that nice dose of brutality you’ve always wanted out of a game. In addition to gameplay Celeste also offers a fantastic story and wonderful music. I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys difficult platformers.

2. God of War

Big Boi

It’s hard to believe God of War is one of the best games in recent memory…somehow it is. Going into this I was expecting the ridiculous story-less gore of every other God of War game. Well, I didn’t quite get that. Instead what I got was ridiculous gore paired with a phenomenal story, incredible visuals, and a fantastic soundtrack. God of War lands every punch it was going for and is one of the best things I’ve played in years. I thought it was my game of the year until this next one came along…

1. Dead Cells

He don’t think it be the way it is but it do

Surprise surprise, I enjoyed an overly difficult run-based game with retro 2d graphics, crazy. Dead Cells is what I feel every run-based game needs to try to beat. The combat is fluid, the weapons are all unique in their own crazy ways, the music is the hottest banger, and the visuals are gorgeous. If you like getting your ass kicked then you should give Dead Cells a shot… over and over again.

 

While these are the games I loved, there are a few I wish I had the time for through the year. I spent some amount of time with them, but not nearly enough:

  • Vermintide 2
  • Pokemon Let’s Go
  • Octopath Traveler
  • Mega Man 11
  • Tetris Effect

I’m sure there are others I have forgotten, but these four were high on my list to spend time with!

 

Well overnight I got incredibly paranoid about losing the Beatmania harddrive and decided to order a CF card and IDE adapter, today I pre-emptively backed up the image using chdman, it went just fine:

We’ll see how it does when i try to write it. Assuming it works I’ll upload this somewhere.

 

I also attempted to 3d model one of the beacon domes for F14 tomcat. I’m going to attempt a print shortly, here it is in all its glory:

 

To be continued!

 

A few months ago I got sucked back into 3D printing. I’ve been super happy with my Monoprice i3, but something happened that made me want to print a ton of stuff. I decided to buy a super cheap Anet A8 specifically because it’s quite shitty, I just wanted to see what I could do with it. So far it has been a blast…Continue reading

Well I continued to fuel my addiction and bought a Beatmania arcade cabinet. First off, this thing is MASSIVE. Specific dimensions are: 39″x44″x75″. This makes my six slot look tiny. I have a bit of work ahead of myself:

  1. Clean it up
  2. Recap and calibrate the monitor
  3. Fix general chips on the frame
  4. Convert the HDD to an SSD or a CF card
  5. Probably more!

I’m pretty excited to start this project as I haven’t really done much arcade stuff and have left this blog to rot for a while. I’ve also found a cap list an manual online for the monitor, which I’m going to record on here for reference. The display is a Toei TC-L292

Cap list:

  • 4x 16V 10uF
  • 1x 16V 22uF
  • 1x 16V 22uF bipolar
  • 1x 16V 33uF
  • 1x 16V 47uF
  • 3x 16V 100uF
  • 1x 16V 220uF
  • 3x 16V 470uF
  • 1x 16V 1000uF
  • 1x 25V 1000uF
  • 4x 35V 4.7uF
  • 1x 35V 4.7uF bipolar
  • 2x 35V 47uF
  • 2x 35V 100uF
  • 2x 35V 1000uF
  • 5x 50V 1uF
  • 2x 50V 2.2uF bipolar
  • 1x 50V 4.7uF bipolar
  • 1x 50V 10uF
  • 1x 100V 47uF
  • 1x 160V 47uF
  • 1x 160V 470uF
  • 1x 180V 680uF
  • 2x 250V 22uF
  • 1x 250V 100uF

Manual: 34_toei_tc_l292k_manual

Cloning the HDD or finding ISOs will probably be an issue. I imagine it’ll be possible to make a few different CF cards if I can just find the content, as a lot of the Beatmania cabinets run off the same hardware.

Much much more to come on this!

 

 

Also up….

I bought an F14 Tomcat Pinball last year, and am finally going to get around to refurbishing it. I have an LED kit on the way and am working on tracking down a plastics kit. This should be pretty straightforward as it’s overall in great shape. But just for kicks, here are a couple of pictures.

Note: I’ve been trying to write one of these every year but unfortunately managed to miss it last year due to an incredibly busy year. But just for posterity I’ll include my favorite game of 2016 at the bottom of this article.

This year was absolutely nuts with amazing hits coming out seemingly left and right, it was difficult to narrow this down to list of ten games, but I managed to do it! I’d like to preemptively apologize to Fortnite, Splatoon 2, Nidhogg 2, and Disc Jam. I’d love to have included them as well, but then that would be a weirdly long favorites list. Anyways, lets start this:

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Finally had a chance to make a cap list for the Toei Tc-a292s. The cap map is still SUPER rough. I need to overlay it onto a picture of a board. Right now it’s just stuff I’ve drawn on a legal pad 😛

 

Chassis Cap List:

Location
Voltage
UF
Bipolar?
c10 50 1
c30 50 1
c34 50 1
c36 50 1
c63 50 1 x
c76 50 1
c77 50 1
c12 50 2.2
c13 50 2.2
c14 50 2.2
C88 50 2.2 X
c89 50 2.2 X
c28 50 4.7
c32 50 4.7
c94 50 4.7 x
c19 16 10
c37 16 10
c45 16 10 x
c53 50 10
c87 50 10
c29 16 22
c5 16 22
c52 250 22
c52 250 22
c7 16 22
c83 16 22
c9 16 22
c66 16 33
c71 15 33
c102 160 47
c111 100 47
c3 16 47
c42 35 47
c44 35 47
c61 35 47
c67 35 47
c84 35 47
c85 35 47
c90 35 47
c1 16 100
c112 16 100
c124 16 100
c126 16 100
c55 16 100
c62 250 100
c68 50 100
c75 16 220
c78 16 330
c69 35 470
c96 16 470
c97 200 470
c115 180 680
c104 25 1000
c105 16 1000
c92 35 1000
c70 25 2200

Neckboard:

Location
Voltage
UF
Bipolar?
c402 16 10
c404 250 22
c401 16 10
c403 16 10

Small Board:

Location
Voltage
UF
Bipolar?
C1 16 100
c2 35 47

 

Or, if you prefer a sheet: Click Here

As for the super duper rough map, that is available below. I’ll update this when I have a pretty version

CapMapFinal

A few months ago with my Vewlix cabs I bought an MVS U4 29 Inch. I’ve had practically no time to work on it, given that I moved for a new job and got inundated with Macro stuff. Finally I’m tearing this thing apart and working on it. It was FILTHY. It needs a bit of work. Here’s what I have planned:

  • Sandblasting the CP
  • Replacing all controls
  • Recap the monitor
  • Total wash
  • Future repainting
  • New side art
  • New front door. May have to make one if I can’t find one

Anyways. Here’s a quick pic dump of the cab. Unfortunately I didn’t take a ton of photos of it dirty. But here are the pre wash and post wash pics

Before:

After:

 

My current issue is trying to track down a cap kit for this monitor ( The tube is a Toshiba A68KJU96X01. Chassis is a Toei Tc-a292s). I can’t find much of anything about it online. So I may have to resort to looking at each cap individually and purchasing the kit, then making a cap map for anyone else who may need a cap kit. This is my plan, but I may not be able to do this until next weekend at the earliest.

I modified a 25 inch CP overlay to (hopefully) fit the 29 inch I have. Since I couldn’t find a 29 incher. You can find it right here, if you need a 29 inch overlay. Though I’ll update this once it’s on and tested. I’m also trying to track down the artwork for the 1p and 2p start buttons, that was above the overlay. Mine broke into pieces when I took the CP apart.

 

A few months ago I received a free Sega Nomad from a friend. It has more or less been sitting in a closet with all of my other Sega games, mostly unused. The issue with the Nomad was that the battery compartment was missing, so realistically this thing was unusable. I finally decided to tear it apart and integrate some rechargeable batteries for it. This was mostly done with parts I had lying around.  So what I used for this was:

  • Two knock-off Chinese DS Lite batteries (I have a ton of these from macro work)
  • A spare 7.4v charging circuit
  • Spare 7.4v smart battery charger.

This is less of a tutorial post and more of an image dump. As of right now, the battery portion of the mod is complete, but the LCD portion is not. The LCD had some syncing issues with the Nomad, so I ordered another one. I will post a much more in-depth and tutorialized post once that is all finished. But for now, here are all of the images of the mini project.