Retro Let's Play: FAQ

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  1. elvis

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  2. elvis

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    FAQ:

    What?

    Every fortnight we play a retro (10 years old or older) game, and talk about it. Join us!

    You can play the game any way you like, on any platform you like. The discussion thread each month will list different ways to attain the game, and methods to play it on retro and modern systems.

    Who?

    Anyone who wants to is welcome, whether you've been with us from the start, or just want to jump into one thread to reminisce about a title. Chat with us if you've played the game in the past, or join us in playing it again this time around. We'll give you plenty of options to ensure people have the best chance to play the game on their current hardware options.

    Don't be afraid to jump in and try. There's no competition, need to complete the games or post high scores. It's all about the experience, the subjective nostalgia, and the objective history of the titles.

    When?

    [DEL]We allow one week for nominations, and one week for voting. When voting has closed, the new game will be announced, and a discussion thread opened and stickied.[/DEL] We play two games every month, but you can jump in on any previous discussion if you're late to the party.

    [September 2017 edit] We're not voting any more, instead we're playing through HG101's "Top 47,858" games [/edit]

    Where?

    Important links are one post above.

    Why?

    Because old games are fun, are valuable pieces of history (as much as old film, plays, writing or music), and there's so many of them that everyone's missed a few important ones along the way. Also, there's a lot of younger folks on these forums who many not have been old enough to play them the first time around, and it's a good chance to catch up and talk about the games with others playing them at the same time.

    How?

    Over time, we'll fill this thread up with howtos, guides, videos and other resources on how to buy the games we're playing, or figure out ways to play them on different hardware (some may need emulators or wrappers to get older software working on newer machines). We'll also cover any ports, re-releases via new distribution methods (various online stores, virtual console type services and whatnot) as well as "remastered" updates that are also an option.
     
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  3. elvis

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    Want some inspiration? Here's some excellent resources for choosing games to nominate each month.

    Hardcore Gaming 101's extensive master list of articles (can be sorted by game grenre, system, company, etc):
    http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/articles.htm

    Racketboy's "Defining Games" series:
    http://www.racketboy.com/guide/games-that-defined-retro-gaming-machines

    Racketboy's "Hidden Gems" series:
    http://www.racketboy.com/guide/hidden-gems

    "1001 video games you must play before you die" (sorted by age, so don't be scared off by page one - there's more recent stuff as you go along):
    http://www.listchallenges.com/1001-video-games-you-must-play-before-you-die

    Archive.org's "Console Living Room" (play in your browser):
    https://archive.org/details/consolelivingroom

    Archive.org's MSDOS games archive (play in your browser):
    https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games
     
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    A couple more here in the curated "MS-DOS showcase" which for some reason are not listed in the main MS-DOS Games library.

    https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_showcase?sort=titleSorter

    Not that there's a dearth of selections in the main library of course, but the showcase has some faves...
    some Commander Keen titles (games library has 1,3 & 6... showcase has 2,4 & Keen Dreams), also Bushido, Wasteland, Cruise for a Corpse, a few others.

    EDIT: Oops, missed the JSMAME ROMS! That's another 600 or so games to look through... :lol:
    https://archive.org/details/internetarcade

    EDIT2: Just found Lemmings. Welp, that's me done for the day. :D:D
     
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  5. elvis

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    Raspberry Pi owners, "RetroPie" is a software distribution aimed at helping complete beginners get a functioning retro machine up and running very quickly. With the latest Raspberry Pi 3 hardware and a slight overclock, even N64 and PSX games are able to be played at full speed.

    Raspberry Pi hardware is available at a number of different suppliers. Some like Brisbane-based "The Pi Shop" have packs ready to go with all hardware and software pre-installed and ready for you to add your games:

    http://www.thepishop.com.au/plug-n-play-packs

    Here's a great video guide on getting everything installed yourself. I'll be posting future guides on how to get "RetroArch" (the underlying emulation wrapper that RetroPie and the Emulation Station front-end software use) up and running for use with specific consoles as games pop up.



    [September 2017 edit]

    Updated guide for RetroPie 4.2

     
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  6. elvis

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    DOSBox automation:

    If you're a GoG user running their provided WIndows or Mac installers, this is probably done for you (or use GoG Galaxy, and it's easier again). Hopefully this is helpful for folks who are trying to set up original software (or Linux users who are trying to get Windows-only GoG releases working on Linux).

    DOSBox can be fed commands which are run in order. You can set these up so that a simple on-liner command can be run easily as a shortcut or shell script to launch you straight into your game.

    Take the PC/DOS port of Syndicate, for example. It mandates that the game must live in "C:\SYND" in order for save games to work. In DOSBox, I would do the following manually (where I have Syndicate installed in a "SYND" folder beneath the paths I mention here) after launching DOSBox:

    Windows:
    Run "MOUNT C C:\PATH\TO\GAMES"
    Run "C:"
    Run "CD SYND"
    Run "SYND.EXE"

    Linux/Mac:
    Run "MOUNT C ~/path/to/games"
    Run "C:"
    Run "CD SYND"
    Run "SYND.EXE"

    I can automate this on in either a shortcut, or via the command line.

    Windows:
    dosbox.exe -fullscreen -c "MOUNT C C:\PATH\TO\GAMES" -c "C:" -c "CD SYND" -c "SYND.EXE"

    Linux/Mac:
    dosbox -fullscreen -c "MOUNT C ~/path/to.games" -c "C:" -c "CD SYND" -c "SYND.EXE"

    Set these up as scripts or icons or whatever you want for one-hit running of the game without having to type in a bunch of commands every time.
     
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    If you are using the GOG version you may also need to edit the dosboxSyndicate.conf if when playing fullscreen it can be offcenter 4:3 game on a 16:9 display you may need modify the following values, put fullresolution to your desktop resolution and windowresolution to something simliar in your current aspect ratio

    fullscreen=true
    fulldouble=false
    fullresolution=1920x1080
    windowresolution=1920x1080
     
  8. Alby1976

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    Just stumbled upon this thread, looking at the names in the list alone brings back a few memories.
     
  9. MonoJoker

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    If anyone stumbles across or creates something themselves, I'd love the ability to autoboot to a single emulator - eg MAME - so I can use this in my bartop builds for people. At the moment the best I found was http://attractmode.org/download.html which still doesn't really work for that purpose. It would also be cool if you wanted to get an old case from a non-working orignal console and set it up just to emulate that one platform.

    Something for those more tech savvy than me to work out I'm sure :thumbup:
     
  10. nimmers

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    You can make windows boot into attract mode, is that what you mean?
     

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