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Posted on Aug 7th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Hidden Gems, Xbox


A couple of months ago I found myself at Goodwill. As I browsed through the layers upon layers of cables, keyboards, and DVD players I noticed what appeared to be an XBOX logo. Sure enough, there were two Duke XBOX controllers and at five bucks each they seemed like a good deal. As I paid for the controllers and walked out the door I assumed all the controllers needed was a little cleaning. Little did I know they would turn in to the next Retro Repairs project.


Continue reading Retro Repairs: The Duke Controller Rides Again



Posted on Jul 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Restoration, Hidden Gems



When we moved into our house it came as all houses do with various items from the former owner. One of these items was a utility cart for the garage. It had seen some use but the construction was solid and after taking some measurements appeared to be exactly what I needed for my 27" JVC TV and I set about turning it into a retro game cart.


Continue reading Retro Repairs: Building a better Retro Game Cart



Posted on Jun 4th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Xbox 360, Hidden Gems, Controller, Xbox, 360


I recently stopped at Goodwill and came across a Halo Green Xbox 360 controller. I noticed it was weathered and the button presses felt like stepping in mud, a telltale sign that someone had spilled soda on it. The back had duct tape holding the battery pack in suggesting that the controller suffered from power issues. I moved the thumbsticks around and surprisingly they centered almost every time. I decided that this controller was worth saving and would be a great project.


Continue reading Retro Repairs: 360 Controller Cleaning & Restoration



Posted on May 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under PS2, Wireless, Hidden Gems


As long as video game consoles have been around so too has the 3rd party controller. They can be better in quality than first party controllers but often fall far below expectations. The PS2 has been around for almost 19 years now and finding new 1st party controllers is difficult and expensive. 3rd party alternatives like the Logitech Cordless Action are great but are increasingly difficult to source working units. So I set out to find a PS2 controller with features similar to the Logitech Cordless Action.


Continue reading Retro Revival: Searching for a Decent Wireless PS2 controller



Posted on Apr 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Hidden Gems, SHMUP, STG


Spring is here and that means new Shoot Em Ups! Let's take a look at the noteworthy news and new releases.


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast on the Radar: Spring 2019



Posted on Mar 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Power, Hidden Gems, Power Plugs


When I designed my game room I wanted to have as many systems readily available as possible. To achieve this I had to use several power strips, and video switchers. These along with the consoles and TVs sucked up an alarming amount of electricity and forced me to search for a quick and efficient way to manage the power consumption of my setup.


Continue reading I've Got the Power: How I Solved My Game Room Power Problem



Posted on Feb 6th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Saturn, Ram Cart, Play Action Replay, Pseudo Saturn


I've been a fan of the Sega Saturn ever since I was gifted one in 1996. It had a library of games that you couldn't find anywhere else with titles such as Panzer Dragoon, Dragon Force, and Radiant Silvergun. The Saturn was also the first system I imported heavily for discovering titles such as X-men VS Street Fighter, Waku Waku 7, and Metal Slug. It is now 2019 and Saturn games are no longer cheap. To get the most out of my money and Saturn I purchased an all in one Pseudo Saturn cart from eBay seller choijustin. What does this cart do, and why should you buy one over an Action Replay?


Continue reading The Pseudo Saturn All-In-One Cart: Now there are no limits on what your Saturn can do



Posted on Jan 5th 2019 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Hidden Gems, GOTY


To me, 2018 was a great year for gaming with sequels to long-dormant franchises, new takes on old classics, and open world games where traversal is half the fun. As the year draws to a close it's time to reflect upon the games that made an impact on me in 2018. I have collected my top five games for 2018 and will discuss why they matter to me below.


Continue reading Addicted's Most Addicting Games of 2018



Posted on Dec 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Eneloop, Controller, Hidden Gems


It's that time of year again. People are coming together for food, family, and fun and nothing kills the fun faster than a dead controller or device. When I started building my Game Room I wanted to make sure everything was as pick up and play as possible. This meant if it took longer than two to three minutes to start up and play a game it wasn't going to be worth it. To make sure everything is pick up and play ready I invested in some batteries and chargers that I'll explain here.


Continue reading Power Up!: How I keep my Portables & Controllers Ready to Play



Posted on Nov 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Power Plus, Hidden Gems


Power supplies for consoles come in all shapes and sizes and anyone who games on retro consoles can tell you horror stories of trying to find the right one. Thanks to third parties it is easier than ever to find the right adapter. Today we will be looking at a versatile AC adapter manufactured by Power Plus that can be modified to support a large number of consoles.


Continue reading Rise from your Grave: Powering old consoles with Power Plus



Posted on Oct 5th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Shoot em Ups, Hidden Gems, Fall Favorites, Pumpkin Spice


This quarterly report will cover upcoming and noteworthy Shoot 'em Ups. There are a lot of great titles here and you can be sure most of these will be covered on an upcoming play through.


Continue reading Shoot the Core-cast on the Radar: Fall 2018



Posted on Sep 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under My method for cleaning Retro Game controllers, Hidden Gems, Retro Gaming


When it comes to gaming a good controller can make or break the experience. This is especially true for Retro Gaming where split-second timing is required. Sourcing parts for controllers can also be difficult such as the button membranes for the NES Advantage so keeping controllers clean and in good shape is paramount. I have a standard procedure I follow for cleaning my controllers and wanted to share in the hope that we can bring some controllers back to life.


Continue reading Retro Repairs: Cleaning controllers 101



Posted on Aug 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Everdrive, Genesis, Hidden Gems


With the rising costs associated with retro gaming many are turning to flash carts. These carts allow the flashing (writing to the cart) of unaltered ROMs allowing them to be played on original hardware. Igor Golubovskiy better known as Kirkzz has created a line of flash carts called Everdrives whose console spectrum covers the NES all the way up to the N64. Igor's creations are praised for their reliability and ability to work with console libraries. I recently purchased a variant of the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive called the Mega Everdrive X5 and put it through it's paces.


Continue reading Power Up the Genesis with the Mega Everdrive X5



Posted on Jul 5th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Metroidvania, Pinball, Metroidvania, Hidden Gems


In theory, a pinball-centric Metroidvania shouldn't work but Yoku's Island Express feels like a breath of fresh air in an increasingly crowded genre. It's whimsical, charming while staying true to everything I love about 2D platformers. Despite an occasional frustration with the pinball paths I enjoyed every minute of the six-hours I spent unraveling the mysteries of the island.


Continue reading Yoku's Island Express



Posted on Jun 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Dreamcast, HDMI, VGA, Hidden Gems


These days one can find all sorts of new tech for old consoles. With devices ranging from Framemeisters to Optical Drive Emulators, these products help us keep our old consoles working and expand their feature-base beyond anything we could have imagined. When California based Pound Technologies released their Original Xbox to HDMI cables, they were met with high praise for their signal quality and low price. Their recently released Dreamcast to HDMI cable promotes features such a generous 6.6-foot cable length and the best video output the Dreamcast can provide, but can it deliver?


Continue reading It's still thinking: Pound Technologies HD Link Cable for the Dreamcast


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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