Collectors Corner

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 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 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 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 Mar 6th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under RPG, Hidden Gems


I play a lot of games these days and it takes a special game for me to spend more than a couple hours on. I hadn't followed any media on Kingdom Come Deliverance so I didn't know anything about it going in. What I found was a historically grounded first-person RPG whose gameplay loop is akin to the Elder Scrolls series. Join me as I take a look at the good, the bad, and the buggy in Kingdom Come Deliverance.


Continue reading Medieval Times: A look at Kingdom Come Deliverance



Posted on Jan 7th 2018 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under HD Retrovision, Hidden Gems, Sega, Nintendo, 240p, HD, Retro Roundtable


It's January and the cold weather is perfect for staying indoors and playing games. We caught up with Nick & Steve from HD Retrovision to chat about their company and shared passion of getting the best picture out of your retro consoles.


Continue reading Retro Gaming Notables: HD Retrovision



Posted on Oct 5th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Disney Afternoon, Disney, Capcom, Hidden Gems


I am a child of the 80's/90's and all of the nostalgia that comes with it. The Disney Afternoon was a staple of my childhood and the Capcom developed games were a great way to play in the worlds of DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Rescue Rangers, and Talespin. Frank Cifaldi and Mike Mika of Digital Eclipse showed their love of these properties when they released the Disney Afternoon Collection on XB1, PC, and PS4. Everybody get ready, it's time for the Disney Afternoon.



Continue reading Spending an Afternoon with Disney



Posted on Aug 6th 2017 at 08:00:00 AM by (Addicted)
Posted under Hidden Gems, Consoles,Hidden Gems



It's a widely held belief in gaming that exclusives sell consoles, and I believe it's often true. We've all bought a new console just to play a certain game that really captured our interest. In years past it could be playing a game at a friend's house, or playing a kiosk at a local retailer. These days Twitch streaming and YouTube Let's Plays offer new ways to convince us to take the plunge. I recently picked up a PS4 just to play Horizon Zero Dawn and started thinking of all the other exclusive titles that convinced me to purchase the system. I compiled a list of systems I purchased and the games that convinced me to buy them and would love to hear what games convinced you to purchase a console.



Continue reading Shut up and take my money! Games that made me buy consoles.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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