Thursday, May 28, 2020

Building a Universal Arcade PCB Holder





I own a few arcade cabinets and with the exception of my "dedicated" Sega Naomi and SNK Candy Cabinet, I never mount boards inside my machines. You are suppose to screw the arcade PCB into the side of the arcade cabinet, if it's an North American cabinet, or onto a wood board and slide into a very compact Japanese cabinet. 

As a collector, I rotate through my arcade games frequently, and having to mount the PCBs everytime I want to play a game got tiring very fast. So here's a simple fix. By attaching a universal PCB holder to a piece of wood I can keep my PCBs secured from shorting out on the metal interior of some of my cabinets while also making them easy to move around if I'm playing the PCB on my Supergun rig. 

I wanted mine to look nice so I just purchased a bamboo cutting board from Amazon. I know this isn't groundbreaking but I'm always shocked to see fellow enthusiast running arcade PCBs all haphazardly.  Just screw the PCB Holder onto the cutting board and add rubber feet to the other side to keep the cutting board from sliding around and just like that, you made yourself a versatile tool that will help protect your arcade boards and also make playing them a lot easier. 

Enjoy!

--Nathan

 

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Outdated References 45: Victory And Death


Sorry about the tardiness of this episode everyone!  This week we talked a lot about the final episode of The Clone Wars. Boy that was a doozie.  I don't want to go spoil it. Damn that was a good episode...

--Nathan

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Fix Your NES Controller & While You're At It, Customize it!



I love customizing my gaming hardware especially gaming controllers. They are one of the easiest to get parts for and the NES Controllers are also one of the easiest things to customize. You really don't need to be a "professional modders" to make you NES controllers look great. Granted, you can always buy a premade controller but if you do a quick search on Etsy or Ebay, you see a lot of people are selling premade customized controllers for some outrageous prices. I like the feeling that with a little effort and some fairly cheap parts, I can be playing my NES with a controller that not only plays well, but looks awesome. The one thing I can confirm right off the bat to all you import Famicom gamers, is that the controller membranes are 100% compatible with the NES kits. The inside of the controllers are the same, with the only exception being the 2nd Controller on the original Famicom due to the microphone.

What you will need:

  • (x1) NES Controllers 
  • (x1) NES Controller Membrane Kit
  • (x1) Small tipped Phillips Screwdriver
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Old Toothbrush
Optional Items if you want to Customize Your Controller. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Outdated References 44: Shattered


It's here! The moment you've been waiting for! Order 66!!! How did our heroes survive this treacherous move? Did Maul split that dude in half? Why is Adam do damn dark and twisted in his mind's eye? Also, did we play any video games? The only way to find out about these AMAZING questions is to click on this show link and check us out! (woot)

--Nathan

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Outdated References 43: Phantom Apprentice


This week, we have a shorter episode and we just jumped right into the main topic: Star Wars The Clone Wars: Season 7 Episode 10 The Phantom Apprentice. Oh boy, that was an episode!!! We have theories, we have hopes, and we are just excited that the series seems to be going out with a bang! Also, what would be the best weapon in a zombie apocalypse? I like our tangential discussion, okay?

-Nathan

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Outdated References 42: Old Friends Not Forgotten




This week, Russ, Jules, Adam, and I did a long video game talk about everything from Mario Kart 8 to OverWatch. Socializing through gaming is the best way to deal with the dread of quarantine and helps keep you sane. When we get to the meat of the episode we all started to fanboy over Star Wars Clone Wars Episode 9, “Old Friends Not Forgotten.” (SQUEEEEE!!!) Eventually the discussion went into geeky direction about what is a Jedi. Was the Council right or wrong? Who was the personification of paragon? Who was corrupted by politics? Also, where does Darth Maul fit into Clone Wars, Rebel and Solo? Ah, my head is hurting.

--Nathan

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Outdated References 41: Together Again



This week, Russ, Adam, and I are finally happy to see some forward momentum of the Star Wars Clone Wars plot-line and a general discussion about softcover vs hardcover and should you make bread?  I have no clue but we are all still under quarantine and we are all going a bit stir crazy.  Good thing you have this episode to keep diverted for a few hours.

--Nathan

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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Outdated References 40: Release Catch Release Catch


Greetings and Salutations,
This week, the gang talked about the usual, games we been playing & TV shows we've been a watchin'. We chat about Star Wars Clone Wars Episode 7 "Dangerous Debt" where I just wanted to pull my hair out because I don't care about the sisters, I want to see Mandalore. The show just didn't impress us so we went back to the finale of Star Trek Picard because Jules finally caught up. Then we go out on a Star Wars fueled tangents. So that was neat...
--Nathan

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Monday, April 27, 2020

Outdated References 39: Deal No Deal/Et in Arcadia Ego Part 2


This week, Adam, Russ, Jules and myself, as we go on with our fanboy quest of loving Star Wars Clone Wars and Star Trek Picard. We get a grill Jules as he is close to catching up on Picard and Russ Adam and I are starting to get annoyed with this current Clone Wars Arc. Give us Mandalore! More episodes will drop later this week. Sorry for the long wait.
--Nathan

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Outdated References 38: Without a Trace/Et in Arcadia Ego



This week, I would like to welcome Jules, the second half of the Rocket Reptiles Comic Duo, to the show as Russ, Adam and I chat about games we are playing during the Covid-19 quarantine, discuss Star Wars The Clones Wars episode "Without a Trace," and talk theories about first half of the Star Trek Picard season finale, "Et in Arcadia Ego." We go a bit long this week, but hey, most of you aren't going anywhere right? 
--Nathan


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Outdated References 37: Quarantine & Broken Pieces


Welcome! This episode, Adam and Russ started early because they started before me. (Thanks jerks.) But they chat on about Bloodshot and TP Talk! We also skip Star Wars The Clone Wars to focus on Star Trek Picard. So while you are stuck at home because of the quarantine, check out this episode and relax with three friends bs-ing.

--Nathan

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