Saturday, July 25, 2020

Outdated References 48: Cobra Vipers, Klingons, & PS5! Oh My!



This week Russ, Adam, and I (Nathan) chatted on about 80-90s G.I. Joes toys and which Cobra Viper is our favorite, then we end up talking about more television, which lead to us chatting about some of our favorite Star Trek Deep Space Nine episodes, that lead to us reminiscing about the Star Trek Experience. We also caught up on gaming news after taking June off. We touch on about the Xbox Series X, PS5 and if backwards compatibility makes sense. Does life like graphics makes sense anymore? Also the Nintendo Switch controllers are still trash. Also, more television talk! God, I love Schitt’s Creek. And Doom Patrol… And Hamilton…

--Nathan

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Outdated References 47


New Episode! Well sort of... We recorded this episode back in June when society is slowly starting to open, mass protests, and television. This week it's a two man show with Russ and Nathan. We chat about loss, Russ' love of "Overwatch," Nathan's Arcade Monitor, and then television like "What We Do in the Shadows," "Venture Brothers" and "Rick and Morty." So yeah, it's another hodgepodge show about nerd shit. Sweet.

-Nathan

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Outdated References 46: Gaming Gaming Gaming!


We caught up on TV so this week we actually talked about video gaming, mainly Nintendo gaming. Adam finally got around to playing some Breath of the Wild and we discuss some outdated topics like a new Paper Mario,  3D Super Mario releases and KOTOR II talk, sort of. What?

--Nathan

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Organizing my CPS2 Collection


I don't have a huge collection of CPS2 carts but I have enough where they are all stuffed inside a couple of bins sitting out in my arcade room. While they are sort of organized, I want to be able to access them with ease and I wasn't sure the best cost effective way to do this. That's when I found the "CPS2 Kitbox Label Guide" by dubdubdub. 

Basically, you make custom labels for each board, print them out, then slap then on a Uline box, finally, cut down your foam and glue it down inside of the box. What you end up with is a nice, clean, organized box that can sit on a shelf for easy access. 

The easy part was to make all of my labels, then place them all on a sheet and have them printed out 6 at a time. Here's the template I made if you want to print up 6 at a time. After having them printed out at FedEx Office, I used their paper trimmer and cut out each label, because I'm cheap and I didn't want them to over charge me to cut these out.

I made up my labels then ordered my boxes and foam. Sadly, the price of the 1" foam increased $5 to $19.99 per yard and is a pain in the ass to cut with a razor blade. Next batch of foam, I will actually follow dubdubdub's suggestion of using a sharp bread knife. So for now, I only have two boxes 100% completed with 13 more to go. So every payday, I'll probably just pick up two order of foam and slowly knock these out 4 at a time every par period.

All in all, I do like having my CPS2 carts easily accessible and they do look nice on a shelf. I'll have to adjust the foam for my Hyper Street Fighter because it is a little wider and shorter than the standard B cart but all in all, I'm happy. Once I'm done with this project, I'll probably do something similar with my bare arcade PCB. If you have any suggestions, comment on this post. It would be appreciated.

--Nathan





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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