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  1. PlayStation 4 Console Discussion

    I'm planning on buying a PS4 in the next week or so, but don't know if i should buy the PS4 Pro or the Slim. It will be connected to a 32" or 35" UW monitor (not yet purchased), with resolutions of 2560 x 1440 and 3440 x 1440. With me not having a 4K TV, will a Pro be of any benefit to me over the Slim?
  2. Monster Hunter World (PS4)

    I've been keeping an eye on this game for awhile, I want it, but with less than a month until it releases I am still undecided on what to do. I don't own an XB1 or PS4 so the question I'm asking myself is if this game is worth the purchase of a console or should I wait for the still unannounced PC release date? I keep changing my mind every two minutes
  3. I Made a NES PC

    First off, let me just say that I purchased a broken NES off of ebay. So no live NES's were harmed in the making of this project. I have had my old PC sat in a cupboard for the best part of a year and thought I'd put the parts to use. I'm no modder, but figured I'd have a go at making something. Settled on making a NES PC, so I searched online and there are a lot of people that have done this kind of thing. So not wanting to do the same thing as other people, I decided to make my build a little different. The following is the only image I took of the almost completed innards: The motherboard is facing down, so that the CPU fan pushes air down and out of the case. I had a spare exhaust fan so I fit it under the case to help blow the hot air away, not sure if this was needed but it wont be hurting anything. Also the NES is raised up 18mm by some pads which I bought. The feature which I added to my build was an NFC reader which is placed just below the cartridge slot. I found a site that was selling new empty NES carts (so no games had to be destroyed to make this build). At the moment I have 2 programmed carts that load OverWatch and a media player. I have 10 carts in total so I will be making more, the two I currently have were made just to test to see if the NFC reader worked. Kind of boring, but here is the innards of the cartridge: Just an NFC tag to load the application. I'm going to add a second on near to the bottom to see if I can make it close the current application (so removing the cartridge will close the loaded program). I plan on making some custom labels this weekend to stick onto the cartridges, going to try and keep them all 8-bit themed. The cartridge cradle is glued to the top of the case, I tried to make it so that I could still press down the cartridge, but there just wasn't enough room inside the case. Something which I was pleasantly surprised by is that if I leave the cartridge inside the console when the PC is turned off, once the PC is turned back on it will launch the program as soon as the PC has booted up. There is a bluetooth usb dongle plugged into the motherboard. When I saw the above two items I just had to buy them to compliment the build I may be revisiting this later. As if i change the layout slightly (by standing the PSU up rather than having it laid down) there is room in the case for a low profile GPU. I considered doing this near the end of the build, but the only half-decent GPU I could find that would fit was a 750ti, which is getting quite old now. Plus I didn't want to spend another £125.
  4. Pokémon Sun/Moon

    I'm loving this game so far. I'm quite far along but I will be purchasing Sun for a second play through once I've finished Moon. This will be the first time I've bought both games in the series since R/B/Y. I'm wanting to go with a no starter or legendary team for my second play through. Already got a team in mind
  5. Pokémon Sun/Moon

    I'm just completed the second trial. This was my team:
  6. Pokémon Sun/Moon

    Been playing for about an hour now, chose Rowlet as my starter (named her Strix). I've been playing pokemon since Red/Blue and I still hold down and B after throwing a pokeball. I know it doesn't do anything, I just cant help myself! Just caught a pichu while typing, named him Machu (as in Machu Picchu...i'll get my coat).
  7. What Have You Bought?

    EEVILMURRAY has reminded me of a purchase I made a few months ago, the following cost me £8. 2 Pokemon comics: I'm not really a collector of comics, but these cost £2 for both, so I couldn't really refuse. I Don't know anything about these... A book full of pokemon cards: Never been a collector of them, but again for £6 I couldn't say no. The only reason why I bought these was because I thought they were old, going off the pikachu cards that are in the folder (it looks like red/blue pikachu rather than the anime version). I wont post all the images here as the mods wont thank me for that, however I have uploaded them all to some webspace I have. There are 29 more images that can be found at the following links: http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/3.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/4.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/5.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/6.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/7.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/8.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/9.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/10.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/11.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/12.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/13.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/14.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/15.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/16.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/17.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/18.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/19.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/20.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/21.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/22.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/23.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/24.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/25.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/26.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/27.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/28.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/29.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/30.jpg http://pyxl8.com/Pokemon/31.jpg So, did my $8 investment pay off?
  8. I think it's sad day when games like FIFA and CoD are considered more as 'System Sellers' then games like Zelda and Metroid. But I do believe that Nintendo are at least trying to target the console at the right people this time around. This is based off of the age of people in the switch teaser. I think Nintendo's biggest problem is getting the 'younger generation' of gamers excited over it's first party titles again. Someone who I work with, who is ~10 years younger than me has never heard of games like F-Zero, Earthbound or Metroid. When I try to explain what these games are, and I'll use F-Zero as an example, I'll say "it's like Wipeout", which he knows. For as big as Nintendo are and for as many franchises they own, if it's not one of the 'big 3' (Mario, Zelda, Pokemon), people who have never owned a Nintendo console wont know what they are, and this is something I believe Nintendo need to address.
  9. What was your first Nintendo console?

    NES for me :awesome: Had the usual games (Mario's and Zelda's), but me and my brother played the heck out of bubble bobble....and just like that I have the theme tune going round and around in my head, damn you all! :wink: Also I can remember Shadowgate scaring me back then, which sounds silly going off of today's standards. I believe that Shadowgate is the only game we (well my brother, as I was too scared to play it) ever bought a strategy guide for. It's funny what memories stick with you. I must have only been 3 or 4 years old when I played these NES games and having not played any of these games since those days, I can still remember a lot about them. I can definitely remember that Skeleton from very early on in Shadowgate, I used to throw the controller to my brother, the thing scared the crap out of me!
  10. Super Mario Switch

    Good, I was hoping for no more dual screen nonsense. And on that note, I'm off to play the Pokemon demo on my 3DS
  11. Super Mario Switch

    Probably nothing, but has anyone else noticed the red at the top of the docked screen on both images? Solid red on the top image and two bars on the lower image. Maybe some kind of radar? Or is it just a reflection of the curtains?
  12. Maybe the 3DS successor will be the Switch S? Seems to work for Sony and MS :p
  13. Looking at the dock in this image the back appears to be flat and I'm going to assume that the cut out is where the power and video out ports are. Meaning you can lay it flat and have the cords coming out of the side. I don't think this is anything to worry over.
  14. Super Mario Switch

    I wonder why he's heading towards that small moon...?
  15. Sony and Microsoft seem to be focusing more on graphical horsepower and becoming more of a media centre for the living room. With the PS4 Pro and Project Scorpio I think this shows that both companies are going down the graphical horsepower route, also with the Vita not doing too great I cant see Sony going back into the portable market for quite some time. I don't think Nintendo need worry about what Sony and MS are going to do. One of the things I do worry about in concern to third party support is the chip architecture in the Switch. MS and Sony have recently switch to x86 chip architectures, which is the same as PC's. If the Switch uses a different architecture I can see this being used as an excuse by developers as to why they arent/wont port games over to the Switch. --------------- OK, now for a bit of fun Nintendo need to launch the Switch on Mar 10 (Mario Day) 2017 Why is 17 in bold you ask? Well, counting only SUPER Mario title's from Nintendo's Home Consoles and DS, there are 16 games*: Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels Super Mario Bros. 2 Super Mario Bros. 3 Super Mario World Super Mario World 2 Yoshi's Island Super Mario 64 Super Mario Sunshine New Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Galaxy New Super Mario Bros. Wii Super Mario Galaxy 2 Super Mario 3D Land New Super Mario Bros. 2 New Super Mario Bros. U Super Mario 3D World So if the Switch launches on Mario day with the 17th Super Mario game, think of the marketing possibilities! So there you have it, I have confirmed the system launch date and that Mario will be a launch title, no need to thank me :awesome: *any proof to the contrary shall be ignored.
  16. Kind of depends on the battery. Using the K1 tablet just for an example (I own one), you can get ~4 hours play time on the thing, which while isnt great is still kind of good considering what games you can play on it. Looking at the thickness of the Switch it looks about twice the thickness of the K1 tablet. So if the Switch is kept at a similar resolution I don't think it would be out of reach for it to achieve 6-7 hours of gameplay. Now would more people prefer 6-7 hours at 1080 or 8-10 at 720 i cant say. Although I can say id prefer the higher resolution
  17. Progress? The thing still has an audio port! That's so 2016
  18. Very irrelevant and might have been said already, but has anyone else noticed that the switch logo sort of looks like the yin yang symbol?
  19. Have any specs been released? I'd be interested to know what (or if) the internal storage is.
  20. Revival: Earthbound Give Earthbound the 3D makeover the other franchises have received. A good solid RPG game that many people love and is in desperate need of a revival. Crossover: Mario Crossover The game sort of already exists in flash world, but I do believe a Mario Maker style game but where you're able to use the abilities from other franchised characters instead of just looking like them. Exclusive: Half Life 3 Just kidding, but could you imagine Exclusive: Beyond Good & Evil 2 A well liked game which is long over-due and one that many people would love to see and play. Wishful Thinking: Perfect Dark A half decent single player campaign with a solid 'back to basics' online multiplayer. No upgrades, no special abilities just a pure shooter experience.
  21. Replacement phone suggestion?

    Hope you dont mind if i hijack the thread, but I'm in a similar position (needing a new phone). I'm currently rocking a Lumia 920 which is approaching 4 years old now, all still works fine but it seems to run noticeably hotter then it used to, so i figured it was time for a change. Love windows OS, but I'm wanting to jump ship to android. I use my phone mainly for calls, texts and reading the odd email/website. That being said, the lack of decent apps is starting to annoy me and not being able to connect my phone to my car is also an issue (my old ipod touch connects fine, not sure if its a car or phone issue tbh). I'm on a sim only contract so I'm looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price. After doing a bit of research I've made a shortlist of 4 phones, these are in order of which one I'm more likely to buy: OnePlus X Wileyfox Swift Honor 5x Motorola Moto G4 I'd like the phone to be actually pocket-able, so the odd one out in the above list is the Honor 5x with its 5.5inch screen. The reason why the Motorola Moto G4 is at the bottom of the list is due to me having a bad experience with an old motorola phone (i think it was called the x720). I bought the phone and they instantly stopped supporting it, so no more updates. Any advice will be welcomed.
  22. GameCube PC Mod

    Just finished my GameCube PC and thought I'd share. First a bit of back-story. I used to shy away from projects like this as I have zero ability, but figured what the hell and just went for it. I'm sure I could have done things, but I am pretty happy with the way its turned out. No soldering, board trimming, wire cutting etc. has taken place on this build, the only thing that has been modified is the inside of the GameCube case (I had to saw off and file some plastic to make room for the motherboard). Also, no GameCube was harmed during the building of this PC. I couldnt bring myself to dismantle my GameCube, so I found a broken one on ebay that also had a moded lid that would accept full sized DVDs (I'm guessing this is was a failed mod?) The specs are as follow: CPU: A8-5557M GPU: AMD Radeon R9 M275X RAM: 8GB SSD: 120GB (M.2) The above is the innards of a Gigabyte Brix A8 (8890). The NUC size boards are the only ones that will fit into the GameCube casing. The other parts used are as follow: Official Nintendo GameCube to USB adapter 4 port USB Hub 2 40mm fans (these came with the Brix and are positioned next the the ) 2 USB ports are used by the GCN controller adapter and the other two have wifi and bluetooth adapters in them. I wanted to seat the motherboard lower then I have it, but i could due to the GCN controller board. It currently sits between the CPU board and the GPU board (which is stacked on top of the CPU board). I was also planning on fitting a DVD drive, but due to how high I've had to position the motherboards this isn't do-able unfortunately. It may be possible if I take a dremel and cut off a lot of plastic surrounding the underside of the DVD bay on the case, but I cant see me doing this. Air flow is good, I've installed and played a few games on this to test how far I can push it; Axiom Verge, Diablo 3 and Rocket League all ran fine, albeit on low to mid settings but very playable none the less. I tried playing GTA V on this and while it did run, it wasnt playable to be honest, I was getting very low FPS. Overall I'm happy with the outcome. I'm really pleased that I have all 4 controller ports working and that they lined up with the GameCube case ports in the first place (I took a gamble with that). I'm thinking about giving it a paint job, just need to make my mind up on the colours. This will now replace my aging HTPC and will also look much better.
  23. GameCube PC Mod

    I did think of this as it would be easier, especially if I used a Pi model A or Zero. I may end up going down that route, but I'm going to see if there are any alternatives first, I think having a full windows experience on a gameboy would add an extra wow-factor.
  24. GameCube PC Mod

    I saw NES, SNES and N64 PC builds and while they are all cool, they can all fit proper sized PC parts and have space to space (especially if they use the powered ITX-Thin motherboards). I wanted to do something to challenge myself and I'm glad I did, this build wasn't hard at all and that makes me want to try something else. I'm currently looking into building a PC inside a GameBoy in a similar way to how I've built this one and by that I mean no soldering, cutting boards to size, re-wiring, crafting new parts etc. Now obviously you cant put a motherboard inside a gameboy, but I reckon an Intel Compute stick (or similar) would. Power it and a screen via a USB power bank. The only thing I'm struggling to work out how to do is the buttons. But I'm sure I'll work something out.
  25. Super Mario Maker Level IDs

    Here's two of mine, the second one is the easier of the two (but neither is too difficult). Little Boxes: C994-0000-0023-68A1 Super Pit Fall: 250C-0000-002F-4026 Both have 2 ways to complete the course.