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Arduboy Arrived 

February 22, 2016 — 2 Comments

Super excited to get my new Arduboy from Kickstarter. Besides being incredibly cool I think it will be amazing for education (future game coders and Arduino fans.)

I’m stoked to have #1 hot off the presses!
   
 

Tell me you don’t want one!

https://robohon.com/special/english/

Recreated ZX Spectrum

September 17, 2015 — Leave a comment

I ordered the Recreated ZX Spectrum and it’s in the mail, can’t WAIT to try it out!  (I was one of the Kickstarter backers.)  The ZX Spectrum (thanks to Sir Clive Sinclair) was a MAJOR boost to my career and it’s awesome to see it being brought back in a really smart way.  (It’s a Bluetooth keyboard so you can touch/feel the original device, but it will run any game instantly through an emulator on all mobile devices.)

The device is here:

http://sinclair.recreatedzxspectrum.com/

The games are here (remember this is INCREDIBLY retro stuff):

http://sinclair.recreatedzxspectrum.com/titles.php

The apps for mobile devices are here:

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recreated-zx-spectrum/id957141812?ls=1&mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.elite.zxec

PlayStation Now support is planned for (or already on) these devices:

2014 SONY TV’s

XBR-X950B series

XBR-X900B series

XBR-X800B series

KDL-W950B series

KDL-W850B series

KDL-W800B series

KDL-W700B series

KDL-W600B series

2015 4K TV’s

XBR X900C Series/XBR X910C

XBR-X930 Series/X940C

XBR-X850C Series

XBR-X830C Series

X900C

X910C

2015 HD TV’s

KDL-75W850C

KDL-65W850C

KDL-55W850C

KDL-50W850C

KDL-48 W700C

KDL-40W700C

2015 BLU-RAY PLAYERS

BDP-S6500

BDP-S5500

BDP-S3500

BDP-S1500

PLAYSTATION 3

PLAYSTATION 4

PLAYSTATION VITA

PLAYSTATION TV

SAMSUNG TV’S (Revealed at CES 2015)

Samsung PlayStation Now

More official info is here:

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow/devices/

http://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow/faq/

Gamestop Made a list of all the games on Apr 26, 2015:

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/every-game-on-playstation-now/1100-6426825/

Yes, I know video game console firmware updates can get annoying, but not when they have really cool new features!

Tomorrow (3/25/15) the Yukimura update 2.50 will be available on the PlayStation 4.

This will add Suspend and Resume, a feature gamers have been excited about.

Our Gaikai team has slipped in something as well…

Remote Play and Share Play — For games that support 60 fps, users will be able to automatically enjoy those games with 60 fps for both Remote Play and Share Play** on supported devices.

Enjoy!

You can find a list of the new features here: Firmware update 2.50

I’m amazed how the Internet Archive continues to grow.  They even have the PC Aladdin Video Game in there.  (I programmed the Sega Genesis version that it’s based on.)

https://archive.org/details/msdos_Disneys_Aladdin_1994

Press ENTER when it asks for the word from the manual.

NOTE: The Emulation was a bit slow/jerky on my PC.

Disneys Aladdin 2

CURSOR KEYS to move.

Space  = Jump

CTRL Key = Swing Sword

ALT Key = Jump

Cool to see Aladdin still getting remembered…

http://411mania.com/games/the-8-ball-top-8-16-bit-platformers/

Happy to see articles like this, that are starting to reveal the potential of cloud gaming

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2478614,00.asp

I had our resident fighting game expert Jeffrey L. Wilson play King of Fighters 13 over PlayStation Now. He plays the game often over Steam, and offered the best sense of the game’s responsiveness when streaming: He said it looked and felt like it was a local, console version of the game. He even executed some of his favorite combos without issue. For fighting games, when frame counting and reaction times are key, this is impressive.