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It's getting harder and harder to be a retrogamer purist nowadays....

And by that I mean using a real console and no emulation...

I played some Banjo Kazooie on my N64, it's great fun.... but it looks terrible on an HD TV!

Where do old game look great? On emulators!

Where can use save states for those ultra hard games? Emulators!

Where do you not have to blow in carts, look for cables, etc, etc? Emulators...

Do I get any perks for playing the real thing? NOPE!

I'm this close to get into emulation... ¬_¬
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From:ramune_rabbit
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
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For what it's worth, I don't have any problems with playing Sega Saturn on my HDTV. It's a Panasonic 32" 1080p set, and handles SD sources very well (minus a bit of interlaced lines occasionally on fast moving objects that move up and down). It could be that the graphics aren't as good as you remember them being. Have yet to hook up my N64 and see for myself though. ^_^;
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From:ramune_rabbit
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
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As for perks, nothing can replace the experience of playing a game the way it was meant to be played, on the original equipment. Especially the N64 controller. Is there a reason you're avoiding Emulation?
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From:tanukitsune
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:26 pm (UTC)
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The main reason I avoid it is because every time I try I download a bunch of roms and play none of them... ^_^;
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From:tanukitsune
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
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Well, you can't emulate a Sega Saturn from what I've heard, I'll have to try my Sega Saturn on my HD TV too!

But I'm mainly thinking of Mame and all those rare expensive games I couldn't get anyway... ^_^;

And not to mention all those fan translations!
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From:mawthekiller
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
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I understand you pain man, I personally think if you can get the games and systems. If you can't go the Emulator route simply because you can't find the hardwear you are justified.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
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I already have the system AND the games, and if I don't it's probably rare and expensive and I wouldn't get it anyway...
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From:mawthekiller
Date:October 25th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
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Understandable. I wish I had past system and games but just can't. The new ones I get as gifts the old I do not. Just one of the pains of being a beger when it comes to video games.
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From:trialoffer
Date:October 26th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
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I'm adamant about using the consoles because most people who play via emulator just play bootlegs and never even purchase any of the games they play. I'm all for supporting the industry.

But if it's really a technical issue on your part, then it's really up to you.
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From:tanukitsune
Date:October 26th, 2008 08:56 am (UTC)
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If it's about supporting the industry, you only really support retrogaming when you buy them on the Virtual Console or similar, retrogaming store will overcharge you and most don't even bother to test the game they sell for a mint!

If I do get into retro gaming, I'll be playing games I already have, or games that are too expensive or rare to get, I won't be getting roms of stuff on sale, I could never do that, so it would be abandonware mostly?

I'm not sure I can get into restro gaming emulation, I think a part of me won't a game unless I actually own it... ^_^;
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