My Ultimate Retro Arcade Collection!

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I've been hacking video game consoles since the PS1 modchip days. My first effort at soldering a modchip was in fifth grade, and I failed badly. My dad gave me my first ass whoopin' because he had to buy a new one. After successfully modifying two of my friends' systems, I tried it again and it was successful. Before my dad arrived home to surprise him, I burned 20 of his favorite games and still got my ass whooped again.

I'm a huge fan of retro-arcade styles: Beat 'em up, Shmups, Fighting, MetroidVania, and much more. My Ultimate PS3 is still the greatest, but I've moved on to PS Vita, PS4 and Switch.

Ultimate Retro-Arcade PS3 2TB (I ported over 1700 retro games for PS3)



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Cool!

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I've been an emulator afficianado since the mid 90's.. recently discovered an emulator called Mesen which has CRT filters where the RF distortion amount is adjustable. I'm finding that with a very bright screen with a super high refresh rate, and -1 frame of runahead, you really get the responsiveness and a lot of the look of a CRT.. it really completes the experience.

Final burn also has some scanline options that are pretty nice for arcades..

Here's me playing ganbare goemon 2 (NES) in Mesen

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And sonic the hedgehog in retroarch ( click the picture for full effect )

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Nice. While I like everything to look full screen and in 1080P (easy on the eyes), I have a lot of clients (70-80s baby) that are die-hard nostalgia fans who insist on playing games in its original resolution with the scan lines. It causes my eyes bleed, therefore I'll never understand why, lol. But I do have the crt/scan line option.
 
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Wow! That's quite a collection. I've been gaming for over 30 years. My guilty pleasure that I can lose hours in. It started with my dad coming home with an Atari 2600. We played Dragster so many times, then Keystone Kapers. Ka-Boom was also really fun. I just recently sold my PS2. I've had it for over 20 years. It was special because it had a DMS3+. One of the best chips at the time. I bought it, pre-modded, from a canadian online store. I've taken it apart to clean the fan and the install was very clean. About 20 30awg wires from that chip to the motherboard. Quite impressive. Sold it to help pay for an Apollo Pro scooter (2019). That and I got a PS3, free, from a co-worker clearing out his attic. I got the PS3 to the state that it replaces the PS2. The same happened when I got a Vita1000. I was able to get rid of my PSP2001. Currently, my favorite games are Streets of Rage 4 and Tears of The Kingdom. Loving the PS3 cabinet. Game on!
 
Wow! That's quite a collection. I've been gaming for over 30 years. My guilty pleasure that I can lose hours in. It started with my dad coming home with an Atari 2600. We played Dragster so many times, then Keystone Kapers. Ka-Boom was also really fun. I just recently sold my PS2. I've had it for over 20 years. It was special because it had a DMS3+. One of the best chips at the time. I bought it, pre-modded, from a canadian online store. I've taken it apart to clean the fan and the install was very clean. About 20 30awg wires from that chip to the motherboard. Quite impressive. Sold it to help pay for an Apollo Pro scooter (2019). That and I got a PS3, free, from a co-worker clearing out his attic. I got the PS3 to the state that it replaces the PS2. The same happened when I got a Vita1000. I was able to get rid of my PSP2001. Currently, my favorite games are Streets of Rage 4 and Tears of The Kingdom. Loving the PS3 cabinet. Game on!

My first game was MegaMan X on the SNES, which required hours of begging and crying at the mall. I still play the series for nostalgic reasons.

Mod chips were not easy to install. Looking back, I can't believe I actually did it. I sold a ton of consoles and burnt games for $5 to students and teachers. My fifth grade teacher's husband paid me at least $500 throughout the years for games and funded me to do the same with the PS2. Every other month, my teacher will slip me a note with about 15-20 games, lol. In my opinion, the PS3 is the best modded gaming console because it is the only one that can be completely jailbroken thanks to GeoHot's softmod.


I also really like scanlines. :)
I'm too new school for playing with scan lines lol, especially at full screen 1080P. I attempted to get into it because I had a lot of hardcore retro gaming pals. It is easier on the eyes with a handheld console.
 
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