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Dat Collection Tho (2021-02-06)

Consoles and Handhelds

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You might say I'm something of a collector. Something I like to collect is older games. Here's how that's going.

Short Version

Have

Nintendo
NES, SNES, 64, GameCube 001, Wii U Basic
Sega
Master System M1, Genesis M2, Saturn M2, Dreamcast
Sony
PSone, PS2 Slim 90001, PS3 Slim 160GB, Vita TV
Microsoft
XBOX, Xbox 360 E
Other
Intellivision II with System Changer (Atari 2600)
Handhelds
Neo Geo Pocket Color, GBA SP, DS Lite, PSP 3001, Evercade

Want

Nintendo
[none]
Sega
TerraOnion MegaSD (SegaCD FPGA cart)
Sony
PS5 Slim (2024?)
Microsoft
[none]
Other
Vectrex (exponsive), PC Engine, Intellivision Amico?
Handhelds
3DS XL

The Journey

Childhood

My first console, which I still have, was a 1992 2-chip SNES I got for my 5th birthday. I later also had a Nintendo 64, PlayStation, and Game Boy Color that later later mysteriously vanished. Great memories from this era of Super Mario All-Stars, the Spyro trilogy, Kirby 64, and Pokémon Blue.

The 2000s were a bit chaotic. I ended up with a GameCube as my main system, the family had a PS2 for a while, and there was an XBOX at my mom's house. I also got a GBA SP that I still own, a PSP that I never had games for (until now ofc), and a DS that I gave to my cousin when I picked up a DS Lite.

There was also a bit of a weird stage where I got really, really obsessed with Pac-Man related games and the 8-bit Final Fantasys. On the top of my wishlist for a while was the WonderSwan Color, but I settled for a Neo Geo Pocket Color when the used game store in our area didn't have one.

Teen Ages

From then on I usually emulated most systems to play interesting games I didn't have at the time, namely in the Kirby and Metroid series. Moving around so often meant my SNES and GameCube stayed in a box while I played id Software classics on my PC.

Adulthood

About a decade later, I got bitten by the Authentic Experience™ bug and dived into the expanded retro gaming library being offered on the Amazon Marketplace. A new PS2 Slim, 160GB PS3 Slim, and PSone were my next buys.

Sega hardware was a complete mystery to me until I started watching Classic Game Room on YouTube. After I had, a Dreamcast was something I had to own. I next picked up a Master System due to not knowing the Power Base Mini FM existed, followed by a Genesis Model 2 because the clone console I have isn't compatible with the 'FM' bit. Most recently, I got a model 2 Sega Saturn because I finally had room for one on my new desk.

I do also have an XBOX and XBOX 360-E, but I've been more focused on getting games for older consoles. Speaking of old, I snagged an Intellivision II and System Changer (Atari 2600 compatibility addon) for relatively cheap.

My most recent consoles are a basic edition Wii U (since I slept on the Wii) and a PlayStation TV with the Henkaku exploit installed.

I picked up and am enjoying the Evercade. Hopefully a TerraOnion MegaSD and Intellivision Amico will follow in the future. I'd also like to own a Vectrex, but those chunkybois are way out of my price range.

Future

I skipped Generation 8 (Switch/PS4/XB1) to wait and see whether Gen 9 consoles would be backwards compatible. Current plans are to pick up a PS5 Slim when they're available, hopefully with a second-generation VR headset bundle, as well as whatever Nintendo comes out with. I also still have to get a 3DS and work my way through that backlog.

Seems like things are going to head the digital-only (or streaming) route sooner or later, and I share Ross Scott's stance on that one; when that happens, I'm pretty much done. I prefer to own media, not rent licenses. With a disc, I can still play something decades after relevance.. and I'm going to need that long to catch up lmao

The Setup

But what about actually playing the games? The way I have my desk set up makes that easy.

The Dreamcast, being the only console I own with VGA support, shares a KVM with my classic PCs. This can output to a Trinitron CRT or HDMI converter.

Next, YPbPr signals from the PSP, PS2, GameCube, and XBOX are converted to HDMI by an AVerMedia C285 capture box, then put through an upscaler for deinterlacing.

HDMI consoles (PS3, PSTV, Wii U, and XBOX 360) are selected at a switchbox, run through a DVI converter because some of them insist on always using HDCP, then through the C285 and upscaler mentioned previously.

Pre-1999 consoles are on a different setup: RF signals are fed through a VCR, then all Composite and S-Video from that, a NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, and Saturn are fed through a Sony PVM and to a USB capture card.

The only things here I can't record are Neo Geo Pocket and Nintendo DS games. I guess I'll just have to enjoy those on my own.


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