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Video Games / Re: What game would you want to be remastered?
« on: Today at 07:28:04 pm »
The first two Paper Mario games! (Specifically, the N64 original and The Thousand Year Door.) Both games have a rather unique look that still holds up. Also, I kind of want to see the worlds of both expanded a bit too.

Decided to pull out my 2005 Athlon 64 computer running Windows XP to type this response! It has 2 GB of RAM, which might explain why it can access the Internet nowadays, albeit slightly slow. (Moreso on Mypal 68 than K-Meleon, which I'm typing this in...)

I admit, despite Star Wars being one of the biggest sci-fi franchises out there, I never really got into it. I'm not sure why, admittedly. Is it because the few things I did see was the sequel trilogy? (I also saw Rogue One and a couple of episodes of The Mandalorian too.) Is it because I'm scared of what's known as the "fandom menace"? Or do I like other sci-fi franchises better? Either way, I was never really big into Star Wars for some reason.

Similarly, I never really got into Game of Thrones, despite it being huge. I didn't have HBO, and I don't really delve into "serious" fantasy much, admittedly.

Video Games / Re: Do you have a current generation console?
« on: September 04, 2022, 08:10:44 pm »
My most current console is a Nintendo 3DS, so I'm really behind on the consoles. Especially since there was a brief time where I was too busy to game. Eventually, though, a friend gave me their old gaming PC, so nowadays, I'm doing most of my gaming on said PC. Admittedly, with how complex consoles are getting, if I ever buy one, I might only do it for specific cases (basically, any Nintendo console exclusive, some PlayStation exclusives that don't have PC releases, or any single-player game that has a physical release since there's not many physical PC releases anymore.) The market for what I call "consolized PCs" like the Atari VCS or Steam Deck, admittedly, is pretty interesting; besides being built for gaming and having a near-infinite game library, you can also utilize them for other things too!

Chat & Forum Games / Re: What decade were you born in?
« on: September 04, 2022, 08:00:51 pm »
I was born in the mid 90s! I admit, I MIGHT be one of the first "kids who were too young for the Internet", having first gotten on in 2000 or so. As such, I was able to witness the days of personal websites like you'd see on GeoCities, as well as discover random webpages (and the occasional forum) via the Yahoo directory, as well as playing random Flash games on sites like Shockwave.com, NotDoppler, Neopets, and kids channel websites. I one time even made a very simple webpage via the GeoCities page editor. I kind of miss these days, admittedly, which is why I'm in the retro web revival communities!

General Interests / Re: What kind of phone do you have?
« on: September 02, 2022, 03:29:27 am »
As of this writing, I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S21+ (the Snapdragon version). My intent with this is for me to use it for a LONG time, maybe 5-6 years or so? Admittedly, I've been using apps that aren't web browsing, messaging, or maps less and less, so maybe I might buy a more basic phone in the future once my S21+ breaks. But even then, I think my favorite thing I've done with it is run a QEMU port on it (called Limbo) to run Windows 95! (Unfortunately, said W95 install may have broken itself somehow. I might go more ambitious and try to run Windows 98 or even XP next time!)

(I admit, I regret not waiting for the Z Flip 3, which came out a few months after the S21s did. Sure, it had a worse camera, but it looked and felt different! Also, there's the satisfaction of opening and closing the phone...)

And speaking of older phones, my first one was an LG 500G from Tracfone. It had a QWERTY keyboard, which I kind of miss, admittedly...

Video Games / Re: A game that you have played a million times?
« on: August 31, 2022, 02:31:39 am »
For me, there's one game I seem to replay a LOT, and that's the original Paper Mario for the N64. Not sure why, admittedly. Maybe it's because it's the first RPG videogame I've played in my life, and I was fascinated by it? Or the sidequests you can partake in (i.e. finding Star Bits, doing Chuck Quizmo's quizzes, Koopa Koot's favors, etc.) Or the unique visual style? Either way, this was a game I went back to a lot as a kid. And who knows, maybe I'll get back into it again one day...

Video Games / Re: Anti-Piracy measures in games
« on: August 15, 2022, 12:48:00 am »
I think one of my favorite anti-piracy measures has to be the one found in the DS version of Michael Jackson: The Experience. If the game sees you're playing a pirated copy, it... blasts vuvuzelas over the music. Kind of a fun way to joke about the 2010 World Cup's use of them. (Oh, and it bit-crunches the music and makes the notes untappable, rendering the game unplayable)

First runner up is La Abadía del Crimen's. When you reach a certain point, it'll check the files for tampering. If successful, you'll hear a rendition of "Ave Maria". If not... you'll get bombarded with "PIRATA PIRATA PIRATA (and so on)", and the game locks.

Second runner up is Mr. Gimmick's. Much like La Abadía del Crimen, once you reach a certain point, the game will check the code (in this case, the intro code). Playing a pirated copy will net you a screen that says "BLACK HOLE". Quite silly out of context, but as it turns out, it's actually a callback to another game from the same developer studio, Atlantis No Nazo, which infamously had a trap room where you fall to your death that just says "BLACK HOLE!" in it

General Interests / Re: GNU / Linux / Free Software
« on: July 31, 2022, 07:18:07 pm »
My Linux usage has been very on-off. Back in my college days, I used Manjaro on an old Core 2 Toshiba Satellite, and it proved to be quite useful for computer science and programming! (I admit, I'm still kind of used to GCC...) After that, I mostly stuck with putting Linux on my secondary computers for fun. Now that I got a new laptop recently (a Galaxy Book Pro), I might consider going to a dual-boot setup for that! As of now, though, I'm debating if I should put both Windows and Linux on one disk, or if I should buy a second SSD for Linux.

Anyways, my top two choices are Garuda Linux (which is Arch-based) and GeckoLinux Rolling (which is OpenSUSE-based). I'm kind of leaning towards the former due to the fact that the latter hasn't gotten a new ISO in ages. Though now I'm hearing rumblings that OpenMandriva's rolling release (now christened "ROME") might actually be getting somewhere, so I might go for that!

For me, I'd say my favorite gaming platforms are the N64 and Game Boy Advance! Probably because these are the two platforms I had the most games on, admittedly.

In the case of the N64, it really felt like a quantum leap from the SNES I was used to, admittedly. Sure, unlike the PS1, it didn't have as big of a game selection, and some genres (i.e. RPGs) are lacking on the system, but there's still quite a lot of cool stuff to be found.

As for the GBA, even though it was a handheld, it almost felt like the pinnacle of 2D gaming systems. There's a MASSIVE game selection for it, and while I only had a small sample of it, it's still quite interesting to see what could be done with it. (And the modding potential too...)

Honorable mention goes to the SNES, though I may have a slight bias since it was the first game console I ever played in my life. (And the fact that I have an interest in 90s media in general)

Life on the Web / Re: Poll: What browser do you use?
« on: July 06, 2022, 03:35:09 am »
A mix between Firefox and Vivaldi since these are the two browsers that I can customize to fit my needs! (Well, the former with extensions.) This is true for both desktop and mobile, actually; I'm not sure if there's any mobile browser I can use uBlock Origin on besides the mobile Firefox.

A couple of days ago, I saw The Fifth Element, and I'll have to agree that comic book movies are a LOT better when they're embracing their roots! While not based on any comic book, it is very strongly influenced by the Franco-Belgian comic books of yore, and it holds a unique style that admittedly, does scream "90s vision of the future", but still looks great to this day! Admittedly, the plot's the typical "save the universe from destruction" thing, but there's a surprisingly compelling world and memorable characters in the film. (And who can forget the opera fight scene?)

Video Games / Re: First game you ever played?
« on: May 12, 2022, 02:14:26 am »
I think my earliest known memory of ANY game at all was GORILLA.BAS, that little gorilla game included as a BASIC program was DOS. I admit, I just made up random numbers when it came to actually playing it. (I do remember the smiling sun, though...)

As for my first "real" game? Well, it all started when we got a bunch of DOS shareware CDs (namely, the Aztech Home Entertainment series). The two I think I remember the earliest? Raptor: Call of the Shadows and Wolfenstein 3D. Regardless, I recall sitting with my father, playing together...

My first console game? Super Mario All-Stars on the SNES. Specifically, Super Mario Bros 3.

Greetings and Introductions / Re: Hello, everyone!
« on: May 11, 2022, 02:32:52 pm »
Thanks, Melooon! I'm not sure what my favorite piece of vintage tech is, but I kind of have a soft spot for mid-late 90s Macs and SGI workstations (even though I don't own any of them) and Pentium III/Athlon Classic PCs. I'm hoping I can collect MP3 players in the future, though!

Greetings and Introductions / Hello, everyone!
« on: May 11, 2022, 03:30:08 am »
Hello, everyone in this forum! My name is CyberCat2000 (also known as Starstorm_X1 in other circles of the internet)! I'm a young, avid technology enthusiast that loves classic and vintage technology! I also have interest in gaming and cars too! Hope I enjoy my time here!

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