Electronics Boutique UK Star Wars Catalog

Electronics Boutique UK Star Wars Catalog

September 27, 2020
Let's travel back to the summer of 1999 when we were excited about new Star Wars movies instead of cynical. This little catalog from the UK is dedicated to Phantom Menace games and merchandise.


Fine, I guess I'll make Dungeon Explorer maps since no one else will

September 23, 2020
I really didn't want to make maps for Dungeon Explorer and apparently neither did anyone else. That left me with a choice - leave this classic game unmapped or power through them until I never want to think about Dungeon Explorer again. I chose the latter and only slightly regret it now.

Fine, I guess I'll make Dungeon Explorer maps since no one else will)

One way to disable Skype autostart on Ubuntu

One way to disable Skype autostart on Ubuntu

September 20, 2020
A brief tutorial on how to prevent Skype from constantly setting itself as an autostart application.


The bizarre, thirsty world of Ultra Box magazine

August 29, 2020
After going through all the Hyper Catalog CDs I decided to try the Ultra Box series. About halfway through I questioned why I thought this was a good idea for a review/gallery type thing. This series is just so... well, bizarre and thirsty.

The bizarre, thirsty world of Ultra Box magazine

Ys V Save State Hacking

Ys V Save State Hacking

August 16, 2020
In an attempt to stave-off quarantine madness for another week, here's a guide to hacking Ys V save states. It covers HP, MP, XP, and items at least.


Differences between Tombs and Treasure and Asteka II

August 8, 2020
Many years ago I wrote a walkthrough for Tombs and Treasure on the NES. I'm aware of at least one person who read it, making it one of the most popular things on this site. Tombs and Treasure is a port of Asteka II for the Famicom. For no particular reason I decided to see what was different in these two versions.

Differences between Tombs and Treasure and Asteka II

Sega Genesis Programming Part 22: 4 Way Play

Sega Genesis Programming Part 22: 4 Way Play

July 5, 2020
Just a small example on how to interact with the 4 Way Play if that's something you're interested in.


An incomplete history of video gaming according to random Google newspaper archive searches

June 7, 2020
In the mid-00s Google undertook a project to scan newspapers, later some papers asked for their content to be removed. I wasn't smart enough back then to capture articles about video games. So today I'm grabbing what I can from the eclectic assortment of papers still there.

An incomplete history of video gaming according to random Google newspaper archive searches

Sega Genesis Programming Part 21: VDP Sprite Collision

Sega Genesis Programming Part 21: VDP Sprite Collision

May 30, 2020
This time around I'm looking at a seldom-discussed and potentially useless feature of the Genesis hardware - the VDP sprite collision flag. Let's see how it works and decide whether there's any benefit to using it.


Hyper Catalog 5&6 Review

March 28, 2020
If you're stuck indoors this weekend here's something that will help you stave off insanity for a couple minutes. It's a look at the last two Hyper Catalog CDs (well three actually). Released in 1994 they are a preview of the PC Engine's twilight era.

Hyper Catalog 5+6 Review

Camping of the Wild

Camping of the Wild

March 21, 2020
I only recently figured out you can take screenshots on the Nintendo Switch. It's my fault for not reading manuals. I assumed the capture button worked like the PlayStation 4 share button. Go ahead and mock me for this. Anyway, I now plan to use it until it wears out. Let's start with an unorganized half-article/half-gallery thing for Breath of the Wild. In this piece we try to find interesting places to camp.


Sony Data Discman

February 23, 2020
In the early 1990s Sony attempted to launch a new media format and dominate the blossoming ebook industry. The result was the Data Discman. A few months later I bought it on clearance for a couple dollars. Let's take a peek at the reader and some of the software for it.

Sony Data Discman