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(Onion AV Club)   Sega is releasing old school games on mobile devices. And before you say "shut up and take my money," they're free (with ads, of course)   ( avclub.com) divider line
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2017-06-21 03:46:57 PM  
Hell yeah! Altered Beast!
 
2017-06-21 04:21:05 PM  
Phantasy Star II!!!!!

YES!
 
2017-06-21 04:46:12 PM  
WANT.  WILL GET.  Now I just have to resist the urge to play them at my desk and not get any work done.
 
2017-06-21 05:03:49 PM  

ArkAngel: Hell yeah! Altered Beast!


WISE FWOM YOUR GWAVE!
 
2017-06-21 05:06:20 PM  
Hey, $2 to remove ads forever is not much to ask at all. As long as they don't go all microtransaction, I'm going to be quite happy with this, I suspect.
 
2017-06-21 05:07:03 PM  

LucklessWonder: ArkAngel: Hell yeah! Altered Beast!

WISE FWOM YOUR GWAVE!


POWER UP!
 
2017-06-21 05:09:59 PM  
[Kool Aid Man breaks wall]

OH YEEEEEAAAAHHHH......
 
2017-06-21 05:19:39 PM  
Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.
 
2017-06-21 05:22:15 PM  
Gotta agree that two a game isn't terrible... but they took too long to get here. I'm no longer their target audience.
 
2017-06-21 05:24:15 PM  

Dwedit: Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.


It says "Controller support" though I have no idea what that means
 
2017-06-21 05:27:37 PM  

PlaidJaguar: Dwedit: Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.

It says "Controller support" though I have no idea what that means


Bluetooth?
 
2017-06-21 05:31:32 PM  
Well then, SHUT UP AND SHOW ME ADS

/and if they are too obnoxious I am out nothing, so yay
 
2017-06-21 05:32:35 PM  
NHL '94?
 
2017-06-21 05:32:42 PM  

tricycleracer: PlaidJaguar: Dwedit: Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.

It says "Controller support" though I have no idea what that means

Bluetooth?


I did not realize that was a thing.  First google result is a $15 bluetooth game controller for android at Walmart.

Learn something new every day.
 
2017-06-21 05:34:26 PM  
Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?
 
2017-06-21 05:38:28 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


I did a fair amount of NES and Genesis emulation back in the last 90s.  I do try to stay away from piracy, but then I also picked up a Sega Classics Collection for $5 for my 360 - it has the altered beasts, the golden axes, the sonics, kid chameleon, and a whole host of other games I've never heard of.

Nostalgia is a hellofa drug, and sometimes emulation is more trouble than it's worth.
(especially given the other crap that often comes along with roms you can get "free" online)
 
2017-06-21 05:39:19 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


In my experience, emulators on Android tend to be inconsistent in how well they run games.
 
2017-06-21 05:44:59 PM  

buckeyebrain: NHL '94?



NHLPA '93 please.
 
2017-06-21 05:53:26 PM  

PlaidJaguar: (especially given the other crap that often comes along with roms you can get "free" online)


Really? I've never had an issue with anything from a certain COOL place that has ROMS.

RINO: In my experience, emulators on Android tend to be inconsistent in how well they run games.


I've had great luck with the "____-oid" emulators (NESoid, Gearoid, etc) on several devices... an Archos Gamepad, a cheap Android TV box, several phones, and both of my current non-phone devices (HP Slate 8 and a GPD XD). No issues with 8- and 16-bit emulators other than Atari Lynx, and very few problems with GBA and PSP games. I think Dreamcast has been an issue for Android gamers, but I didn't own one the first time around and have little reason to try emulating one now.
 
2017-06-21 05:53:33 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


When I was in university my laptop couldn't run any games so I played tons of emulated games.

I am excited for this. The place I would play these games now is on the go and I can exactly put emulators on my work iPhone. The big issue is how bad he touch screen controls are.
 
2017-06-21 05:55:18 PM  
Sega releases games for free and people still biatch about piracy.

Figures.
 
2017-06-21 05:56:07 PM  

PlaidJaguar: tricycleracer: PlaidJaguar: Dwedit: Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.

It says "Controller support" though I have no idea what that means

Bluetooth?

I did not realize that was a thing.  First google result is a $15 bluetooth game controller for android at Walmart.

Learn something new every day.


I wonder if any games might instead use the motion sensors on modern smartphones. I can think of one where it would work perfectly:

img.fark.net
 
2017-06-21 06:00:30 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


I hope this pushes the rest to do it. For a casual gamer and even less casual computer user it'll be nice to play some old games on a platform I can handle. I did try emulators once when I was new to the net and computers and it didn't go well. I'll try Sonic tomorrow and if I like I'll anxiously await more.
 
2017-06-21 06:17:29 PM  

Soos: LucklessWonder: ArkAngel: Hell yeah! Altered Beast!

WISE FWOM YOUR GWAVE!

POWER UP!

i.ytimg.com
 
2017-06-21 06:32:33 PM  
Imagine the time-sucking potential of putting the Shenmue series on a mobile device.

The thought makes me incredibly happy.
 
2017-06-21 07:00:11 PM  

rudemix: realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?

I hope this pushes the rest to do it. For a casual gamer and even less casual computer user it'll be nice to play some old games on a platform I can handle. I did try emulators once when I was new to the net and computers and it didn't go well. I'll try Sonic tomorrow and if I like I'll anxiously await more.


All of the sonics but I think Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles are already out on both.  I love playing Sonic Spinball every now and then.
 
2017-06-21 07:21:39 PM  

realmolo: Emulators have been around for 20 years now.


They've been around a lot longer than that. The first one I used was a Spectrum BASIC emulator on the C64 somewhere around 1985.
 
2017-06-21 07:39:44 PM  

BlackPete: Sega releases games for free and people still biatch about piracy.

Figures.


Free with ads isn't free.

I'd be happy to purchase a version that doesn't contain the ad code at all, but I'm not downloading something I have to opt out of.
 
2017-06-21 07:39:59 PM  

Gordon Bennett: realmolo: Emulators have been around for 20 years now.

They've been around a lot longer than that. The first one I used was a Spectrum BASIC emulator on the C64 somewhere around 1985.


There was even a Math Co-Processor emulator back in the day so your 486SX could run programs that required a 486DX
 
2017-06-21 07:50:09 PM  

Wessoman: Imagine the time-sucking potential of putting the Shenmue series on a mobile device.

The thought makes me incredibly happy.


That's all I need. Go to work and spend the day working a part-time job on my phone.

Could go for some Streets of Rage, if only for the music.
 
2017-06-21 07:51:32 PM  

blahpers: BlackPete: Sega releases games for free and people still biatch about piracy.

Figures.

Free with ads isn't free.

I'd be happy to purchase a version that doesn't contain the ad code at all, but I'm not downloading something I have to opt out of.


Says the guy with a Barefark badge ...
 
2017-06-21 08:18:59 PM  

HawgWild: blahpers: BlackPete: Sega releases games for free and people still biatch about piracy.

Figures.

Free with ads isn't free.

I'd be happy to purchase a version that doesn't contain the ad code at all, but I'm not downloading something I have to opt out of.

Says the guy with a Barefark badge ...


Adblockers and script blocking. I bought Bf because I wanted to pay for the site, not to kill ads. You can do the latter for free.
 
2017-06-21 08:31:51 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


Paying for old games can help new games of the same type be released in the future. It shows that there is a demand that could be worth an investment.

I used to do the mame/nesticle route, but I was poor/cheap and there wasn't necessarily an alternative beyond having the original hardware.

I'm hoping they release the shining force series. Perfect for a touch based device.
 
2017-06-21 10:00:16 PM  
Do people really want to play Genesis games on a crappy little phone screen with no controller?
 
2017-06-21 10:27:55 PM  

PlaidJaguar: tricycleracer: PlaidJaguar: Dwedit: Good luck playing anything on a touchpad.

It says "Controller support" though I have no idea what that means

Bluetooth?

I did not realize that was a thing.  First google result is a $15 bluetooth game controller for android at Walmart.

Learn something new every day.


Pay enough for a steelseries if you are going to do so.  Otherwise USB replicas do the trick with an adapter.
 
2017-06-21 10:37:29 PM  

styckx: There was even a Math Co-Processor emulator back in the day so your 486SX could run programs that required a 486DX


you say that like i'm not still on a shiatty 386
 
2017-06-22 01:22:35 AM  

Hand Banana: Do people really want to play Genesis games on a crappy little phone screen with no controller?


Yes.  Fast twitch games like Sonic will likely be an issue, but games like Fantasy Star should work just fine.
 
2017-06-22 03:37:06 AM  
img.fark.net
The best Sega game ever. Likely never to be re-released. So much fun, though.
 
2017-06-22 08:48:21 AM  
It's my understanding that they plan to rerelease all Sega games up to Dreamcast.

Hmm I could just turn on my RetroPi instead with no ads.
 
2017-06-22 08:51:28 AM  
Well, crap.  The first batch of games are on the app store, and my crap work WiFi isn't working, and I don't want to burn data on it.  Oh well.  It probably wouldn't have been healthy for my productivity anyway.

*opens Candy Crush*
 
2017-06-22 09:19:19 AM  

ModernLuddite: [img.fark.net image 349x499]
The best Sega game ever. Likely never to be re-released. So much fun, though.


I only ever played that on an emulator, but I liked it sooooo much.

I almost mentioned it in an earlier post, but I didn't think anybody would be familiar.

/I should have known better
//Nothing is obscure on Fark
 
2017-06-22 09:53:41 AM  
The virtual controls aren't too bad.  They aren't ideal, but I'm not finding it overly hard to play the games.
 
2017-06-22 03:07:10 PM  

realmolo: Why are so many people excited when old games are re-released?

Emulators have been around for 20 years now. Free ROMs can be *easily* found with a Google search. I've been playing Genesis/NES/SNES/whatever games on emulators for nearly that long. To the point that I no longer care. Most of my friends are the same way. "Retro" games haven't been interesting for nearly 15 years.

Or is it that everyone is just really, really honest and doesn't want to pirate old games?


I think it's the convenience factor. Which is why I'm loving the RetroPie
 
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