Blast from the past!

March 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm 1 comment

Sometimes when I’m bored, I think of the most random things. Like the other day in English when I thought: If Fe is the chemical symbol for Iron, then does Female mean Ironman? (insert laugh track here)

Or earlier this year, when, like I often do, I was caught up in a memory of a video game I played as a child. Once I got over the fact that my most vivid childhood memories are video games, I thought about how awesome it would be to try out those old Super Nintendo games again. So I dove into Google and emerged with BSNES, an emulator for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. It allows you to play Super Nintendo games on your computer for free, provided you have the ROM’s of the games you want to play. Fortunately, I found a good site for downloading ROM’s, EmuParadise. From there, I started playing Secret of Mana, Super Mario World, and The Legend of Zelda all over again, all for the price of a few hours of research and downloading.

I saw they had a Nintendo 64 ROM section as well, so I looked into getting my hands on an N64 emulator. This was a little harder, mainly because I’m on a Mac. For Windows, there is Project64, which is totally free, and from what I’ve heard, works very well. Unfortunately, there isn’t a Mac version of Project64, so I had to look elsewhere. What I found was sixtyforce, written specifically for the Mac. It has a free version, which superimposes their logo over the bottom corner of the screen during emulation, and does not support game freeze saves. After playing for awhile, I noticed that I could not save my games on the free version either, prompting me to spend $16.00 to upgrade to the full version. Now I can save my games, and I don’t have a logo on my screen! As for the cost, if you are going to play through two or three games completely on your computer, it is totally worth it. $16 is about what an N64 costs these days anyways, but with this one, you can take it anywhere and the games are free! (I did have to buy a USB powered gamepad for N64 games, a GameStop brand Xbox 360 controller cost me less than $20 and will serve as a backup 360 controller in a pinch).

The concept of game emulation is nothing new for many people, but I recently discovered it and I love it! I just downloaded Mario Kart 64, Super Smash Bros., and Star Fox 64 tonight, and am looking forward to replaying through them.

Also, I love Pandora radio. I just started listening to it when I moved my iTunes library to my external hard drive to free up hard drive space, and it is amazing! I know its nothing too new either, but it is definitely worth trying out if you haven’t already!

I just discovered a warp at the bottom of my MacBook Pro’s screen… its not that big and doesn’t affect the view at all, but it depresses me all the same, because this computer is my baby.
I thought about upgrading her to have 6GB of RAM instead of the 4 she has right now, but after noticing that a 4GB stick costs around $200… I think I’ll wait.

Well, that’s all for now, I’ll check back later with something else interesting, maybe some links to stuff I’ve been doing recently? Comment please!

Aaron

Now Listening:
Pinball Wizard
The Who
Tommy

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  • 1. Dan Fisk  |  March 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    First off, great song choice. Second, I’ve always enjoyed reading blogs and I’ve tried on several occasions to create one myself but ended up posting maybe once or twice then decided to forget about it. This post had some cool stuff in there so keep the blogging up!

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