Wednesday, May 16, 2001 @ 21:45 (Japan Standard Time)
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A hobbyist video gamer in the middle of Japan's gaming zone. Comments on console, PC, handheld and arcade games.
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2001-05-16 Wed

PlayStation joystick on a PC.

2001-05-15 Tue

Oh no! Emulation! MAME

2001-05-12 Sat

Loving the game magazines for the extras

PlayStation 2 Linux

2001-05-07 Mon

How I make my homepages?

2001-05-05 Sat

Visiting Nipponbashi, calling on a friend

Maybe if I liked cars more

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PlayStation joystick on a PC.

I've been playing my eyes out with that MAME. The USB controller converter to PSX makes all the difference. It's called, in English, "PS Joypad Mini" {{PSジョイパッド mini}} by Red Pepper. (I can't find the company's website anywhere, so I got the next best thing, a shop's website.) It's possible to either the analog joystick or digitial directional pad in MAME, so it rules.

Oh no! Emulation! MAME

I have succumbed to the dark side, as if I'm not already. MAME and downloadable arcade ROMs. Ooh don't I feel giddy. I found some games I've always wanted to play, Cabal, Warriors of Fate, I Robot. Sheesh, these are games that define my childhood, how sad.

Loving the game magazines for the extras

Oh yeah, before I forget. I picked up a lot of gaming magazines in the last couple of weeks. One thing I don't pass up is the magazines that feature DVD-ROM or CD-ROM information and game saves. That is so convenient for those who are lazy to complete a game, like me. ^_^;

PlayStation 2 Linux

I was extremely surprised that the PlayStation 2 Linux bundle was sold out within 8 minutes. 2000 units. One country. Sheesh. I'm going to keep my eye on this one so I'm on the next shipment.

How I make my homepages?

For those of you wondering how I make an automated log on my page, I've released the sources (gamelog-20010507.tar.bz2, 7K) of the php "application" that manages the "blogger"-like homepage. It requires php4, FastTemplate.php3, and Postgres-7.1. Also, you have to force your server to make *.htm files php-executable (usually only *.php files are php-executable), which is actually pretty lame, sorry.

This is very rough, and not very general (ie, lots of things are hard coded, such as the database name, the pages look like junk in Netscape, so on). Also, uploading to the ISP is not automatic. But it should be a good starting point to see how I'm doing this.

Visiting Nipponbashi, calling on a friend

I visited Nipponbashi for the first time in a month, and saw Gran Turismo 3 everywhere. There were copies to be had, plenty for everybody. Demos were blaring, but the racing controller I bought was nowhere to be found. Hm.

I was tempted to pick up a game or two. I saw Koro Koro Kirby (GBC-jp) for about 2800 yen, used. This game has its own motion sensor. You have to tilt the gameboy unit itself to move your character around. A novel concept. But it requires a brightly lit area b/c you'll be tilting that screen to and fro, a lot, or so I've heard. I also saw GB Nectaris (GB-jp). It looks exactly like Military Madness for TurboGrafx-16. It was only 1000 yen, new.

Seeing that game new reminded me that I'm still "borrowing" my junior high school friend's system. Yeah. It's been, what, 10 years now? I wonder how he's doing. I know how he's doing without his system. He's probably pretty mad. I might as well shout it out...

If you're still out there, Michael Staley of Bonita Vista Junior High, I've got your Turbografx System and your favorite game, Military Madness, in storage waiting for you. Because I've borrowed it for so long, I'll buy you Gameboy Wars Advance for the Gameboy Advance, as well the system itself. That is, if you still play games. ^_^;
There, I've said it. We'll see if this internet searching stuff really works.

Maybe if I liked cars more

I played another session of Gran Turismo 3 A-Spec. Since I completed the Beginner:Sunday series with all gold trophies, I received a new car. But it was so ugly, and it wasn't the same kind of drive train (or something, I don't know the difference between FF and FR), so I sold it for about 300,000 credits. With that money, I spent some money on a "turbo kit" for my Vitz Euro. I upped the horsepower from 98 to 155. For some reason, in the country, horsepower is abbreviated "sp". I'm not sure, the game is not right in front of me. Now I really have to learn how to use the braking system. I mean, my next upgrade for the car will be the suspension.

I talk about these upgrades as if I know what I'm talking about. I have no clue in real life what a "racing suspension kit" does in real life. Maybe if I liked cars more.

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