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  1. I would recommend staying away from the actual mainline Shin Megami Tensei series. It is either too difficult, or crap, or both. The games that take place before Nocturne were not good. Nocturne and newer were too difficult, even for people who like JRPGs. I don't know of anyone in the right mind who would recommend these games. I could recommend Raidou Kuzunoha vs The Soulless Army, even though I didn't enjoy that game. Maybe Phil could see something in the Devil Summoner series that I don't. The JRPG Phil should play if he hasn't already is Hyperdimension Neptunia! I don't know if Phil played it yet, probably hasn't though. I don't want to have to check all the way back through his archives just to find a playthrough that may not exist. He should play through the whole series! I would definitely watch that! YouTube may not allow it, but screw YouTube. If YouTube doesn't allow it, then just do the playthrough on StoryFire or archive.org or something!
  2. The only problem, what I consider "modern" is too different from what everyone considers "modern". To a surprisingly huge amount of people, Windows NT 5.0 is considered "modern" due to having very mature APIs that are still in use today. To some people, it is apparently Windows 95, despite the fact that Windows NT 3.5 had a lot of the same Win32 APIs, and came out earlier, and OS/2 2.0 was a 32-bit version of Windows that came out before Windows NT 3.1. Might have been the UI and the viral marketing. Windows 95 might have had a bigger midnight launch than the PS2 actually. To some people, it was Windows NT 3.5 for being the first time there was a somewhat mature version of the Win32 API. To some people, it is Windows Vista, as it works very similarly to how Windows 11 works today, from installation, to boot process, to how it ran applications and drivers. To some people, it is Windows 10, as it is the first version of CEMENT, as it technically functions as a port of Windows CE and Windows Classic. Windows CE and Windows Classic have now been updated to work with Omega-13 processes first introduced with Windows Vista. To some people, Windows simply isn't "modern" enough yet, as it keeps legacy components around for too long, or with Windows 10, reintroduces legacy components. On top of constant stability issues that haven't quite been fixed, making Windows never feeling "polished". And somewhat outdated licensing schemes. Some people even say it is the Xbox 360, as Windows Vista would actually have been very different without this console. Some people say it is Windows 8, as it introduced UWP for the first time. UWP would later be everywhere with the Xbox One and Windows CEMENT. Windows 8 also made some more internal changes. It was still very much like Windows Vista internally, but had a bunch of new stuff bolted on.
  3. Had a heated discussion about this. Apparently, some people think Windows NT 5.x is considered "modern", despite the fact that Microsoft has long since completely departed from it. Yes, I can still use this forum on Windows 2000, but that doesn't really make Windows NT 5.x "modern" according to Microsoft. Windows Vista and Windows 10 barely resemble Windows NT. So that made me think, what version of Windows is the first to be "modern"? Possible answers: Windows NT 5.0 (NT 5.0 - IE 4.0) Windows Vista (Omega-13 6.0 - IE 7.0*) Windows 8 (Omega-13 6.2 - IE N/A**) Windows 10 (CEMENT 10.0) other? Longhorn (Longhorn 6.0 - IE "6.0"***) *Internet Explorer 7 is actually completely uninstallable in Foundation, Standard, Enterprise (there are two editions called "Enterprise", the one branded "Windows Server 2008" has IE removable, the "Windows Vista" branded one is completely different) and Datacenter editions. IE integration is still present unless uninstalled. **Windows 8 shipped with Internet Explorer 10, however, it is not integrated into Windows 8, IE has been reduced back to being an application rather than an OS. ***Longhorn's Internet Explorer 6 is actually different from IE 6.0 in Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
  4. This is a strange system... Was technically powerful enough to emulate the Game Boy or even the Game Boy Advance, but the Game Boy Player has Game Boy and Game Boy Advance hardware was built in anyway. Could also output a crystal-clear AV out. Only supported mini-DVDs resulting in inferior games compared to their Xbox counterparts. Very little RAM. Did have four controller ports built in though. No internal storage whatsoever, its competition had IDE hard drives (optional on PS2). Very poor networking support. Strange, but great controllers. What even is this? There was also a rare model that supports DVD playback. This model arguably has better playback than the Xbox (and is definitely better than the PS2's).
  5. Already notable enough to have a thread in general discussion. However, I have a great idea! DSP should review the new Windows 11-themed Bloomberry ice cream flavor in the next DSP Tries It! Yes, Microsoft actually partnered with Mikey Likes It to make this new ice cream flavor to promote Windows 11. I just want to hear what Phil thinks of this. I also wonder what Phil thinks of Windows 11 in general. Here's a video on it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlWb0UVKAmA
  6. I will be installing Windows NT 4.0 in an emulator on my phone when I finally find a suitable hypervisor.
  7. Honestly, the only really good one is the NES Classic Edition. As much as I find it easier and better to just set up a smartphone, Raspberry Pi, or PC for emulation, you got to give it to Nintendo here, they actually released a pretty solid product in the form of the NES Classic Edition! The emulation is really spot-on, the UI is gorgeous, and a really polished experience overall. If you really want an emulation box so bad, than this is THE one for you. Too bad they are kind of hard to obtain though. The SNES Classic Edition backslides on the actual emulation front, due to the SNES being harder to emulate than the NES. Some game-specific hacks are used to work around cut corners in the emulation so the hardware could remain cheap. Great UI with great Nintendo flair though. Very much preferable to use bsnes on PC though. The only non-Nintendo decent dedicated console would be the Sega Genesis Mini. Far from perfect, but is kind of servicable. Does not emulate all Sega hardware. Emulation quality is pretty good for what's there, but with no SG-1000, Sega/Mega-CD, 32X, or Saturn support. Preferable to use a PC in this case. Other dedicated emulation boxes have all kinds of issues, whether it would be poor emulation, poor controllers, poor game selection, lame menu, or a combination of the above. Those 3 dedicated consoles are the only ones worth mentioning (unless you like Atari and Intelivision for some reason). Other ones are much worse! NES Classic Edition is the only one I could really recommend buying.
  8. Long overdue, but here's the next part of the "normal world": Sonic the Hedgehog (Master System, Game Gear): Eggman attacks South Island for the very first time. He starts industrializing and polluting South Island. Sonic found the six Chaos Emeralds laying around, and defeated Eggman. Sonic then uses the six Chaos Emeralds to clean up the pollution on South Island. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System, Game Gear): Sonic meets Tails on South Island. Soon after, Eggman kidnaps Tails and takes him to Crystal Egg Zone. Sonic finds the six Chaos Emeralds, defeats Eggman, and saves Tails. Sonic Chaos, South Island is sinking, Sonic and Tails go find the six Chaos Emeralds to stop South Island from sinking into the ocean. They defeat Eggman and succeed. Sonic Triple Trouble, Eggman commissions Fang the Sniper and Knuckles the Echidna to stop Sonic and Tails from finding the six Chaos Emeralds while Eggman works on the Atomic Destroyer Zone. Sonic and Tails defeat Fang, Knuckles, and Eggman. Tails Adventure, Tails made a bunch of items and scattered them around Cocoa Island in case he's alone and threatened. He decides to take a vacation in Cocoa Island, when all of a sudden, the Battle Kukku Empire attacks in search of the Chaos Emeralds. Tails finds the all the items he scattered around the island + the six Chaos Emeralds, single handedly takes on the entire Battle Kukku Empire, and then defeats them! These two games take place concurrently: Tails' Sky Patrol, Tails heads off toward Westside Island. There, Wendy Witchcart attacks and turns the citizens of the island into Crystal. Tails goes and stops her! Meanwhile, in Sonic Labyrinth, Eggman manages to change Sonic's shoes with his booby pair. Sonic can not run fast or spin jump until he uses the power of the six Chaos Emeralds to rip the shoes off. Sonic finds the six Chaos Emeralds, defeats Eggman, and then rips off Eggman's shoes. That's the first part of the classic era. There's still much more to this era!
  9. And it's real: https://tcrf.net/Dynamite_Dux_(Amiga,_Atari_ST)
  10. We have now made it to Gen III, apparently everyone loves the Hoenn games for some reason. Gen III was first released as Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. Of course, you should avoid those versions like the plague. Later Pokémon Emerald was released. Like Pokémon Crystal, Pokémon Emerald was an expanded version of Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire. Pokémon Emerald remains very beloved to this day. Of course this game got remade for Nintendo 3DS. There is a very big difference between Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, which villian you fight. In Pokémon Omega Ruby, Team Magma wants to expand the land so more land Pokémon can live in the world. In Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Team Aqua wants to sink more of the surface world underwater so more water Pokémon can live in the world. Team Aqua actually makes more sense as the villian, because 71% of the world is already underwater, and Team Aqua wants to sink even more land underwater! So Pokémon Alpha Sapphire is better because Team Aqua is actually potentially more harmful than Team Magma. Team Magma plays a supporting role in Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. TL;DR Best Gen III version is Pokémon Emerald. Best Gen III remake for Nintendo 3DS is Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. I will hold off on Gen IV until the remake and prequel for Nintendo Switch comes out, so I won't have to make another post after I potentially determined the best versions of Gen V and onward. I want to keep these posts in order as much as possible.
  11. Persona 4 Golden's PC port is very restrictive when it comes to which keyboard keys you are allowed to map. I was not able to adapt the control scheme I used for emulating Persona 3 FES with a keyboard, so I had to use my Xbox One controller to play Persona 4. Not exactly the best thing to do for a PC port. Here is the keyboard keys I use for Persona 3 FES: D-pad up = Up arrow key, D-pad left = Left arrow key, D-pad right = Right arrow key, D-pad down = Down arrow key Triangle = S key, Square = A key, Cross = Z key, Circle = X key L1 = D key, R1 = C key, L2 = Q key, R2 = W key I don't map the analog sticks as Persona 3 made pretty poor use of analog control. This is actually a very comfortable control scheme for Persona 3 FES, however, Persona 4 Golden will not let me map the arrow keys at all for some reason.
  12. Moving on to Gen II, we have now traveled into Johto. Once again, like last time with Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green, the only difference between Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver are the version exclusive Pokémon. So don't play either version, play Pokémon Crystal instead. Pokémon Crystal is an expanded version of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, so you absolutely would want to play Pokémon Crystal! It is the most single-campaign-friendly. Some version exclusive Pokémon from Pokémon Silver and Pokémon Gold are not present in Pokémon Crystal, however. There's also the Gen II remake for Nintendo DS. There's also actually a difference between Pokémon HeartGold and Pokémon SoulSilver, difficulty. If you like extra challenge, then you would likely prefer Pokémon SoulSilver, but if you simply want to play through the campaign, then Pokémon HeartGold is easier. I honestly prefer RPGs to be easier than harder, so I prefer Pokémon HeartGold. TL;DR Best Gen II version is Pokémon Crystal. Best Gen II remake for Nintendo DS is Pokémon HeartGold for an easier game, or Pokémon SoulSilver for a more challenging game. P̶O̶T̶E̶N̶T̶I̶A̶L̶L̶Y̶ ̶I̶M̶P̶O̶R̶T̶A̶N̶T̶,̶ ̶R̶E̶A̶D̶ ̶T̶H̶I̶S̶:̶ ̶P̶o̶k̶é̶m̶o̶n̶ ̶H̶e̶a̶r̶t̶G̶o̶l̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶P̶o̶k̶é̶m̶o̶n̶ ̶S̶o̶u̶l̶S̶i̶l̶v̶e̶r̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶r̶e̶q̶u̶i̶r̶e̶ ̶a̶c̶t̶u̶a̶l̶ ̶D̶S̶i̶ ̶o̶r̶ ̶3̶D̶S̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶w̶a̶r̶e̶.̶ ̶T̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶i̶s̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶f̶i̶r̶m̶e̶d̶ ̶y̶e̶t̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶m̶a̶y̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶a̶s̶e̶.̶ Not actually the case, I did some more research and determined that the marketing kind of confused us when it said "now enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems", turned out they actually meant that it was simply a DS remake, and that didn't actually mean any DSi exclusive features. The game will still work on DS and in emulator. Go crazy with melonDS.
  13. I am hoping this helps people. There are people like me who are not fans of making hard decisions like these, so I decided to make a list of each Pokémon game and determine the best possible version. Just remember, I don't consider myself a Pokémon fan, the main reason why was because of Pokémon's garbage release strategy. I am simply trying to make this list to determine which versions of each game are the best to playthrough. If you disagree with what I say, that's okay actually, I won't take offense, because, like I said, I am not really a Pokémon fan, I was just looking for the best experience with these games possible. Besides, this list is not really intended for Pokémon fans, it's intended for people who want to try to get into these RPGs. Remember, I don't give a rat's ass about version exclusive Pokémon, I only care about more significant changes like story changes, gameplay changes, and exclusive gyms and Trainers (yes, exclusive Pokémon are less important to me than gym leaders, get over it). For this list I am making the following assumptions: You are willing to accept the fact that you will not reach 100% completion in these games. In order to fill out the entire Pokédex, you have to beat these games an upwards of 4 times! You are simply going to play these for the journey, not for the completion. You are not going to trade Pokémon across versions, nor are you going to care which Pokémon are exclusive to which version. You will simply work with what you get. Don't worry, I will find the most single-campaign-friendly version of each game possible. Like I said, you are only playing these for the journey, not for the Pokémon themselves. If you really cared about version-exclusive Pokémon, you would be playing every version of the games anyway. That you are only going to play each game once, then move onto an actual remake, or the next game. So with all that settled, I will now discuss the entirety of Gen I. The only difference between Pocket Monsters Red and Pocket Monsters Green are the version-exclusive Pokémon, so don't play either version. Later, Pocket Monsters Blue came out and had a sampling the version exclusive Pokémon from both versions (still doesn't have all 151 Pokémon though). This makes Pocket Monsters Blue the better version to play. Of course, the winning version of Gen I is clearly Pokémon Yellow. Pokémon Yellow basically takes Pocket Monsters Blue, but then makes a few changes to make it definitive, it gives you a Pikachu that follows you around rather than staying inside a Poké Ball. You can actually interact with Pikachu a bit outside of battle in this version. You can see its mood based on how it reacts to events that happen to the player. However, you can not make this Pikachu evolve into Raichu, nor can you catch any wild Pikachu or Raichu in Pokémon Yellow. Has some other changes to reflect the anime series as well. Gen I later recieve a remake for the Game Boy Advance. Of course, in true Pokémon tradition, it is split into two versions. The only difference between Pokémon FireRed and Pokémon LeafGreen are the version exclusives, however, the version exclusives are actually from Johto and Hoenn, as all 151 Kanto Pokémon are in both versions. There is zero reason to care about which Johto or Hoenn Pokémon are in which version, as the adventure mainly happens in Kanto, so we can hopefully turn to later version to help quell decision fatigue, right? Nope! So the recommended version of the Gen I remake is whatever you end up with from a dice roll or coin flip. Just have odds or heads be Pokémon FireRed, and tails or evens be Pokémon LeafGreen. Now lastly, there was the Gen I remake for the Nintendo Switch. This time there is actually a proper difference that influences gameplay, and therefore which version to buy. There is a massive difference between Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu and Pokémon Let's Go Eevee! Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu was made for diehard Pikachu fans like Mrs Christine Weston Chandler Sonichu, and revolves around Pikachu. It is actually kind of close to Pokémon Yellow in that regard. Pokémon Let's Go Eevee has Eevee instead of Pikachu, as well as slightly less trade dependence. Both Pikachu and Eevee have special abilities in their respective versions. Honestly I consider Pokémon Let's Go Eevee to be superior for a few reasons, Pikachu has enough time in the spotlight compared to other Pokémon, as he is basically the mascot of the entire franchise, whereas Eevee doesn't get much time in the spotlight like Pikachu does, it also makes the remake stand out a little more by taking the idea of Pokémon Yellow, and applying that idea to Eevee, Eevee has more diverse moveset, and lastly, less trade dependence than Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu. Now you might prefer Pikachu over Eevee, and therefore prefer Pokémon Let's Go Pikachu, and Pikachu has some special moves in that version as well. So if you really like Pikachu, you might prefer it. However, even as I think Pikachu is better than Eevee, I actually prefer Pokémon Let's Go Eevee, and think it is better as a single campaign for the reasons I outlined above. TL;DR best Gen I version is Pokémon Yellow. Best Gen I remake for Game Boy Advance is whatever you end up with from a coin flip or dice roll. Best Gen I remake for Nintendo Switch is Pokémon Let's Go Eevee.
  14. Okay, this one was still functional, technically it played well on the newer hardware. However, I have issue with not how it runs, but with how it removed content. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is not a good port from Wii U to Switch. Arguably the worst first-party Switch port of the whole lot. The problem was not that it became a glitchy mess or had unplayable performance. At least it's playable, however, it did a really, really bad thing, IT REMOVED CONTENT. It wasn't even content that would only be possible due to using both the DRC and external monitor, it was just removed for no good reason. Boost Rush was simply gutted from this port (but levels for it are still in the data!). The added content did not do much to make up for Boost Rush being removed. The addition of Toadette did not improve much. Would've been fine as an alternate skin for Toad. But no, they managed to find a way to make it kind of detract from the game. The reason it detracts from the game is because of the new Power-Up, the Super Crown. It is a Power-Up that only Toadette can use, it is useless as any other character, it also appears more frequently than necessary. A simple solution would be to have no one play as Toadette in single-player, however, THIS PORT FORCES ONE OF THE PLAYERS TO PLAY AS TOADETTE. It makes multiplayer even worse than it was before. It also adds in a new spin jump that screws up precision platforming. On its own, it wouldn't be an issue, if you are able to disable it. However, you can't just waltz in to a settings or controls menu to disable it, YOU DISABLE IT BY USING AN UNDOCUMENTED CHEAT CODE! So yeah, between removed content that had no reason to be removed, added content that wasn't very good, control issues, and a $60 price tag (I was able to find physical copies of New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U sold together for less than that), makes this port not a very worthwhile game for anyone's Switch collection. I cannot believe the Wii U version is somehow the definite version of this game!
  15. Alright, without further ado, when can finally get to the other universe, the "main universe", with Earth. This timeline is much longer. It will be split across multiple posts, so I won't get through all of it in this one post First, we start with the ARK incidents. Basically the United Federation created Space Colony ARK, a huge space colony that orbits around Earth. A bunch of experiments were being worked on up there. The most notable one caused a lot of the events that happen later in the timeline, the Ultimate Lifeform. Maria got sick with a disease, so Professor Gerald Robotnik started working on the Ultimate Lifeform so they could use it for medical experimentation to help find a cure for Maria's disease. There was a big prototype created, but it wasn't tamable or complete, so he tried again. This time, the Black Comet arrived in Earth's orbit as it does every 50 years. Black Doom found Professor Gerald Robotnik and made a deal with him. He could use Black Doom's blood to help him finish the Ultimate Lifeform now, but in exchange, they will need to bring him the Chaos Emeralds to him in 50 years. After that, Professor Gerald worked on the Eclipse Canon to protect Earth from any possible future invaders. However GUN got concerned with Professor Gerald Robotnik's experiments on the ARK, so they basically sent some soldiers up there to arrest most scientists, and shoot others who resist. After they shot Maria, Professor Gerald Robotnik grew a hatred for the humans, and wanted revenge, so he programmed the ARK to crash into the Earth when all 7 Chaos Emeralds were inserted into the console. GUN then caught up to him, and executed him. That still excluded some small details, I tried to type as complete of a picture as possible with all that! Before we get to the classic era proper, which we won't get to in this post, we will discuss Dynamite Dux. Dynamite Dux, Achacha showed up and grabbed Lucy to bring her to his brothel while she was masterbating, Bin and Pin stopped jerking each other off as they wanted some action at Achacha's brothel. Bin later impregnated Lucy, and Lucy later laid an egg. From that Egg, Bean the Dynamite hatched. Yes, this is canon. Yes, I accepted that dirty secret of the Amiga and Atari ST versions as canon. In the next post, we will discuss the first third of the classic era.
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