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Star Fox imagined as a classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon. via +reddit 
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Ross's Game Dungeon: Super Delux Cult Tycoon 2

So this is interesting, and I'm not even mad my computers can't play this one even though it looks fun in a morbid weird wtf way. Man I hope the developers are watching because Ross is offering some seriously good advice on building things up.

Hey +Lazy Game Reviews you do a bunch of sim/tycoon games. Think Ross has a good grasp of what would make for a fun game?

My biggest takeaways here are as follows:

1. Ross has probably put way too much thought into building a cult.

2. Because of the above point he is probably on at least three or four watch lists now, not to mention potentially the super secret not supposed to not exist no fly list. Hey man keep it up and they'll assign s satellite to watch your every move!

3. The improvements he's listing actually sound like they would add much needed depth and extend gameplay out a fair bit.
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New avgn episode and I'm in the 301 view club.

And hooooly crap this game is horrible.
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Shenmu 2 for the Dreamcast: Now with English

+AdamKoralik​​, saw a thing you might like.

Someone back ported the English speech files from the Xbox version of Shenmu 2 for the Dreamcast and provided covers, and all the other goodies.

Edit: here is a version for the 850MB CDs with far better audio.
http://www.theisozone.com/downloads/dreamcast/dreamcast-isos/shenmue-ii-full-english-99min-smith-repack/ 
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My idea for this year's camp nano is... Different. Tron-like I suppose sine it involves artificial beings in a digital setting.

The image below explains the whole thing. Though to be honest I'm going to probably change names and find a different take on things to avoid the whole -tan thing in favor of more rounded people.
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I didn't lay it out, and I apologize. Stupid limiting resolutions.

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Hyperkin's latest update ruins Retron 5 experience: Here are the downgrade links for the Retron 5

There is no easy way to say this.  Hyperkin's latest v2.2 firmware for the Retron 5 is a bug-filled mess which for many people (myself included) will ruin your Genesis experience.  As soon as I upgraded, my Genesis carts would no longer be detected by the s...

#hyperkin   #retron5   #retrogaming   #retrogames   #libretro   #retroarch   #emulation   #gamingnews   #gaming   #blog  
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Stephen Arthur's "Let's Play: The Documentary" Kickstarter.

I want people to support this. Please. Sure grand scale 'let's play' isn't a hugely important thing, but O want a documentary done and released now as opposed to twenty years after like with Jason Scott's BBS documentary.
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I have the DeNA game Final Fantasy Record Keeper. For a mobile game it is actually pretty fun. So I'm gonna trust they won't screw the pooch like Philips did.
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I want one of these. Apologies for the spam but this gets me an entry in their giveaway.
 
We've just reviewed the Lenovo ThinkPad X131e Chromebook, and now we're giving it to one lucky reader!

To enter, +1 and Reshare this image, then join the giveaway here: http://muo.fm/1NgnKaU
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The Sea Dragon: The Biggest Rocket that Never Was

Surprisingly the Saturn V isn't the biggest rocket that was designed.

That title belongs to the Sea Dragon:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Dragon_(rocket)

In my browsing of YouTube and watching video game rockets explode a fellow by the name of Scott Manley briefly mentioned a real rocket design that had the sort of thrust the overly complicated design he had pulled to get her had. So I did a little poking around and this thing is freaking awesome.

Video of a lecture that sheds more light on the matter: https://youtu.be/F9kaA1jNbBc

The engine bell could hold the entire first stage of the Saturn V. It could put a million pounds into orbit. This thing would have been made out of six inch steel plate and stand 500 feet tall and the tarring (thing that dictates how wide cargo can be) diameter was 25 yards. Currently the biggest tarring we have is maybe 25 feet.

As the guy in the video points out you could shave a billion or possibly more off the James Web telescope by axing all the intricate unfolding mechanisms for it to deploy and build it out of welded steel. Sure the weight would go up, but this thing could launch a million pounds so who cares? Build it out of welded freaking steel, it'll survive just fine and still save you a billion or more.

Current cost per pound is $10 000
This thing's cost per pound? In 1960s dollars it was $600

Using the inflation calculator found here:
http://www.calculator.net/inflation-calculator.html

The sea dragon's cost per pound is roughly $4 000

Only a little under half current costs and this guy is talking about sending steel up? Costs far less even if it's going to be heavier because the above mentioned ability to launch it in it's orbital configuration instead of having to have it do this open like a flower business. Then there's the fact since we can afford, weight wise, to use steel rather than having to use billet aluminum we save on manufacturing. On top of all that because we can afford to go Big we don't have to miniaturize all the electronics, which saves cost and makes them more durable to the whole 'in space full of radiation and wild temperature swings' thing.

Best part? This thing's basically a submarine hull that uses kerosene, liquid oxygen, and is, at least mostly, reusable. Stage drops away. Parachutes deploy. Thing's got six inches of steel for it's walls instead of thin aluminum. Are there problems associated with the design? Undoubtedly.

However let's be honest here. We need to Go Big. Space is a good project to inspire a generation. Fifties? Sixties? That's the era ARPAnet, the predecessor to the internet, was designed in. We went to the deepest part of the ocean in that era. Kids grew up wanting to do Science. It was when America was the undisputed greatest nation on earth.

Sure Civil Rights issues were s big gargantuan problem and we're still struggling there far more than I'd like, but we need to inspire people to try doing better. Right now the young people of this country are distrustful, resentful, and see everywhere how the world is falling apart. Pack it up sonny. The world is shit. Get used to getting stepped on.

Things like this though? Forget having to send up twenty different shuttle missions to build the international space stations. This thing could put up the massive rotating space station from 2001 Space Odyssey in three. It could not only send us to the moon but it could send an entire moonbase up in one. Forget something the size of a few phone booths for crew to survive in. Send up something the size of a house.

Gets even better. Currently Space X is working on the crew configuration for their dragon capsule. It's supposed to be able to hold six people. So even if the Sea Dragon would have to be a strictly unmanned craft due to launch forces (oh did I forget to mention it would be launched from underwater? Ya no more expensive launch facilities) you can send over twice the people Apollo could carry up to meet with whatever this thing flings into orbit and them get your science on.

This is how we design things in America folks. We just gotta convince the government to get their heads out of the sand and give them the resources to do it.
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Making a Newbie Friendly Gopher Community?

As one of my prior posts had stated, I got word back from Neocities about making a friendlier to newbies way to get into gopher. Basically they don't have time nor manpower to get involved. This is alright, I can understand the logic and I am grateful they were polite with the letdown.

So since this place is full of retro geeks and people that like blending the old and the new I want to have a sitdown on the matter. First off I want to know if there is any genuine use for Gopher, or if I'm going '_LOOK AT THIS NEAT OLD THING THAT DIDN'T WORK! MAYBE IT CAN DO A THING NOW._' Secondly, would there be any benefit in a newbie friendly way to get people into gopher? I don't want to disparage or make light of SDF, but I don't know a lot of people that enjoy getting on with a command line just for basic housekeeping.

Maybe Gopher deserves to wither and die out. Then again maybe all it needs is an easier way to make a gopher site (burrow? What's the proper term for a person's collected and connected gopher pages?) If the barrier to entry is nil, and each person gets ten megabytes of space (dear god that is so much text) maybe?

The important thing would be having at least an on-domain search tool. Community features would be nice too but I dunno how you'd do something like that.

Also I don't know how much something like this would cost not just in drive space and domain names, but in manpower to set up and keep running.

Basically someone please give me a reality check.
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  • Tennessee School For the Blind
    Elementary through Highschool, 1990 - 2000
Pity they're going out of business at the end of March. In spite of always being busy they don't meet the corporate model for profitability. Leaves us with Walmart basically.
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