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SEGA Master System 1 VA3 PAL 50/60Hz mod


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I was recently asked to modify a fellow's Master System 1 and add a 50/60Hz switch, so I had a look around at MS1 mods and found a nice and easy guide, which mentioned the solder points are clearly labelled 'NTSC' and 'PAL'. Upon opening this particular MS1, I found no such thing - but there was a s...

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CPS2 repair - battery damage


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Board death

My friend recently pulled a CPS2 game board off the shelf and heard a rattling sound. Then noticed a weird brown fluid dribbling out the fan slots. Upon opening the case, the culprit was clear: the 1/2AA lithium battery had disintegrated, dislodging itself from the board and distributi...

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Finished Games Reviews - Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII


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Game: Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
Platform: Sony Playstation Portable
Released: 2007

I consider myself a Final Fantasy VII fan, and while the game itself moved me, the subsequent movie 'Advent Children' left me very disappointed. The treatment of the ch...

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Line level (unamplified) sound from Midway Wolf Unit/UMK3


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Obtaining unamplified audio from arcade game PCBs is a fairly common goal. The JAMMA standard only allows for amplified mono audio, and if your arcade cabinet is wired up for stereo, chances are it'll have its own amplifier as well, meaning you won't be very interested in the audio available on the...

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Sega in PAL


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I've recently become a Sega Megadrive enthusiast.

For PAL regions in the 80s and 90s, the Nintendo platforms were never as popular as Sega's: poor third party marketing never stood a chance against Sega's hands-on approach. Perhaps the consoles and games were equally coveted between the systems, h...

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