Darwin 4078 get! Also, fixed some layout issues.

Last night I had a small shmupmeet at home and one of my guests presented me with a very nice gift - a Data East "Darwin 4078" PCB! He knew how I had longed to own this game, but it really never pops up for sale, so he gave me his board. Thanks a lot, Sticky! As I added this game to my list of vertical games, I noticed that somehow the page's layout has been messed up, so I fixed it. In other news, I'm almost done with the supergun I'm building, so I had it running all of last night so my guests could play horizontal games on my TV without me having to rotate my screens. It was quite a success, I'm happy to say. I'll do a write-up of my supergun buil when I'm 100% done with it along with a list of used components. BONUS! Here are a couple of Youtube videos from my shmupmeet last night: ...
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Translations of interviews featured in Japanese ‘Shooting Gameside’ magazine

Translations of interviews featured in Japanese ‘Shooting Gameside’ magazine

blackoak from shmups forums has posted some very interesting interviews lately: The Basiscape composers interview: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41741 A Toaplan interview (with Tatsuya Uemura): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41213 A Raizing interview (with Sotoyama Yuuichi & YokooKenichi): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41408 A Doujin shmup interview: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41475 And a HUGE CAVE interview (with Junya Inoue, Manabu Namiki, Takashi Ichimura, Hiroyuki Tanaka, S. Yagawa, Akira Wakabayashi & Tsuneki Ikeda): http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41649  ...
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I got me some SPARK!

I got me some SPARK!

Today I received a the latest offering from modern time alchemist, Toodles. Behold THE SPARK. This little piece of high-tech will turn your SANWA JLF into the equivalent of SANWA's long gone epic FLASH 1 optical joystick. I really wanted to test this properly (with some game I really know, like Ketsui) today, but due to some other hardware giving me a hard time (no TATE screens, PS360 start button not working), I only had the chance to test it with the XBLA port of SEGA's classic, Shinobi. The stick felt very nice, but I'm sure I'll be needing a much harder spring to really enjoy it. Also, my only JLF (I've never liked 'em that much) was rebuilt from a bunch of scrapped ones I had laying around the house, so not a prime candidate for a good test. The SPARK PCB however performed wonderfully, and the installation took about 10 minutes, most of that time went into removing an LS-32 from one of...
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