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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XBox 360 Cabinet Themes

XBox 360 Cabinet Themes

"Cabifying" your 360 dashboard What's that you say? I noticed that you could browse pictures in the dashboard of the XBox 360 and decided to see if this could be utilized to create a "theme" of sorts. I then made an EGRET II theme that worked really well in my cabinet. As I shared this on some arcade forums I frequent, the ball got rolling and now I've made a few more of these. Some have multiple versions with colour variations. How do I install them then? You download these images to a USB device that's compatible with your XBox 360, or if you have a Home network, you put them in a folder that you can browse to from your 360's Picture Library. When you have the image selected, press the Y button to use it as a background. Once you've done this once, a new theme will be created that you can select from your User account. Sammy Atomiswave Sitdown | Click image...
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2010-03-14

2010-03-14

Picked up my second EGRET II today: (Sorry for the iPhone picture, I didn't have a lot of time tonight). It does have some scuffs in the bezel and surrounding body, but just some fast touching up with some appliance paint really made a whole world of difference right away. Already ordered parts to assemble a 1-player panel for this one as well. I will probably use the Seimitsu buttons that came with this 2-player panel for it, or give the Sanwa RG's a try. Some speak highly of them, so why not give them a try. Earlier in the week, a Gemini Wing bootleg PCB arrived, but I think I'll try to get rid of it rather swiftly, as it displays upside down, and lacks a screen flip option. I know that because of that, I won't be playing it, but run Gemini Wing on my MAME PC instead. :( When time allows, I'll snap a couple of better pictures of these...
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2010-02-27

2010-02-27

Finally sourced and bought another EGRET II. As soon as the weather allows, I'll go get it and post some pictures of it as well. Will be great to play some ESPGALUDA in it, and ESPGALUDA II (360) in my other one as that'll be arriving this week. I have something else coming as well. Been a while since I actually bought a PCB. I also got my grubby hands on a one-of-a-kind wall scroll: This will be up on the wall behind my 24kHz EGRET II ASAP. Look at the TAITO ashtray as a size reference, it's 1x2 meters, so pretty big, printed on canvas....
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