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Hori EX2 Opened

Commander Tim pointed me toward the Hori EX2 fighting stick. Unfortunately it comes with a square restrictor plate, more meant for fighting games. Not good for Pac-man. So I purchased a Sanwa octagonal restrictor plate. I only had to drill four holes for the screws… fit right in. The results are above. The previous restrictor plate is loose in the lower left.

A couple weeks ago, the DVD drive stopped working. A little more involved modding for the replacement of this. This project involved desoldering the controller card from the old drive, then resoldering this card to the new drive. This went surprisingly well, considering I’m not the greatest solderer in the world.

While I had the Xbox open, I did some other modding. I purchased a new case that came with LEDs. Also purchased the Talismoon “whisper” replacement fans. Whisper is in quotes because it isn’t totally quiet. The Xbox definitely needed some cleaning, here is a picture of the dirt that had accumulated on the heatsink. Now you know one reason why Xbox 360s overheat and die.

So here is the final result. Pretty fancy, eh. A touch quieter, but I am sure it isn’t quieter than an Xbox 360 slim. The octagonal restrictor in the Hori EX2 increased my 5 minute score on the Championship II maze for PC CE DX to 1.4 million from 1.22 million.

Posted by Zoyx on 11.27.10
Posted under: Console, Creation & Innovation, New Games

Pac-Man Championship Edition DX came out yesterday. I downloaded it to my Xbox 360 just now. The Ars Technica review reminded me to buy it. It is indeed crazy. The attached screenshot was my 2nd game. I need to friend you guys up if we do that friendly competition.

Posted by Zoyx on 11.18.10
Posted under: Console, New Games

This is going to be full of win. Multi-platform (PS3 and XBox 360) from day one as well. Coming later this year.

Posted by Tim on 11.02.10
Posted under: Console
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It’s an atari 5200–what else?

I snagged this off of Craigslist for too much money($50). The lowdown:
1 broken controller(no top buttons, no CV joint boot)
2-port console in ok shape
4 5200 games
22 2600 games, 2 of them being Warlords.

I figured, what the heck. Why not? You only live once. A nice conversation piece if I can’t get a repair/replacement on the controller & some more games. It’s going to need a lot of cleaning, and the 2600 games look like zombie versions of themselves(rotting labels, etc). It’s one thing to google support for the 5200(joystick repair info), and it’s another thing to get the usual craigslist filth off of it.

Posted by s1500 on 09.22.10
Posted under: Console

In the “you learn something new everyday” dept., I learned about the Atari Video System X (VSX). This was the pre-release name for the Atari 5200. The system never hit retail stores with this name, but was displayed at CES as the VSX. The original plan was to have the Atari VSX be the follow-up to the Atari VCS. Things changed when they renamed the Atari VCS to the Atari 2600. Below is a fun video about the Atari VSX. A bit corny in parts. You can go to 1:10 if you want to skip the PBS and 3-2-1 Contact intro.

There is now an Atari VSX on ebay. I believe the making of the above video and the auction are by the same people. The auction price is $910 with 5 1/2 days left as I make this entry. Curious to see how high it goes. It is already out of my price range. Tempted to mod my 5200 so it looks like a VSX.

Posted by Zoyx on 09.14.10
Posted under: Console, Retro
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