Video games are and perhaps always will be a very transient medium. Technology is always moving forwards, and with it so to do video games. If it’s not upgrades to the audiovisual experience, it’s changes to how we receive games at all – mobile, streaming, digital downloads. Making the old new again in that environment is no easy task – but indie start-up Analogue is working absolute magic in that area. The latest effort from Analogue is the Mega Sg, a tiny little console that is meant to serve as a Sega Mega Drive (or Genesis, for you heathens who call it that) for the modern era. We’re reaching a point now where original Mega Drive hardware is prone to failure, transistors simply naturally burning out after thirty years of operation. The Mega Sg essentially serves two purposes: it’s a combination replacement and upgrade for owners of original hardware, but it’s also a slick, bang up-to-date machine for younger players who might want to go … [Read more...] about Welcome to the Next Level: Analogue’s Mega Sg is the ultimate Sega Mega Drive
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Playing classic games involves a lot more setup than catching up with your Steam or PlayStation 4 library, but you may need to work with older systems if you’re truly dedicated to clearing out your backlog. Even if you’re playing on machines that offer some backward compatibility — like the Nintendo 3DS or early PlayStation 3 models — there’s still a point at which the games you want to play run on consoles that are no longer sold or weren’t made to run on modern televisions. But gaming obsession, like life, finds a way. Below, we’ll run through five different ways to replay console games, arranged in order from least to most complex. There are thousands of games out there waiting for you to catch up with them ... the question is, how hard are you willing to work for them? Difficulty level: I’m too young to die The technique: Playing official, sanctioned, contemporary re-releases of classic games. There’s money to be made in retro … [Read more...] about How to play classic video games, from dream to nightmare
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?