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Sbox Homemade Console

michael posted more than 13 years ago | from the santa-is-making-a-list dept.

Games 131

Anonymous Coward sent in: "I just ran across a very cool homemade emulation console. It emulates multiple machines, plays movies, plays mp3s, and uses Intel's new wireless gamepads to control everything. It's also cased in plexiglass and uses its own menuing software. The best I've seen yet!" His remote has a docking station.

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Cartridges (1)

smunt (458722) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244152)

How does he plug in those old cartridges?

Re:Cartridges (2)

michael.creasy (101034) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244158)

He doesn't have to, just download the ROMs from the thousands of warez sites out there.

Re:Cartridges (1)

BiggestPOS (139071) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244164)

Via some sort of 100 megabit ethernet connection I'm sure...

Don't you know all the original cartridges are stored in a nuclear-safe safe, and he merely has them "backed up" onto roms either inside the machine or a network hop or two away :)

Thats what mine does anyway, no cool case though :(

Re:Cartridges (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244165)

Dumbass, you're supposed to pirate the games off the net.

Re:Cartridges (1)

or_smth (473159) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244166)

Heh, not sure if this was supposed to be funny or not, but you would have to download them/burn them as roms (dumps of cartridges, stored on your computer). A custom machine that reads the cartridges for the three systems it supports would be incredibly difficult/impossible to make.

that's the catch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244175)

He has to connect them with aligator clips to his parallel port.

Re:that's the catch (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244202)

That can't be true - the parallel port is surely not compatible with the various different cartridge formats, and crocodile clips would be too big for the parallel port and cartridge pins.

Re:that's the catch (2)

malkavian (9512) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244235)

And there was me thinking he had to connect them with real aligators. :)

Re:that's the catch (1)

DaRiachu (265559) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244821)

My question is how the heck you're supposed to do that when standard parallel ports are female and you have to have a rod or something to -clip- to. That, and the fact that the number of contacts on the cartridges varies with how many contacts there are on the parallel port.

Oh, well, maybe he didn't mean it seriously

Re:Cartridges (1)

whiteranger99x (235024) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244324)

I just hope no one breaks the thing open and tries to insert a NES cartridge in an ISA slot ;)

Even if he could plug them into it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244346) would be illegal to do so since his creation isn't licensed by the game console makers it emulates. I already know he's infringing on intellectual property and the DMCA and I have called both his local police and the FBI.

Re:Even if he could plug them into it... (1)

DaRiachu (265559) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244826)

Although calling it the "SBox", he might be sued by MicroSoft for copyright infringement. And I think that MicroSoft's cronies would be more dangerous than anything the local, state, and federal governments have. Heh. I mean, c'mon!

are you ready? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244163)

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windows? (0, Troll)

smunt (458722) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244167)

The whole project runs on windows?!?! And it's mostly written in Visual Basic?!?

Talking about impossible....

Re:windows? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244171)

Sounds good to me!

Re:windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244180)

Amen to that, brother. I use Wisual Basic at work and it is without doubt the best development environment I've ever used in terms of ease of use, reliability, debugging and style.

Re:windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244184)

Then check out

VB.NET or C# will floor ya.

Re:windows? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244199)

Thanks for the link, I've had a brief look at that site just now but I'll have to read it in more depth later.

Re:windows? (0)

seann (307009) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244351)


Re:windows? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244208)

what the hell are you talking about man? you've obviously never programmed a damn thing in windows or vb, otherwise you'd realise what an untrue statement you have just made. jeez.

Believe it or not (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244291)

Visual Basic is just a tool. It depends on who and how uses it. Talking about impossible, what about a JPEG codec? a LZ78 codec? a 3D renderer with shadows, transparencies, refractions and textures [] ? All written in VB, of course

And don't forget that VB is the only way to do COM and DirectX without much pain

Re:windows? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244323)

umm.. its a pc in a box(cool looking one though) with a vb frontend to run the emulators as far as I can see. How impossible is that?

Re:windows? (1)

linzeal (197905) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244685)

I've never BSODed in ATARI before. Consoles are usually rock solid. I left an original NES on in a cabin my parents own and it ran for almost a year paused on faxandu through a -10 winter and 95 degree summer. Freaking amazing...

Re:windows? (2)

SydBarrett (65592) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244700)

Um, if it was impossible, it wouldn't work. He seems to be having fun with his creation. As for VB/Windows, if it works, who cares how it was made? Would it make you happier if he switched over to a unixy system, maybe spending hours learning a new widget set and re-coded his menu in C++ or even Tcl/Tk for the same effect?


Re:windows? (0)

GaCRuX (324607) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244817)

of course not. if windows is all he knows then he's best to do what he can with what he's got. I don't think anyone would say otherwise. but it'd still be cool if it was a linux box, don't ya think?

and I bet you it wouldn't blue screen as much! hehe

I'd pay for one of these things.... (1)

chronos2266 (514349) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244170)

minus the roms ofcourse. Does this remind anyone of the Mame Arcade Cabinets people have built?

Stop typing! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244172)

Stop typing!

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Re:Stop typing! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244189)

Is that really true? That would appear to be just the thing I need as well, I might get a copy of XP to try it out. It may have been a little offtopic, but thanks for that.

Arcade cabs (5, Informative)

Bodero (136806) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244173)

For those of you who want to build your own arcade cabs, just like the Sbox, you may want to check the Arcade@Home site at [] .
In addition to the MAME front-end of the same name, the site features a nice collection of pics and links to converted and custom-built cabinets. IIRC, the Plastic Cactus site linked from this page has a set of measured drawings that might be useful, and there are probably others too.

There's also the very nice Build Your Own Arcade Machine site: []

Both of these sites are geared toward creating cabinets for use with emulation, but if that's not what you're after I'm sure they could be adapted for true arcade hardware. I've been thinking of building something like an Sbox myself, someday when I magically become competent with power tools. ;-)

Re:Arcade cabs (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244195)

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Re:Arcade cabs (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244253)

For those of you who want to build your own arcade cabs, just like the Sbox, you may want to check the Arcade@Home site at
Or not. Arcade@Home is run by Tim Eckel, the same Tim Eckel (affectionately known as "Timmay" in emulation circles) who was previously covered (along with eFront) in a not-too-flattering light [] . He's also infamous for once abusing the MAME license (by offering his own version of MAME called MAME! that differed only in ways like removing the copyright notice at the beginning of MAME, which eventually led to the changing on the MAME license), childishly insulting people he doesn't agree with (like Gridle of the MAME team, or Penny Arcade's Gabe & Tycho) and for not only promising ROMs for download (or, as he puts it, a "link" to his "friend" who has them for download . . . funny, his "friend"'s server seems to have the same IP) but often (seemingly purposely) dedicating so little bandwidth to the downloads that all people get are the ads plastered on the download site. And once, a "hacker" (suuure) changed the search scripts on his site to DDoS Retrogames, an emulation site often critical of Eckel.

Please, let's not give this guy the ad revenue.

Re:Arcade cabs (0)

seann (307009) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244349)

oh no
he sounds like a real mean guy.

Avoid at all cost. (3, Informative)

Augusto (12068) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244532)

For the reasons already explained in another post, plus the site is the worst offender when it comes to annoying popups and requirements for clicking on a million links before reaching anything meaningfull.

For real info on building your own cabinet go to: []

For the latest arcade ROMs go to : - This is the site the arcadeathome guy tried to eliminate from the face of the earth. []

Can it emulate this? (-1)

ubertroll (153053) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244176)

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:~~~~( (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244390)

Taco's lameness filter got me. How did you get around it?

Re::~~~~( (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244523)

view source, copy..then paste

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* \ \-~ ~-\ | *
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Re:Can it emulate this? (1)

INicheI (513673) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244656)

haha, weird.

I've always wanted to do this.... (2, Interesting)

flewp (458359) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244178)

Just the thought of an all in one type of machine has always been appealing. Granted, it wouldn't be my primary PC. Also, it might be nice to play mp3's with winamp and geiss running on it or something during parties. (Of course I would hook it up to my stereo if I had a nice one). A DVD drive would be nice to hook up too, but I wouldn't know how to get software to run the DVD software. A custom DVD player software would be sweet.

Sad News... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244179)

I just heard some sad news on TV, apparently Slashdot website creator, Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, was rushed to the hospital this afternoon after having his penis sliced off. Authorities say the accident involved Rob's penis, his computer, and an illegal computer device imported from China that was designed to stimulate the penis during cyber-sex. The authorities aren't releasing many details yet as to how it happened, but they suspect that the device malfunctioned which caused his penis to be sliced off. However, there is speculation among the Slashdot community that the Open Source Operating System "Linux" is to blame, for its faulty structure and lack of professional development. There is no word of whether there was any foul-play involved from hackers amongst the Linux community.

FASP! (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244183)

If the zionists got their hands on this technology you'd never hear of it ever again, the kikes would want to maximize profits with their sales of gaming consoles.

A Question for Mr. Nader (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244190)

Dearest Ralph,

I am an Aryan man who has been dating a Jewess for three years. It is only recently (within the past few months) that I discovered my Aryan pride and began to educate myself about various Aryan issues -- such as the Jew Problem.

It may seem obvious that the correct thing to do would be to break up with her, but I should first tell you about my Jewish temptress. She and I have been dating exclusively for three years and were beginning to have some thoughts about marriage. She is a stunning professional model, but she also recognizes that her proper place is in the kitchen. She has been very good to me and my family, and I have never been so deeply in love in my life. I've never even thought about being with anyone else during this time. Even the most elegant Aryan beauties pale before my seductress.

But then I learned about the Zionist Threat and the even more dangerous issue of race mixing. From what records I can find, it seems like I am a pure Aryan. I am blonde haired and blue eyed, as are my parents and grandparents. My father was a supporter of Martin Luther King and never taught me about my special Aryan heritage. If I marry my girlfriend, or even continue sexual relations with her, I risk tainting the purity of my offspring with her demon egg.

However, this woman is amazing even when it comes to sexual matters. Would it be permissable to restrict my relations with this Jezebel to oral and anal sodomy, or would this be allowing the Jewess to drag me even further down into the pollution of her kind's wicked ways? I was considering breaking up with my love, but then I realized that she would probably quickly find a male Jew and perpetuate her cursed species of ratmen. I would have her convert to Christianity in a second, but I fear the mark of Cain would still be in her blood and in her heart.

Don't get me wrong, my love for my heritage is stronger than my love for my woman, but is there any way to have both without invoking the scorn of God? What a sorry and uneviable state I am in. Please help, Ralph. What would you do?

Your friend,
A Confused Aryan Brother

Re:A Question for Mr. Nader (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244355)

Make her snort cyanide and then fuck her limp body. There, that's the best of both worlds. No worry of tainting the superior Aryan race.


the only good jew is a dead jew (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244368)

in your heart you know what you have to do. just don't make it obvious because the jews control the police system as well.

Re:FASP! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244329)

Big deal!! Saddam could do more damage with all those Playstation 2's he took! Damn bastard! :P

Yeah... right. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244359)

Saddam is a fucking sand nigger.

Re:Yeah... right. (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244411)

They're good for killing jews. It is simply amazing how some people are willing to kill themselves just to rid the Earth of a few filthy kikes.

Re:Yeah... right. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244546)

Actually, Saddam hasn't actaully killed any jews. He just made us all get gas masks. But he didnt have the balls to bomb us (since we threatened a plutonium attack). We also bombed his nuclear factory, and he sitll doesnt have the bomb.

Re:Yeah... right. (-1)

Ralph JewHater Nader (450769) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244686)

I'm talking about the suicide bombers, you dumbass. Then again, anyone who kills jews gets a good word from me, even if they might be dirty sand niggers.

Drool, drool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244186)

Absolutely kewl!!

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these?!?! Oh man...

Ideas (2, Interesting)

xfs (473411) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244188)

Make an entertainment center that folds shut to look like one of the mame stations. That way, you can use it as a gaming station, or a cool place to watch movies. Think of all the things you could combine into one... Throw in a PS2 (has PS1 suppt) a DVD-Rom in the sbox, a NICE stereo system.. Wireless keyboard/mouse..

Wow. I'm thinking about building one of these more and more each day.... :P~~~

whoa, watch out for the law (5, Funny)

OO7david (159677) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244192)


This is like the box for copyright infringement. First it has all those old NES, SNES, Genisis, or arcade games that no one buys anymore, nor can find anywhere. It'll play those damn MP3's which, as we all know, just mentioning MP3's is illegal. Let's not forget that it plays movies, which are already illegal to watch in any other manner than what is already told to be correct. Lastly, let us not forget that it runs Windows in the unlicensed way; only the XBOX can have windows in console form.

Striker better quit while he's ahead.


Re:whoa, watch out for the law (2, Insightful)

warrior389 (314070) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244757)

Come on. When was the last time anybody used "Oldest First (Ignore Threads)"? You know what we really need is "Funniest First"!

`lynx -dump | grep -A 10 -e "Funny"` just doesn't cut it... at least maybe would make it easier... hey, I know I'm not the only one out there ;)

This is also something else.... (5, Interesting)

AgentUmino (518891) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244194)

That guy might seem a bit obsessed, but he's nothing. At least his setup can play multiple games. This guy built this custom setup just to play GT3, it's crazy. Check it out. []

Re:This is also something else.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244249)

thanks people!

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Re:This is also something else.... (1)

Skuld-Chan (302449) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244261)

Great - we slashdotted it the geocities style (max file transfer achieved for the hour).

Re:This is also something else.... (1)

AgentUmino (518891) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244266)

Dammit, I forgot about the /. effect and that it was geocities. *bows head* Well, I'll never link again w/o permission for the site's host.

Re:This is also something else.... (1)

pinkpineapple (173261) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244328)

You guys could mirror using google dam it!

Re:This is also something else.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244759)

1st, I wish I had the time and money to do something like that guy did. I wouldn't spend it all on some super-1337 GT3 chair, of course.

2nd, who modded this as a troll? Overrated, maybe. Offtopic, maybe. Troll? No.

Menu Pics (1)

pnatural (59329) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244196)

couldn't find a link from the pages, but the direct link to his menu files is here [] .

Sbox thoughts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244210)

I don't think I'm alone when I say I'd like to see more and more planets fall under the ruthless domination of our solar system.

If you were a poor Indian with no weapons, and a bunch of conquistadors came up to you and asked where the gold was, I don't think it would be a good idea to say, "I swallowed it. So sue me."

I bet one legend that keeps recurring throughout history, in every culture, is the story of Popeye.

To me, boxing is like a ballet, except there's no music, no choreography, and the dancers hit each other.

Probably the earliest flyswatters were nothing more than some sort of striking surface attached to the end of a long stick.

Most people don't realize that large pieces of coral, which have been painted brown and attached to the skull by common wood screws, can make a child look like a deer.

Sometimes when I feel like killing someone, I do a little trick to calm myself down. I'll go over to the persons house and ring the doorbell. When the person comes to the door, I'm gone, but you know what I've left on the porch? A jack-o-lantern with a knife stuck in the side of it's head with a note that says "You." After that I usually feel a lot better, and no harm done.

Re:Sbox thoughts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244217)

Wow. I like it.

Re:Sbox thoughts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244223)

No you don't.

Re:Sbox thoughts (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244230)

Anytime I see something screech across a room and latch onto someones neck, and the guy screams and tries to get it off, I have to laugh, because what is that thing.

What's so great about this? (1, Insightful)

MasterOfDisaster (248401) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244219)

This is just a PC with a TV-OUT on it's video card. And a "nice" VisualBasic Menu interface. Okay, fine, it can be used with a widely avalible gamepad syle controler. Oh yeah, he's got some [not so] nice plexi work there too. The thing just runs windows.
Come to think of it, It's much like the xbox [] Only with a worse video card, and more plexi.
No news here, people. move along.

Re:What's so great about this? (0)

LordCodeman (453611) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244392)

If this isn't news, than neither is the Xbox. Pretty much the same thing, albeit a few minor differences.

Re:What's so great about this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244432)

You're just mad because he didn't use Linux. Had he used Linux, you would have been all over this story like a Speedo on a fat man.

What's WRONG with those controllers. (1)

darylp (41915) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244237)

Geez, do Intel have sadists working in their ergonomics lab or something. That big loop thing on the controllers seems take up EXACTLY the same space that gamer's wrists would normally go.

That can't be good for RSI.

Re:What's WRONG with those controllers. (2, Insightful)

Megahurts (215296) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244326)

I disagree. It looks like the thumbs should be over the buttons and the wrists would go in a straight line from the hand to the elbow, with the four fingers wrapped around the back of the 'horns' and the bottom tie piece turning just below the pinky fingers. Of course, I'd have to hold one to say for sure. Couldn't be much worse than the n64, though. I can't use those more than about 20 minutes without my hands cramping up. the dreamcast was much better, but the angle on the handles was about 20-30 too narrow. If the madcatz controller had smooth plastic buttons, a stronger return spirng in the stick, and a square plus-directional pad, it would have been perfect. (incedientally, as it is, the d-pad and rubberized buttons make it unusable)

Re:What's WRONG with those controllers. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244354)

i think they are flipped around in the pic actually. i think the buttons go at at the bottom and the loops faces the tv

Just an opinion... (2, Insightful)

pixel_bc (265009) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244248)

... but doesn't this kind of glorify the piracy of ROMs? I mean - I know SOME people get them legit, but most, for sure - don't. Putting stuff like this up just kind of makes everyone think how cool the "emu" scene is, and away they go, downloading....

Just an opinion, though.

Re:Just an opinion... (3, Interesting)

rneches (160120) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244297)

As pointed out by prevoius posters, it is often impossible to obtain legitimate copies of many of those games. Also, there are many, many cool games that were never released in the US. I even have a few such Japan-only roms that someone with a hex editor and a death wish took the trouble to translate into English - there's no way you could get that "legitimatly".

Personally, I wouldn't have any problem paying [a reasonable price] for ROMs, but the option simply isn't available. You see, owning a copyright on a non-confidential item gives the owner the right to require that I pay for my copy of the item. It does not give the owner the right to deny me access to the item if I want it. So, if Nintendo and Sega refuse to sell their old games, then they'll have to live with the fact that trading ROMs is protected by the first amendment. If they feel like dragging people into court for copyright infringement, all the accused have to say is "I would have paid for it, but I was denyed the opportunity to do so," and malicious intent becomes impossible to prove, and the case is moot. I know it's not quite that simple, but I don't see a rational counter argument.

Re:Just an opinion... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244317)

Excuse me, I'm not an american, but isn't the first amendment the free speech thingy? If it is, then it won't give you any right whatsoever to warez their stuff. Free speech makes sure that someone can get any information out as long as he or she wants to. It doesn't allow you to get information that the copyright holder might not want to get out.

Re:Just an opinion... (4, Insightful)

nougatmachine (445974) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244342)

Not to mention the fact that if something is not being sold any more, there is no signifigant loss being made to, as a random example, Nintendo, every time I "pirate" Donkey Kong Junior.

This is my beef with anyone who knocks down emulating classic systems: getting the darn games is nearly impossible because companies hoard them until they release a re-hash or a bundled emulator (like Namco Museum). If I could get ahold of legal roms, if they were being sold, than at least this kind of argument would be revelent, in much the same way the file-sharing debate is relevant to labels and artists. But Spy Hunter?!

IANAL, but I believe this kind of work can only become public domain after 75 years, if the original creator does not renew copyright. The problem is, that law was created before arcade and console games, which have a tendency to become obsolete much faster than, for example, The Fellowship Of The Ring. For printed literature this makes perfect sense, but surely there is a more reasonable way we can govern interactive gaming copyright issues.

Re:Just an opinion... (1)

bludragoon (42763) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244381)

It does not give the owner the right to deny me access to the item if I want it.
Actually yes it does. If I don't want to sell you something as along it is not discrimatory, ie I won't sell to gays or jews.
But the trading of said really doesn't mess with their income, they don't get any from these anymore anyways

Bring out yer dead... (5, Funny)

malkavian (9512) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244255)

It still amazes me that the big guys haven't cottoned on to the fact that if they did a VERY cheap 'pay to download' service on the ROMs, a lot of people wouldn't be that averse to paying a few dollars for a bunch of well outdated arcade games they loved, or old nintendo game, or whatever...
That way, they'd have a small revenue stream from obsolete games that nobody would normally buy these days at all...
And then a lot of people that are forced to use Warez ROMs 'cos they can't get hold of the game for love nor money anywhere other than warez sites can rest easy knowing they've done their bit for society and progress, and the company that produced the game in the first place doesn't have so much to gripe about.
Despite all this blabbering on about the requirement for copy protect, I think most people just want to pay once for something they use, and don't mind paying a fair price for what they do use...
I for one would love a nice easy, high bandwith site I could drop onto, pay a couple of dollars for a bundle of ancient games, and just enjoy.
I do like the stuff this guy's done with the box tho.. :)



Re:Bring out yer dead... (2)

whatnotever (116284) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244302)

If I had a bit more time and money (read: if I weren't a student), I would try this myself. I suppose it might help to know a thing or two about business, also.

Basically, one could set up a company to do this. Partner with companies to sell their old inventory that is currently earning them $0 and split the profits. If I were a game company (and this can be for PC games as well as ROMs), I would have nothing to lose by partnering with such a company and maybe a few bucks to gain.

The basic idea is this: These companies have merchandise that they aren't selling. If it costs them nothing to sell it, why wouldn't they?

Re:Bring out yer dead... (1, Interesting)

thatmoron (309497) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244311)

Why would'nt they? Because they want people to play their new games and spend money. If I had the choice between spending 50$ and getting one new game, or spending 5$ and getting old nintendo ROM, I would go for the rom. So then people will be playing old games, not the new expensive ones. Plus, people might realize that the gameplay used to be important to a game, not just graphics.

Re:Bring out yer dead... (5, Insightful)

Jace of Fuse! (72042) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244426)

If it costs them nothing to sell it, why wouldn't they?

Costs aren't always monentary.

Take for example Super Mario Brothers Advance. SMB Advance is essentially just SMB2 with some new stuff thrown in. It will now make for a really nice hand-held title, but do you honstly think Nintendo could resell the title as an N64 remake, or a Gamecube remake? It can sell as a handheld title, simply because at the moment not everybody has a handheld PDA that will effectively emulate the GBA.

Do you honestly think Nintenod could sell SMB1, SMB2, and SMB3 all on one disc as a collection for the Gamecube? No, probably not. Most likely not, due to the fact that a large percent of the market that still loves those games already has them illegally on their PCs.

If Nintendo COULD get away with doing it, it's only because there isn't a larger number of people pirating roms. The number of ROMZ pirates grows ever day. For the moment, it's still not nearly as mainstream as MP3 piracy. If we're lucky, it'll stay fairly obscure and won't draw any real legal attention.

Also one must consider that games aren't like music. People consume them like food and move on. Someone can very easily justify buying a CD when they already have the MP3s, just to have the physical medium. Video games, for whatever reason, haven't felt like "physical medium" since the first ROM image got pulled off of a Cartrige and uploaded to the 'net.

I still buy my video games. I still spend more money on video games than any other expense I have, and one could say that's almost obsessive. (I wonder sometimes myself). But I also know that not everybody buys their PC titles, fewer still buy old games, and even less go out looking for rare SNES, GENESIS, or N64 carts to add to their collections.

As much as I enjoy going to Classic Gaming [] and snatching down a rom image or two, I fully understand why some companies such as Nintendo and Sega don't want their ROMS being distributed. I also understand why they make a good point in "some cases".

And that's just the thing. "Some Cases". Some games have much higher replay/resell/remarketability value than others. Some of the publishers are gone, others strive on today. But it's those few gems that could resurface as modern products that set the argument for Copyright holders keeping a tight grip on their titles. Nintendo is about to show exactly what they "want to do" with those old titles" when they re-release them on the GBA.

I was all over Super Mario All Stars when it came out on the SNES. Do you think such a thing is ever going to surface on the Gamecube with piracy all but having destroyed the marketability of older titles? Dream on.

I think THAT alone should answer the question "why wouldn't they"?

But then again ... (2, Interesting)

Dlugar (124619) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244646)

I understand your point, but my big beef is ... I own quite a few old NES cartridges. There's no way on earth I'd be able to actually rip the contents off the ROM onto my computer. But I can download them easily from these "warez" sites.

If I want to play my old games on a new medium, basically, what other choice to I have? Even if NES did have some sort of "download service", I would have to pay again to download games that I already have paid for.

I honestly can't figure any easy way around it.


Re:Bring out yer dead... (0)

GaCRuX (324607) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244829)

so how many of these would you hope to sell?

am I the only one that thinks:
expensive boxen (read: duron 850) to play obsolete games == *very* bad idea?

if I was gonna pay for that kinda hardware I would expect a lot more than a few old nintendo games to play on it! its a cool hack, but a shit business idea.

Re:Bring out yer dead... (1)

Cruciform (42896) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244325)

I think that the reason this hasn't been done already is that the companies don't really *want* a niche group of users who want to pay having the old classics anyway. Not when you can take the intellectual property, jazz it up a bit with a bargain basement 3d engine, and sell it for retail to the masses. Look at how many copies of the new Frogger and Asteroids sold... I bet the return on investment was very very nice.
More than they'd ever see reselling roms.

no. (2)

garcia (6573) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244408)

better yet, let's keep it the way it is and download the god damn things for free.

Re:Bring out yer dead... (1)

dwlemon (11672) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244712)

Why would they want you to spend five bucks on an old game when you're in the demographic that might spend 50 bucks on a new one?

They would probably rather we all destroy our old cartridges so that those games won't destract from their current offerings ever again.

The big question (2, Funny)

El Prebso (135671) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244267)

Does it play Doom?

Re:The big question (1)

tie_guy_matt (176397) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244305)

Wasn't there an SNES version of doom? And if not I think there was a segaCD or 32x version. So yes, I am pretty sure it will play doom. Or since it is just a windows pc in a plexiglass case with a cool menu system you could just play the pc version of doom (but what fun would that be?)

Re:The big question (2, Informative)

TotallyUseless (157895) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244383)

yes, the version of doom for sega was for 32x. i bought a 32x addon just for doom. yes i was that lame. you may now shoot me

BLEEM!!!! (0, Redundant)

snilloc (470200) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244287)

see subject. []

Re:BLEEM!!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244521)

Ewww! Numerous redirects to a 404 Not Found!

unusual choice of emulators... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244300)

strange that he chose to use LoopyNES and Genecyst, since there are many NES and Genesis emulators that are much better, cref

Speaking of homebuilt consoles... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244314)

Maybe CmdrTaco [] can learn a few pointers from this guy ;)

If you do this (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244330)

don't forget about one very important component: licensing. You need to have all your software licensed. This is often overlooked by many people doing things like this but that doesn't make it any less important. You'll probably want to talk to a lawyer before doing anything like this as well. There is also new legislation called the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) which is used to stop piracy. If you predict that you will run afoul of the DMCA then you musn't proceed. If you do this don't overlook licensing as it's very important. Have someone come in and audit your "Homemade Console" from the Business Software Alliance (BSA) to make sure your licenses are correct.

Nark! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244374)

By the way you write I can tell you are a Nark. L3wZ3r.

I'm intrigued... (1)

ToddUGA95 (316111) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244400)

All this talk about building cabinets for MAME has me thinking about giving it a try. I've got enough spare PC parts (from frequent processor and motherboard upgrades) laying around that I could probably do this no problem. And it would certainly look cool in my game room!

TiVO (2, Interesting)

Aztech (240868) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244403)

Add a capture card and it looks like a decent competitor to a multipurpose TiVO. Add Ethernet and you can stream the video where you want :)

MOURN THE DEATH (-1, Offtopic)

JeromeyKesyer (463790) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244409)

has anyone noticed trollaxor is gone? his webpage is gone too.

good bye trollaxor, you will be missed

Ask Slashdot (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244435)

I need some help. I've got this girl who is a good friend of mine, but I want more out of her. How can I cross the boundries of friendship into a relationship?

Advice requested (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244438)

I'm new to Linux, as I was wondering if any of you guys could tell me-what is the best window manager/desktop environment to use? Thanks in advance.

Intel Wireless Game Pads (1) (312621) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244701)

I have to laugh every time I see these things. They look like miniature toilet seats.

I once had lunch with a marketing manager in the Intel consumer products division. (This was not her product!) I asked why they made them look like... before I said it, she interrupted, and said "I know, don't say it."

Book PC (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#2244738)

If yer not handy with powertools and all that, check out the Book PC, you can buy em various places around the net, I got mine at a local computer shop for about $500 with a monitor. They're about half the size of a regular tower, and they have video out, ethernet, ok graphics and sound all built on to the motherboard...

Quietness in homemade consoles (1)

TheLer (209287) | more than 13 years ago | (#2244748)

I've been planning on making a machine similar to this for a while, but one issue that concerns me is the noise of a computer as a console. After some research I have pretty much decided on using the obscure Cyrix III from Via, because its cheap (pricewatch $35 / 700mhz), runs on standard hardware (Socket 370), and most importantly it runs cool (Via claims that it doesnt even need a heatsink, I'll slap one on just to be safe, but the point of using the processor is to avoid using a fan). I'd also be looking for the most quiet HD available (theres been some recent stories on /. on quiet HDs) and a quiet PSU (I guess I may need 1 fan for the PSU, thats all I hope to have in the entire case for cooling). This machine should run cool/quiet/powerful enough for use as a console system without annoying me with its noise.
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