Fang Talks

Fun for the whole family!

I accidentally typed that as “childhoof” and didn’t notice until a paragraph into this post.

The Spring Boot Camp’s end is drawing near, and so I’ll have my Pet Plant Sim finished in about a week or so. (Official deadline is the 21st, but we’ll see.) After that is done, I plan on having a small half-hiatus during which I’ll be playing some childhood-favorite games of mine. Namely the first few Spyro and Crash Bandicoot games, and I may even give Croc another try. Never played that one much because it was too hard or the controls were sloppy? Eh, we’ll see.

I won’t just be playing those for shits and giggles though. I’ll try to look at them objectively, to see if they really are the great games I believe them to be. And if so, why? I may be able to learn a thing or two about game design and what have you.

In preparation for that, I have downloaded a PlayStation 1 emulator. Why would I, if I own a modded PlayStation 2? Sure it can play PSX games, but it sadly can’t save them. The memory card’s wonked and only supports PS2 games or something, it’s kind of stupid.
But hey, I got the emulator working. Great, but not fully set up yet. I still need a good controller. Dug op a trusty old gamepad, Macally iShock II (that fucking name, oh wow). After a lot of fudging about I got it to work. Too bad nothing (literally, nothing) is able to steer to the left. Not the D-pad, not the left or right analog stick, nothing. Besides that button pressed are also rather buggy, pressing one button sometimes results in the other being pressed.

I have ordered an adaptor off of the internet, so I can hook my PS controller up to my computer via USB. Hopefully that’ll work alright. If not, I’ll just have to cry and hope God (or whoever) helps me out.
~ Fang


  • 18/04/2013 (4:32 PM)

    I love going back and playing some of my favorite childhood games, only to find out they WERE great games, and not just good memories because I was a kid and didn’t know any better.

  • 18/04/2013 (10:03 AM)

    If you find a good Spyro rom let me know as I could not find one that worked at all. I love Spyro and Crash Bandicoot but I have to say DON’T look at them objectively. Never do that when you’re doing something you fondly remember doing as a child. Very few things live up to your new standards. Although every Final Fantasy game I’ve played has managed to do that. I reckon Spyro would too. I loved that little dragon.

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