Hey there! My name is RockyRaccoon, also known as 'LemonAid' online. I'm a retrogame player and collector. This website is dedicated to my love of retrogaming and retrogame adjacent items. Here you'll find my musings, opinions and reviews, as well as some miscellaneous items I felt like posting. Thanks for visiting!

         


 
BittBoy 3.5 Review - June 21 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

I recently got a PocketGo V2.1. But before that, I wanna talk about the first system I got from BittBoy--- the Bittboy Version 3.5 console. 
 
The Bittboy 3.5, that- I will just be calling 'Bittboy' from this point onward, is a small, Gameboy-like open source console that basically emulates many systems and has a few game ports such as Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and such on it. It uses a MicroSD card for storage. I also upgraded the base firmware to MiyooCFW. This is a common, suggested upgrade. I did not use the base firmware much so my usage is based on using this firmware in this review!
 
The BittBoy at first glance appears to be a Gameboy like device. It's small, It's basically 5 inch by 3 inch in size. It has a d-pad, four main buttons, and two sub buttons for select and start. It also has a system button just under the screen. 
 
It feels good in the hands, and fits in my pocket easily. This has become my 'go to' when I need to go to a doctor's appointment to tool around with and play.
 
It plays quite well. It handles everything up to the Gameboy Advance just fine.... though Super Nintendo speed will depend on the game. Out of the box on the firmware, I had access to an Amiga Emulator, Gameboy/Gameboy Color emulator, NES, SNES, Master System and Game Gear, Colecovision, Sega Genesis/32x/CD, Atari 2600, Atari Lynx, PC Engine, MAME Arcade, Neo Geo, DOS/PC x86, Pokemini, Wondeswan, PS1, Vectrex, MSX. There's also many game ports available such as Doom being the primary one I use.
 
I had wonderful experiences with the Gameboy, NES, Master System/GG, Sega Genesis/CD, Atari 2600 and Lynx, and PC Engine, Pokemini and Vectrex emulators. They all ran super great and at 60 FPS for most of the time. I had less than pleasant experiences with the other emulators. Either due to the lack of buttons,  the speed at which the emulator played or lack of things that worked right, such as the 'virtual keyboard' in the MSX emulator.
 
The battery life is decent enough, and hasn't died on any of the outings I've taken it on, but it had drained pretty much too according to the meter on the screen. Also, there's no dedicated volume or brightness buttons- you need to use a key combination to either change the volume or screen brightness. 
 
Overall, if you're looking for a small, cheap little pocket device to play some classic games, this is good. If you're looking for a powerhouse to play SNES, Playstation and the like-- look for something else... perhaps the PocketGo V2.1 I'll review next time!

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URL Update - June 11 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Went ahead and moved URLs. Old URL has a redirect. Updating my old hyperlinks on websites where able!

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Website Updating. - June 9 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Slowly going through my old technical notebook page, found above, and updating the files where I can. Since the last time I accessed or dealt with those files we're back in uh.. 2005-6! So. Yes! Doing my best to find updated versions when possible!
 
Also, you'll notice the name of the site has changed a little. A Retrocade Romp! Sounds better in my head. I Also got rid of the wanted section, combined the Misc and Contact section and added new sections with more... actual content that may be updated more often. 
 
I may move over to a new URL. I'll redirect if that happens.

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Review Coming Soon.... - June 7 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

I have something in my 'Pocket' to 'Go' soon for a review! Will come when I've had enough time to play around with it!

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Woah, PS2 Extravaganza - June 6 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

A friend sent me a modded PS2 Slim and a WHOLE boatload of PS2 and PSX games- many imports, and some burned games and some official copies. This is a large mess to sort through so It'll be a bit for me to add it all to the collection. :laughing:

Also, my Model Lynx 2 came back from being recapped. The person who did it, tpugmire on AtariAge, did a lovely job. The screen is nice and bright, and he caught other issues that he offered to fix. It works really great now! He also kept in communication well.

If he offers to fix your console, he does a good job. I recommend, 5/5 stars.

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Switch It On! - May 8 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

I now own a Switch Lite! This is the first time in a long while I've owned a console while it was still relevant and being actively developed for. I did have a 3DS for about eight months before Nintendo more or less stopped supporting it, so I don't actually count it that much.
 
That being said, I'm looking forward to many enjoyable gaming hours on it!

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Lynx Sent to the Vet! - May 6 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

My Poor Model 2 Lynx is sick with a weak screen, evident of most capacitor issues and has been sent off to get recapped by tpugmire on Atari Age!

Hopefully this will fix the issue!

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Ody Commercials - April 4 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

The Wizard of Odyssey!?

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Ewwww.... - April 1 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

So I got the right GameBit screwdriver to open the Toploader NES I got to clean it inside, and as I suspected, It'd been a roach nest one time. No live activity, but dead bugs and dried bug 'dirt'  :angry:. Cleaned it out, gave the exterior another clean and bam, much better. And sounds less like a cockroach maraca when you shake it.  :tongue:
 
Also no April Fools jokes. Those are lame.

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(UN)-Wanted List. - March 25 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Think it's time to replace the Wanted List with something else. A lot of what I want nowadays are rare things or pipe dreams, such as a Neo-Geo AES or Vextrex, etc. Since I have most of the things you'd consider 'pedestrian' I wanted. 
 
Maybe just make it the 'Blog' section. Or maybe a reviews section. Though I think I wanna keep the reviews for the Youtube channel I'm working on, too. Hrm. I'll think of something!

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Cleaning Up Your Collection! - March 17 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Recently, I went through the containers I keep my collection accessible in and did a bit of clean up. Basically, if I hadn't used it in a few good months I put it into a big box. If I use it regularly or intend to, I put back into my accessible containers-- these 'three part' plastic drawer sets I'd gotten at Wal-Mart . I put the box in the closet, so I could still access it if I needed to, and cleared out some space in my accessible boxes.
 
 
Basically. I feel better about my collection and freed up a little more space for at least another console or two if I wanted. Basically, this article is more or less about 'hey, do some collection cleaning'. Whether that's storing some rarely used games/consoles into a box to make room for more things-- or selling them or trading them for other things you might enjoy more than just take up space.
 
Well. Some people may take a 'I want EVERYTHING' approach to collection. I'm like that sometimes. But it also eventually bloats my collection with some things I do not want, and then I need to do what I did. I'm probably gonna be more careful about what I add to my collection from now on. Room is finite in my area of the house, after all! 
 
So yeah, keep your collection clean and neat!

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Toploader NES!? Toploader NES. bigsmile.gif - March 15 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Got myself a toploader NES for a good price. Downside? Was dirty as heck. Goodside? Cleaned really easily. Works fine, too. Just waiting for a power supply replacement, the one it came with was like... for a dustbuster vacuum. It worked, but the wattage is too low on it.O
 
 
Oh. That picture? Just a stock image~ I might aswell make my posts look fancy, right?~  :tongue:

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The No Swear Gamer - March 12 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Check out The No Swear Gamer on Youtube.. He does a lot of fun reviews and doesn't rely on 'angry reviews' or crass jokes. Very informative and fun to watch. Here's a recent video about Frogger II: Three Deep on the Atari 2600 I enjoyed a lot.

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Super Famicom - It's So Pudgy! n.n - March 11 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

Let me talk about the Super Famicom I got recently! I have a Super Nintendo, but I'm starting to think I enjoy the Super Famicom more for a few reasons. Why? Well. For the dumbest reason. I just like hiw pudgy it looks. I like how the front face looks. I like that clicky power button and eject button. I like the the clink sound carts make going in.
 
 
I also enjoy the look of the Super Famicom controllers too, with those multicolored buttons. Albeit. I don't like the much shorter cord. Basically. I'm not gonna lie. ALL my enjoyment comes from how this console looks and feels physically. In the end, it's just the same hardware as the Super Nintendo. 
 
I guess there are dumber reasons to enjoy a retro console!

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Everdrives & Flashcarts, an Editorial. - March 11 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon
 
 

This is an editorial piece of sorts about Everdrives-- or to use a more generic term 'Flash carts' for game consoles. This is my opinion. It does not necessarily mean it is right or wrong. With that disclaimer out of the way. I will just be using the term Everdrives and EDs to refer to any device meant to play rom or iso files on a console-- that is- 'A flash cart'.
 
 
Everdrives are valuable tools for the retrogamer. It provides a cost effective way to experience rare games that you might not otherwise get to experience on the real hardware. Or play translated patched roms of Japanese import games on the real hardware. For those who are lucky enough to own such rare games, it gives you a way to play that rare game without taking it out of it's box or risk damaging it by playing a copy of it. It also lets you keep your collection in storage and just choose from a list of games on an SD card or Flash Memory. 
 
Of course, there's the downside that people can see these as merely promoting retrogame piracy and I agree with that to a point. Why buy that NES cart of Super Mario Bros 3. at the flea market when you can just put it's rom file you downloaded off the internet for free on your Everdrive N8 and play it then.
 
I believe that EDs are always gonna be this gray area with their upsides and downsides- but I also believe that the upsides outweigh the downsides, and it's why I'm probably still going to buy them for the consoles I own and enjoy.

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