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Old December 18 2014, 05:29 PM   #1
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Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

First. I love playing older games from 80's and even 90's Often, with FPS, there';s too much going on. I like running jumping and avoiding enemies, ranking up scores, completing levels, knowing when to move when not to, firing, and adding points.. or any combination thereof, particularly in places where there might not be an internet connection.
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This device seems perfect for me, but how does it work? Where do I find the games?
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Old December 18 2014, 05:47 PM   #2
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Hm, the games are roms, so google for a roms site...
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Old December 18 2014, 05:55 PM   #3
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

What? LOL
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Old December 18 2014, 06:13 PM   #4
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Basically, this is an enthusiast device, it's not for people who don't know what they're doing.

That said, you should be able to figure it out with some effort.

This console is the latest iteration of the GP2X portables. (I think it may not be associated with GP2X, but they use the same operating system.)

In order to play you'll need two things: emulators and ROMs.

A list of emulators supported by this device are here: http://wiki.dingoonity.org/index.php...ngux:Emulators

Note that you'll need an emulator for every device whose programs/games you wish to emulate.

Second, you need ROMs/programs. Legally speaking, you can only use ROMs for games that you own. I will not link any ROM sites here because of their dubious legality (it would be against the rules, for sure.) Google is your friend.
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Old December 18 2014, 06:16 PM   #5
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

how do i know which games I can get for each of the emulators?

Sorry I'm a bit lost
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Old December 18 2014, 06:21 PM   #6
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

You'd have to consult the website of each emulator to know what games they support. It's better to know what specific game(s) you want to emulate, determine what emulator supports that, then acquire the emulator and the ROM.
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Old December 18 2014, 06:25 PM   #7
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Ok thank you

Is there something illegal about this device?
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Old December 18 2014, 06:30 PM   #8
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

The device and its software are perfectly legal.

Emulators are perfectly legal.

ROMs are generally believed to be legal if and only if you legitimately own the software in question in another format.

However, since sites that carry ROMs do not in any way vet whether you legitimately own the software you are downloading, they exist in a legal gray area and would be against the rules to link here.
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Old December 18 2014, 06:36 PM   #9
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

There's nothing illegal about the device, no. At it's most basic, it's a small Linux computer, onto which you load the emulator programs and game ROMs. But as Solstice said, you're only supposed to have ROMs for games that you already own.

There's a quick start guide here: http://wiki.surkow.com/Quick_Start_Guide

ThinkGeek even says "This platform/device is constantly evolving and changing so you might need to put in a bit of effort to figure things out. If any of this scares you, then you may want to reconsider your purchase."
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Old December 18 2014, 06:37 PM   #10
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Again, if you could list some of the games you want to play, there may be alternatives that don't rely on a device made for very savvy users.
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Old December 18 2014, 06:38 PM   #11
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Thanks guys.. I'll have to think about.. maybe find someone to really explain it to me..
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Old December 18 2014, 06:39 PM   #12
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Again, if you could list some of the games you want to play, there may be alternatives that don't rely on a device made for very savvy users.
Cool. I'll give it some thought
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Old December 18 2014, 07:55 PM   #13
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Re: Gamers more savvy than me: how does this retro gaming device work?

Buying a used Wii for the Virtual Console would probably be your best choice. There's hundreds of classic games available for between $5-$10 on Nintendo's store.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...rth_America%29
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^ If you do that, don't get a Wii, get a WiiU. They disconnected all the Wiis from Nintendo's network a while back.
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^ If you do that, don't get a Wii, get a WiiU. They disconnected all the Wiis from Nintendo's network a while back.
While I would recommend a Wii U over a Wii at this point for the purchase of Virtual Console titles, Nintendo did not "disconnect[...] all the Wiis from Nintendo's network." They shut off the online play features of games that used Nintendo's servers for that purpose. eShop and Virtual Console are completely unaffected, though it's a given Nintendo will shut those down eventually.
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