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Capcom releases Street Fighter X Mega Man v2

February 10th, 2013 by Jabo Blog comments: 4
These days it's pretty rare to see a new Mega Man game released, although Mega Man 9 did come out in 2008 for the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console. Even more rare is when Capcom graces the PC platform with a title. Well all bets are off, as part of the Street Fighter and Mega Man's 25th anniversary Capcom has collaborated with fan Seow Zong Hui and delivered a pretty amazing game for the PC platform. Announcements are on the capcom unity homepage as well as downloads for Windows XP and higher.

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The Rise and Fall of SNK

November 17th, 2012 by Jabo Blog comments: 10
I stumbled across some videos on YouTube about the rise and fall of SNK. If you grew up in the golden age of arcades you knew SNK for their superior arcade experience, ridiculously expensive home systems and cartridges. Were they crazy? How did they go out of business only to come back with new titles? Who makes a home system with a single speed CDROM? This well produced show answers these questions with interviews from people who were there.

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New server

September 22nd, 2012 by Jabo Blog comments: 20
I've migrated jabosoft.com from its crappy shared host to a new provider where I have more freedom in technology and better hardware. It's quite exciting to have a server to play with, my hope is that everything has migrated correctly, if you notice anything out of the ordinary please let me know, this is a work in progress.

In addition to new technology the URL structure has changed to a RESTful style, but it should automatically forward previous links as necessary. Lastly the DNS for the domain has been updated but probably won't resolve for a while. If for some reason you have difficulty posting here you can also contact me on Emutalk as well.
An update on Project64

September 13th, 2011 by Jabo Blog comments: 66
I've decided to release a patch to 1.6 that includes the majority of the plugin fixes from Project64 1.7 beta, and take a step away from the project.

I began actively working on Project64 again earlier this year, and was disappointed at the state of things. After going over 5 years, with no end in sight, the beta project became a bit silly to many. Most of the original team has left for different reasons over the years, and the community on the site has faded.

At the same time, I felt it would be irresponsible to the legacy of the project to keep important bug fixes in the beta permanently; the donations seem to go into a black hole now anyway.

Looking back it's been longer than I would care to admit, so many great memories and new friends. First, I want to thank the people who donated over the years, this emulator was a decade of ambitious work, knowing that people appreciated it and showed it really did matter to the team. There are too many people to thank individually, but special thanks to Gent, RadeonUser, Witten, and Smiff - you guys pushed the project forward in too many ways to mention, and truly defined my experience working on the project with you.

I am doing this independently of the project, it is not an official release.

Click here to download

I've started a forum thread at emutalk.net please use that for any discussion.
Windows Vista Power Management options

May 5th, 2009 by Jabo Blog comments: 9
It?s spring time and like many people I?m sucking down air conditioning, but I decided to take a look at how one of my PC?s is using electricity like it?s an all you can eat buffet.

Here?s some information about my current HTPC that is relevant:
  • Intel Pentium Dual Core
  • Gigabyte/Intel G31 motherboard
  • GeForce 8400GS PCI Express
  • WD Caviar GP 750GB (variable RPM)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Runs all day
Windows Vista has a lot of new power options that are available for tweaking; after all it?s very cool to be green these days. Whether you are running a datacenter or using a laptop on a battery these settings can be an important way to get a handle on your power usage. Vista and 2008 server are definitely the best Windows platform for power management so far. This blog is a best effort to provide meaningful information for a technical person to evaluate power options, it?s by no means a definitive guide ? and I?d like feedback.

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Megaman 9 E3 coverage for Nintendo Wii

July 26th, 2008 by Jabo Blog comments: 11
E3 apparently showcased some Megaman 9 for WiiWare, the most impressive thing I took away from this is how accurate they stayed to the capabilities of the NES hardware in terms of using original graphics and making music.


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Megaman 9 for NES ?!

June 30th, 2008 by Jabo Blog comments: 33
I was a little shocked to read that a version of Megaman is coming out on WiiWare. According to the designers they want it to look and sound like an NES game, whether the game is actually written to be compatible with the NES hardware is another story we'll have to keep our eyes on, but it would seem unlikely. The bosses in the are your classic Megaman collection of randomness:

Magma Man, Galaxy Man, Jewel Man, Concrete Man, Hornet Man, Plug Man, Tornado Man, and Splash Woman.

Other information I skimmed from the Nintendo Power article says the designers are aiming pretty high, aka at Megaman 2 widely regarded as the best of the series on the NES. I'd say let's start with some more screenshots before we get ahead our selves. All in all tho, it's really cool Capcom is doing this, it goes to show though how much of a retro crowd is around enough to market something relatively obscure like this to.

Source: kombo.com
Tecmo Bowl returns on NDS!

May 31st, 2008 by Jabo Blog comments: 2
Let's face it, there's been quite a few versions of Tecmo Bowl over the years but the original, and arguably best is on the NES. Following in tradition of Capcom remaking some of it's classic games, Recently Tecmo announced that a new incarnation is due out on the Nintendo DS titled Kickoff. From what IGN reported it's similar to the NES version in terms of play and content, which is is a good thing.

The best part is that it will take advantage of the DS wifi connection, so you can spank you friends in football from your couch on a Saturday morning. Sadly, since EA owns the license for NFL teams this will not feature real team names which is a real let down, no more Bo Jackson unless you add him yourself. Check out the preview below.

Home Theatre PC 2008

February 2nd, 2008 by Jabo Blog comments: 3
Like most of you, I have a few more computers and devices than the average person. Every few years they need to just be gutted and replaced. My media center PC aka HTPC has fallen off a cliff in terms of it's ability to keep up with modern high definition content and apps. I decided to do a performance analysis of the pre and post upgrade as well as reviewing the individual components while I upgrade. I will also throw in my somewhat outdated workstation for just an extra comparison.

I put this together as it's very entertaining for myself to have a record of this and I figured someone else might find it interesting. Also interestingly this is some of the hardware I've used to develop and test Project64.

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Bionic Command Re-Armed

January 20th, 2008 by Jabo Blog comments: 4
One of my favorite games for the NES is definitely Bionic Commando, and I know it makes the short list of quite a few people as well. A mechanical arm, killing Nazis, and an exploding head at the end of the game. What's not to love?

As most of you may know there is a new Bionic Commando game in development for the usual suspects of consoles. Apparently releasing a new version of Bionic Commando wasn't enough and Capcom decided to update the original as a download for Xbox Live Arcade and PSN, to the delight of many fans including myself. Updated graphics and gameplay are on the menu for a release in Spring 2008. One odd thing I noticed is that Nintendo Wii is not on the supported platforms list, which is a shame, so many developers ignore Nintendo when releasing updated versions of classic NES games (like Ninja Gaiden).

Check out the video below, it's worth watching it illustrates how seamless the transition from NES to 3D is for this update.
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Philips DVP3140 DVD/DivX Player

November 23rd, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 3
Since I have the Media Center living room experience I've wanted to take some of the content to other locations. I decided after carefully waiting that buying a Media Center extender was not worth the trouble and cost at this point, something I may come back to in the future. I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase one of those new age DVD players that also supported browsing CD/DVD content such as photos and DivX videos.


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Apple iPod Touch Wish List

October 5th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 19
I've been looking to get a portable computer for a while now, but I couldn't find any that I thought would be worth the investiment in time and money. As you can guess I've completely disregarded the entire PDA scene as a little too geeky for my taste.

My view is you shouldn't always need to be behind a keyboard locked to your desk. It would be nice to have as many of the conveniences from your computer as possible in a nice device that doesn't frustrate you but becomes part of your daily life and facilitates more communication with your friends.

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Video game retrospectives

September 14th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 12
I don't normally find hidden treasures on your typical game review website these days. It's a rare occasion when the content stands out above and beyond your typical screenshot description blurb about a game or series.

Like all good treasures, I stumbled across this first on YouTube when I was looking at Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess trailers. After watching a few Metroid episodes tho I knew this was too good to not share. Like most gamers, I have a deep appreciation for Metroid and Zelda series, even before watching these. These videos definitely helped fill in some blanks about timelines and stories, I think you'll enjoy it as well.

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Angry Nintendo Nerd

August 13th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 6
A friend suggested I check these reviews out on YouTube. This one for Friday the 13th I thought was really funny, and illustrated a lot of great points about the game. In full disclosure its not one of my favorite games, but I remember playing it in my younger days and thinking some aspects of it were entertaining, video attached below.

Also just a heads up, if you don't enjoy profanity this definitely isn't for you.

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MPEG 4 Video Codec Comparison XviD versus X264

June 4th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 4
Introduction

I set out to answer that mythical question about the best way to do that infamous "DVD Backup" due to my facination with compression and home theatres. I thought it would be interesting to post some of the results I had encoding things, as well as sharing what settings I use and a little explanation behind it.


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Windows Media Center 2005 with Quicktime and MPEG4

May 9th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 0
I'm somewhat of a media center fan as well as video compression, if you couldn't tell. One of the great things about Quicktime is that they have a plethora of trailers in HD on Apple's website. mp4/h264 is the upcoming industry standard container/compression for content and from my experience really do a better job than Xvid/Avi.

My installation of Media Center 2005 couldn't view Quicktime .mov files or decode any mpeg4 content in the "My Videos" area. This creates an interesting problem -- how is one to view all these lovely trailers on their MCE boxes? These are the steps I had to take to get these problems solved, it's probably worth mentioning that this can vary based on what mpeg 2/4 decoder software you have installed (I use WinDVD), and you should probably have QuickTime installed as well if you intend on decoding that content.

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Captain N Series DVD Boxset

May 2nd, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 3
  Publisher: Shout! Factory
  Content: 1989, 570 Minutes
  Release: February 27th, 2007
  Discs: 4






About the show and this review

Captain N was a show many children watched in the late 1980's, when Nintendo ruled the world. It will come as no shock that being part of that generation means I have a special place for this particular series. Many fans have eagerly awaited the release of this, any others, on retail DVD.

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Website rewritten

April 6th, 2007 by Jabo Blog comments: 0
Jabosoft in general hasn't had a decent website for quite some time. Over the last several weeks I decided to write a custom content management system in php, this is the result of that. There is probably opportunities to make things a little nicer still, but I think this is a huge improvement over what I had originally.
Interviews

March 31st, 2004 by Jabo Blog comments: 0
This a few links to some interviews I've done in the past

Interview At Retrogames.com
Pretty cool interview conducted with Opi of retrogames.com, topics discussed in regards to Jnes

Interview At Emulation64.com

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