Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Saturn console is up and running

Been way too busy to do anything recently. Having started a new contract on Wednesday pretty much dominated my time. Besides that I had to help move a business during off hours. A guy just can't get enough sleep after doing stuff like that.

On the plus side, I modified my Saturn console so that I can now run homebrew applications on it. Next step is to obtain an Action Replay device and a communication mechanism. The communication device can be either a USB data transfer dongle or a PC Comm Link card. The Comm Link card requires an old PC with an ISA slot. Fortunately I have several old machines that fill the bill. The USB dongle requires a little more cash outlay but is definitely more reliable when it comes to data transfers. The Comm Link card route provides the advantage that you can use it for other console platform development like for the PSX/PS2. In the long run I may end up getting both once I have enough cash saved up. Slow progress but progress none the less.

As far as game playing goes I poked around a few minutes with Tempest 2000 for the Saturn. I really enjoy the retro gaming. It's just so convenient to start and stop on the fly with no learning curve ramp up time. For mid-life folks like me that pretty much is a requirement.