Tag Archives: MAME

Rusty Hearts Wants Me to Buy a Gamepad

Another one from the mail bag I suppose.

Rusty Hearts, which I can’t recall having heard about before, a Perfect World Entertainment MMO currently in closed beta, sent me a note.  Or the people running it did.  And they want me to go buy a gamepad.

Rusty Hearts Offer

And to get me to do this, the have sent me a code that will let me buy a Logitech Dual Action Gamepad for just $4.99.

The Gamepad in Question

Granted, the gamepad is only $12.99 normally on the Logitech site (it is actually double that on Amazon), but when we’re talking five dollar game controllers, I start wondering if I ought to get one just to tinker around.

Not that Rusty Hearts seems to be my sort of game.  It is described as:

An anime-inspired, cell shaded, beat-em-up action MMORPG set in a stylized gothic world.

Sounds just like Darren‘s cup of tea… but for me… not so much.

And if I am not going to use it for Rusty Hearts, then I am not sure what use it would be.

It does seem to be one of the supported devices for Need for Speed World.  I’m not quite convinced that a gamepad is necessarily superior to the keyboard for steering control.

So what is a gamepad good for on a Windows 7 PC?  What would make it worth dropping the five dollars?

Is there a MAME front end or something that would support it?

Another iPad Arcade Tease

Remember that April Fool’s Joke over at ThinkGeek?  The iCade?

This is just a dream...

Well, that immediately came to mind when I was looking at the Brookstone catalog last night and saw they had a Pinball Magic stand for the iPad.

Not quite the iCade, but a start

Not quite the killer app for the iPad, but interesting enough that I went to go look at their site online to see if there were any more details about it.

There were not any further details.  There were no details at all.

They had a tiny version for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but no iPad version.

Tiny iPhone pinball

So I started to dig around to see if anybody else had only to find… nothing.

Nothing but an article over at CNet wondering what became of the Pinball Magic stand for the iPad.  So the iCade seemed to be a pretty apt comparison, only it isn’t April.

I guess the big available retro option for the iPad is the Etch-a-sketch case.

Somebody go pester the guys at ThinkGeek about that iCade.

iPad Arcade Stand April Fools

Now it is things like this April Fools ad over at ThinkGeek that make me just cry.  It looks so good, but you click on “Buy It” and get the big “April Fools” page.

The iCade

Didn’t think you needed an iPad? Think again!

When the iPad was announced, we all crammed into a conference room to watch live and drool over every shiny corner and reflecty icon. After the glow of the initial announcement wore off, many of us came to the conclusion that the iPad was actually pretty useless. “It’s a giant iPhone!” some said. Others exclaimed, “WTF, no Flash!?”. Still, we knew that most Apple fanbots (us included) would have to have one anyway.

Knowing that many of our loyal geeky customers would eventually get their retractable claws on an iPad at some point, we knew we needed to take it to the next level. What cool things could we do with the iPad that you, our lovely geek customers, would squee over? A few brainstorming sessions later, the idea of a MAME cabinet came up and we knew we’d struck gold. How cool would it be to slide your iPad into a desktop-sized arcade cabinet and rock it old school with some Pac-Man or Space Invaders?

Why is this an April Fools joke?  Why isn’t this real?  Somebody get off the dime and get to work on this!

Okay, it seems a bit small.  I’d want something a bit bigger to play arcade games, but still.  This would tempt me to buy an iPad.

Curses to my friend Scott for sending me this link and simultaneously raising and crushing my hopes.

The MAME Machine at the Office

One of the interesting things about having a MAME machine at the office is I get to see what games my coworkers like to play. (The machine is around the corner from my office, so I actually hear what they are playing.) 

With a list of choices in the thousands these are the current favorites, in order of time played:

1- Joust
2- Asteroids
3- Gauntlet

We have an older crowd at the machine, so tend to stay with games from the early 1980s.  One younger guy does play Street Fighter once in a while, but not nearly as often as those three.

We are in the process of consolidating our offices with another division, so I will have to see if the games of choice change with the demographics.

Of course, the MAME cabinet was one of the first things up and running after the move.  We have priorities!

New Arcade Joystick From X-Arcade

X-Gaming has a new MAME compatible arcade joystick out now called the X-Arcade Tankstick.  It is a bigger version of their dual joystick model with a trackball in the center. 

We have the dual joystick model installed at the office in a stand-up MAME arcade machine we put together out of an old Defender machine, so I can attest to its durability and functionality.  It also offers support for USB connections, unlike the HanaHo HotRod joystick I have at home.  The HotRod is better made and feels more solid, but it only supports PS/2.

You can, of course, use the Tankstick for games other than MAME.  They sell adapters that allow you to configure and hook up to Playstation 1 and 2, XBox, and GameCube.