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#1
Virtual Boy Patent Poster
Posted on: 2016/10/29 2:48
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
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Just an FYI, you can buy a "patent print" of the Virtual Boy from Massdrop. It's a nice 18x24" poster size printed on card stock. I have a few others (unfortunately not of the VB) and they look pretty nice.

https://www.massdrop.com/buy/inked-and ... -video-game-patent-prints

$14 for the print, $4 for shipping to USA (not sure on international prices, from what I hear int'l shipping is usually pretty brutal)

For those that don't know, this is a "group buy" website. They offer a deal for a set amount of days (5 days left on this deal), then at the end they place an order as a group. Usually pretty slow shipping by the time all that happens, but sometimes you save money.

The company that is actually making the print is https://inkedandscreened.com/ They don't have the Virtual Boy listed on their website at the moment, but hopefully they will in the near future.

Note: I have no affiliation with either company other than being a customer.

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#2
Re: OH NOES!!! I must sell ALL my Virtual Boy stuff!!?!!!?!? :(
Posted on: 2012/4/14 23:32
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
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Just noticed, you put the wrong graphics up for this...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOLF-Virtual- ... Games&hash=item2ebd579048

And the reviews also show Mario Clash...

Sorry to hear the bad news, I hope everything works out for you and your family.
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#3
Re: My new VB colored car
Posted on: 2012/4/12 5:52
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
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The MSRP in 2012 for the SRT-8 model starts around $46,000 USD, but somehow the price climbs a bit higher than that. And unfortunately no dealer will negotiate that price either.

The Challenger was originally around in the 1970s, but they stopped making them in the early 80s. I was not alive back then, and I was never interested in that car. But when Dodge reintroduced the Challenger in 2008 I instantly wanted one. Well, 4 years later and I finally got one!

Some numbers if you are interested...

Engine: 6.4L V8
Power: 470 HP (350 kW)
Torque: 470 ft-lbs (637 Nm)
0 to 60 MPH (0 to 100 kph): under 5 seconds
1/4 mile (0.4 km): mid-12 seconds
Fuel economy: 14MPG city, 23MPG highway (USA gallons)(6 city, 9.75 highway km/L)

After owning it for a little over 3 weeks, I really think I made the right choice by going with the car :) I was really tempted to pick up a Ford Mustang (hadn't decided which one), but in the end I felt the Challenger looked cooler and had a nicer interior.
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#4
Re: My new VB colored car
Posted on: 2012/4/5 2:32
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
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...anyway, I really did not want the red stripes (sorry black and red fans), so I had them replaced with white...

I know it seems wasteful to buy a car with a stripe just to replace the stripe with a different color, but I did it that way for 2 reasons...

1) For some reason white is not an option in 2012

2) If I just bought a car with no stripe I would have had to wait 6 to 8 weeks

I should have probably just gone with silver, but I think the white looks pretty good. (the available colors for the stripe are silver, gray, red, black)

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#5
My new VB colored car
Posted on: 2012/4/5 2:18
Nintendoid!
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Before you get your hopes up, it is just a black car with red stripes...

Anyway, I bought it a few weeks ago, and finally got around to posting some pictures.

It's a 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8

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#6
Re: Project VBoot
Posted on: 2012/4/3 5:39
Nintendoid!
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No clock to the FPGA? And no platform flash to configure the FPGA (or are you planning on the PIC to do that)?? and no JTAG to debug the FPGA?

Why not use a CPLD rather than FPGA? Don't have to load those so it would be up and running right away.
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#7
Re: VBDE: A Virtual Boy Development Environment
Posted on: 2012/3/8 2:22
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
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--- Useless babbling ---
I was planning on doing the same thing, except with Eclipse, but I guess I won't have to do that anymore! (I have mixed feelings about Eclipse but it seems like all the embedded silicon companies are switching to it for their IDEs)

I am using Notepad++ at work right now, and it seems okay. I know there were a few things I did not like but can't remember what specifically right now. Anyway, I just use it to view/edit code on Windows, never used it to manage a project or to launch tools.

I think my favorite IDE is the Qt IDE, but I do not know if you can easily set it up for non-Qt code. I know you can set a cross compiler, but it might not work ideally.
--- End of Useless babbling ---

--- Somewhat relevant babbling ---
I swear I was able to compile the compiler with mingw, but I can't remember (it was a year or so ago when I tried). Anyway, if it is possible to compile it under mingw then you would not need to include any of the cygwin stuff.

Hopefully your collection of development tools includes a simulator (I am sure it will).
--- End of somewhat relevant babbling ---

--- Thanks and bye section ---
Glad to see you are working on this! Good luck, and let us know if you need any help!

- Matt
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#8
Re: Insect Combat
Posted on: 2012/2/25 7:19
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
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You are working too hard! I notice pretty much everywhere, you are misusing "if" statements. What I mean is this...


// Your code
    
if (StartGame>2vbTextOut(02011,"IMPORTANT:");
    if (
StartGame>2vbTextOut(01412,"SCREW THE INSTRUCTION");
    if (
StartGame>2vbTextOut(01313,"AND PRECAUTION BOOKLETS");
    if (
StartGame>2vbTextOut(01514,"JUST PLAY THE GAME.");


So yes, you are right that after an if statement, it will execute everything until the ;. Well, usually that is. But the preferred way is to use {} braces (usually called "curly braces"). Then it will do everything in between the {} braces (unless you did something bad like a goto). So anyway, you can rewrite the code like this then...


// Right way
    
if (StartGame>2) {
        
vbTextOut(02011,"IMPORTANT:");
        
vbTextOut(01412,"SCREW THE INSTRUCTION");
        
vbTextOut(01313,"AND PRECAUTION BOOKLETS");
        
vbTextOut(01514,"JUST PLAY THE GAME.");
    }


Notice I can get multiple things done with the same "if" statement, and I don't have to use "," between each thing. (the comma is almost never used in C).

For safety, you should always use the { and } braces every time you use an if statement (or for(;;) or while())

Then, lets look at this next bit of code...

if (fighter==1vbTextOut(310,"GI-ANT               ");
if (
fighter==2vbTextOut(310,"BEHE-MOTH            ");
if (
fighter==3vbTextOut(310,"RUMBLEBEE            ");
// and so on until 8, but let's limit the scope to just 3 for now


The problem with this is that if "fighter == 1" then you know "fighter == 2" cannot be true, yet you still check it. This just wastes time. One way is to use the "else" statement along with "if". Here is an example...


if (fighter==1) {
    
vbTextOut(310,"GI-ANT               ");
} else if (
fighter==2) {
    
vbTextOut(310,"BEHE-MOTH            ");
} else if (
fighter==3) {
    
vbTextOut(310,"RUMBLEBEE            ");
} else {
    
// If you want to do something when none of the above
    // is true, you can put it here.  let's just leave it
    // blank to match your original intent.
}


That is better, because if fighter == 1, you do not check the rest. But if fighter == 3, you still check first if fighter == 1, then if fighter == 2 before finally checking if fighter == 3. Bummer.

Another alternative in a case like this is the "switch" statement. This is very similar to the if/else example, except it is a little bit easier to read. It also can have performance gains, but it is more limited than the if/else statement. Either way, check out the example...


switch (fighter) {
case 
1:
    
vbTextOut(310,"GI-ANT               ");
    break; 
// Never forget this break!  It lets the switch know you are done.
case 2:
    
vbTextOut(310,"BEHE-MOTH            ");
    break;
case 
3:
    
vbTextOut(310,"RUMBLEBEE            ");
    break;
default:
    
// If none of the above cases are true, you do this
    // It is okay to leave it empty, or just not include it
    // but good programming says you should always include one
    // Don't forget to use break, even if you leave it empty!
    
break;
}


So basically, the first part (switch(fighter)) says "I want to do things based on the value of "fighter". Then "case 1:" essentially means "if fighter == 1, do all the code up until the break; command". You can also see the "default" at the bottom of the switch is the same as the last "else" in the if statement.

The downfall with "switch" is that it only checks if things are equal. You cannot have a case for "if greater than"

Anyway, back on track, try going through your code making the following changes...

1) Always use {} with if() statements
2) Use if/else statements to prevent tests that you know will fail
3) Use switch statements when you want to do different things based on a single variable having different values.

There is still much more that can be done to speed up the code and make it more readable, but try to master the above first before moving on to the next steps.
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#9
Re: Who's interested in getting Space Pinball dumped?
Posted on: 2011/12/22 3:32
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
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What are the differences between the two?

Galactic Pinball and Marios Tennis are the reasons I bought my VB back in the day, so it would be cool to get a prerelease. But if it's pretty much the same thing, then the ROM wouldn't really be worth much to me.
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#10
Re: Strange VB console with sticker
Posted on: 2011/11/13 5:43
Nintendoid!
Joined 2009/8/11
USA
112 Posts
Long Time User (10 Years)
I don't think the cartridge is anything special, the "property of nintendo" stickers you show were clear plastic but the cartridge you showed clearly was a paper label.

My guess is Blockbuster demo? And the sticker would have been the barcode label? I don't remember seeing those stickers back when Blockbuster rented them, but that was a while ago and I was 9...

What are those purple booklets?
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