Master post: How to play Cartoon Cartoons Summer Resort

Mon, May 13th, 2019

The Netstorian

Cartoon Cartoons Summer Resort title screen The title screens for all four CCSR episodes.

I don’t often receive reader mail. When I do, it’s exciting for me because I enjoy communicating with you all! The most popular question I receive is in regards to Cartoon Cartoon’s Summer Resort and how to play it. This post serves as a short guide on accessing the game and troubleshooting your way through any potential problems you may encounter in the process.

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Peteetion · Oxford University Press: Stap the Oxford Dictionary fae pittin in Scots wirds · Change.org

Thu, Mar 21st, 2019

Fur thae that dinna knaw, The Inglis Dictionar fae Oxford is pittin in 40 Scots intae it, an this is concernin me, cause A’m feart that this will lead tae thaim addin mair, an makkin Scots redundant or discredtit as a language. In yer concerned aboot this an aw, gie the peteetion linkit below an sign it! Spreid the wird!

Source: Petition · Oxford University Press: Stop the Oxford Dictionary from adding scots words · Change.org

Goodbye Memrise, I’m leaving

Sat, Mar 16th, 2019

I agree with everything here. Except the Anki part, I hate Anki!

The Word Cat

What happened?

On February 20, 2019, many Memrise users received an email from Memrise’s CEO Ed Cooke, informing us about important changes to the service: The community-created courses would be removed from the Memrise website and app, and moved to a sister website called “Decks” in mid-March.

The forum announcement was immediately filled with angry users, mostly Memrise Pro customers. Many of us (including myself) are paying for the pro subscription to have offline access to the community courses in the app. By removing the community courses, Memrise is removing the reason why many people even pay for the subscription.

Memrise promised a follow-up and published a blog post on February 21st. This blog post made it clear that Memrise would hold on to their decision and was not interested in discussing it.

The decision in more detail: how Memrise treats its customers

It’s understandable that companies sometimes have…

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Is the PS1 overated?

Wed, Mar 13th, 2019

In short: I think it is. For those who just wanted to know that, you can now piss off.

For those who want to know what brought me to that conclusion, I suppose I can give you a backstory.

I used to have a PS1 back in the day, and I loved it. There were so many great games for it. The 3D aspect was mindblowing coming from the Mega Drive!

When I got into retro gaming, I naturally went back to the PS1. Those wobbly textures have a charm to them that you can’t recreate with modern games!

So I decided to expland into other retro consoles of that generation, and I got a Saturn, then an N64, then a Dreamcast.

Over time, I found myself playing those way more, and my PS1 was just collecting dust.

It seems I’m not alone. People my age seem to rave on about those consoles more than the PS1. Look at any meme about the 90s, and 9 times out of 10, you’ll see a reference to the N64 there.

Dreamcast obviously has it’s huge fanbase, and the Saturn has a dedicated one, too.

But the PS1 seems completely forgotten. Sure, you have some guys, such as myself, recalling memories of it, but generally, people seemed to have just moved on and don’t pay any attention to it. At least this is from my experience.

This is all despite the fact the PS1 sold about twice as many consoles as the other 3 combined.

Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? From playing all of the consoles, almost on a regular basis, I can give you my reason for doing this myself.

The PS1 just feels… bland. Lifeless. Almost corporate.

The library seems quanity over quality. Absolutely it has it’s classics, but a big percentage of those weren’t even exclusive, and most of the time, in my opinion, the PS1 version wasn’t even the best.

Wipeout is also available on Saturn and PC.

Wipeout 2097/XL is also available on Saturn and PC.

Croc is also available on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby, you guessed it, also on Saturn and PC.

Destruction Derby 2 was also on PC, and a Saturn port was in the works, but cancelled.

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was also on N64 and Dreamcast.

Pro Skater 2 was also on N64, Dreamcast, and PC. (There was also 2X on Xbox, but that never got released here)

Final Fantasy VII was also on PC.

Metal Gear Solid was also on PC.

Bugs Bunny Lost in Time and Sheep, Dog n’ Wolf were also on PC.

See where I’m getting at?

Don’t get me wrong, the PS1 has some absolute classics to call it’s own, such as the Crash Bandicoot games, the Spyro trilogy, Klonoa, Wip3out and Ape Escape. I’m not holding anything against those, I love those games! It also has Bubsy 3D… I guess?

But outside of those, the PS1 feels like it hasn’t got anything truly outstanding to offer.

I also respect that the same could be said for the Sega Saturn, many of it’s games were also on PC, but at least those Saturn games had multiplayer that was harder to achieve on PC, so there was a reason to own the games on Saturn, if you had one. Most of the PS1 games listed were singleplayer only.

The other consoles felt like they had personality to them, like you go to one of them to play a specific type of game.

Whereas the PS1 feels like it’s just a generic for everyone console, it lacks such personality.

I’m not knocking the PS1 at all, mind you, I still think it’s a great console, just overshadowed by almost every other console that generation.

So what do you think? Feel free to

 

My opinion on Article 13

Wed, Mar 6th, 2019

So I thought I’d share my view about Articles 11 and 13 (and more recently Article 3).

I’m going to do this article in English, as opposed to my usual Scots because I want as many people to read this as possible.


I think it’s going to be a disaster, not just for your average joe, but it will be detrimental to the corporations that are probably lobbying for it.

For those somehow not in the know at this point, Article 11 is the idea of taxing people for simply linking to articles, Article 13 is a copyright filter that stops people from uploading anything with copyrighted content.

Article 3 is a very recent article that stops people from modifying their routers or any other radiowave device. To stop people from bypassing the other 2, no doubt.

So you can see what is wrong with this on the user end, and is only to serve the corporations and traditional media outlets.

On one hand, I can kind of sympathise with said corporations, sales of newspapers and physical media in general (not counting Vinyl or Cassette) are falling, much to my dismay, and streaming services such as Spotify or Youtube, give out so little money to the artists.

This said, I’m going to argue that said corporations and outlets are actually tying a noose around their necks, thinking they attached a safety rope. Here’s why: Read the rest of this entry »

Making Pokémon Save again!

Sat, Feb 2nd, 2019

So me and my brothers have been going back to the old Pokémon games, starting obviously with Gen 1, then Gen 2, then so on and so forth.

A problem we’ve encountered was that the battery backup saves for most opf the games, which stops them from saving again, in cast it isn’t obvious.

The good news of course is that the batteries can be replaces, and there are 2 methods, and my journey for fixing Gen 2, I eventually use both.

The first method I used on Gold and Silver, where you use something sharp to pull the tabs off of the battery being held, and replace it with another one and hold it down with Bluetack or Tape.

Stairting with taking the cases apart

 

Then taking the battery out

 

Then using Blu-tack to stick a new one in!

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So then I tried the same thing with Crystal… and I couldn’t for the life of me take the battery off! I ended up cutting my finger and really scratching the battery trying!

So I gave up, and decided to try and use the second method, which involved soldering the original battery off and soldering the new one in.

I don’t have a soldering iron, but there was a Modding Club happening at R-cade the following week, and they agreed to help me do this! Read the rest of this entry »

Ma 2018 Review

Mon, Dec 31st, 2018

This will juist be me ramblin on aboot whit A thocht aboot 2018, an recaain events that happened in the year.

The new year is aaweys depressin for iz, bein a fan o auld tech, acause that’s iverything a year aulder, an auld consoles an devices become iver so mair degraded an haurder tae sort oot gin thay break.

2018 haes been a mixed bag, in ma opeinion. A lot o guid things hiv happened, an a lot o bad things hiv an aa.

Tae git thaim oot o the wey, we saw Stephen Hawking, Stafan Karl, Barry Chuckle, an many ither famous fowk die. The stairt o the year saw iz losin some guid freends an aa. Thay didna die, but thay didna want tae be ma freend any mair… A did git back intae contact wi anither auld freend because ma brither wis datin his sister… smaw warld, huh? Read the rest of this entry »

Retro diary #90 – Final Yin… for a while…

Sun, Dec 30th, 2018

A think for 2019, A’m gaun’ae lea the Retro Diary for juist special events A dae whan it comes tae gemmin. Hit juist seems pyntless tae me itherwise. Juist a desperate attempt tae keep acteeve a blog A shoud post mair creative stuff on! A think A shoud lea ma personal gemmin life private onywey.

A’m shuir this daesna interest onybody ootside o my faimly or freends, anywey. Ma diskiverin Twitter maks this hale thing obsolete regairdless.

Assumin Brexit nor Airticle 13 dinna happen (A mean Scotland coud lea the UK an juist jyne the EEA insteid… here’s howpin!), 2019 will be whaur A will stairt tae dae mair uisefu stuff on this blog. Stuff like reviews, thochts on current gemmin an media events.

Mibbie A’ll stairt daein let’s plays an video reviews an aw! A’m howpin tae! A juist need tae win a warslin match wi ma anxiety…

A’ll be shuir tae milk the hell oot o the blog for Januar an Februar anywey! A’v got’ae make the maist o whit freedoms whit hiv left, eh no?


Last Sunday, A went tae R-cade for thair Christmas pairty, an A haed s smashin time! A played Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Switch, Virtual Cop 2 on the Saturn, an 18 wheeler on the Gamecube. Ah watched someb’dy play Sonic Adventure 2 Battle on the Gamecube an aw. Read the rest of this entry »

Retro Diary #89

Sun, Dec 23rd, 2018

Hit’s been a while since A’v done a development blog, sae hou aboot a quickly catch-up on whit we’v done…

A’v been playin Superman 64 an Goldeneye 007 (in 00 Agent Mode) at R-cade.

A’v decided tae make a gemm inspired bi Goldeneye.

Me, ma brither an his bird hiv stairtit tae play the Gen 1 Pokemon gemms, A’m playin Yellow, ma brither is playin Blue, an his bird is playin Red.

Blue haed memory problems, but A teuk oot the battery, replaced it, an it wirkit again!

Ma brither haes completit his gemm, his bird is 2nd, an A’m 3rd. A’v been ower busy tae play it maist o the time.

A funa ma auld copy o Pokemon Yellow, an gied tae tae ma ither brother, an he’s been tryin tae play it, fechin against the save data bein corruptit a lot. Gotta appreciate that!

A fund oot that the awner of the R-cade cafe A g’ tae haes been playin Pokemon Yellow an aa, wi a Game Boy Original wi a Booster Boy!

Oh ay, A got a Game Boy Printer an aa!

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A’v been printin aff Pokedex entries wi it!


On the Thursday, A got ma N64 repaired bi replacin the coolin pad in the expansion pack… A should tak photies an upload thaim here for next time A fix something! Mibbie mak a video?

Onywey, A fund oot that it wirkit whan me an ma brither played Pokemon stadium for 2 oor wioot realisin! Before, the console ainly lastit for wan!


On the Friday, me an a mate went tae Super Bario, but it got ower crowded tae play ony gemms thare.

Than, we went tae R-Cade, ma freend wis playin Spiderman 2 on the PS2 while A juist played Pokemon Yellow on ma Game Boy Color.


 

Retro Diary #88

Sun, Sep 2nd, 2018

On the Monanday an Tuesday, A played Batman Forever: The Arcade Game an Burnin Rangers for the Sega Saturn.


On the Wadnesday, A tried tae playn the Sega Saturn again, but the laser wis malafoustered.. A’m leukin intae sortin that oot.

Sae A decided tae play ma Atari Jaguar an CD… the Jag CD didna wirk aither… A played some Club Drive… that wis hit.


On the Thursday, A played Crash Bandicoot 3 on the PS1, an haed a richt braw time! A felt like a wee wean again!


On the Friday, A met wi a mate an we played Batman Forever: The Arcade Game on the Sega Saturn on Co-Op, an A actual beat hit!


On the Sunday, A played a guid few gemms wi fowk A hung oot wi. We played Mario kart: Double Dash on the Gamecube, Mario Kart 64 on the N64, Daytona USA on the Sega Saturn, an Mario Tennis for the Wii. A injoyed hit.

Later on, at hame, A played Theme Hospital for the PC.


 

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