Some people say sequels are not as good as the original. This was one of the exceptions, as it exceeded the original. What can I say that hasn’t been said in the past 30 years? Awesome graphics, soundtrack, controls, challenge, well, awesome everything.

One more time our hero Sonic the Hedgehog is set on an adventure to defeat his nemesis Dr Robotnik and help his friends. But this time he is not alone, sidekick Miles “Tails” Prower is here to help.

Or… you could just play as Sonic or Tails alone.

Game has plenty of variety, you still have to finish it in one sitting so make sure to obtain continues. Special stages are located at checkpoints instead of at the end of each act (they kinda remind me of Stunn Runner), collect the required rings (or more) before the end of each segment and if you survive you get a chaos emerald. Not only you’ll get to see the “good” ending if you collect all 7 of them (yup more than its predecessor) but also Sonic will be able to transform in “Super Sonic” (obviously inspired from Dragon Ball Z).

Ok, that’s it for now. Thanks to everyone involved in creating such a brilliant game, game that kept us occupied for countless hours and passed the test of time. Here’s to another 30 years of Sonic and Tails.

The game is too elaborated for its own good. It is a good “open world” game but for some (myself included) it just doesn’t fit Sonic. Graphics are very good but wouldn’t say great. Controls are fluid but at the same time things are over complicated, too many moves to learn. The music is excellent, a work of art if you want, unfortunately some tunes are more fitting of another franchise.

After playing for about an hour and 40 minutes I don’t feel I’m making much progress, after the initial cut scene I haven’t seen Amy and Tails for example and only one Eggman cutscene has been triggered.

The game does not feel fast. The amount of collecting, searching and unlocking, some times it feels like a chore. Unfortunately the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive (like the emperor’s new clothes), I’m afraid this open world mechanic could be the future of the series, if that is the case then I’m out.

30 years ago Sonic’s sidekick and best buddy Miles “Tails” Prower made his debut. The game was Sonic the Hedgehog 2 for the Sega Master in Europe and Brazil. He wasn’t playable on said game, his actual playable debut would come the following month on the Genesis. Anyways, thanks to Judy Totoya for coming up with such an awesome character, a character who has been inspiration for many. About 20+ years I made website (in spanish) in his honor here’s the link to the archived site.

Read this article https://hackinformer.com/2022/05/25/hardware-review-krzysiocarts-flashcarts-for-nes-famicom/

I’m glad to see not only these are still being made but improvements were also being made (the ability to save progress in Kirby, Zelda, etc) and there is an NES version.

I bought one of the first ones made years ago, it no longer works unfortunately, but while it did it, it was pretty fun to use with my Retro USB AVS. And while no ED, tons of games work including hacks and homebrews.

I’ll see if I can pick another one.

I say even if you have an ED get one of these, you will be supporting a developer.

Link to the creator’s website http://krzysiobal.com/

 

Paperwork pending but I’m no longer a proud Saab owner. I sold my 2001 9-3 to my trusty mechanic, so I know it is in good hands. I’m gonna miss her but at the same time it was time to let her go. Good memories, lots of fun and lots of things learned these past four years.

If I decide to get another second car I’m sure it wont be as fun but certainly will be easier to maintain.

Anyways, farewell “Tigress” …

Been a while since I posted anything. This one will be brief, more like an exercise. I’ll list ten PC Engine CD games, the first ten that come to mind.

  1. Akumajo Dracula X
  2. Cotton
  3. Gate of Thunder
  4. Sapphire
  5. Renny Blaster
  6. Shubibinman 3
  7. Panic Bomber
  8. Star Parodier
  9. Bonks Adventure 3
  10. Advanced VG

There you go, the first 10 that came to mind.

Good night.

I’m writing this entry using my recently acquired brand new IBM Model M keyboard made in Scotland in 1997. I forgot how awesome these things were/are.

Not to mention the nostalgia factor. I remember those days writing essays in Professional Write (PW) on my Tek 8088 PC or even playing some games like Space Commanders, Alleycat, Chess, Digger, Centipede, etc.

The only key I’m missing is the windows key, I know Ctrl+Esc pulls the start menu which is something but other than that I’m missing some combos like Win+R. Using Sharpkeys I just remapped the right Alt key to the right Windows key. It is asking me to logout, so I’ll do it and let you know how it went.

Update: It worked! Pressing the right Alt behaves as if I’m pressing the Windows Key, shortcuts and everything.

Until the next entry.

 

After about 2 days, the site is back up and running again. No plugin magic, just good ol fashioned manual restore from backup. Site is now up and running at the new hosting provider.

For my next entry I intend to talk about a Dreamcast ODE. See you later.

This Mega Everdrive Pro is an awesome piece of hardware. In addition to playing Megadrive roms, it also plays Virtua Racing (the only SVP game ever made), Sega Master games with FM support (for those compatible games) and Mega CD games. Also, so called MSU (aka Mode 1) patched games work flawlessly. More info about MSU here.

Highly recommended piece of hardware, no more having to mess with aging hardware, just fire up your Genesis / Megadrive console and you’re good to go.

First some background.

Recently, a friend of mine switched ISPs. His previous one was slow and had no intentions of improving their infrastructure. What really made him pull the plug on them was the fraudulent charges on his invoice and their poor (non existent) customer service.

His current ISP (which I won’t reveal), provides him with a much cleaner and faster (though not symmetric) connection. You know, a real broadband connection.

While no mechanism is invulnerable or impenetrable, I try to implement at least some basic security measures on a home network. As soon as the installers leave, I begin tinkering with things.

Connecting devices (PCs, tablets, cellphones, you name it) directly to the ISP’s gear is a big no no, so the first thing I do is disable the WiFi on the ISP router and only hookup a router (which I own and can setup to my liking). That way a barrier is created between the ISP and the internal network. Double NAT is not an issue since ISPs these days are going the Carrier Grade NAT route anyways.

One of the settings I always customize on my routers is the DNS servers. In my experience I can obtain better performance and reliability while using custom DNS servers. Also, it doesn’t matter if the ISP DNS servers go down and the ISP doesn’t get to log any DNS activity.

After setting things up, I visit some websites like IPLeak for example to make sure things are working the way they’re supposed to. Well, to my surprise (or shuld I say to my horror) I see the ISP DNS servers and not the ones I specified. I rechecked settings, tried different DNS servers, same result, there is a dns leak.

What this means is, the ISP is actively intercepting DNS requests and redirecting them to their own DNS servers. DNS can be a powerful tool (weapon) for an ISP to keep logs of your activities, block websites (or substitute them).

The best way to protect your activities from the prying eyes of your ISP is to subscribe to a good VPN service and setting it up on the router, that way, every device on the local network will connect to the internet via the VPN tunnel.