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Clone GBA-SP system - the k1gba - a demonstration

A demonstration of a hardware compatible Gameboy Advance SP system that has the capabilities to run real GBA game cards as well as run files from an SD-card. The screen is much brighter and of a higher quality thn the original GBA-SP's screen and they seem to have used the exact same plastic molds as the original. Read more below...

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Turbo Everdrive - demonstruction and package

I got a package and it contained another Everdrive. I unbox it and try out some games. Check it out. Gameplay footage starts at 3:30

channels mentioned in the video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/polaventris
http://www.youtube.com/user/lukemorse1
http://www.youtube.com/user/lawnboyspost1975
http://www.youtube.com/user/atarix777
http://www.youtube.com/user/halfblindgamer

I had to re record the commentary as I was having issues.

Audio: Rubicon on C64 by Jeroen Tiel & Reijn Ouwehand

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Replay 2012 'Manchester Pinball'

A more thorough look at all the Pinball Machines that were out on display and ready for play on the Replay 2012 expo.

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Replay 2012 'the weekend' / the expo

Replay Expo 2012 - a gaming event that was held at 'Event City' close to the Trafford centre in Manchester (UK).

This video tries to capture how we experienced 'the Manchester Replay 2012-experience' which was the weekend the wife and I spent in the company of Andy, Erwin, Mark, Sophie and Denver!

Please check out the 'Replay 2012 Pinballs' video that focuses on the magnificent Pinball machines that were on display ready to play!

The video ends with my 'pickups' :)

Enjoy!
Cheers, Mark

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Replay 2012 - the Journey

It starts...

Uploaded over Über crappy wifi! LOL
So no HD and more when we return home.

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Welcome to my new channel!

Welcome to the new channel. A (retro)gaming, technology, gadget and science based channel by a guy who also loves music, movies and the outdoors.

Subscribing to all my previous subscriptions may take a while as YouTube has put a CAP on the number of channels you can subscribe to per day. So I have to slowly work my way back up. So if you noticed I haven't subscribed to you again it's because of YT being a pain when it comes to subscribing to folk.

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SLUBAN building blocks, how do they stack up - a cheap LEGO Alternative or more?

SLUBAN building blocks is a product made in China and it is a direct competitor to the well known LEGO building blocks. I got three boxes from three different series and I just was very curious after the quality and how it compares with LEGO. Just a first look!

Mind you it is NOT LEGO but actually both will fit on each other without any problems. That is a good thing when you want to mix up LEGO and SLUBAN. SLUBAN blocks are more lightweight but they stack and unstack as well as LEGO blocks. The material used is lighter and that is especially noticable in the smaller pieces which can be a little flimsy but still they make good toys for kids. The material is nice and shiny and quite scratch resistent like the LEGO blocks. The blocks are formed very consistent and look well made. Good moulds were used and the plastic although lightweight is sturdy and seems of a good quality. Apart from the weight the looks and designs seem close to LEGO quality.

Still a very nice affordable alternative to LEGO with some nice designs and series. I'd seriously consider going for SLUBAN. Especially for the price which is really good compared to what you get for your money. Quite a few of the designs are military, police, army themed but more child-friendly themes do exist.

There's also a SLUBAN Big Blocks LEGO DUPLO alternative for the very small ones.

The Treasure seeker plane - €3,59
Artikelnummer: M38-B0162

Redcliff Asian Soldier cart - €3,99
Artikelnummer: M38-B0259

Sluban Resque Team Helicopter with 4 figurines - €5,99
Artikelnummer: M38-B0102

So all these toysets for under € 12,00

Score SLUBAN 7-8/10, LEGO 9/10

(Dutch)
http://www.goedkopebouwsteentjes.nl/

(Europe)
http://www.sluban.eu

Sorry for continuously comparing this with LEGO but that is what I was exposed to myself as a kid and as I am looking for stuff to have in the house for my nephews to play with I was pleasantly surprised by this brand.

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Google Nexus 7 - a more in depth look (HD)

Where to get your bearings in Android and the Nexus 7? Well check out the following pages mentioned in the video:
The Nexus 7 beginner's guide by Shane R.Monroe:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/?p=723

Green Robot Gamer: Real gaming on Android devices:
http://wiki.greenrobotgamer.com/

The emulators from Robert Broglia:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=Robert+Broglia

Excellent site with a a lot of interesting articles:
http://www.reviewlagoon.com/

Okay so after fiddling around with my new Nexus 7 I proceeded to do some more serious things with it. Of course I want to be able to use USB thumbdrives and what have you so Rooting the device and installing software that makes the device capable of writing to USB thumbdrives was essential.

Propriocepsis is the system your body uses to interpret the position of joints and tension in muscles. A system really needed when playing with touch controls as tactile feedback is not available touching a glass surface for buttons.

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Google Nexus - Unboxing

I bit the bullet and got myself a Nexus7, seems good value for money and it is an excellent way to experience the Android ecosystem.

The magically floating camera aka camera girl observed and registered! Enjoy.

Of course more will follow.

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ZX Spectrum - Splat

Developers: Ian Andrew & Ian Morgan from Incentive Software
Year published: 1983
Platforms: ZX Spectrum, C64, Amstrad CPC, Sam Coupé

Here's me explaining some about the game while playing...

RetroGamerVX has challenged us to make Spectrum themed videos this week in honor of the ZX Spectrum's 30th birthday. Of course all I could do is comply to escape the wrath of my Evil Twin from the UK.

His video can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_3O0UQP39o

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