Limbo arrives on PS3

Limbo promotional image

Just a quick note that Playdead’s Limbo has been out on PS3 for a couple of weeks now, which is a wonderful thing as it means I can now play this inspiring, lucid puzzle platformer that was previously available only on Xbox 360. There’s even a demo on PSN to whet your appetite.

Awesome ๐Ÿ˜€

Commenting is finally fixed!


Shouts to Frank for pointing out something I missed in my original code for when I put this template together ages back – commenting has been re-enabled and is up and running ๐Ÿ˜€

Still feel like a douche though ๐Ÿ˜›

The Last Gamer’s awesome games room tour

The latest blog is up, and it includes a great tour of an arcade with a huge slew of amazing Sega dedicated cabs and a couple of uprights. I don’t have the space or cash to amass such an excellent collection of games, and I certainly don’t have Joel’s experience with maintaining these classic machines.

Thankfully, I can enjoy the view and be amazed at a fellow gamer’s fandom for classic retro games.


Before and after – PC Engine Controller cleaning

A friend of mine in Japan fired across a box of goodies a while back which included some fun PCE gear:

The two controllers at the top are the original model PC Engine controllers, and they are filthy! It’s all good though, because they were extremely cheap.

Underneath them is a PC Engine multitap and a very shiny black PC Engine controller. Those aren’t the topic of this post though, it’s those dirty PC Engine controllers that are in need of some TLC!

Functionally, the PCBs and rubber pads were in great order, so it was only the controller’s plastic shell that needed some work. Isopropyl alcohol is extremely effective in cleaning off this kind of grime, but a less toxic alternative (and one that is probably more likely to be in your cleaning product cupboard) is to use window cleaner (like Windex). Because I couldn’t be bothered disassembling them I ended up spraying some window cleaner on a dish cloth and attacked the controllers with enthusiasm. Here’s the before:

And the after:

Not bad, huh? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve used the same technique on other consoles and accessories – I had an old Amiga 500 that had been sitting in a shed in storage before bringing I gave it a new home, so I disassembled the casing and gave it a generous spray of window cleaner. I left the cleaner on there for a couple of minutes to start dissolving all the grime and dust, then scrubbed it down – turned out great. I’ve heard of other people using the dishwasher to clean their consoles (well, the plastic outer casing, not the whole console with all the electronic insides still intact), but our dishwasher’s getting on a bit and I’m not sure how it would go with old consoles. Don’t want to accidentally warp anything ๐Ÿ˜‰

Last Gamer reviews the Saturn

Yes it’s a little late, but at least I got here ๐Ÿ™‚

Fellow Australian Sega enthusiast The Last Gamer took some time a few weeks back to give some love to the Saturn, including popping the top to show the insides of his Japanese launch system.

There’s always room on this blog for Sega fanboys, so check it out:

… and if you’re interested, here’s the original post from his website.