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General Discussion / Competition : Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon
« Last post by XPD on October 14, 2017, 11:37:58 am »
Tell me your fondest retro gaming memory and go in the draw to win a copy of Far Cry 3 : Blood Dragon.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a 2013 first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is a stand-alone expansion to the 2012 video game Far Cry 3 and the eighth overall installment in the Far Cry franchise. The game, a parody of 1980s action films and video games, takes place on a retro-futuristic open world island with players assuming the action role of the military cyborg Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt.

Blood Dragon is a stand alone expansion of Far Cry 3, meaning players do not need the original game to play it. Gameplay, though akin to Far Cry 3, using the same engine and general mechanics, is streamlined to provide a more linear experience. The skill tree, instead of a chosen path down three "ways of the animal", is replaced with a simpler leveling system that automatically unlocks benefits. The crafting is removed completely.

The gameplay is open world, first-person shooter, with the same vehicles from Far Cry 3. Players will find themselves using high powered explosives, heavily modified firearms, and a large knife in order to kill their way through the main missions. Side missions involve liberating garrisons, killing rare animals, and saving hostages. Stealth is rewarded with extra Cyber Points, the equivalent of Experience Points. The game also includes lots of hidden collectibles which, when found, unlock helpful rewards to assist with play.

This is a digital copy meaning you will be emailed/PM'ed a product key that needs to be activated via Ubisofts's Uplay system.

All entries will be entered into a random generator program and a winner drawn.
Closing date for entries is the 31st October 2017.
Draw will made on the 1st November 2017.

Good luck!
General / What are you emulating on ?
« Last post by XPD on October 11, 2017, 11:47:11 am »
Are you running your emulation software just on a Windows PC, or a Pi, or ???

Personally, I'm just using my Windows PC for now, but looking to get a Pi with some controllers for basic gaming
General Discussion / Welcome ! The basic hello and rules etc
« Last post by XPD on October 11, 2017, 11:25:47 am »
Welcome, and enjoy the forums!

Just before you start, please be aware of the following :

* Keep foul language to a minimum - some words are already censored.
* No flame wars
* No dodgy links
* I cannot be held responsible for anything that happens to any of your equipment/software by following guides/information posted in these forums.

What I'll try to do in return :

* Make it a fun enjoyable site to visit
* keep advertising to a minimum
* Interact with the users

Introductions / Hi!
« Last post by XPD on October 11, 2017, 11:22:10 am »
Hi, I'm XPD, the owner of this site. I'm a self-confessed gamer, geek along with being a father and husband.

I currently game on Xbox One and PC, but also own a PS3 which I played on hell of a lot.

Emulation is something I've always found interesting, especially Amiga emulation.

Why the Amiga ?

Back in the day, I had an Amiga 500 Plus system, and loved it, learnt how it worked, put together my own compilation disks, got a modem visiting BBS's and eventually started my own BBS which ran for a number of years. Ended up with an A500Plus, running 6MB RAM, 120MB SCSI HDD (which I still have and still spins up!), 030 40Mhz accelerator (standard Amiga was 7Mhz!) and an external NEC CDR70 CD Rom. But in the late 90's my Amiga died and I moved to PC...... (yuck ;) )

But the Amiga bug still bites, so into emulation I went. I also enjoy some of the old arcade games (Wardner was a favorite) so MAME soon appeared in my software as well.

There slots of international emulation websites, but nothing local in NZ really, so thought Id throw this together and see what happens :)

General / Is emulation legal ?
« Last post by XPD on October 11, 2017, 11:12:13 am »
This is a question that gets asked everywhere and no one really has a definitive answer.

At its most basic, the following applies.

Emulation software is legal - however the ROM/BIOS files required to use the software, are usually copyrighted. If you own a physical version of the particular system you wish to emulate, then most people will go"that's ok". Its a grey area really.

Game ROM's are usually still copyrighted by the original copyright holder, so although you have legally purchased an emulation system with ROMs (such as Amiga Forever), then the game disk images etc you download are technically illegal and you're breaking the copyright. Some games are so old and crappy, that you think "no one will care", but if you dig around, you'll probably find that someone does still hold the copyright and could chase you for making an illegal copy of their software. Does it happen ? Not really, but the threat is still there.

Some game publishers have made some of their games/software available freely (usually via their website), but still read the T&C's on their site to ensure you do not breach any laws.

I view it this way, if the system if 20 years old, I don't think the copyright holders are going to chase me down, but if I was emulating a PS4 and games, I would be expecting a knock at the door by lawyers from Sony very quickly.
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