SNES Slap Bass

Don’t ask me why I did this, but some time ago I found the BRR sample for that silly slap bass instrument used in early SNES games (you know, the bwoo bwoo bwoo one), and did a pattern search…

MIDI Masquerade

In 2015, someone posted a very large collection of MIDI files to Reddit, numbering at around 130,000 files total. I just downloaded and extracted it and I have now become this man. Many of these files are…

PDCurses

Curses is a venerable API for interacting with computer terminals on a per-cell basis. What follows are some quick and unfinished notes about using the PDCurses implementation with C terminal programs in Windows 10 while I dabble with…

Thrift Log: Intellivision TV Play Power

Paid six bucks. Disappointing unit for a variety of reasons.   Controller The Intellivision had a crazy dial-and-keypad controller with side buttons. It supported plastic overlays for game-specific control instructions, and the dial could detect 16 directions of…

Thrift Log – Microsoft Sidewinder X6 Keyboard

Found for about $6 CAD. I ended up grabbing it out of curiosity for the weird dials, numerous macro keys, and the Microsoft Sidewinder branding. Sidewinder was Microsoft’s pre-XBox, “extreme” gaming-oriented peripheral brand, and they slapped the name…

Cave Noire

Konami’s 1991 Cave Noire is a bite-sized dungeon crawler for the original Game Boy. Released in Japan only, it seems to have come and gone without much notice, outside of a small following on the…