Twenty Years of the Sega Saturn

by NFG - 22nd November 2014 in Games, Hardware

Twenty years ago today Sega’s 32-bit Saturn console was launched in Japan. I was living in Canada at the time, managing video game store, and my Japanese friend imported one as soon as he could. He guarded it with some […]

PC Engine Magazine Retrospective

by NFG - 2nd June 2014 in Games, Hardware, Japan, Technology

I’ve been going through a massive archive of PC Engine magazines recently. Complete runs of every PCE mag ever printed, basically, 43 gigabytes of scans that brought me on a roller coaster of PC Engine history. The entire history of […]

iiNet mailed me a KYP USB key

by NFG - 4th February 2014 in Hardware, Technology

I received an interesting thing in the mail yesterday, it’s a USB dongle from iiNet, a large Australian ISP. It was glued into a large postcard-type panel, and is basically a tiny USB circuit board with a plastic tab so […]

Repairing Robotron

by NFG - 15th January 2014 in Games, Hard Hackin, Hardware

As far as I’m concerned the best game ever made is Robotron, an 8-bit arcade game from 1982. Two joysticks, no buttons, and more than a hundred baddies on a single screen. It’s intense and it’s awesome. My PCB has […]

The Samsung Saturn Revisited

by NFG - 1st July 2006 in Games, Hardware

You may remember an older writeup I did on the elusive, nearly mythical Samsung Saturn. I recently received a pair of additional units, and after having had a look at them there are definitely new things to learn. The two […]

Blowing power supplies

by NFG - 11th May 2006 in Hardware

I’ve been working on my JAMMA gear here at home, trying to make my arcade games run on my TV. After a couple of weeks fucking around with joysticks and RGB cables I finally got things working, more or less. […]

The Samsung Saturn Revisited

by NFG - 30th January 2006 in Hardware

You may remember an older writeup I did on the elusive, nearly mythical Samsung Saturn. I recently received a pair of additional units, and after having had a look at them there are definitely new things to learn. The two […]

Sony acknowledges PSP faults.. No, they don’t.

by NFG - 25th January 2005 in Hardware

You might remember my recent harsh appraisal of Sony’s PSP. According to a GameSpot article the head of Sony Computer Entertainment, Ken Kutaragi, said only .6% of the PSPs sold have been returned, and that people complaining about the buttons […]

Two rare things for your enjoy.

by NFG - 21st January 2005 in Hardware

Recently someone auctioned off a prototype PC Engine modem on Yahoo’s Japanese auction site. This is the second one I’ve seen, but the first with software. The PCE modem was never released, and according to this auction only one hundred […]

Nintendo’s DS: An NFG Review

by NFG - 21st December 2004 in Hardware

After writing up all the things that went wrong with the PSP a few people asked what I thought about the DS. The bottom line: Nintendo’s DS is far better designed and constructed. Never mind the specs and features and […]


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