Software defines the fun, not hardware

10 06 2019

I have a lot of hardware at home to play games on:
– Consoles
– PC
– Atari 8-16-32-64Bit
– Handhelds
But finding time to really play a game is a difficult task. Most often I don’t like to spend time building up and configure the stuff. I simply like to put a device in my and a start playing.

So I had the feeling, that I did not play as much as I like to do. That changed after I bought Tetris99 for the Nintendo Switch. It was not the hardware, cause the console was laying around for a month, it was the software. I had (and still have) a GameBoy back in the days with only one game: Tetris. I played it like hell cause it’s simply the best game with this “one more time” motivation. Same with Tetri99 on the Switch. I play now much more than before.


New ST Setup

21 01 2018

I setup my STE wtih 4MB (will never use them) and a nice SC1224 a friend of mine lend me.


After I took this picutre, I had a 20 minutes search for the USB stick for the Gotek inside the STE. Finally I found some USB sticks and tested them. First was some photos, next a linux distribution and a Gotek stick, but the one for the Falcon. So I had a look at my blog where I posted the setup of the Gotek in the STE a while ago, and finally I got an idear which USB stick to search for. And found it!


Gotek USB on the right, also added the Joystick extention (right under the STE) and the one and only greekstick.


My first game in 2018

1 01 2018


Happy gaming in 2018


7 11 2017

Saturday we had our first Kick Off Revival tournament here in Frankfurt. The results were the expected ones, even that the 0-0 draw between Christian and Jan was a suprise, since their last unofficial game ended 2-1. Concratulation to Horst for winning.


Just got an evil white screen of death on my Falcon due to missing Screeneye

6 02 2016

Seems that the NVRAM stored, that the device have to be pressent. I turned on my Falcon and got the white screen of death. After I while and reading some forums I put back the screeneye I put out recently and it worked again.

Retro Bolz Tag 2012. Am 11.08 im For Amusement Only in Rodenbach

20 07 2012

Begin: 14:00
Ort: For Amusement Only, Bahnhofsstr. 45, 63517 Rodenbach
Einritt: 5 Euro
Pele Soccer (Atari VCS 2600) Jeder gegen Jeden
Sensible Soccer (Atari ST oder Atari Jaguar) Jeder gegen Jeden
Kick Off 2 (Amiga) Jeder gegen Jeden
Kick Off 2 (Amiga), 2 Spieler Team, Jedes Team gegen Jedes andere Team
Pro Evolution Soccer 2004 (Playstation 2), Jeder gegen Jeden
Benötigte Sachen Bitte eigene Joysticks mitbringen, es sind aber auch genug vor Ort

HomeCon #12: Der mit den Segas tanzt

22 05 2011
Friday I had a good night Kick Off and a good movie called “Legion” at Franks place in Mannheim. We also used the time to coordinate the dates for the upcoming Summer tournaments in the near of Gummersbach and in Frankfurt. So it looks good for a nice Kick Off summer all over Europe.

At the HomeCon there was no Kick Off station ready, so first I bought a used copy of “The Bard’s tale” for the C64. I do not own a C64, but I like to have a original box of the classic at home.

In the meantime the organizers of the Sega Championship arrived and started to build up their stuff. Hessi (HomeCon organizer) had build out the seats of his van an so we had 4 nice seats for the players.

And finaly Newalix arrived and we could play Kick Off. In the end we had a nice little tournament. Horst become really efficient with his 45 degree shots, so we had some close matches.

Thorsten B – Frank F 2-2, 1-3:
Another draw. But I want’s a victory next time I’m so close.
Thorsten B – Horst L 4-2,2-1:
Both times Horst scores first, but my better Midfield saved the games.
Thorsten B – Jan K 5:1,4:1
Jan was not as good as in the last tournaments. Easy wins in the end.

Between the games we also participated in the Sega Tournament:

Round 1: Bomber Man
I played against Oerg and he won 3-2. Again won 2 rounds in this game. Not bad. In the Sega Megadrive version you could get a dino to ride on it. This is a second live, so if you die, only your dino is dead. So if your opponement have a dino and you not, that is a disadvantage I learned in the final match.

Round 2: Micro Maschines 2
Great game. I lost against Neewalix, but we had some funny fights. Loved to let him die on the sponge. Hope to play that game more often

Round 3: Columns
Cause I did not knew that with button C you could give some lines to your opponement, the game was not that funny for me 🙂 Well a game that is not one of my favorites.

Round 4: Sonic 2
A must for sega fans, but not a game for newbies.

Round 5: Super Kick Off
The sega version of Kick off is really the opposite of fun. But at least I was able to do the first “Day Trick”. That was the only positive thing. A shame for the Kick Off line.

It was nice to meet the enthusiastic Sega people and we had some fun playing different games. To improve a Tournament with people who do not regular play all these games and also not regular use a game pad, it would be nice to have a short explaination of the games before you play.

During the tournament I also had time to talk and play a little bit around. Played G.Radius on the PS1. A great game. Also thanks to Ebby that he thought on my Mega ST2. I bought G.Radius on my RCM trip two weeks ago, so I will have a shooting soon on my PS2.

Now it was time to go home. The nice weekend tripp was finished by meal at KFC and some 3 Kick Off games.