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Finding the First Videogame ROM

Ed Fries tracks down the first ever ROM programmed for a video game, older than previously-found chips. What a find.

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Dan Luu’s Keyboard Latency Tests

Apparently, keyboard latency has gotten measurably worse over time– computers in the 1970s had faster keyboard input that we do today. The post does a good job of debunking several of the most common BS claims made by “gaming” keyboard manufacturers, too. They aren’t any faster than regular ‘ol consumer-grade keyboards, and in some cases slower!

Most keyboards add enough latency to make the user experience noticeably worse, and keyboards that advertise speed aren’t necessarily faster. The two gaming keyboards we measured weren’t faster than non-gaming keyboards, and the fastest keyboard measured was a minimalist keyboard from Apple that’s marketed more on design than speed.

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Unreleased Sim City NES prototype shown on the Internet

I’ve never wanted any single object more than this one? If there is any decency left in the world this will get dumped and I will get to play it.

I can barely make words about this.

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Takeshi no Chousenjo is being released for iOS and Android in Japan

The classic Famicom kusoge (literal translation: “shitty game”) is coming to Japan, but likely not the US. I’ll have to be happy with my Famicom version.

Related: This game was Arino-san’s very first challenge on Game Center CX!

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New Game: Duck Jumper

Rediscovered after being lost since 1987, and now available for download on itch.io: Duck Jumper. Jump on ducks! Keep doing it!

Name your own price, and yes, $0.00 is a price.

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Retropie Showing Only “Choose”

This happened to me today after a particularly hardcore bit of housekeeping on my Pi 3. Whew.