Console Shock podcast 93: Digital Stores

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast! With the news of Nintendo shutting down the eShop for the Wii U and 3DS in 2023, we decided to chime in with our thoughts on the issue. Is it just us retro gamers that are bothered, or do digital store closures affect us all? Also Stu finally decides to take the plunge into vintage Mac gaming! – Stu buys an Apple PowerBook G4 Titanium! – Some of the issues Stu is running into with the PBG4. – Thoughts on the Wii U and Wii U collecting in general. – Nintendo’s decision to close the eShop. – The problems facing video game companies with “future proofing” their digital stores. – Is the general gaming public really bothered when digital stores close? – The issues with game preservation when official digital stores close. – Is it realistic to expect video game companies to keep these digital stores open forever? Intro/Outro Music – Training Theme – Starwing (1993) – Super Nintendo – Composer(s): Hajime Hirasawa

Console Shock podcast 92: Emulators

Retro and current gen gaming chat, with Trev and Stu, its the Console Shockcast! We are joined once again by Console Shock OG Al,

as we talk about the diverse and sometimes controversial topic that is emulators! Starting from our early experiences in the late 90s with DOS PCs,

we go all the way to modern solutions like RetroArch and much more in-between..

– A quick chat about Microsoft buying Activision, and the impact that will have. – Early DOS based emulators like Nesticle and Genecyst.

– The wonder of having an entire console library at your fingertips!

– Emulators being our introduction to 60hz versions of games.

– Using a keyboard to play old games before gamepads became easy to configure. – The legal issues surrounding emulation.

– The slightly patchy official emulation and backwards compatibility solutions. – Enhancing the graphics on old games with emulators.

– FPGA based devices like the Analogue Pocket. Intro/Outro Music – Hang Glider Theme – Pilotwings 64 (1996) – Nintendo 64 – Composer(s): Dan Hess