Category: Games

Games Tech

GameCube Modding Adventure

I made a few simple modifications to my GameCube recently. I removed the dead CR2032 that was soldered in and replaced it with a 2 pin battery holder. This will let me easily replace the battery next time it dies. Next I replaced the fan with a Noctua NF-A4x10 FLX. This required a 40mm fan adapter plate and fan cable. The big mod was replacing the optical drive with the GC Loader PNP HW2 loaded with Swiss. This allows you to load games from a SD card instead of relying on the aging optical drive. I got a CARBY by Insurrection Industries for the video output along with a support brace. Lastly, I got a Retro Fighters BattlerGC Wireless Controller. Overall I am really happy with this GameCube setup.

 

Games Video

System Shock 2: Enhanced Edition First Look Trailer

Very pleased to see they remade the cinematics! It also looks like they are including some of the typical community mods in with the game, so that should make the mod pack obsolete which is great. If only they could have put in the real ending:

“Due to miscommunications or differing ideas, a different cinematic video was created from the one that I originally scripted,” says Levine. “It had this elaborate sequence where Shodan would attempt to kill you in a double-cross, as this ‘cyber stinger’ that was in view provided tension of your impending doom.”  Upon getting his hands on the video for the ending sequence, Levine didn’t see anything that he wrote in the script.  “We didn’t have much to work with.  It was like when you look in the cupboard and you’re trying to make soup, and you have a bag of salt and couple of pinto beans.”  Working with fixed assets can be extremely challenging especially with limited time and resources as well as fighting the technology back then.  Levine remembers, “We had to write to the assets we had at that point, and all we could do was edit it.  We completely ran out of time and that cut scene wasn’t the right ending for the game.” – Source