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 Post subject: Actually playing on a Gameboy?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 7:51 pm 
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Hello fellows!

I've recently been lusting for a Gameboy. Mostly because I have an itch that only Castlevania can scratch and the time has come to collect the Gameboy titles. And as some of you know, I'm really into horror themed retro games and I know at least a handful for the Gameboy to collect.

But I'm wondering; which gameboy should I get if I actually want to play the games? I know that the Advance SP has the best screen by far. But I'm a bit of a purist and would really like to hold one of the pre-advance gameboys in my hands when playing. I did not actually have a Gameboy growing up, so I'm on uncharted waters and need your guidance.

Is it a joyable experience to actually play a game on either a Color or a Pocket? Or would I be limited to just the occasional play for the novelly of it? (Still better than my GameGear where the only novelly is looking at the console itself.)
The Color and Pocket seems to be fairly good when perfect light is achieved. So I would also like to know if that wormlight thing for the Color works well or if there is any other contraption?

Tell me about your preferences and experiences, how do you play your Gameboy games?

With this? :P
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 Post subject: Re: Actually playing on a Gameboy?
PostPosted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:57 pm 
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I use a Game Boy Light (JP import) for my regular games and my modded Color for my color games.

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I think I rather play on a Gameboy Advance player,unless theres a power outage then there will be some wishful thinking. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Actually playing on a Gameboy?
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I was in your exact situation a few months ago. Learn from my experience and get a Game Boy Color. You don't need a special light. Just bright room lighting or a decent nearby lamp. The contrast is great and pixels are sharp with no blurring.

The original Game Boy is essentially unplayable. Blurry. Low contrast. Only viable in direct, bright light. I bought one recently and gave it a serious try because I wanted the original experience, but it's un-usable for playing. I have fond memories of playing this unit back in 89-90, but even then, it was only in a lounge chair directly under a lamp.

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 Post subject: Re: Actually playing on a Gameboy?
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Modding the DMG-01 is relatively easy. It's a pet favorite of DIYers , and it also has the benefit of the best sound processing (if not necessarily speaker or 3.5mm jack) of any of the original Game Boys. I suggest you pick up a backlight from Kitsch-Bent or Nonfinite Electronics and go with that over one of those worm lights.

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Zing wrote:
I was in your exact situation a few months ago. Learn from my experience and get a Game Boy Color. You don't need a special light. Just bright room lighting or a decent nearby lamp. The contrast is great and pixels are sharp with no blurring.

The original Game Boy is essentially unplayable. Blurry. Low contrast. Only viable in direct, bright light. I bought one recently and gave it a serious try because I wanted the original experience, but it's un-usable for playing. I have fond memories of playing this unit back in 89-90, but even then, it was only in a lounge chair directly under a lamp.


My lighting situation seems like it's going to be ideal for pocket or color, which I'm happy about! So would you say that it's possible to actually play a game on the color? My sessions usually last about an hour, give or take. Will my eyes bleed? :P

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Whenever I want to play I invariably reach for my Game Boy Pocket. I was floored by its improvements over the original brick back in its day, and it is no less satisfying now. I played my Color heavily for one or two color-specific titles, which was definitely fun -- but for some reason it never became my default. It might be worth noting that the Color is chunkier than the Pocket, just in case heftiness means something to you.

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Key-Glyph wrote:
Whenever I want to play I invariably reach for my Game Boy Pocket. I was floored by its improvements over the original brick back in its day, and it is no less satisfying now. I played my Color heavily for one or two color-specific titles, which was definitely fun -- but for some reason it never became my default. It might be worth noting that the Color is chunkier than the Pocket, just in case heftiness means something to you.


That's interesting! Most of the people who still play the pre-advance models seem to prefer a modded brick or the color! Why do you think you stuck with old faithful?
Heftiness is not a problem, I'm only going to play in the comfort of my home and the occasional hotel room!

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If this is solely for home play, I highly suggest a Superboy or Game Boy Player.

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I bought a GBA SP last month, and I have not regretted it. Be sure to look for the AGS-101 which has a much brighter screen. Also plays all the older GB and GB Color games!

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