Lawrence Staveley

February 14th 2020, 13:02:22

Well, as we've slyly announced it (nothing official yet, not even a trailer!) have some footage of the next chapter of Dizzy to hit the Atari Jaguar, fully licensed and to be available from AtariAge (No ETA yet)

Magicland Dizzy!

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 14th 2020, 09:20:15

I decided I wanted a Lynx GameDrive desktop wallpaper. As I've made it, I thought I may as well share it! I'm sure exactly zero people will want it, but hey, why not... 😆

Full 1080p version available here --

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 13th 2020, 13:47:32

You can never have too many bare bones examples for reasonably advanced (sprites 'n interrupts) techniques. The bedrock of old computers. 😄
Here is another C64 Assembly example, hope you enjoy!😉
Here is the link to the .asm have a play around. More tutorials from this website

The Nintendork 🇺🇸 🎮🕹

February 11th 2020, 18:07:36

How cool are these #Nintendo #SNES #NES art pieces made by stevecasino@ on #instagram 😁😍👍

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 11th 2020, 14:46:24

And just for fun, a render of the most likely final shell candidate! All looks pretty nice, and fits in both Lynx 1&2 -- one of the design goals for this latest version of the cart. 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 11th 2020, 14:00:27

A few more Lynx GameDrive case variants sent for print. One of these will be the final design, with any luck! Most of the tweaks are to do with how the PCB is clipped into the case. I'm trying to do away with adhesive and rely on mechanical fixing if at all possible.

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 10th 2020, 15:52:04

And this is a Lynx GD testing unit ready for action! The production outsourcing tools. 😄

Quite pleased with the case and funky yellow LCD. Looks suitably industrial.

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 10th 2020, 15:40:38

Final production Lynx GameDrive PCB's ordered in gold ENIG finish for last bit of testing and then CE & FCC certification. Honestly, not long now... 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

February 6th 2020, 12:45:23

It needs a housing, but this is the production Lynx GameDrive testing device. Stick in a blank cart and it does magic things... 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 29th 2020, 11:33:11

Very cool. This is something schools should be doing, we have a real lack of bare bones low level knowledge of computers in the world. It just seems second nature to me to know about bits and bytes, but many "younger" professionals don't actually have a clue. This scares me! 😆
If you are feeling nostalgic on the 40th anniversary of the launch of the Sinclair ZX80, why not build your own with a Minstrel 2 kit. (or a Minstrel 3 if you prefer the luxury of a ZX81 compatible kit).

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 29th 2020, 10:40:45

I love @strangepartscom videos looking through the industrial and electronic markets in China. To me it's a like a sweet shop to a kid, absolutely amazing! We don't even have Maplin stores anymore.

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 27th 2020, 16:37:04

Totally awesome. 🙂
Introducing GC Loader PNP. Now a 100% solder free installation. Each unit will include a drive connector. PCB production will start right after Chinese New Year.

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 23rd 2020, 17:31:33

The new Lynx GameDrive cart now supports EEPROM save game data!

This is a feature used in many homebrew games and a welcome addition to the GameDrive! EEPROM images are saved back to your memory card along with the game.

MAZ Gaming #MORG

January 23rd 2020, 11:48:53

The thing I hate most about modern gaming by a huge huge mile 🎮🎮🎮

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 22nd 2020, 22:28:39

I’ve been wanting to build a tiny 68000 based computer for many years. No idea what I’d ever use it for, but that’s not the point... 😆 Building stuff just because you can is part of the fun! 😄
MGC workshop project plan - a Z80 with 64k SRAM that is loaded at boot by an ATMEGA32U4 which also acts as a USB UART connection among other things. Slits in PCB so you can wear it like a badge and care edge expansion at bottom. $75 workshop cost target.

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 20th 2020, 16:52:40

A video showing building and testing the latest Lynx GameDrive cartridge with specific focus on how I deal with solder fine pitch SMD stuff while suffering from essential tremor. It's quite long... lots of waffling and soldering! 😆

SainT : RetroHQ :

January 12th 2020, 10:21:44

I’m sure this will be of interest of everyone, so worth a retweet! Yes, the 7800 cart will be coming. I’m still sorting out everything required to outsource production and sales of the Lynx, NeoGeo Pocket and Jaguar carts, so that comes first.
Sorry to bother you, @TheRetroHQ is the 7800 flash cart that was announced back in September still coming, or did that get canceled?

SainT : RetroHQ :

December 17th 2019, 20:34:02

I have the next pcb revision for the Lynx which should give eeprom support and the programming / testing pcb to build up. Hopefully 3rd party Lynx and Jaguar carts will start shipping 1st quarter next year!

SainT : RetroHQ :

December 17th 2019, 20:34:02

Christmas greetings! I am still alive. 😄 I’m in Xmas mode already, so I’ve been pretty much completely offline for a while. A general update on everything — most of the production outsourcing work has been done now for the Jaguar and Lynx.


December 5th 2019, 15:27:57

Which MD games would you like us to patch to MD+ ?

Name your favourites and we will start by the most popular ones.
RT please

Thomas Koch

December 5th 2019, 15:00:20

C64C cases are back in production. Shipping starts in calendar week 51. Preorder now. #C64 #C64C

SainT : RetroHQ :

December 5th 2019, 09:22:41

Absolutely amazing stuff! 😀
Only the FFC is missing now. Hopefully this is the last revision before the production boards !

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 27th 2019, 15:49:49

Lots more work on the QR related firmware updating. I will no longer require any registration, just scan the QR and download updates. It all felt too intrusive and irritating to have to register an account. Plus the cartridge can easily be sold on then with no ties to accounts.

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 22nd 2019, 15:36:54

There will be the same activation method on the Jaguar as well. CRT's aren't ideal for QR scanning, but it does work. A backup URL will also be present!

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 22nd 2019, 13:06:23

This is a bit of a hint at things to come for the hardware manufacture outsourcing.

I know it's not going to be universally popular, however when outsourcing like this you need some control over ip.

I'll make it as unobtrusive as possible, I promise!

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 20th 2019, 12:27:00

Working with retro hardware on a daily basis means I feel obliged to live in the moment -- the moment being 30 years ago, of course. Good thing the music was bloody awesome. Some Eldritch today. Amazing how music can completely alter mood, enthusiasm and energy levels. 🤔🤘🏻

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 18th 2019, 16:38:18

A couple of classic RetroHQ Lynx game carts going out to the lucky top two places of the Lynx coding contest organised by @TheAtariGamer! Awesome stuff! #AtariLynx #Programming

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 17th 2019, 22:02:30

Does anyone have photos of their programming setup from back in the 90’s? Please share if you do! It was a far more raw experience back then... 😄

My programming setup early 1993 as appeared in ST Format!
Awesome 12/75 modem and biscuit tin propping up the TV... 😆

Batman Group

November 17th 2019, 13:06:25

Pinball Dreams CPC reaches 12,000 downloads in the first month!
And to celebrate we have made a very limited physical edition to gift in gratitude to collaborators and friends who supported us during the development.
#Amstrad #PinballDreams

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 13th 2019, 14:31:21

And in the same vein, the new NeoPocket Game Drive label artwork! All steps closer to getting things happening again. 🙂

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 13th 2019, 13:29:55

With the whole Game Drive re-brand I'm also moving to new same-styled artwork for all the cartridges. This is the new Jaguar Game Drive label, other carts will follow. Original asset pack by @Namatnieks, used with permission. Sadly he wasn't available for commission! Superb work.

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 11th 2019, 17:27:00

Sorry for the lack updates recently, starting to get back on track. I'm working on sorting the Jaguar GD for production outsource in the background, but I've also been doing a bit more on the new Lynx GD as well!

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 5th 2019, 23:00:40

@emceebois @SmokeMonsterTWI @The_Phonedork The new Lynx GD is coming on well. I made a custom programming edge connector for it today for something different to do. Works nicely. Can’t see it being ready before Xmas though, lots to sort out for outsourcing manufacture. 😕

Bob from RetroRGB

November 5th 2019, 01:38:24

Wow, fuck you @KaicoLabs. Hey @Morrison, are you licensed to practice overseas? I'd love to start a kickstarter to fund a giant lawsuit against people like this who clone closed-source products.

@KaicoLabs I just noticed this announcement:

Welcome and here's my reply!

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 1st 2019, 20:46:32

I’ve thought of a very cool retro demo (C64, Speccy, CPC era) competition category. The V40 QR code category! 2953 bytes and add a QR scanner into some emulators. Bloody awesome. 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

November 1st 2019, 15:27:51

When you put your mind to it, it’s interesting what optimisations you can find for outsourcing more areas of production without having to compromise on IP security. I should be able to have licensed producers of my hardware and also make production simplifier in one process.

SainT : RetroHQ :

October 14th 2019, 19:51:20

Ooh, this is nice. Very Star Foxy.
And saving the best for last, the boss!

I had a LOT of fun working on this guy. I was dreading it at first, but now I can't wait to make more bosses! #exzodiac

SainT : RetroHQ :

October 14th 2019, 19:02:53

Does anyone know if the Atari Lynx Eye of the Beholder ROM which is out there work with the more common EEPROM setup used by homebrew, or is it still setup for the Atari EPROM / RAM cart? Looking at adding EEPROM support for the new Lynx GD... 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

October 7th 2019, 08:45:51

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the input / feedback on other possible systems to look at for mods. I've had a load of great suggestions, so I'll be having a look at those as bedtime reading while working on the current projects. 😄

SainT : RetroHQ :

October 4th 2019, 16:54:07

Another hard days graft on the Lynx Game Drive. It's now fully functional with game selection menu built into the micrcontroller, so loading to menu is instant and everything is just much quicker in general. New features next...

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