8bitdo Sega Genesis Receiver Review

8bitdo Sega Genesis Receiver Review

The 8bitdo Genesis Receiver allows your Sega Genesis or Mega Drive to use a modern gamepad such as the PS4, PS3, XBox or Wii U (pictured) as well as a wide assortment of Bluetooth controllers. Also pictured on the right is another device used in a similar way for devices that accept USB such as the Nintendo Switch, the Mini Playstation, PCs, etc.


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Install Sony Playstation Now (PS Now) on Ubuntu

I’m always looking at ways to play video games on Ubuntu Linux. This one is a doozy. With Playstation Now, you can play over 700 real PS2, PS3 and PS4 games on your Ubuntu computer. The technology uses streaming from remote server where the gaming console exists. Sony typically will give you a couple weeks as a free trial though the deals vary. I was able to take advantage of a Black Friday sale with one full year of PS Now for only $70. Fantastic deal.

Here’s how to install PS Now on Ubuntu:

First install wine if it’s not already installed. Wine is a Linux program that helps us run Windows programs on the Linux platform.

sudo apt install wine-stable

Next, download winetricks into your downloads folder.

cd "${HOME}/Downloads"
wget  https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Winetricks/winetricks/master/src/winetricks
chmod +x winetricks

Now install some Windows apps with winetricks.

./winetricks corefonts
./winetricks vulkansdk
./winetricks dxvk
./winetricks vcrun2013

Now we are going to install Lutris, which is a program that helps you install games and other apps on your Wine Windows installation.

sudo apt-get install lutris

Once you find Lutris in your application menu and launch it.
Now visit the Lutris website and launch the PS Now installer.
After you select ‘install’ you will see a Playstation Now icon in the Lutris application.

Here’s where I ran into trouble with this installation Mind you, I figured all this out by using directions cobbled together from many broken install methods I found on the web! When I tried to launch PS Now from Lutris, I was met with a message that said, “Vulkan is not installed” even though I installed it with winetricks (above).

Here’s the fix:

Right-click on the Playstation Now icon in Lutris.
Select “configure”.
Select the “runner options” tab.
Turn “Enable DXVK” off.
Save and relaunch. After poking on a couple dialog boxes, you should be good to go!

Sega Master System

Image result for sega master systemIf you are unfamiliar with the 8-Bit Sega Master System, the game system that Sega sold before the 16-Bit Sega Genesis – you are in for a treat. This third generation video game system debuted in 1985 in Japan as the Sega Mark III.  The name wasn’t very well revived so when it debuted in 1986 in North America, it was relabeled the Master System. The system competed with the Nintendo NES, which debuted a year earlier. In Japan and North America, the system was far less popular than it was in Europe and Brazil. The incredibly popular Sega Genesis followed in the market two years later, making the Master System a footnote outside of Europe and Brazil. Despite this, many great games were created. I put together a list of the best games, though there are many more. If you are interested in checking out what the system offered, check out the titles below. Also, just for fun check out this embeded youtube video with 25 popular Master System titles.

A Sega Master System console will run you around $50 on ebay. Just like any other retro game system, the game cartridges can run anywhere from $10 to $300 depending on the rarity, condition, desirability, and completeness (box, manual, etc.)

If you have a gen 1 or gen 2 Sega Genesis, you can use a “power base converter” (which ranges between $50-100 on ebay) to play Sega Master System games.

Another option is to buy a Mega EverDrive X7, which will allow you to load up Master System, 32X and Genesis cartridge roms. Don’t ask me for roms or where to find them!

Another interesting option is to emulate the system with a Raspberry Pi using RetroPie. There are plenty of youtube videos around to show you how to do this. Essentially, you are going to install an OS image onto a micro SD card, put it in your Raspberry Pi, then install your rom images to the rom directory. This is a great option and highly encourage!

Good luck and happy gaming!

Sega Master SystemGamegear portGenreMore Information
Alex Kidd in Miracle WorldPlatformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kidd_in_Miracle_World
Alien SyndromeRun & gun shooterhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Syndrome
Asterix2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asterix_(1991_video_game)
Astro Warriors
Shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astro_Warrior
Ayrton Senna's Super Monaco GP 2
Baku Baku Animal
Puzzle gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baku_Baku_Animal
Bubble Bobble
Comical action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_Bobble
Buggy Run
California Games
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Chuck Rock 2: Son of ChuckPlatformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Rock_II:_Son_of_Chuck
Cool Spot
Deep Duck Trouble Starring Donald Duck
Desert Strike
Shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Strike
Double Dragon
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Falling block puzzlehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dr._Robotnik%27s_Mean_Bean_Machine
Dynamite Dux
Dynamite Headdy
Earthworm Jim
Ecco the Dolphin
Ecco: Tides of Time
Fantasy Zone
Horizontally scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Zone
Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of Opa-Opa
Horizontally scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasy_Zone_II:_The_Tears_of_Opa-Opa
Ghouls 'n' Ghosts
G-LOC: Air Battle
Arcade, Combat flight simulatorhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-LOC:_Air_Battle
Golden Axe Warrior
Golvellius: Valley of Doom
Role-playing gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golvellius
GP Rider
Impossible Mission
James Pond 2: Codename Robocod
Land of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Legend of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
Marble Madness
Platform, Racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marble_Madness
Master of Darkness
2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Darkness
Micro Machines
Ninja Gaiden
Action-adventure, hack and slashhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Gaiden
Operation Wolf
Shooting galleryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wolf
Arcade racinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Out_Run
OutRun Europa
Phantasy Star
✓ (Phantasy Star Adventure & Phantasy Star Gaiden)Role-playing gamehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasy_Star
Power Strike II
✓ (GG Aleste II: Lance Bird)Vertically scrolling shoot 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Strike
Prince of Persia
Cinematic platformer
Psycho Fox
2D action Platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psycho_Fox
2D action platformerhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quartet_(video_game)
Rainbow Islands
Road Rash
Side scrolling shoot-em-uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-Type
Sensible Soccer
Platform, hack and slashhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinobi_(video_game)
Smash TV (Super Smash TV)
Multidirectional shooterhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_TV
Sonic Chaos
Sonic Spinball
Action, Pinballhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Spinball
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Special Criminal Investigation
Racing, Actionhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_Criminal_Investigation
Streets of Rage 2
Beat 'em uphttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streets_of_Rage_2
✓ (Sequel as Strider II)Platformhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strider_(arcade_game)
Super Monaco GP
First-person racing/Racing simulationhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Monaco_GP
Super Off Road
The Lion King
The Lucky Dime Caper Starring Donald Duck
The New Zealand Story
Thunder Blade
Scrolling shooter
Third-person rail shooter
Combat flight simulator
Virtua Fighter Animation
Versus Fightinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtua_Fighter_Animation
Wonder Boy in Monster World✓ (Monster World II: Dragon no Wana)Platform/Action-adventure, Metroidvaniahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Boy_in_Monster_World
Ys: The Vanished OmensAction Role Playinghttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ys_I:_Ancient_Ys_Vanished
ZillionPlatform, action-adventurehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zillion_(video_game)

Gaming on the Raspberian Stretch Desktop

It really surprises me that there isn’t a Raspberry Pi gaming scene. I’m not talking about emulation. I’m talking about games that run native on the Pi in Raspbian. Old machines like the Atari 2600, Colecovision, ZX Spectrum and the Commodore 64 have an embarrassing wealth of new games coming out all the time. The Vic 20 still gets releases for God’s sake! So where is the love when it comes to our tiny Pi friend, which is much, much more capable?

Here’s a small list of games you can run on the Stretch Desktop. There are more but these seem to be the most popular. Let me know if you have any favorites you want added to the list!

For the 3D games, a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is highly recommended!

Battleball – a 3D Tank arcade
sudo apt-get install battleball

Flare – Diablo-like RPG
sudo apt-get install flare-game

Freesweep – a console based Minesweeper
sudo apt-get install freesweep

Funny Boat – funny arcade game
sudo apt-get install funnyboat

Gnome Nibbles – a snake game
sudo apt-get install gnome-nibbles

Quake 3
-> Setup:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install quake3
game-data-packager quake3 -i

Minecraft Pi edition 

Open Arena – open source version of Quake with different maps
sudo apt-get install openarena

OpenTTD – based upon Transport Tycoon Deluxe sudo apt-get install openttd

TINT – a Tetris game
sudo apt-get install tint