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Finally cleaned up the retro cupboard

It only took me two years to get round to it.

Cleaned up retro cupboard

Starting in the top left, we have a Gamecube (with 3x Wavebird receivers and a Gameboy Advance player), a PS1, a Dreamcast, a Megadrive 2, a Mega CD 2, a Neo Geo Pocket Colour, a PSP, an Atari 2600, a Saturn, and a PC Engine CoreGrafx. On the lower shelf we have a Cambridge Z88, an Atari STE (upgraded to 4MB RAM and with a Gotek USB disc emulator in place of its 3.5″ floppy drive), an Atari 65XE and a Sinclair QL. I also have an Amiga 1200 that normally sits behind the QL, but that’s currently off with Mutant Caterpillar Games being recapped and having some dodgy soldering around the mouse port sorted out.

Because I’m a self-indulgent nerd, I also just ordered an UltraSatan for the STE. I am unreasonably excited for its arrival. There’s a whole world of STE homebrew stuff out there that requires a hard drive. I can’t wait to go delving into it.

Sekiro is absolutely kicking my arse

I’m a relatively recent convert to From Software’s oeuvre. I tried Dark Souls back in the PS3 era, and I remember getting as far as the Capra Demon and then basically thinking “well, fuck THAT”. It wasn’t until last year, when I disappeared down a Bloodborne-shaped rabbit hole for about four months, that the brutal-instant-death-as-education gameplay loop that is Miyazaki’s calling card clicked with me.

I finished Bloodborne, loved every minute of it, and went on to play, finish and adore Dark Souls and Dark Souls 3 too (we don’t talk about Dark Souls 2). I’m no onebro, but I’m good enough to acclimatise to the difficulty, get through to the end, and appreciate these games as the peerless works of genius that they are.

Or so I thought. Enter Sekiro.

See, my Soulsborne play style is very much focused on dex and stamina; dancing around waiting for an opening, then getting in, doing some damage with a fast weapon, and getting out again before the next attack. It worked great for Bloodborne, and well enough for Souls 1 and 3. It didn’t matter that I sucked at parrying.

Sekiro doesn’t work like that, at all. Sekiro is all about parrying. Split second timing. Carefully watching the tells. You can’t dance around health-chipping the bosses in Sekiro. You have to out-fence them.

This I cannot do. I try and try and try but I just can’t get the timing, or maybe now I’m getting older my reactions just aren’t quick enough any more. Either way, it’s just not happening for me.

But that’s OK. I have a huge backlog of games. I’m going to play Far Cry 5 and Divinity, and then come back to Sekiro later. Maybe, as with Dark Souls, the penny will drop second time around.

The chaos in my retro cupboard

In my home office, there is a cupboard. It contains all my retro gaming stuff. It’s a bombsite. It looks like this:

I guess my next project is to rationalise the mess… but knowing where to begin is quite the challenge.

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