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10 More PS2 HIDDEN GEMS – Awesome PlayStation 2 Games!

With over 1,800 games released for the PS2, there are lots of Hidden Gems to discover and here are 10 more:

PS2 Games Shown:
Seek and Destroy
Extermination
Nitrobike
Dual Hearts
Space Chimps
Kill.Switch
Hypersonic.Xtreme
Asterix & Obelix: Kick Buttix
Project Snowblind
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION (ENGLISH)

– [Metal Jesus] Hey guys, Metal Jesus here. Now, over the years I’ve released four PS2 Hidden Gems videos and let’s be honest, with over 1,800 games released for the PS2, it’s no wonder I keep finding more. So with that in mind, here are 10 more PS2 hidden gems you might wanna add to your collection. All right guys, let’s go ahead and get started with a game called Seek and Destroy. So, this is part of the Choro-Q, Penny Racers, franchise. At least, Choro-Q is what it’s called in Japan, but we over here in the States know it as the Penny Racers franchise. And basically, instead of this being a RPG based around cars, as you can see by the footage here, this one is based around tanks. Yes, you heard that correctly. When I said a tank RPG, I really mean it. I mean, this game is like a lot of other RPGs where here you get to talk to NPCs, you’ll get missions from them, there’s a big world to explore as well as smaller towns to discover. You’ll cruise around those towns and you’ll shop for equipment, it’s a crazy game. As you win battles, you’ll also get new tanks with different stats and then you can customize pretty much every aspect of it. For instance, here you’ll see I’ve equipped missiles and a machine gun on my tank as well as I’ve customized the camouflage. And then once you’ve gathered up enough money you can upgrade the engine, you can add radar, and a lot more. What’s weird about the series is that it’s characters are not pilots on the inside of those tanks, but instead the tanks themselves are the characters. It kinda reminds me of the Pixar movie Cars. As you can see here, the graphics definitely don’t look that good, but the environments are pretty much destructible, which makes blowing up stuff really fun. This is definitely a really interesting game, I mean, it takes itself pretty seriously, but it’s also really fun. There’s also a decent challenge to be had here if you’re looking for it. I would say if you end up liking this game, definitely check out Road Trip, also on the Playstation 2. Same universe, same franchise, but just with cars.

Next up, we have Extermination. This is a survival-horror game that is exclusive to the Playstation 2. In this game, you play as a special forces soldier sent to a secret military base in the Antarctic, where you quickly learn that a virus outbreak has occurred and is wreaking all sorts of havoc. Right off the bat, I feel like this game is a mix of say, Siphon Filter with obviously Resident Evil and maybe even a little Half-Life with its Black Mesa-like environments. However, it has a fixed camera, which definitely feels a little dated and frustrating because you can’t really control it. But I guess that kinda plays into the tension of the whole survival-horror gameplay thing, just not my favorite. However, it compensates for that a little bit because it has a lock-on ability with your rifle. I mean, that definitely helps kill enemies, especially when so many of them are kinda wiggling around the level and the camera isn’t always showing you what you need to see. Thankfully, the game doesn’t overstay its welcome, as it’ll only take you about six or seven hours to complete. Now, I’ve seen this game for sale for as low as $10 for a complete copy, so if you’re a fan of survival-horror games and looking for something new, definitely check it out.

Next up is Nitro Bike, published by Ubisoft. So here is an arcade racing game that really flew under the radar of almost everybody like me, who loves these kind of games. This was developed by Left Field Productions, which also made Excitebike 64 for, obviously, the N64 and there also was a version that came out for the Wii. And as you can see by the footage, this is an arcade dirt bike racing game that controls and feels very similar to Excite Truck, also on the Wii. If you played that game, you know how much fun it is and this is definitely like that too. I mean, right off the bat you’re gonna notice there is just an insane sense of speed here, especially when boosting. I like how the perspective stretches, almost like you’re warping and bending time. It’s a cool effect, especially for long stretches of the track. There’s also a bit of a trick system and it feels very similar to SSX or Tony Hawk, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, although here it’s definitely less complex. Now as you guys know, I’m a big arcade racing fan and I like to find these lesser-known games that have their own look and feel. This is a surprisingly fun game, so if you like dirt bikes and over-the-top action, this is highly recommended.

Dual Hearts, this is an action RPG that is exclusive to the Playstation 2. This game came out around the same time as another popular action RPG. That is the original Kingdom Hearts and therefore I think it kinda unfairly got overlooked and I get it, it’s hard to compete with Disney and Squaresoft characters. In this RPG, you wander around Sonno Island in search of a legendary dream stone. What that means is that you enter people’s dreams to look for lost keys, treasures, and other items to move the plot along. And as you can see by this footage, gameplay is often compared to say, Super Mario 64 or the 3D Zelda games, but the dream concept really reminds me of Psychonauts. Like other action RPGs, in this game you have two main attacks and you can charge up those attacks by holding down the button a little bit longer. Now that’s used both in combat and also in puzzle-solving. You can also jump on that weird, pig-like companion there. That’ll give you the ability to jump even further or do different styles of attacks, again which is used in combat and also in puzzle-solving. Now, I’m not gonna lie, boss battles can be a bit on the challenging side, even a little frustrating, but there’s plenty of other gameplay to be found here, too. It’s gonna take you about 20-plus hours to get through the game and there’s a lot more to discover if you wish. Is it as good as Kingdom Hearts? Of course not, but fans of the action RPG genre should definitely give the game a chance.

Oh boy, here we go, this is Space Chimps. And I know some of you are looking at this going what the heck? Have I lost my mind? Well admittedly, this came out on a number of other consoles because at the time, this movie was expected to do better than it did, but it basically bombed. I mean, I barely remember this movie was a thing, so obviously it was pretty forgettable at the time, but this is a surprisingly well-made 3D platforming game. I mean, it’s way better than you would expect for a licensed movie game. 3D platforming games live and die by the controls and thankfully the controls in Space Chimp here are very intuitive and gamers that are used to playing Ratchet & Clank are gonna feel right at home. Now in my mind, it’s really the level design that really stands out. I mean, it’s full of really interesting things to find and discover. Now, I particularly like that some of the platforms tend to kinda move around, making timing your jumps all that more challenging. Now admittedly, on the Playstation 2, the graphics are a little choppy with some frame rates kind of dipping here and there, but honestly it’s nothing that should hinder your enjoyment. Now be warned, this is not a very challenging game overall and it’s got some pretty brain-dead enemy AI. Also, it’s a little bit on the short side. But it’s way better than the movie it’s based on and it’s definitely a hidden gem.

Here’s a game that I originally reviewed back when it was new and it blew me away then. So this is one of the first cover-based shooters that I certainly ever played, and like I said, I was very impressed with it. So it’s really exciting to go back and re-play it for this video. Now, I know what you’re gonna say. This looks really generic and I would have to say that the level design is somewhat on the generic side, but don’t let that fool you, ’cause this is all designed for big battles and lots of strategy. So again, the big selling point for Kill Switch was its cover-based shooting. And maybe other games came out that tried to do it before, but this was the game that really tried to perfect it, and I like how it just uses the L1 button to make you stick to walls. I kinda feel like this has been lost on newer cover-based shooters where they try and guess if you actually wanna hide or not, sometimes leading to kind of frustrations like in games like Uncharted. I mean, Uncharted’s great, but this one it’s very precise, it’s very clear, and it works very well. And again, despite fairly generic level design, it’s still really exciting to kinda work your way slowly through a level taking cover and just trying to survive. I mean, I have to say this game is still really fun to play even today. It’s a really cool game. If you haven’t checked it out, usually you can get it pretty cheap, so definitely pick up Kill Switch.

HyperSonic.Xtreme, oh yeah baby, you know it’s great when it’s got the Xtreme in the title. Maybe to no one’s surprise, HyperSonic.Xtreme was released as a budget title. This futuristic racing game is immediately going to be compared to say, the Wipeout or F-Zero series, and it definitely takes a lotta inspiration from both of those, but I feel like for the better. Like those classic games, you control a hovercar as you glide across these futuristic landscapes, and also like those games, you use the shoulder buttons to control your turn. It allows you to kind of glide around corners with a little bit more control and that’s definitely the key to winning races. Also, jumps are a big part of this game, so knowing when to boost off big jumps will determine whether you’re gonna come in first or last. There’s also a really track level editor that is very intuitive to use. You see me using it here and again, you don’t have to have any experience creating tracks to just have a lot of fun with this, create something really wacky. Now obviously, there are a ton of games that kind of tap into this F-Zero-like style, but I’ve seen this game sell for as little as $5 used, and for that price you can’t really go wrong, especially if you like these type of racing games.

Here is a game so man people told me about and I finally got a copy, that is Asterix & Obelix: Kick Buttix. And as you can see from this footage, it is a 3D action-platformer/beat-’em-up game based on popular comic characters. So the game takes place in about 50 BC, where two friends from a village are trying to push back a Roman occupation. Now, it may not look like it, but this is quite possibly the best game in this video and it’s certainly one of the most fun and polished. You primarily play as Asterix, but you do switch over to Obelix when a little more muscle is needed. And let’s not forget that you have a little dog that can be commanded to bite the butt of an enemy to help distract them. It’s hilarious and very handy if they have a shield and you need to like temporarily distract them when you open them up for an opportunity for attack. So like I mentioned, it’s a 3D platformer, which is to be expected but again, it’s very much a beat-’em-up, so you’ll be spending a lot of time taking out Romans of all different styles and different attack methods. Again, sometimes you have to switch between characters, you have to use your dog to distract them, it’s pretty cool. You’ll also spend some time puzzle solving, like say to get a door open so that you can move on to the next level. It’s really fast-paced gameplay, the controls are excellent. Like I said, it’s very enjoyable, it’s highly recommended.

Here’s something a little bit different. This is Project: Snowblind. So this is a first-person shooter game developed by Crystal Dynamics. They may sound kind of familiar because they are the makers of Gex, also Legacy of Kain, and the later Tomb Raider games. Originally, Project: Snowblind was conceived to be a multiplayer-focused version of the Deus Ex games, but then they turned it into its own game, but yet it still has many of the cybernetic super-soldier elements of that series. I think gameplay-wise, this reminds me of the first-person shooter Black, and that’s definitely a good thing. And like Black and Deus Ex, there are a lot of scripted elements here, a lotta scripted action, and thankfully it controls very well. Plus, because you are a cybernetic super-soldier, you have a bunch of different augmentations. Again, very similar to Deus Ex. For instance, one of your augmentations will allow you to look through walls and track the enemy, or perhaps you wanna slow down time and maybe move between bullets. Early on in the game, you get an energy shield that withstands physical damage and more as the game goes on. I’ll be honest, it’s not a super-polished game. I mean, I did run into some hilarious glitches and weirdness, plus it’s a little on the generic side, but I do think it’s a solid first-person shooter and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Oh yes, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Another game I don’t think enough people are talking about. So while Hulk fans like me are waiting for a truly great Marvel movie based on the Hulk, in the meantime we got 2005’s excellent Hulk game by Radical Entertainment. By the way, if Radical Entertainment sounds familiar, well it’s because they went on to create the beloved Prototype games years later. Now, I do have to warn you that there were several Hulk games released at that time, but it’s The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction that you want, that’s the good game. What makes this game great is that it really let’s you feel like the Hulk and just smash everything in your path. I mean, they really nailed the power of what the Hulk is all about. And the combat is surprisingly deep and nuanced, allowing you to pick up almost any object that you see on a level and use it as either a weapon or projectile. Also, traversing the levels is a breeze as the Hulk because he can leap huge distances or even run up the side of a building. And as you play the game, you collect smash points that allow you to learn new abilities that essentially turn you into pretty much an unstoppable green smashing machine by the end of the game. For many years, this game was considered one of the best superhero games ever released, and for good reason. It’s also worth noting that this came out on the original Xbox as well as the Gamecube, so if you prefer those consoles definitely pick it up there, it should not be missed.

Alright guys, that’s another 10 PS2 Hidden Gems. I love coming back to this console. So many great games and of course I do realize that the term hidden gem is gonna be different for everybody depending on if you’re familiar with these games or not. Please let me know down in the comments below if there are other PS2 hidden gems that you would like to see in future videos. Alright guys, thank you so much for watching, thank you for subscribing, and take care.

My Favorite 15 Albums that are NOT Hard Rock or Metal

As a musician, I draw inspiration from all sorts of genres of music. Here are my FAVORITE 15 ALBUMS that are NOT Hard Rock or Metal

Albums Shown:
Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene
Dave Brubeck Quartet – At Carnegie Hall
My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
Queen – A Night at the Opera
Daft Punk – Discovery
Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic / Aja
Weezer – Maladroit
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
Prince – Purple Rain
His Name is Alive – Livonia
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
Pink Floyd – The Wall / Animals
The Cars – Heartbeat City

5 Sony PSP Racing Games + GamePlay Footage!

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Games Shown:
Burnout Legends
Burnout Dominator
Wipeout Pure / Pulse
Race Driver 2006
Gran Turismo
Outrun2006 Coast to Coast
MotorStorm Arctic Edge
Test Drive Unlimited
WRC: FIA World Rally Championship
Sega Rally Revo
Ridge Racer
Need for Speed Carbon Own the City
SBK Superbike World Championship
Midnight Club 3 DUB Edition
Midnight Club: LA Remix
Pursuit Force
Cars Race o Rama
Split/Second
Juiced 1 & 2
Flat-out : Head ON
Street Supremacy
RUSH
Three ATV Offroad games
Initial D: Street Stage
Hot Wheels: Ultimate Racing
Full Auto 2: Battlelines
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars

A PlayStation 2 HD?! Soft mods allow up to 1080p, run backups, emulators & much more!

It’s possible to output a standard PlayStation 2 (PS2) with High Definition graphics in either 1080i or 1080p, with NO MODS to the inside of the console. Here is an overview with gameplay footage.

Soft Mod Video Tutorial for Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pO5DmaXKZ0c

VIDEO TRANSCRIPTION (ENGLISH)

– [Metal Jesus] Hey, guys, Metal Jesus here, and today I’m back again with a pretty cool video. This is a modded PlayStation 2 to output HD. However, what’s unique about this is that it doesn’t require any modification to the inside of the console itself. It’s completely software-driven, and it’s pretty neat. So I was contacted by this guy named Chris who said he and his buddy, Brian, had been working for quite a while to find the perfect mix of the software that’s out there on the Internet to bring it together, to figure out what versions are perfect to try to get the maximum amount of resolution and performance out of the PlayStation 2. Now, right off the bat, I do wanna mention that this is using the PlayStation 2 fat model, the original, because it also includes a hard drive in there, and obviously the slim model doesn’t support that. So to get this running, you basically plug in a custom formatted MagicGate memory card. And you see one here labeled Metal Jesus Special. You also plug in a USB thumb drive into slot one, and then also this one has a hard drive. One thing to know about the hard drives is that, originally, when the PlayStation 2 launched, it supported IDE hard drives, so that’s a older style connector of hard drives. However, for this one, he is using a third-party solution here that supports SATA. And this particular drive is 500 gigabytes.

Let’s go ahead and turn it on and check it out. So what Chris did is he basically did a bunch of research to figure out just the right version of an application called FreeMcBoot, and then he paired that with the right version of OpenLoader. And essentially what that allowed this to do is kinda push a standard PlayStation 2 console to be able to output most games at 1080i or 1080p, or true HD. He kinda described to me as though he’s sort of replacing the standard graphics driver with something that is way more optimized and way more powerful. Let’s very quickly walk through the menu here. So on this device you have installed uLaunchELF. So this allows access to the USB thumb drive as well as the 500 gigabyte hard drive and also the memory card. There you have listed ESR. So that is part of the FreeMcBoot package, and that basically allows you to play backups. So what that is doing is that’s actually tricking the PlayStation 2 into thinking that you’re putting in a DVD movie, when actually you’re really just booting up a game. Simple Media System I believe is part of a package that allows this PlayStation 2 to play DivX movies and some other video formats that you would download over the Internet. Not something I probably will use, but it’s cool to have it there.

Now, like I mentioned, this particular PlayStation 2 came to me pre-setup by Chris, so I actually don’t know all the ins and out of the applications and how to configure that stuff. So I’m not gonna go really deep into all of that stuff. Just know that there are a bunch of tutorials out there on the Internet, both on YouTube, and also the web, and I’ll link to those down in the video description below if you wanna make one of these yourself, but we’ll continue on. Notice that he integrated in CodeBreaker cheat program. That’s pretty cool. You basically launch that, and then there are hundreds if not thousands of PlayStation 2 games that you can tweak, enable cheats, and then launch right from there, and just go into the game, and, again, it’s very seamless. Also included on here are a bunch of emulators, so you have the original NES, Super NES, Genesis, Master System, GameGear. Probably not gonna use that too much, but it’s cool to have. The GSM is the graphics synthesizer mode selector, and it’s my understanding that’s kinda the nuts and bolts of this device. It’s what is allowing you to tweak the video performance and essentially get the most out of this.

Alright, so let’s go ahead and check out some games. So this is Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2. And this is outputting from the PlayStation 2 at 1080p. Now, this game never officially supported this resolution, but, again, with this modded PlayStation 2, it’s now outputting at that HD resolution and it connects and looks great to your modern HD television. Here here is Return to Castle Wolfenstein. This is also outputting at 1080p. I should probably mention at this point that the way I’m capturing this footage is that I’m using the component cables that HD Retrovision sells. And that is connected to my original Elgato Game Capture. Also, the output is stretched to widescreen 16 x 9 to fill the entire screen. I’m not a big fan of that look, and thankfully, most HD televisions have the ability to adjust the aspect ratio. And I’m compensating for that in Final Cut, so just be aware. Here is R-Type Final. Now, this is interesting because this is a game that actually runs a little bit better, a little bit more stable, in 1080i. And so that’s what you see right here. And so what Chris and Brian did is that they went through a bunch of PlayStation 2 games to see which ones would run better in what resolution. And that’s what you see right here in this manual that they sent. It was at this point I was kinda curious how it would compare to my favorite way of upscaling PlayStation 2 games to HD and that is using my original PlayStation 3.

So the first game we’re gonna compare is Lord of the Rings: Return of the King. Alright, so here is a side-by-side. So, on the left you have the modded PlayStation 2 outputting to 1080p over component, and then on the right is my trusty PlayStation 3 running the same game, but that is going through its upscaler and it’s going through HDMI. The results are pretty interesting, don’t you think? I mean, in some regards, I actually like the PlayStation 2 modded better because I think the colors are brighter. They’re more vibrant. But you definitely are seeing the jaggies. It’s not quite as smooth of a picture where to the right, on the PlayStation 3, yeah, the colors and maybe the contrast is definitely a little bit less, but it’s perhaps maybe a more softer and pleasing video quality. I should also mention I’m not using the smoothing option on the PlayStation 3, although we are gonna try that in a bit.

Here is Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, one of the best Star Wars games ever made. Once again, we have the modded PlayStation 2 on the left. That’s via component cables. And then on the right, we have the PlayStation 3. The differences between the two are just striking. I mean, wow, I had no idea until I actually put these up side-by-side. Now, obviously, the modded PlayStation 2 on the left, that’s a little on the dark side. Well, no pun intended. But I actually really like the sharpness of the graphics. I think it actually looks really good. I think in this case, because this game is so dark, I probably prefer the PlayStation 3, but as you can see, I mean, the modded PS2 holds its own.

Alright, now let’s try something a little bit different. Here is Freedom Fighters. This is a game I’ve been wanting to go back and play for a while now. And like before, on the left-hand side, you have the modded PlayStation 2. It’s important to know that, for this particular game, the best resolution was 1080i. And then, of course, on the right you have the PlayStation 3. As you can see, both versions of this look pretty close. Pretty identical. But I wanted to show you what it would look like with the PlayStation 3 and smoothing turned on. With a scene like this, if you look at his sleeves, you can definitely see on the right-hand side that the PlayStation 3 is doing a little bit of smoothing. But again, it’s not radically better. I also wanna mention that I did get a lock up, a hard lock up in this game after about 10 minutes or so. Now, you can always go back to the main menu and adjust the graphics settings. You can actually force it into, say, 720p or something like that; see if you get better results.

Now let’s go ahead and check out some original PlayStation 1 games running on the modded PS2. So this, of course, is Wipeout XL, and it is outputting at 480p. Looking and running great. However, Soul Blade is not doing so hot here. As you can see, my character is having some problems with the polygons. While the game is perfectly playable and kind of hilarious this way, but yeah, you wouldn’t wanna play it this way for very long. Not sure what the problem is here, or maybe if there is a fix through the settings, but yeah, it’s kind of funny.

SO what do I think about this thing? Well, man, I think from a technical standpoint, I think it’s actually kind of amazing how it is taking a standard PlayStation 2 and basically just with better software forcing higher resolutions and pulling it off. I mean, these games actually look pretty good. As a hobbyist project, I think it’s actually pretty impressive. And the good news is, there are literally tens of millions of these PlayStation 2 fats out there. I mean, it doesn’t require any modification to the inside of the PlayStation 2, so if this one, you know, a couple months from now dies on me, well, I’ll just swap it over to another one. They’re not that expensive. The compatibility can be an issue. Like I mentioned previously, I did experience some lock-ups in some games, but there are a ton of options to play around with. And for this particular model, he tested about 160, 200+ games and most of ’em work just fine. Obviously, I didn’t include instructions on how to actually set this up, but I’ll include links to tutorials down in the video description below. And then, again, a huge shout-out to Chris and Brian for sending me this. It’s such a cool device. It’s such a cool project. Thank you so much for sharing it with me. I’m probably gonna use it going forward when I need to capture footage and test things. It’ll be pretty awesome. Alright, guys, thank you very much for watching. Thank you for subscribing and take care.

Are GOOD mobile games WORTH SAVING?! I am on my old iPhone 6

Newer mobile versions of iOS and Android have unfortunately killed off support for older games. However, I have an iPhone 6s with backed up archive versions able to be played for years to come!

GAMES SHOWN:
Lili
Doom 2 RPG / Wolfenstein RPG
Infinity Blade Trilogy
Dark Nebula 1 &2
Bring me Sandwiches!
Space Ace
Bug Princess 2
Puzzle PRISM
HORN
Metal Gear Solid Touch
Monsters Ate my Condo
Shogun: Rise of the Renegade
Raiden Legacy
Air Attack 2
StormStrikers
Redline Rush
Mikey Shorts

Here’s Why the Compaq Presario 1611 cost $2,800 New in 1997

Released in 1997, this laptop was a multimedia powerhouse packed full of the latest tech.

Background music by Metal Jesus Rocks and Ethan Meixsell

ENGLISH Video Transcription:
– Hey guys, Metal Jesus here. Now today we’re gonna take a look at the Compaq Presario 1611 laptop. Back in 1997, this thing would’ve set you back about $2800 or $4300 in today’s dollars. This thing was packed with features. So today we’re gonna take a look at what’s included with the laptop, some of its quirks, and we’re gonna play some games. Let’s take a look. We’re gonna start by taking a look at the outside of the laptop and some of its quirks. And right off the bat I have to say it’s actually not an ugly laptop. I mean, yes, it’s 20 years old, but it’s not obscenely large, at least in my eyes. Although the dimensions for it are 12 inches by 10 inches. Now it is thick, it is almost two inches thick. And it’s funny because we’ve come such a long way with portable devices. I mean, it’s funny because the screen is actually almost double the thickness of a modern-day iPad. Isn’t that crazy how far we’ve come? I mean, when you see the iPad next to this machine, it’s like wow, I mean, it’s pretty incredible. Looking at the top of the laptop I was immediately struck by these buttons on the spine here, these multimedia buttons with that little display. This is something that I don’t think was really common back in the day, at least I don’t remember it. And you definitely don’t see it today. At first, I didn’t quite know what this was for. And well, it turns out this is actually designed to allow you to play music without having to power on the laptop. So what you do is hit this little button here, it says DisqPlay and that provides power to the drive as well as this display here and also your speakers. And then you can pop in your favorite audio CD and you can use it as a CD player. And I have to say, I’m really impressed with the sound from this laptop. I mean, it sounds great. Another feature of this that I had completely forgotten about were these latches here on the top of the lid. These were designed to secure the screen and lid onto the laptop, which again, by today’s standards seems kind of weird. I don’t know why they needed to do this at the time, but I guess it was just designed to be more secure. Either way, it’s kind of weird because you can’t just use one hand to open the laptop, you actually have to use two of them. Not annoying but it’s a little bit of a quirk.

Now let’s move to the right side of the laptop and you see three holes right there. Again, another little quirk of this is that it really is a multimedia laptop, because you have a headphone jack, but you also have a line out, so you could actually send this to your home stereo if you wanted to or say, external speakers. And then you also have a line in, so again, you could record your voice, you could record audio. It was all built right into the side of this device. And of course, you have a proper optical drive. For this particular laptop here we have a CD drive. Now it was optional to get a DVD drive at the time, although, I suspect that that would add, probably $50 to $100 to the price, I’m guessing. To the right there is something you definitely don’t see very much anymore. But back in the day it was used quite a bit on laptops. And that is a PC card slot. So this particular laptop actually can take two of them, which is very cool. And this is where you would expand the ability of what your laptop could do. So for instance, you could get a Compaq flashcard reader or you could get a network adapter or maybe a firewire adapter. Later on you would get wifi cards. And then you would slide them in here and if you had the drivers for it, your laptop could do that. And I always thought that the way that these things work were just kind of weird, because you would assume you could just like push on it and it would spring out. But that’s not how this works. You actually have these little tabs and you have to use your fingernail and dig them out and then you can push it in and that pops the card out. It’s, I mean it’s very sturdy, but it’s also really weird.

Looking at the back of the laptop, again, I’m blown away by how many options you have back here. It’s almost like a full-blown PC. To start off with, you can plug in an external keyboard and mouse. To the right of that is the printer port. And then you have the port replicator connector. So this is where you could go to Compaq and get a docking station for this. And it was really designed for people who traveled a lot. So let’s say you’re on the road, you have your laptop and then you bring it back and you have what’s comfortable sitting on your desk. So you would have an external keyboard, mouse, maybe even speakers, definitely monitor, a printer, all that stuff, setup on this dock and you just simply slide your laptop in there and just have instant access to it. To the right of it is the fan. Then you have the serial port as well as a VGA outport, which we’re gonna take a look at in a bit. You also have a couple USB ports. There is the power and at the very end there is the security slot. Moving around to the left side you see a modem out, which is really nice. Again, this is a fully-featured laptop, so at that time, you would definitely want to be doing dial-up to say AOL or CompuServe. And then, check that out! That’s a port you don’t see very often, well, anymore. That is a 3.5 inch floppy drive. So yes, this laptop had support for both CDs and floppy drives, which was very typical of the late nineties because everything was switching over. And then to the right of that you have the battery, which is sadly, long since dead. But what’s interesting about this is that the door is actually built onto the battery. So it doesn’t actually come off. You push your fingers down and then slide the battery out and then you would pop in a new one, if you had it. And then, notice that hole there at the front, and it’s actually on both sides. Well, that is the bass port for the speaker. So unlike a lot of laptops where sound and audio quality is kind of like, something that they just don’t care about, this one, they do care about that. So that’s there to basically make the bass sound even better.

Flipping it over to its bottom, you see that it has these two little feet here, which I always thought was kind of weird, because you’re supposed to be able to flip these out and then get a little bit of height on the back of the laptop, but that never really felt ergonomic to me. And I don’t know if laptops today still have them, mine don’t. But it was definitely a thing that they did back then. And then here’s where you gain access to the RAM or memory expansion, as it’s printed there. And this particular laptop came with 32 megs of RAM, which, I think at the time, was a fairly decent amount. Although this one, as you see here, can be expanded to 96 megabytes, which is something I should probably consider if I’m gonna use this going forward. Because as you see when we get into Windows, it could probably use it. All right, enough of the outside. Let’s go ahead and fire this sucker up. And as you see here, it comes with Windows 98. The classic Windows 98. And it is hilarious how slow this thing boots up. So as you see here, I timed it with my phone and it takes a full one minute and 55 seconds from a cold boot, to get into Windows and the start menu. It is shockingly long. Now I know that two minutes may not seem like a long time to boot up, but trust me, when you’re sitting there waiting, oh man, it feels like forever.

Like I mentioned, this is a pretty decently powered laptop for the time. So here are some of its specs. Here we have a 12.1 inch display that runs at 800 by 600 resolution but it can go higher, if you attach a external VGA monitor. This has a 200 megahertz Intel Pentium Processor with MMX technology. Now MMX technology didn’t last for a long time but basically that was Intel’s multimedia extensions that they originally added to their processors. So we’re gonna test some of that with games in a bit. Now the hard drive is actually pretty beefy, at least in my opinion, for a laptop of its day. This one here has a 2.1 gigabyte hard drive in there. Although it’s pretty funny, because when I first booted it up, it had like seven megabytes free. Yeah, it was packed full so I had to delete some stuff. Now the graphics chip in here, I was not familiar with. So this thing is called the Neomagic MagicGraph 128XD. And I did a bit of research and what I could find is that it’s a 128-bit graphics chip with only two megabytes of video memory, which, you know, isn’t great by today’s standards, but it does support 2D playback and also 3D graphics, probably used in the Intel MMX technology a little bit there as well as supports full motion playback via MPEG. Let’s go ahead and run some stuff. Now, right off the bat though, this display is not great. I suspect, at the time, it was probably the best you could do, but as you can see, the ghosting on this and the refresh rate is just uh. It’s not great. I mean, you can use it, for sure, butman it’s blurry and painful to look at.

And I’m kind of curious how games are gonna look on this. So let’s go ahead and pop in Doom 2 on floppy disk, just because I can. I just thought that was so cool. So let’s go ahead and install Doom 2, we configure it. Seems like it’s detecting the sound card, but as you can see here, when we run it, oh man, it’s dark, it’s so dark, so blurry. Now I am able to mess with the contrast and the brightness to at least make this playable. But as you can see, it’s not great. The other thing I noticed immediately is that for some reason, I wasn’t getting any digital audio. So there’s no shotgun sounds for some reason. And I actually went into settings a couple times to figure out what the issue is. For those of you that are old-school gamers like me, you know that this is almost always an IRQ conflict. And I tried choosing two, five, and seven. It’s supposed to be on five, but for whatever reason it just could never work. And then I got to thinking, I’m like, oh, well, you know you forget that in Windows 95 you can actually go to DOS mode, like pure DOS mode. So that’s what I did. I exit out of Windows, went into DOS mode, and look, it works perfectly. So as far as sound card support in Windows 98, there may be a driver update that I need to get and I’ll look into that in the future. Next I want to check out a pure Windows game and see how that performs on this machine.

I happen to have a copy of Sierra’s 3D Ultra Pinball, installed that and it worked flawlessly out of the gate. Sound works, everything works fine, although, not really surprised, because again, this is not the most complicated game. And as you can see, it’s still kind of blurry, but it’s definitely playable. And then just for giggles, to test out the 3D aspect of this laptop, I thought I’d pop in the original Half-Life. This is the original version, the original release of Half-Life, no patches, no nothing. Installed it on here hoping that it would work and I was getting sound and probably, what, one frame per second. Maybe five frames per second. I even tried switching over to direct 3D and that was just worse. Again, not a total surprise for a laptop of this day, but yeah, not gonna be playing that anytime soon. Now let’s go ahead and check out some games, running with the video out.

Here is the original Quake and look at that. I’m always blown away by just how well Quake runs in software mode. It’s amazing. I mean, yes, there’s a couple little hiccups here and there, but man, I mean, this is running great. Here is the original Fallout and no surprise, it’s also running really well too. And that’s to be expected, because Fallout is not a 3D game, it only has 2D sprites and there is a little bit of screen tearing here and there but this is definitely playable. Here is Shadow Warrior. You no mess with Lo Wang. So this is using the Duke 3D engine and as you can see here, not running as good as Quake but still pretty decent. And then here’s a game called Firefight from EA. Somewhat of a hidden gem, kind of forgotten shooter game back in the day. Definitely one of my favorites. And it’s running okay on this laptop, but as you can see, it’s struggling. I think there’s a little bit too much screen tear here, but it’s still playable.

All right guys, well that’s a quick look at the Compaq Presario 1611 laptop. I wanna give a quick shout out to my buddy Drunken Master Paul, who donated this to my channel. Thank you very much man. Also too, I know that there’s not a lot of nostalgia for these type of devices, however, I do think that there is something about going back in the past and taking a look at the evolution of the PC. So much was changing so fast, especially with laptops. And so I would love to know if you guys liked this video. Please post a comment down below. Also, if there are other devices back in the past, either PC or Mac or whatever, let me know if you’d like me to cover them on my YouTube channel because I think that would be pretty cool. All right guys, thank you very much for watching, thank you for subscribing, and take care. Also at the end here, I want to do a huge shout out to fellow YouTuber Doug Demuro. He is a guy who does videos about quirks on old exotic sports cars and I’ve been a huge fan of his channel for a long time now and I thought it would be kind of fun to apply that to old PCs and computers. So if you haven’t seen his channel, definitely check it out, it’s a great, great channel. All right guys, thank you so much for watching. Have an awesome day.

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