Why are you starting a Patreon Campaign Now?

One of the most common questions I’ve received in the last two years is: “How can we help support Gamer Logic!?”. Generally, I tell people that the best way to support our cause is to take the time to share the content across their social network feeds so that more people can be exposed to what it is we do. Many of our fans do, but unfortunately the algorithms that are currently in place on the bigger social network and video sites prevent us from being seen. When that happens, our views drop; which in turn means our ad revenue drops and I keep having to dig back into my own pockets to pay for web hosting, servers, bandwidth, equipment; among other things. We’ve tried supporting these things with T-shirts and other physical items people can buy, but those have been hit or miss at best.

So, here we are. We are dipping our toes into the crowd funding sea to gauge where we are at with our content and time spent creating said content. Hopefully, the promise of more content in rewards is good enough bait for the fish in that sea.

I’d feel like a pretty big jerk if I didn’t offer some decent rewards for someone giving me their hard earned money, so please trust me that even if your giving a single dollar towards a reward tier that you’ll feel like you got your money’s worth from it. We are skipping out on doing any physical rewards as for the most part, they usually end up being more trouble then they are worth for both the producer and the receiver. These rewards offered are easily obtainable because they are digital.

So where is this money going to that, you; the supporter, is graciously using to support Gamer Logic?

  1. The Gamer Logic Dot Net Domain. – While renewing a domain name hardly breaks the bank, I want full disclosure here. Your support goes directly to keeping the domain name afloat.
  2. Web Server Fees – It runs me about $150.00 US dollars a year to maintain the web server that hosts www.gamerlogic.net which includes tons of articles, videos, game captures and more. Any money earned from the Patreon will immediately be put towards web hosting fees.
  3. Facebook Exposure: It can be pretty damn hard to expand your social media presence these days without putting out the scratch to Facebook so you can actually be seen. Once our domain and web server fees are paid for the year, we will put some of the money earned towards Facebook Marketing so we can expand our social media presence.
  4. Equipment Replacements – If my capture cards blow up, I’m going to need a replacement for it. No capture card, means no way of capturing game footage; which means less content for me to make and that means you guys may get kinda mad at me. IF and only IF our domain and server fees are covered will I make the decision to dip into our Patreon earnings to help pay for a replacement. The same thing applies to microphones and other equipment needed to produce content.

Here’s what we WON’T be using that money that you support us with for:

  1. Money earned, will absolutely, positively NOT be used to purchase video games, new, old or anything in between. Video Games have, and always will be my hobby and I will invest my own money into that. We’ve got plenty of games to cover for topics for years to come and there’s absolutely no excuse for you as the viewer to pay for me to buy a video game.
  2. Groceries, fast food, fuel or other day to day needs. I have a full time job for that stuff folks! If its not related to the Gamer Logic brand, your money isn’t being used for it.
  3. Internet Service Provider Bills. – There’s absolutely no reason you should be paying my ISP bill.

What if you make a ton of money?

So, what if we end up making an extreme amount of money in monthly support and we blow away the funds to keep Gamer Logic yearly fees afloat? Well, let’s cross that bridge when we get to it. If that does happen though, my immediate thought would be to reach out to our supporters and see what they feel is fair to do with the money. One other thing that comes to mind is that I would love to finally be able to pay something to our fellow Gamer Logic team member, Em for her contributions to Gamer Logic.

What if this thing is a bust and no one really cares to support your Patreon?

If this thing is a bust, we chalk it up as an experiment that at the very least we tried out. We accept the fact that the content we make isn’t something that someone wants to pay for, we trim the fat of what we do and we move on. Simple.

And Finally:

Thanks for taking the time to read through what this Patreon Campaign is all about and we really look forward to making this a fun project for our fans to enjoy.

Thank you for your support!

The Retro USB AVS Console Review

When my parents picked up the NES Challenger set for me back in April of 1989, I don’t think they had any idea on just how big of an impact it would have on me. From the moment I turned on my Nintendo Entertainment System, I was hooked. I fell in love with everything the system had to offer, from its large game library, graphics and music. The very first Nintendo system planted the seeds in me that would end up starting multiple careers for me in information technology, journalism and music composition. It’s been almost 27 years since my first time playing the system and while I’ve experienced many life altering changes in that time, one thing still remains: I’m still that 6 year child inside that can’t wait to play Mega Man’s latest adventure, or crack the whip one more time as Simon Belmont. In that same amount of time, technology has advanced tremendously, changing the way we play our video games and how we experience our entertainment. The rapid change in technology has certainly left the NES in the dust and attempting to plug in that old grey console to a HDTV can be tough on the eyes without some sort of modification to the system to make it output a higher quality video signal. A variety of companies have put out system clones that make it a little easier to play your classic NES games, but the prices for these systems often reflect what kind of quality you are going to get from them when plugging in your original game cartridges. Some of these range from dirt cheap, to affordable, to absolutely expensive. Finally though, we have a new challenger that has tossed its hat into the mix of clone systems and provides results that should please most NES purists. Enter, the Retro USB AVS Console.

20160919_210211The AVS will play both your NES and Famicom games, along with flash carts.

The AVS console was just released this month and features a variety of different features. For starters, its outputs a 720P video signal via HDMI, houses two different cartridge slots; one for NES games and the other for Famicom games and is easily updated and powered through its USB port. Let’s get a closer look at the system, shall we?

Import Boken – City Hunter

Emily and I recently had the chance to sit down and play the PC Engine release of City Hunter for our Japanese import game show and I can’t say enough how fun it is to have an enthusiastic co-host who is just as eager to play a game as you are. I let Emily drive on this particular episode and I think she did a fantastic job with it. While I certainly enjoy playing the games we record for the episodes, being on the passenger side of things allows me to collect my thoughts better and gauge the pace and length of the episode much better then I could then if I was doing it myself.


Emily and I had no prior experience to the City Hunter franchise prior to playing this game, but that didn’t stop us from enjoying it.


I’ve been an anime fan since the late 80’s, my first being Akira; but for whatever reason I’ve never come across any of the anime adaptions of City Hunter. I was aware that there was a Jackie Chan film adaption of the anime, but I have not seen that either. Regardless, City Hunter has been popular enough to warrant several TV shows in both the live action and animated sense, but it doesn’t seem like its had many video games released for it.


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The City Hunter gets the gun, bad guy and the girl in one shot! If he’s lucky that is!


Despite the series having very little to show for itself in the video game realm, its first release is actually pretty fun. The stages are large, the characters are well animated and with the fact that its a SunsSoft title, you get some very catchy music. I can’t tell you if any of the themes in the game match any of its anime adaptions, but its great sounding none the less. Emily and I managed to get through the first stage of the game without too much of an issue and we look forward to coming back to the game in a potential live stream someday! I still have the password saved on my phone!

Now that I’ve given you some of our back story of the game, its time for you to watch us play the game. Enjoy!

 

So my only composite output system left in my upstairs game room is my Famicom AV and after pricing out some options, getting the system RGB modded isn’t cheap and often requires a decent amount of case modification to happen. I’m the second owner of this particular Famicom AV, so I really don’t want to hack the thing up. Buying a per-modded RGB system isn’t cheap either and I see the prices for those can hit anywhere up to 400 bucks.

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So my solution? The Retro USB AVS! Its non emulator based, has 720P output via HDMI, can take flash carts and is actually cheaper to pick up. Compatibility doesn’t look to be an issue with this thing and I’m excited to get mine next month for some clean video output. What are your thoughts on the AVS?