Raspiberry Pi3 running Retropie
We have our initial eight players signed up and ready to go for the season. We are still accepting players all throughout the Qualifying Round but participating in the game draft is currently closed. For everyone participating in this season please email me your three selected games as outlined in the game drafts area under the league rules. You are basically just picking three different games; however, there is a number of systems to make your selections from.
Speaking of systems let’s take a look at the hardware that will make this tournament possible. First off all games, unless needed to for an extenuating circumstance, run on a Raspberry pi3 running Retropie, a linux distribution built around Emulation Station and the Retroarch emulators with libretro cores. In most cases I used the standard recommended cores with a focus on the most accurate libretro cores available. A few notable entries is I use the MAME 2003 romset and lr-mame2003 core for Arcade games and the Final Burn Alpha core for Neo Geo titles. To better emulate the scanlines, bloom, shadows, and curvature of CRTs all libretro cores use crt-pi-curvature.glslp and crt-pi-curvature-vertical.glslp shaders as appropriate for the game’s orientation.
However the system itself isn’t any use without anything to control it. All the controls used in Old-schooled are original system hardware that has been cleaned and refurbished by myself and each video game system is tied to its specific controller. In some cases similar controls are used for different systems. For example the NES controller handles NES as well as Gameboy, Atari 7800, Sega Master System, and TurboGrafix16 systems. Here are the controllers you’ll be using for the league. All controllers come in matched sets of two. Four player games are technically supported but they use another system’s controller for controller 3 and 4.
Madcatz TE1 Xbox360 Stick w/ Octogonal Gate, Bat top, & 2lb spring: Arcade, Neo Geo
Atari CX40 Joystick, Gold Contacts and Upgraded PCB by Best Electronics. Atari 2600
Nintendo NES-101 “Dogbone” Controller: NES, TG16, SMS, GB, GBC, Atari 7800
Nintendo Super Famicom Pad: SNES, GBA
Genesis 6 Button Control Pad: Genesis, Sega CD, 32X
Sony Dualshock 1 Controller: PS1
Keen eyed readers might notice that every system on the system list is there. Generally it’s because it’s more obscure. The most appropriate controller for the system will be assigned before your trial. The Super Famicom pad may be substituted for a Capcom Soldier pad for SNES. Also details on Best Electronic’s upgrade of the CX40 PCB can be found here.
I’m happy to announce that Old-Schooled is returning to Tower of Games. Tower of Games will an available location for players to log their trials this Season in addition to my Twitch.tv studio. The fee for using Tower of Games as a trial location is $6.
Tower of Games
5405 Indian River Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Phone: (757) 420-8008
After a long hiatus were are now ready to start signups for another season of the Old-Schooled League. With a new season comes changes and updates to the format so head on over to the rules and format page to get a heads up everything that will be new to this season. If you’re ready to join follow the instructions on how to join and send me an email with the needed information. I’m looking to get a minimum of 8 players before we begin the final round. I’ll announce more about start times once we’ve got enough sign-ups.
Missed the last season? Here’s the finale from last season.
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With the intermediate round over the final showdown between the top two players has taken place in the expert round in a best three our of five challenges. The results are in and here they are. Thank you very much for everyone who played this season and we’ll be looking at creating a great experience for next season.
Season 1 Champion
With the last result tallied the Intermediate round of Season 1 comes to a close. Nick Skogstad and Don Scherig will be facing off in the expert round. Good luck.
On August 8th, 2015 Sebastien took on the four challenges of the Old-Schooled Intermediate round. Here’s how he did.
Sebastien came in and gave it his all on his run, but the convoluted paths in Metroid and the difficulty of the other challenges proved to much for him, putting an end to his Old-Schooled hopes for this season. We look forward to seeing him back again in Season 2. The twitch video of the run can be viewed by clicking the date link above.
On July 25th, 2015 Nick took on the four challenges of the Old-Schooled Intermediate round. Here’s how he did.
Nick logged the best time seen so far, logging a full game completion in Metal Storm and three game completions in Contra before he chose to stop his run. The twitch video of the run can be viewed by clicking the date link above.