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    Open Pandora

    Recently, I came into possession of an Open Pandora. It's the XGP15A-II of gaming handhelds! It runs a full Linux operating system so you can use Open Office, browse the web with Chrome, use Pidgin for IM, or run a lot of games from N64 and before (including PlayStation), in addition to playing video at fairly high resolutions.

    The Open Pandora was created by a small number of gaming enthusiasts. It's very much an indie machine and since it isn't produced en masse, there's only a limited number available as of now. I decided to create a series of videos showcasing what it can do. The first couple of episodes aren't so good as I had to control the camera and the Pandora and it was a little awkward. I got just a little pissed off at how hard it had become to play Mario 64.

    From episode three onwards, it will become more enjoyable as I am now using a tripod. (Even though it's still damn hard to play games as I have to look left at my computer monitor and play from the crappy recording!) I have episodes three and four done, but I'm having a difficult time uploading to YouTube right now. For more information about the Pandora, visit these two links.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTwI2T5R02U

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzgNZZZKApk
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    RE: Open Pandora

    I assume it has a usb port, yes?
    If so...

    Open Pandora

    Make it a hell of a lot easier to play some other N64 games.
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    RE: Open Pandora

    Yeah, I've seen people using a PS2 controller with it, so I'm sure a Nintendo 64 one isn't out of the question, so long as the drivers are available.
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    RE: Open Pandora

    Episodes three and four are now up. Sorry if my voice is slightly nasal. I have a sore throat and a cold so it isn't great right now. Super Mario 64 still makes me mad. It was easier with a tripod but I messed up big time at the end. So, episode three is a little bit more Super Mario 64, and episode four is about Final Fantasy games. (Mostly PS1.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UZCZeybWZc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efcw7H8QJhE
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    RE: Open Pandora

    Great videos, and no big deal on the camera troubles. I can still see everything just fine.

    How did you come across your open pandora? I'm starting to want one myself haha. Also another question, do you get on xbox live?
    "(21:31:30) Kokirininja: will she notice the globs of glue....?
    (21:31:56) TheMachetejoe: Nope! I'm as stealthy as a mouse...on bear adrenaline."
    "(18:42:32) Hannah: I like to giggle when I sit in chairs."
    "(19:46:20) lloydSSJ4: I was contemplating my similarities with Fred Luo, while making a sandwhich."
    Referring to Spammers
    (23:27:52) Mantis: I'm thinking of banning the whole of the Philippines from the site.
    (23:27:56) Mantis: The whole bloody country.
    (23:28:05) Mantis: Because that's where most of the parasites come from.

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    RE: Open Pandora

    The trouble was with controlling the Pandora more so than the camera itself. But that's because I'm a sore loser so I hate playing games badly! I heard about the Pandora years back. I've been following it on and off for that long, and it's had a very long development time—years, and at many points the project was accused of being vapourware.

    I pre-ordered one probably a year or so back, but in the end I needed the money so I cancelled. I think it's around the £250 region to pre-order, and I managed to get one second hand (but hardly used) on the GP32X forums for £300. I couldn't say no, even though I'm left with chump change now. As for Xbox Live, yeah, but I haven't really played much for a couple of months. :S And to think I call myself a game design student! What games do you have?

    My gamertag: Fluid Mantis

    Maybe when the forum gets a lot more members (yeah, I'm saying when and not if!) we can start some kind of Xbox Live club.
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    RE: Open Pandora

    Haha, yea I understand. Especially with super mario 64. Even with a N64 controller in hand that game can still be tough. Yea I'm gonna have to hold out on that for a while, don't have the money for that XD. Back home with the family we had like a family xbox and all the games are there so I ended up getting my own and purchasing some games for myself here at the dorms. I have: Bioshock, Borderlands, Call of Duty Black Ops and Modern Warfare 2, Fallout 3 and New Vegas, Fable II, Infinite Undiscover, Left 4 dead, Legendary, and The Orange Box which includes Portal, Team Fortress 2, and Half Life. A lot of these games I got for one a hell of a deal. Our GameStop (gaming store) had a huge deal on buying three get one free on all used games. So I just went all out there XD My gamertag is KokiriN1nja. I only get on xbox live over the weekends though because the connection here at the dorms sucks. So I just head home for the weekends to see family, get laundry done, and play some xbox live.

    There will be more to come! haha. And yes to create such group would be awesome!
    "(21:31:30) Kokirininja: will she notice the globs of glue....?
    (21:31:56) TheMachetejoe: Nope! I'm as stealthy as a mouse...on bear adrenaline."
    "(18:42:32) Hannah: I like to giggle when I sit in chairs."
    "(19:46:20) lloydSSJ4: I was contemplating my similarities with Fred Luo, while making a sandwhich."
    Referring to Spammers
    (23:27:52) Mantis: I'm thinking of banning the whole of the Philippines from the site.
    (23:27:56) Mantis: The whole bloody country.
    (23:28:05) Mantis: Because that's where most of the parasites come from.

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    RE: Open Pandora

    I used to have MW2, but I sold it to get New Vegas. We could play TF2 though as I have The Orange Box. Cool, we'll have to play something (presumably TF2, which incidentally I haven't played yet) during the coming weekend.
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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    RE: Open Pandora

    Waaah you guys are all gonna play games without me :'(

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    RE: Open Pandora

    Oh, but you're a PC gamer. You can't play with us as you won't touch consoles. (Even if I gave you one for free probably.) Well, we can all be PC gamers, huh? We should arrange something sometime. I imagine some of us won't have high-end computers but there are some older games we can enjoy. (I should create a new thread for this as we're really getting off-topic. XD)
    Gene: "Have faith in me guys, enjoy the ride—you're in good hands. I can handle this. I can do it!"
    Jim: "How do you know?"
    Gene: "I don't!"
    Jim: "I knew it."
    Gene: "That's okay. There's a first time for everything!"

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