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As my 3 week vacation is quickly coming to an end, the modding time has intensified. Spending close to 5 hours straight in my basement today alone, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m either obsessed the extraordinary, or bored with the ordinary, can’t figure out which…

Anyway, that really doesn’t matter.

In a combined effort from yesterday and today, I completed several tasks that have made the controller almost ready for testing. This was quite a post over on the MBB forums so for the fine details and more photos, I’ll again send you in that direction. But a quick list of what was completed since Friday;

  1. Vacuum-Formed the back half of the controller
  2. Cut slots for N64 Memory Card holder and VGA cable out which will be used to connect the controller to the systems.
  3. Mounted and wired N64 Controller
  4. Completed mounting of all controller buttons
  5. Added header junction for the controller’s interface
  6. Wired the D-pad and Start/Select buttons to the header.

Still lots to do but this project is drawing close to completion after nearly a year and a half in the making. More updates of course when I get more done.

In 1997, two unique things happened in my life. I started Junior High (which on it’s own was a dizzying nightmare) and shortly after that, I was introduced to a new Role Playing Game (RPG) called Final Fantasy VII. Now I had been a stranger to the previous 6 games before it, so I really did not know what I was getting myself into and being a Nintendo loyalist since the time I could crawl, I had little interest in anything but. Especially since the previous year my dream system The Nintendo 64, had been in my hands non-stop and I was content to keep it that way.

However, to make an exceedingly long story a short as possible, I like many others became hooked on the game by playing at a friends house and never more did I ever wished I owned a Sony PlayStation just for this one title.

But, a little less than a year later, Square Soft announced that a PC version was going to arrive on store shelves within the quarter! And not only that, it would be a mildly updated version of the game, fixing obvious translation errors from the original PSX version, as well as updated graphics based on the graphics capabilities of the PC it was loaded on. By this time I was well ready to make the game investment and play on our family PC.

Time passed and several FF series continued to awe and inspire millions, but none with the emotional power of FF VII. So much to the effect that for years now, millions have been demanding a remake of the game for modern PC and gaming consoles, but to no effect.  Hope seemed lost until about 2009, 13 years after the initial release, did some home-brew hackers decide they were tired of waiting.

Modern technology is awesome. So awesome to the point that technology that would have cost tens of thousands of dollars to get in 97′ is now in a suite package from Adobe for $500 bucks. And shown with time and experience, you do not need to have a corporate bank account to make your dreams come to life.

Qhimm Forums. Probably the biggest fan run forum for the FF PC series of games (VII & VIII) brought many of my dreams of a FF VII remake to life! Though not supported by Square or Eidos, these highly intelligent hackers put together dozens upon dozens of mods to do a damn near total overhaul of the original PC interface, creating the most jaw dropping version of the game anyone has ever seen, and even on the level of Square Soft itself.


Hacker AZP’s Cloud Battle Model

With new 3D models (character bodies) and updated music, sound, graphic renderings and menu interfaces, my life has once again been thrown back into the obsession of 97′ and bringing me back to a time when life was simpler and living an others was the place I wanted to be, 15 years on.

Yes this would be the reason why I haven’t updated in over three weeks and yes I’ll be playing this more in the near future until I beat it. Though I love modding and honestly find it more rewarding and useful than playing these games, stepping back in time to an updated version of my childhoods greatest obsession (well second greatest obsession but we won’t go there) is something my time feels worth standing still for.

Mike’s CGI Tifa Model

So if you’re like me and love the game, have a copy of the PC version, check out Qhimm Forums and prepare to be wowed! However, I do warn you, these mods are not just plug and play and the sheer number of them out there will have you moving files and reinstalling the game countless times until you get just the right mix, but it is worth it! Back up though and if you don’t know what you’re doing, research until you do know.

Well, audio and video through a controller wire works! My proof of concept is good. All that’s left to do now is wire up the controller and all the tact switches. As always please check out the forums for more info, but enjoy the video, though it’s a bit shaky and pretty short!

Well this could not have gone any better! On December 25th, 2011; Jonathan (Tchay) Shine posted a video of his finished Game Cube Portable that he’d been working on for nearly a year. And man, did he Rock It!

Not only was his You Tube video a viral hit (almost to the 100K mark so far) but his work log on the Mod Retro forums hit count reached a whopping 88K and climbing. Put in in perspective, some of the most successful topics only reach 8 to 10K and even that was doing damn well!

Needless to say, this was the start of something great for this site as well because not only did he post a credit to me and this site in is You Tube video and in his forum posts, but he let me know what it felt like that know 100s of thousands of people are now looking at something I had a hand in creating! Even if most them aren’t aware, this sites stats have hit three new high hit records since then!

This has also in turn opened the door to do even more work for some of the biggest names in the field of modding and 2012 looks like it’s gonna be a great year for the hobby!

Anyway, my project is getting closer to done. Unexpected obstetrical have hit but are being over come. Shortly that will be finished and then I’ll be able to start back up on a few smaller repair and house projects that have taken second place to the desk. But here is a video of the video by Tchay and I must say he did a damn fine job on it!