I mainly did this because although I’d heard great things about the controller from many reviewers (and only one exception), I didn’t see anyone actually test one out for the things that usually are terrible in third-party NES controllers, particularly the D-pad, which often triggers diagonals accidentally. So I decided I needed to try it for myself. I’ve also been interested in what it looks like inside, since most knockoffs are pretty cheap, but I was pleasantly surprised. This controller looks very well made, with an actual chip like the original NES controller, rather than your typical “globtop”:
No black glob here! Just a real chip and a pretty clean looking PCB.
Here’s the back. Not much to see here.
The rubber membranes seem very similar to replacement parts for NES controllers.
Unfortunately, there’s a screw hidden under that Hyperkin label.
I doubt I’ll do too many of these, but I’m very interested in, and picky about, controllers and I thought these details might be helpful to anyone else who is curious or on the fence about these controllers. I’m already planning to review the just released RetroUSB wireless controller as well, which is about six times more expensive than this one.
OK, for a while there, I guess I forgot I had a blog in favor of Twittering and Instagramming. Not sure anyone else misses blogs really, but I’ve been caught up in hanging out with a very interesting toddler, playing old-school Nintendo games, and writing on occasion. But I’m back, and I have updates for you!
New Book! Next Monday, May 15, you can walk into just about any Barnes & Noble store and pick up a shiny new paperback called 1985: STORI3S FROM SØS. This slim edition collects three stories related to The Silence of Six series: “SOS” (previously published as an eBook); “DoubleThink” (previously available exclusively on Wattpad); and 1985, a brand-new novella featuring Max’s parents as teenagers in New York City, 1985. I’m pretty excited that people will get to read that, because I put a lot of personal, geeky stuff in it.
Appearances I haven’t been able to do many in-person events of late (see mention of toddler above, plus day job), but I have some great ones lined up:
Videos As I mentioned, I’ve rekindled my interest in 8-bit Nintendo video games, and now you can watch me play through my collection of nearly 300 NES cartridges! I’m running a series called “NES Alphanumeric!” over on YouTube, which involves weekly, hourlong live streams of me playing a game while providing commentary and chatting with viewers–basically a weekly AMA + video games. I’m usually streaming on WedNESdays, but obviously on alternative days when I have events (see above). Here’s my latest episode, a game called Air Fortress.
I’m planning a special live stream on Tuesday, May 16 at 9 p.m. Eastern to promote the new story collection. See, the Nintendo Entertainment System launched in New York City in October 1985, which just so happens to be the time and place in which my story 1985 is set, and my characters are geeky technophiles, so… Of course the NES makes an appearance! I thought I’d celebrate by playing the game they play in the story, Gyromite. (With perhaps a bonus round of Duck Hunt). Stay tuned for more details, but in the meantime, subscribe to my YouTube channel and/or follow me on Twitter @ecmyers for updates and reminders.
That was a lot of updates all at once. I also have some short stories coming out in various anthologies in the fall, but I’ll save those for another blog post–and I’ll try to come back here a little more often :)
Unsurprisingly, I am a huge fan of the Back to the Future films. When my first book was published, I immediately thought of the ending of the first film. And as I wrote the sequel, Quantum Coin, I kept thinking about Back to the Future II and what I enjoyed about it and time travel stories, how it raised the stakes and advanced the characters’ lives and maybe enriched your enjoyment of the first movie. And other BTTF fans can see its influence in my book.
Quantum Coin opens with Ephraim thinking his life is great now until Zoe shows up and says, “You have to come back with me — everything is messed up!” And like Marty, he makes the mistake of bringing his girlfriend along for the ride, which only complicates things further. They travel to possible futures (some of them very dark), even using a car for part of the journey, which definitely hits 88mph. They meet multiple versions of themselves, one of whom is Dr. Jena Kim, who the others sometimes call simply “Doc.” There are probably other little references that I’m forgetting.
Anyway, this is an important day for geeks like me, because it’s the day Marty travels to in the future! But it’s also a big deal because it’s my son’s first birthday! Happy birthday, Spud! So to commemorate this once in a lifetime occasion, we had a special photo shoot:
Sometimes readers ask me if there’ll ever be a sequel to Fair Coinand Quantum Coin. While I’m not going to rule it out, I’m excited to share that a new SF imprint, Pur Books, has asked me to write a parallel novel to the series. They threw a lot of money at me to make this happen, and I’m pleased to report that you can look for Ephraim’s next adventure, Fur Coin, in bookstores in Fall 2016! Be careful what you wish for…
This was recorded the day after The Silence of Six was published, and shortly after the Spud arrived; I was so tired, I totally forgot to read from the book, but it’s okay, because I talked about why I love libraries instead. (If I say anything too wacky, chalk it up to sleep deprivation.) This was a fun Q&A with some terrific—and unusual—questions. Thanks again to the HHS English Depts and Monica Lalor for producing such a fine video. Enjoy!