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Why does the original Game Boy support four shades of grey?

The first computers were monochrome; they only knew 2 colors, as for each pixel, you only had 1 bit: 0 1 As for the Gameboy, it supported 2 bits per pixel, which gives us 4 possible colors to choose ...
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Why does the original Game Boy support four shades of grey?

While Nolonar's answer is true from a technical perspective, it's not the actual reason why the developers chose to go with a monochrome system. Gunpei Yokoi, the creator of the Game Boy, ...
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What does RTC stand for?

RTC is indeed short for "Real Time Clock." What this indicates in terms of flash cartridges is a bit more complex. Some games shipped with an internal clock chip that kept track of the time even ...
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How can I ensure my PlayStation 2 will last a long time?

Firstly, I think it's important that you noted that nothing lasts forever. The PS2 has components that will eventually wear out over time, even if preserved or used sparingly. Most notably, it is ...
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My 3DS got wet, what did I lose and what can I recover?

Assuming the 3DS cannot be repaired, there's good news and not-as-good news (and maybe a little bad news) I'll start with --- The good news: Game Cartridges: all your save data is stored on the ...
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What is the record word size for a gaming system?

64-bit, really. All current-generation consoles are based on 64-bit processor architectures (AMD Zen x86-64 on the PS5 and Xbox; Nvidia Tegra AArch64 for the Nintendo Switch). Yes, they support SIMD ...
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Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode

Update 2015-11-05 You can now hold down the controller button for 4 seconds without launching Big Picture at the same time! This change has been in the beta channel for a while, but it seems to have ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

I believe neither are good options. Running Fallout 4 will most likely keep the drive active for the entire duration of your playtime. Neither external flash nor HDD have sufficient heat dissipation ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

These are your options in order from best to worst: Solid State Drive (SSD) A solid state drive will provide much faster access than a mechanical hard drive. Amazon shows that in August 2015 you can ...
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What is the record word size for a gaming system?

The 6th generation of consoles is known as 128-bit era. The Dreamcast and the PlayStation 2 were the last systems to use the term "128-bit" in their marketing to describe their capability. ...
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What are the correct specs for an SNES power supply?

I just went and checked the power supply on my SNES (an original Nintendo power supply)--it's 10 V at 850 mA. Your supply is slightly lower voltage. Speaking as an electrical engineer with some ...
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Is my Xbox One temperature normal?

First of all, don't worry; 50 degrees is perfectly normal. For future reference, the temperature of the air surrounding your console's main outlet vent is not necessarily reflective of the ...
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How prevalent is the dock scratching the Nintendo Switch's screen?

Don't worry too much about this. I'm pretty sure a big part of the "scratch fiasco" is websites and YouTube channels looking for ad impressions (and money), unfortunately. I've removed/docked my ...
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What does RTC stand for?

RTC is short for Real Time Clock.
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What does RTC stand for?

RTC - Real Time Clock served to keep track of date and time when the cartridge is without a power supply. In this Pokemon cartridge example you can see the battery that is powering the clock. You ...
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What is AMD Mantle, and can I take advantage of it?

AMD Mantle is a new API by AMD that's supposed to make games run faster by giving them even lower level access to hardware than directx or opengl. However its in its early stages, and you may ...
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How does an SSD improve gaming performance?

How do SSDs improve gaming performance? SSDs improve performance by reducing loading times, assuming the game is installed on the SSD, of course. Do they somehow impact the framerate? It depends on ...
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Why is Microsoft selling physical media games for Series S?

Why Microsoft is selling physical media games for Series S They're not. If you look more closely at the box art, you'll notice that these games are for Series X. There is no mention of "Series S&...
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How can you move or transfer a Minecraft root folder to another drive?

There are 3 easy steps you need to take to move Minecraft to your SSD. 1. Find your .minecraft folder. Your .minecraft folder should be located in %appdata%\.minecraft on your computer. 2. Move ...
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Is my GPU temperatures high? How can I lower it?

Temperatures in the 70's aren't really high for a GPU under heavy use. Anything under 80 is very unlikely to damage the chip, and most can go into the 90s.
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Why did Donkey Kong 64 require more than 4 MB of memory?

Does anyone know what exactly, nearly got that game pulled at all? Unfortunately, the actual issue will likely never be known, at least not any time soon. I will detail several technical reasons for ...
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My Xbox One controller's left joystick popped out. What should I do?

I ended up following a YouTube controller disassembly/repair video. Note that you only have to get to the step where you remove the front plate. I needed a T8 Security Torx screwdriver bit. (Note a ...
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How can you move or transfer a Minecraft root folder to another drive?

You can use mklink to create a directory junction, which will enable you to access Minecraft in the usual way while it is physically stored elsewhere (in your case, on another drive). Move the ...
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Turn off Steam Controller without using big picture mode

You can press the Steam button + y to turn the controller off with big picture minimized. (This probably wasn't incorporated at the time of your original post.)
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Are low profile GPUs better than laptop GPUs or are they same thing?

Low profile GPUs are not the same as mobile/laptop GPUs. Low profile GPUs generally are designed around reducing the physical size of the GPU, and not necessarily efficiency (though that ends up being ...
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For PC gaming on external storage, should I use Flash or HDD (hard disk drive)?

Realistically, the speed of the drive won't affect gameplay much. The main benefit to a HDD would be capacity and price, as an external SSD will not run nearly at the speed the price would imply when ...
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Is it safe to run a heavy game in a non-gaming laptop?

All modern PCs have some means of protection systems that will prevent your machine from running in unsafe temperature modes. You can check this shutdown on overheating thread on Intel's forum for ...
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