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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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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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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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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 - 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 does RTC stand for?

RTC is short for Real Time Clock.
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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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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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Why did Donkey Kong 64 require more than 4 MB of memory?

Actually, there's evidence that the memory bug is just a myth. The origin of the story about the memory leak comes from an interview with Chris Marlow, a programmer who worked on the game. According ...
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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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Is there a benefit from using a dock to charge wireless controllers

Some charging docks uses the EXT port rather than the micro USB. This saves wear and tear on the USB port and, according to several reviews, is faster. You also have the advantage of not needing a ...
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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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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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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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Battlefield 2042 is limiting threads and process priority

Fixing this is quite easy: In the folder where your Battlefield 2042 EXE is (default: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\Battlefield 2042), create a new file called user.cfg. (Mind that you have to ...
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Does PlayStation 2 slimline have USB 2.0 ports?

Wikipedia has a page indicating that the Slimline had two USB 1.1 ports, like all other models of the PS2. An additional Wikipedia source about the technical specifications for the PS2 can be found ...
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What are the correct specs for an SNES power supply?

I'm assuming you're referring to the NTSC SNES released in 1991, due to the power supply being rated for 120V 60Hz, and due to asking about the SNES and not the Super NES Classic Edition (also known ...
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Can I charge the battery with just a USB cable?

Yes you can, although extremely slowly, just imagine it as the same thing as your phone. Go to settings>system setting>USB charging-turn it on. However, keep in mind there is a certain model that ...
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Wii U disc drive spitting out disk after making noises

Before you go and open up the Wii U or send it in for repairs, it might be worth trying a cleaning CD, as described here. Based on the information given there, it looks like any CD-R will work as a ...
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Why is screen refresh rate considered important in gaming?

Let's start with the easy one. Can the human eye actually tell the difference between 60hz and 144hz? Yes. It's one of these "you gotta see it for yourself" thing. 144hz looks crazy smooth. Even ...
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What games did NVIDIA come through on regarding RTX and DLSS?

Games that currently support: Deep Learning Super-Sampling AND RTX ray tracing: Metro Exodus 1 Battlefield V 1. Shadow of the Tomb Raider 3 Wolfenstein: Youngblood 4 Control 8 DLSS only: Anthem 5 ...
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Plugged a Japanese Nintendo 64 into UK mains, heard a snap and saw smoke come out of power supply. Is console ok?

Got a proper UK power supply today and thankfully the console itself still worked. If you made the same mistake as me, but you had the power off when you plugged it into the mains, then at least in my ...
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Can I use a HDD on my PS3 if I have already used another on the same console?

Yes, so long as the HDD was originally formatted by the same PS3, it should boot up just fine and not ask you to format it. The way that the PS3s format their HDDs puts a unique identifier for that ...
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How does the light gun work for Duck Hunt?

Taken directly from the Wikipedia page on the topic: When the trigger on the Zapper is pressed, the game causes the entire screen to become black for one frame. Then, on the next frame, all valid ...
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